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Rosner Wrap: Fasching’s Found His Game, Vrana Makes Season Debut



New York Islanders, Jakub Vrana

The New York Islanders are back in action Thursday night as they face the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 PM at UBS Arena. Here are the New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:


In a span of nine games, New York Islanders forward Hudson Fasching went from a no-name to a household name. He’s the real deal. New York Islanders.

After their most dominating performance of the season, a 5-1 beatdown of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders went right back to work on Wednesday morning: New York Islanders.

Out of necessity, the New York Islanders have had to recall a handful of players from the Bridgeport Islanders over the last month and a half. These new waves of prospects have burst onto the scene at the NHL level, and there’s been one common them: New York Islanders.


Washington Hockey Now: Former Washington Capitals and current Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana took a major step forward on his road back to the NHL following time in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, as he laced ’em up and returned to pro game action and made his season debut with the Wings’ AHL-affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday. Washington Capitals.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: 

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-1 loss on Long Island Tuesday night was their most disappointing — and difficult to take — of the season. For all of one day, at least. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Philly Hockey Now: Forward Cutter Gauthier had another strong game Wednesday, but Team USA was jolted by  Slovakia, 6-3, in the World Juniors: Philadelphia Flyers.

Montreal Hockey Now: The Montreal Canadiens showed the intensity of a bag of lawnmower clippings on Wednesday night, falling 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The scoreline was not flattering to Jake Allen, who, by all accounts, kept the score a lot closer than it should have been. Montreal Canadiens.

Vegas Hockey Now: The Vegas Golden Knights were handed their second-straight road loss Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks in the shootout despite over 50 shots from the team, five powerplay chances, and a career night from defensemen Alex Pietrangelo. The VGK lost in the shootout 3-2: Vegas Golden Knights.

San Jose Hockey Now: The San Jose Sharks say they haven’t given up on the playoffs, but you sure couldn’t tell that last night. “It’s on the forwards, it’s on the defensemen, it’s on the goalie,” head coach David Quinn said today about the Sharks’ 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. “All three positions have to be better defensively: San Jose Sharks