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Good morning and welcome to the weekend. The New York Islanders are on the ice Saturday morning for an optional morning skate ahead of their contest with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s your

NYI Hockey Now: NYI Hockey Now spoke one-on-one with Mathew Barzal Friday to get his perspective on what he is seeing in the offensive zone, how he feels he’s playing, and a reason for some of the decisions he is making. Then we spoke to Anders Lee and Zach Parise to get their take on what they have seen from Barzal and why they have confidence that the goals will come for no. 13. New York Islanders.

NYI Hockey Now: Through 15 games, Mat Barzal is without a goal, and while he isn’t frustrated, he is pressing. A case in point was Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Here’s what he had to say following the loss. New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: McGinn scored a shorthanded goal that ignited the Penguins against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. On Friday, McGinn and the Penguins’ third line again provided the game-winner, this time at even strength early in the third period as the Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2 at Scotiabank Arena. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Philly Hockey Now: Claude Giroux is returning to the site of his myriad of accomplishments, and wondering what the fans’ reaction will be. The former Philadelphia Flyers captain will play at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon for the first time since he was dealt to Florida last March. Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston Hockey Now: There have been plenty of Boston Bruins players that have exceeded expectations amidst a phenomenal opening month of hockey. But there may not be anybody that’s consistently played at a higher level, than they did in the past, then veteran Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton, who is playing the best hockey of his pro career. Boston Bruins.

Florida Hockey Now: Matthew Tkachuk is coming back to the Florida Panthers after serving a two-game suspension just in time to meet some of his old pals from Edmonton. The star power forward was hit with the suspension for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in the final minute of a 5-4 loss last Saturday night. Florida Panthers.

Washington Hockey Now: From the get-go, the Washington Capitals tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning was filled with adrenaline and physicality. There were big blocks, a lot of chances and a couple of big brawls, while gloves and helmets littered the ice on a couple of occasions. And ultimately, it all set Washington up for a big win. Washington Capitals.

Detroit Hockey Now: One of the beliefs in the NHL community is that sometimes teams can find their identity on a lengthy road trip. Captain Dylan Larkin hopes that’s the case with the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings.

Colorado Hockey Now: Darren Helm had abductor surgery last week and was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve, according to old friend Jesse Montano from DNVR. So, while there is no official target date still with Helmer, it sounds like he’s finally gotten the proper treatment he needs and that we can count on him being back at some point reasonably soon. Colorado Avalanche.

Vegas Hockey Now: Jack Eichel was the story all last night, and for good reason. The former Buffalo Sabre marched into KeyBank Center and scored a hat trick in one period. Here’s what he said after the game. Vegas Golden Knights.

San Jose Hockey Now: The San Jose Sharks visit the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Alexander Barabanov, Evgeny Svechnikov, Timo Meier, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl gave the Sharks a 5-2 lead, and San Jose pulls out a 5-4 victory. San Jose Sharks.

Dallas Hockey Now: While it wasn’t quite the 5-1 shellacking in Winnipeg, the Dallas Stars allowed five goals and dropped their second straight game in regulation, falling 5-4 to the San Jose Sharks on Friday. Dallas Stars.

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