NASHVILLE, TN–The New York Islanders are back in action Thursday night, as they face the Nashville Predators, the second game of a four-game road trip. On Wednesday, Nikita Soshnikov cleared, but no recall has been made as of yet. The Islanders will be on the ice later this morning as we will get updated lines and more ahead of the contest.
Look out for our pregame piece, but first, enjoy today’s stories:
NYI Hockey Now: When training camp came and went, it was clear that Robin Salo had won the job alongside Scott Mayfield on the New York Islanders’ third defense pairing. He was the only defenseman to get the chance. The seventh defenseman job seemed more up for grabs. But after Salo struggled to find consistency, Sebastian Aho got the chance and since then has been a mainstay as he’s played quite well. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: On Tuesday, the New York Islanders placed 29-year-old forward Nikita Soshnikov on waivers. He cleared on Wednesday as that it likely it for Soshnikov, who, at 29, tried to make an NHL comeback. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: On Wednesday night, the New York Islanders Girls Elite Hockey Program came together at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in celebration of 50 years of Title IX. For those that do not know, Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools that are government funded. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: Seventeen games into the season, New York Islanders first-year head coach Lane Lambert hasn’t perfected his forward lines. Per MoneyPuck, he’s rolled out 13 different line combinations (10-minute minimum). And despite an 11-6-0 record and 3.35 goals per game, another forward might help out. That missing piece might be waiting in Vancouver, in Canucks captain Bo Horvat. New York Islanders.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins are 6-7-3 and have won just two of their past 11 games. They will face another underperforming club when they visit Minnesota Thursday at 8:08 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philly Hockey Now: Cutter Gauthier gives the Philadelphia Flyers’ sleepy offense hope for the future. And that future doesn’t look too far away. After the Flyers drafted Gauthier No. 5 overall in the July draft, the 6-foot-2 1/2, 200-pound center said his goal was to play one year at Boston College and then head to the NHL. He’s on track. Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins certainly have little to complain about at this point, with a commanding 14-2-0 start to their season. Despite their success, they are guarding against being complacent. Boston Bruins.
Florida Hockey Now: The most anticipated game of the Florida Panthers early-season schedule is Saturday’s homecoming of Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar coming back to South Florida. But Reunion Week started Wednesday when Mason Marchment returned with a bunch of his now-former teammates hosting him for dinner in Fort Lauderdale. Florida Panthers.
Washington Hockey Now: For Washington Capitals sophomore Connor McMichael, the 2022-23 campaign hasn’t gone according to plan by any means. And as the healthy scratches mount for No. 24, there’s a fair question: at what point does his name start popping up in trade discussions? Washington Capitals.
Vegas Hockey Now: Three. That’s the current number of man-games lost that the Vegas Golden Knights have had 17 games into the 2022-23 NHL season. William Carrier missed a game with a minor injury, and Keegan Kolesar two with illness. No jinx here, but they have been pretty healthy. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: Could Erik Karlsson return to the city that he’s called his “forever home”? “I think those conversations have happened between the Sharks and the Senators, I believe the two teams have talked about it,” Elliotte Friedman said on the Jeff Marek Show today. San Jose Sharks.