Good morning and happy Friday. The New York Islanders are in New Jersey Friday night to take on the surging New Jersey Devils. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM. Here are the New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today.
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It has been over seven weeks since defenseman Robin Salo skated in a game for the New York Islanders. With Adam Pelech out with injury, Salo gets a monumental chance to prove himself yet again. He’s got to be ready. New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders were back on the ice Thursday as they gear up for a back-to-back against the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes Friday and Saturday. The concern heading into practice was the status of New York Islanders top defenseman Adam Pelech, who left Tuesday’s game early in the third after going head-first into the boards and was not on the ice for practice. More from the skate. New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders will debut their Adidas Reverse Retro Fisherman-themed jersey this Saturday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes. During Thursday’s practice, the Islanders wore their Reverse Retro helmets, gloves, pants, and socks. New York Islanders.
Washington Hockey Now: As the 2005 NHL Entry Draft took place at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was glued to the TV in his friend’s basement. However, the top-rated prospect, who was coming off a season that saw him record 100 points in 31 high school games in Warroad, wasn’t keeping an eye on the draft at all. Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play is statistically one of the worst in the NHL. The man advantage has scored only 16 goals and ranks above only six other teams. In those struggles are a handful of direct and indirect negative results that limit the Penguins. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philly Hockey Now: Cam York is back with the Philadelphia Flyers. The 21-year-old defenseman was recalled Thursday from the Phantoms to replace Egor Zamula, who was demoted to Lehigh Valley. Philadelphia Flyers.
Florida Hockey Now: The Florida Pathers welcomed back captain Sasha Barkov ahead of their contest with the Detroit Red Wings. In his return, the Panthers won 5-1, with Barkov recording an assist. Florida Panthers.
Detroit Hockey Now: Looking at the outcome in hindsight, a strong argument could be made that even if the Detroit Red Wings have been able to ice their entire A-list lineup, they probably still would’ve lost to the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Detroit Red Wings.
Montreal Hockey Now: Four players became available for the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, including the 16th overall pick at the 2018 Draft, Martin Kaut. In addition to Kaut, Tyler Benson (Edmonton), Kevin Rooney (Calgary), and Ryan Carpenter were also placed on waivers. Victor Berglund (Boston) was placed on unconditional waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract. Montreal Canadiens.
Boston Hockey Now: Boston Bruins prospect Fabian Lysell is headed to the Swedish IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championships for a second-straight year. Lysell, 19, was named to the Swedish roster on Wednesday and will report to a quick training camp next week and the tournament will take place in Moncton and Halifax from December 26-January 5. Boston Bruins.
Vegas Hockey Now: Against the New York Rangers Wednesday night, head coach Bruce Cassidy started a line that was not listed on the lineup sheet with Will Carrier, Nicolas Roy, and Keegan Kolesar. This is a perfect representation of the status of the Vegas Golden Knight’s bottom six, and here’s why. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: Even in defeat, a dream came true. San Jose Sharks goaltender Eetu Makiniemi — pronounced “Ehhh-toe” — made his NHL debut last night against the Vancouver Canucks. The 23-year-old relieved starting goalie Kaapo Kahkonen at the start of the third period, with the Sharks behind 4-3. San Jose Sharks.
Los Angeles Hockey Now: Another test and another massive failure for the Los Angeles Kings. After a strong performance in Ottawa Tuesday, the Kings continue their trend of inconsistent play against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday. Losing 5-0. Los Angeles Kings.