Good morning and happy Thursday. One more day until the weekend, so you are almost there. The New York Islanders are back in action as they face the St. Louis Blues tonight at 8 PM ET at Enterprise Arena.
Early into Tuesday’s contest, New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for interfering with Chicago Blackhawks netminder Alex Stalock, who remains in concussion protocol. Cizikas, being a second time offender after being suspended a game last season, escaped with just a fine of $5,000.
With the unfortunate and sad passing of Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk last season, the Ottawa Senators had continued to be owned by his estate, which he left to his two daughters. But for the first time, publically, the Ottawa Senators are to be sold. But who will buy them?
Deadpool, that’s who.
Well, not the actual superhero but the man, the myth, the legend, Ryan Reynolds, who is from Vancouver.
Reynolds, per Sportsnet, is very interested in buying the Ottawa Senators to ensure that they stay in the Ottawa region. Reynolds currently owns a fifth-tier soccer team in England, Wrexham AFC, which he bought in 2020.
That would be something, eh?
Enjoy the rest of the NYI Hockey Now stories, along with stories to know from around the NHL:
NYI Hockey Now: Through the New York Islanders first 10 games of the 2022-23 season, they have a record of 6-4-0. Their new system They are currently riding a four-game winning streak and have showcased an ability to play more than just a defensive-minded game. Here are my 10 takeaways. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: Omaha-Nebraska Maverick forward Cameron Berg was selected in the 4th round of the 2021 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders. Now in his second year in the NCAA, our very own Joshua Linsenberg had the chance to catch up with the Islander prospect and his head coach Mike Gabinet prior to the LIU vs. Omaha-Nebraska series last weekend. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: “They’re just responsible guys, all three of them,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said. “They know their positioning well, and so that bodes into their success defensively.” Islanders’ “3-P” line playing strong on both sides of the puck, leading the way. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders did not play their best game of the season but did enough to get their fourth straight win as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-1 win. Here’s your NYI Hockey Now postgame mailbag. New York Islanders.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby again spoke in sullen tones. This season, the Penguins have already lost three games in six opportunities when leading after two periods; they have won three, lost one in regulation, and have two overtime losses. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philly Hockey Now: Sparked by John Tavares’ hat trick, Toronto ended a four-game losing streak Wednesday at the expense of the fatigued Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers (5-3-2), playing on consecutive nights, were competitive until the final seven-plus minutes when the Maple Leafs (5-4-2) pulled away from a 3-2 lead, eventually winning 5-2. Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington Hockey Now: Washington recalled forwards Sonny Milano and Garrett Pilon and defenseman Lucas Johansen from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Wednesday. The Capitals have also placed T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and Beck Malenstyn on the injured reserve, and Connor Brown is on the long-term injured reserve. Washington Capitals.
Florida Hockey Now: Gus Forsling has come a long way since getting claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers. Since Forsling was waived by the Carolina Hurricanes in January 2021, he posted 17 goals and 60 points in 124 games. And with Aaron Ekblad out with an injury, Forsling is the no. 1 guy and is loving the opportunity. Florida Panthers.
Vegas Hockey Now: Jack Eichel is settling in with his new team, the Vegas Golden Knights and the rest of the league is starting to take notice. I say “new” but in just two days, we will hit the one-year anniversary of perhaps the biggest trade in Golden Knights history. And Jack Eichel is back being himself. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: David Quinn nodded five times without saying a word when I asked him if the San Jose Sharks took the Anaheim Ducks too lightly in the first period on Tuesday night. “[Two] and six,” Quinn finally offered, “probably had something to do with it.” San Jose Sharks.
Dallas Hockey Now: The 1980s rock group, Cinderella’s biggest hit played on the radio in 1988 and was the tune named, “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).” I’m pretty sure the hair band was referring to a failed relationship, but they never met Miro Heiskanen. The Finnish sensation went from “not playing” per Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer, to “we’ll see after warm-ups,” to the best player on the ice during the Stars 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Dallas Stars.