Good morning and happy Thursday. If you are reading this and it’s between the hours of 7 am and 11 am, I am currently embarking on my journey to Arizona, as the New York Islanders face the Coyotes Friday night at Mullet Arena.
After two off days, New York is back on the practice ice as maybe, just maybe, we will get more of an update on the injured parties.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI HOCKEY NOW
It looks like Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat will be traded this season, and the New York Islanders are already hitting the ground running on trade talks. While many teams will call Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin regarding Horvat, NYI Hockey Now has learned that the Islanders have already checked in on the 27-year-old. New York Islanders.
On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders went into TD Garden and found a way to snag a point against the Boston Bruins, the best team in hockey. On hand for the Islanders’ 4-3 shootout loss were 13 NHL scouts. A source on the scene in Boston told NYI Hockey Now that most of the scouts were there to watch the Islanders: New York Islanders.
New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert told the media Tuesday night that a decision had not been made as to who or if the Islanders would be calling up the seventh defenseman as they embark on a three-game road trip out west. The question is, what defenseman gets the call-up? New York Islanders.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Detroit Hockey Now: The Detroit Red Wings are falling. They’re also dropping like flies. That crashing sound you heard just might be the wheels coming off the club’s hopes and dreams of making the NHL playoffs. Ryan Reaves destroyed Filip Hronek. Detroit Red Wings.
Huge open ice hit by Ryan Reaves 😳 pic.twitter.com/duWXcDn7aT
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) December 15, 2022
Washington Hockey Now: Just 48 hours before free agency, the Washington Capitals made a difficult decision to not qualify Ilya Samsonov, which led to the 25-year-old goaltender hitting the market and ultimately signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will start against the Capitals Friday: Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: An old, familiar but decidedly unwelcome friend has sprung up for Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jason Zucker – the injury bug. Zucker will be out on a week-to-week basis because of a lower-body injury: Pittsburgh Penguins.
Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins are once again among the most highly valued franchises in the National Hockey League, according to Forbes Magazine: Boston Bruins.
Florida Hockey Now: Sergei Bobrovsky has pretty much owned the Columbus Blue Jackets since leaving for the Florida Panthers in 2019. Bobrovsky had an 8-2-1 record since leaving his team of six years for the Sunrise Swamp — including a seven-game winning streak which was snapped in what was a horrid November for the Florida netminder. Florida Panthers.
Philly Hockey Now: It’s not easy playing once a week, or once in 10 days, or, as in his latest time frame, once in 17 days. But that’s the plight of Felix Sandstrom, the Philadelphia Flyers’ backup goaltender. Philadelphia Flyers.
Vegas Hockey Now: Forbes has released its list of NHL value rankings for the year 2022. The Vegas Golden Knights have ranked 16th with a value of $965 million. They have an operating income of $64 million and have risen 36% in worth from last season. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: It’s not every day that an announcer reaches 2,000 games called, especially with the same team. So it’s not surprising that the tributes overflowed for San Jose Sharks TV play-by-play announcer Randy Hahn last night, as he called his 2,000th, a 3-2 Sharks’ victory over the Arizona Coyotes: San Jose Sharks.