The New York Islanders lost a bad one in Arizona. There’s no other way to put it. However, the Islanders have the ability to erase that Mullet Arena disaster from their memory as the face the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
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NYI HOCKEY NOW
The New York Islanders got off to a strong start against the Arizona Coyotes, but failed to play their game as they collapsed in the second and the third, falling 5-4 at Mullet Arena. The Islanders are now 17-12-1. New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders put forth a pretty terrible effort after getting out to an early 2-0 lead. They allowed the Arizona Coyotes to score late in the first and then again twice in 14 seconds in the middle frame to take a 3-2 lead. Despite the Islanders tying the game late in the second, lackadaisical play in the third led to an uninspiring 5-4 loss. Here are the locker room reactions: New York Islanders.
The Vancouver Canucks tried, but their captain Bo Horvat is apparently on his way out. The 27-year-old goal scorer will be a top target for many teams in the NHL as the trade deadline nears. The New York Islanders are one of the teams to have already checked up on the centerman, who currently sits with 21 goals on the season. New York Islanders.
On Thursday night, New York Islanders prospect and current captain of the Windsor Spitfires, Matthew Maggio, had himself a night. With five goals against the Eerie Otters in a 6-3 victory, the Islanders 2022 fifth-round selection became just the fourth player in Spitfires’ history to notch five goals in a game. New York Islanders.
There’s a difference between a want and a need. For the New York Islanders, they need to add before the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline on Mar. 3. There are priorities for the franchise, an organization trying to make it back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing the postseason in 2021-22. New York Islanders.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Detroit Hockey Now: Jakub Vrana said he doesn’t feel a need to share the details of time in the NHL/NHL Player Assistance Program. But he made it clear the program had a significant impact. Detroit Red Wings.
Washington Hockey Now: Following his hip resurfacing surgery in June, there were questions as to whether or not Nicklas Backstrom would ever play again. And so far the Washington Capitals star is proving doubters wrong as he and Tom Wilson continue to make progress on the injury front and get ready for next steps toward a return: Washington Capitals.
Boston Hockey Now: With the Holiday Freeze on NHL rosters starting Monday and lasting until December 27, NHL trade chatter has picked up recently. Some of the scuttlebutt over the last week had the Boston Bruins interested in longtime Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. According to one NHL source close to the situation though, that’s not exactly true: Boston Bruins.
Florida Hockey Now: Florida Panthers 25-year-old superstar was the latest player ruled out with a non-COVID illness, and the Panthers had to play shorthanded for the fifth time this season as a result. They fell to 1-3-1 while playing down a man with a 4-2 loss to the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins who have now won their past seven: Florida Panthers.
Philly Hockey Now: All in all, it wasn’t a bad road trip for the Philadelphia Flyers. They went 1-1-2, finishing the four-game journey with a 2-1 victory in New Jersey as Carter Hart made 48 saves and stole the win: Philadelphia Flyers.
Vegas Hockey Now: Never count the Vegas Golden Knights out when it comes to acquiring the big fish on the NHL trade or free agency market. They have done it with Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Robin Lehner, and Alex Pietrangelo. And they could be at it again with Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat. Vegas Golden Knights.
Dallas Hockey Now: The Dallas Stars have an elite group of young players. In fact, when you really look into their kids, they possess the perfect successful tier system that all clubs desire. This week, TSN recognized this young corps, ranking Dallas atop their ‘Core 4 U-24’ list. Dallas Stars.
Los Angeles Hockey Now: The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending situation has been a disaster. Father time has caught up to Jonathan Quick, and the heir apparent Cal Petersen was sent to the AHL two weeks ago. Things looked bleak. Then, from the depths of the AHL, a phoenix rose. Pheonix Copley, that is: LA Hockey Now.
San Jose Hockey Now: Who do you believe? Last week, Darren Dreger started a fire on Hockey Twitter when he suggested that the Edmonton Oilers could be interested in Erik Karlsson. San Jose Sharks.