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The New York Islanders are back in action Friday night as they host the Arizona Coyotes at UBS arena in the first of a back-to-back. What was on display at practice? Why is Trotz not overly concerned with the abundance of back-to-backs? Did you get to listen to The Backcheck yet?

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

Keeping it on the Island

The New York Islanders were back on the practice sheet Thursday morning as they prepare for their contest against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. After two victories in a back-to-back scenario with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Islanders were off on Wednesday. Here’s the latest from Thursday’s practice. (NYI Hockey Now)

With Tuesday’s release of the NHL’s updated regular-season schedule, the New York Islanders have a busy road ahead of them before the regular season concludes on April 29. The Islanders will not only play 50 games in 99 days, but they will also have to battle the force of 11 back-to-backs over that span. I’m no mathematician, but that’s a back-to-back scenario every four or so games from here on out. (NYI Hockey Now)

Stefen Rosner discusses the latest on the New York Islanders as well as the NHL and social media, Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid’s latest presser, as well as the latest from the New York Rangers side of things with co-host Brendan Azoff. Listen to the latest episode of The Backcheck! (NYI Hockey Now)

Around the National Hockey Now Board

The Boston Bruins may have gutted out a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals after they were forced to play more than half of the game with ten forwards and down two left wings in Brad Marchand and Anton Blidh. With the Boston Bruins and the Capitals tied at one goal apiece 6:48 into the second period, Caps winger Garnet Hathaway hit Marchand from behind with Marchand falling to the ice in a vulnerable position. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins (24-10-5) were loose in the first period but still won the period and survived a furious third period comeback by the pesky Ottawa Senators. Mike Matheson scored three points, including a pair of beauties as the Penguins filibustered the Ottawa Senators 6-4 at PPG Paints Arena Thursday. It was the Penguins first game at PPG since a Jan. 5 win over the St. Louis Blues. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

On a chippy Thursday night in Beantown, the Washington Capitals were eager to take a step forward coming off a win and looking to avenge a loss to Boston just 10 days prior. Instead, familiar mistakes saw the team take a bit of a step back in a very back-and-forth game. Here are the takeaways from the loss. (Washington Hockey Now)

It took the Florida Panthers about four periods on this western Canadian road trip to get their legs going, but once they did, it was bad news for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers, a team which had lost 12 of 14 coming in, had all the jump in the first period as they threw it all up against Sergei Bobrovsky. Only Bob had a little more. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Detroit Red Wings thinking of a sports truism as old as the NHL itself when they claiming center Gemel Smith on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. No matter the sport, strength down the middle in considered vital to team success. And lately, the center position has taken a hit as far as the Red Wings are concerned. (Detroit Hockey Now)

Another brilliant performance from Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (49 saves) wasn’t enough for the Habs to earn a second-straight win for the first time this season as they fell 4-3 in overtime to the Vegas Golden Knights. Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore scored 1:50 into the extra frame to give his team the win and finish with a goal and two assists. (Montreal Hockey Now)

This time, the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t blow a third-period lead, like they did in their previous two losses. That’s because they never had a lead, period, in Thursday’s 2-1 loss against visiting Columbus. It was their 10th straight defeat, including five of the last six decisions by one goal. Amazingly, the Flyers now have two winless streaks of 10 games this season, the first time that has happened in the once-proud franchise’s history. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche have won again. After a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night, the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night, to sweep the two-game California series. Here are the takeaways from the win. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights (24-15-2) finished off their season series against Montreal Canadiens (8-25-6) with a dramatic win in overtime. Shea Theodore scored the OT game-winning goal and the Golden Knights capped off their eight-game homestand with a victory. With 53 shots on goal, the Golden Knights set a new record for shots on goal this season. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks go to Seattle for the first time to take on the Seattle Kraken. Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier scored, but San Jose didn’t get much offensive help elsewhere as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Kraken. Here’s how it went down. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks are potentially running out of NHL goaltenders. Thatcher Demko missed practice on Thursday morning after testing positive with a Covid-rapid-test, and won’t know the results of the more important and definitive PCR test until later this afternoon or evening. Back-up Jaroslav Halak is already in protocol from testing positive in the US along with teammates Bo Horvat and Conor Garland. Oh, and leading scorer JT Miller tested positive Thursday as well. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

The Calgary Flames home schedule this year has been like a mirage. The closer you get to it, the further away it appears. A road-heavy start to their schedule, Omicron outbreak and resulting NHL postponements mean the Flames have yet to establish any sort of rhythm on home ice. Nearly halfway through the schedule, they’ve played just 13 games at the Saddledome. Their 5-4-4 record there does not reflect the identity they want to create on home ice. (Calgary Hockey Now)

 

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