The New York Islanders will be on the ice Tuesday morning ahead of their contest against the St. Louis Blues. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET. Despite averaging over three goals a game this season, the Islanders need a game-changer on the offensive side of the puck. Could Patrick Kane, the player they faced on Sunday, be on general manager Lou Lamoriello’s radar? Should there be any concern about Simon Holmstrom’s lack of offense?
These stories and more in today’s Rosner Wrap:
Is Blackhawks Star Patrick Kane on the Islanders’ Radar?
Despite 16 wins on the season in 25 games, while averaging 3.15 per game, there’s no question that the New York Islanders need to add a scorer at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline. Could they go after recent foe, Chicago Blackhawks star, three-time Stanley Cup champion, and pending unrestricted free agent Patrick Kane? The 34-year-old right winger has four goals and 10 assists in 24 games and a full no-movement clause, meaning he has complete control of where he ends up. When the season began, it seemed fate would have Kane reunited with Artemi Panarin on Broadway. But with the New York Rangers’ struggles this season, the playoffs are anything but a certainty, which would put them out of the running since Kane wants to win now. New York Islanders.
Holmstrom Honing His Defensive Game, Lack of Offense Concerning?
New York Islanders’ 21-year-old forward Simon Holmstrom may have just one point through his first six games and two total shots, but the former 23rd overall pick in 2019 has put on a clinic on the defensive side of the puck, and his lack of offense is not a concern at this time. Through 66:54 minutes on the ice, Simon Holmstrom has yet to turn the puck over, with three takeaways. Although his long reach was something that many thought would benefit him on the offensive side of the puck, in terms of cutting to the outside, his active stick and reach has led to his effective defensive display. New York Islanders
Here’s What Varlamov Said About 1st Shutout of Season, Sorokin’s Importance
In the New York Islanders’ 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, netminder Semyon Varlamov turned aside all 21 shots for his first shutout of the season, his 37th of his career. Don’t be fooled by the number of shots, as Semyon Varlamov was tremendous early in the contest. While the Islanders were still getting their legs under them, Varlamov had to be extremely good to keep the game scoreless. Here’s what Varlamov had to say following the win.
EXCLUSIVE: Pageau & Ping Pong, Bubble Tournament & More
The New York Islanders play hockey. But with the acquisition of Jean-Gabriel Pageau at the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline, the versatile forward brought more than just his hockey skill set. He brought a love for ping pong. In an exclusive interview with NYI Hockey Now, Jean-Gabriel Pageau discusses ping pong, how the bubble tournament came to be, and more. New York Islanders.