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New York Islanders prospect Alex Jeffries (Photo via of Hockey East Twitter)
New York Islanders prospect Alex Jeffries (Photo via of Hockey East Twitter)

After a practice day on Monday, the New York Islanders face-off against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night. The Islanders are hopeful that Jean-Gabriel Pageau can return to game action Tuesday, despite missing Monday’s skate due to a personal matter.

On Monday, Islanders prospect Alex Jeffries was announced as a finalist for Hockey East’s Player of the Year. The 21-year old, fourth-round selection in 2020 went on a tear this season with Merrimack College, potting 14 goals with 27 assists in 35 games in his junior season.

The Islanders have yet to sign Jeffries, who can play one more season with Merrimack. The Islanders have until Aug. 15 of 2024 to do so before he becomes a free agent.

Here’s your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:1

NYI HOCKEY NOW

Since returning from the All-Star break, Alexander Romanov looks like a completely different player, especially in the defensive zone, now paired with Ryan Pulock. More from the 23-year-old about his strong play as of late. [New York Islanders]

The New York Islanders hit the practice ice on Monday as they gear up for their Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Kings. Everyone was on the ice except for Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who is still on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury. [New York Islanders]

Here’s the latest update on the wild-card race in the East. [New York Islanders]

NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

Boston Hockey Now: It certainly didn’t turn out the way he’d hoped that it would, but Tyler Bertuzzi still savored his first trip to Detroit as a member of the Boston Bruins. [Boston Bruins]

Pittsburgh Hockey Now:  The Pittsburgh Penguins’ run to the franchise’s 17th consecutive playoff berth received a heaping helping of generosity over the weekend. The trailing Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators posted losses, as did the formerly first wild-card-holding New York Islanders. [Pittsburgh Penguins]

Philly Hockey Now: Based on a sampling of players, the Philadelphia Flyers want Danny Briere to be their permanent general manager. [Philadelphia Flyers]

Washington Hockey Now: After an off day to spend time with their mentors as part of the annual Mentors’ Trip, the Washington Capitals were back on the ice for a Monday practice at Madison Square Garden, but a couple of names were missing from the mix. [Washington Capitals]

San Jose Hockey Now: How close was James Reimer to fighting Marc-Andre Fleury? He spoke to San Jose Hockey now about that. [San Jose Sharks]

Los Angeles Hockey Now: The Los Angeles Kings have been trying to solve the puzzle of who to put on Anze Kopitar’s wing for a long time. They’ve found someone. [Los Angeles Kings]

Vegas Hockey Now: The Vegas Golden Knights may look like Stanley Cup contender, but are they? [Vegas Golden Knights]