LOS ANGELES — The New York Islanders are in California and will be hitting the practice ice at 1:15 PM here, 4:15 EST.
The Islanders find themselves two points back of the top wild-card spot and kick off their three-game trip on Tuesday when they face a red-hot Los Angeles Kings team.
Here’s your Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI HOCKEY NOW
As Lambert tries to find the right combinations, going back to his duo methodology, a Trotz methodology may be the best option as they gear up for a pivotal week in California. [New York Islanders]
The Islanders head out to California for three games, currently holding down the second wild-card spot with a three-point lead over the Florida Panthers. Here are your questions and comments ahead of a pivotal week following their 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. [New York Islanders]
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Boston Hockey Now: Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. [Boston Bruins]
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The New York Rangers failed to help the Islanders, as they lost 3-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
Philly Hockey Now: Newly appointed general manager Daniel Briere shared that the Philadelphia Flyers were in fact going to commit to a rebuild, after former general manager Chuck Fletcher did a fine job at destroying the franchise in every facet.. [Philadelphia Flyers]
Florida Hockey Now: When the Chicago Blackhawks lost both goalies to injuries on Saturday night, 31-year-old Zach Andrews suited up as we had another emergency goalie situation in Sunrise. [Florida Panthers]
Washington Hockey Now: Starting as the Washington Capitals’ seventh defenseman, here’s how no. 1 defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk earned a three-year extension. [Washington Capitals]
San Jose Hockey Now: The San Jose Sharks probably deserved better, but…well, we’ve been saying that all year, and we saw it again in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild that was a lot closer than the scoreboard suggests. [San Jose Sharks]