Good morning and happy Saturday. The New York Islanders embarrased themselves on their four game road trip, going 1-3-0 where effort was a major issue early. The Islanders now have a few days off before they kick off a five-game homestand Tuesay, when they host the Dallas Stars.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI HOCKEY NOW
The New York Islanders came out flat for the fourth straight game as they fell 4-1 to the Calgary Flames Friday night. The Islanders conclude their four-game road trip with a 1-3-0 record. New York Islanders.
The hottest Islanders player over the last six games has been forward Mathew Barzal, who was carrying in a six-game goal streak into Friday night’s contest against the Calgary Flames. But he missed the contest with a lower-body injury. New York Islanders.
In 2023, slow starts haven’t just been a habit. They seem to be an addiction, and neither Islanders head coach Lane Lambert nor his players know how to stop it. New York Islanders.
The Islanders are seeing a strong goaltending bond at each level of the organization: New York Islanders.
Do you remember the Islanders bar Offside Tavern? Well, it’s coming back better than ever. New York Islanders.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Washington Hockey Now: Friday’s tilt with the Washington Capitals resembled something of a chess match, as they faced the Nashville Predators in a tight, gritty showdown featuring two teams playing in the second game of a back-to-back. Ultimately, though, a late goal against would sink the Capitals and end a nine-game point streak. Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Filip Hallander was taken off the ice on a stretcher Friday late in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton game after he apparently hit his head falling backward. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philly Hockey Now: The Philadelphia Flyers are paying tribute to the late, great Ed Snider on Sunday. Snider, who would have turned 90 yesterday, co-founded the Flyers and was the driving force behind the organization’s success: Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston Hockey Now: While many hockey observers point to the career year for Jake DeBrusk as the biggest induvial improvement with the offseason coaching change for the Boston Bruins, power forward Trent Frederic is absolutely in that conversation. Boston Bruins.
Montreal Hockey Now: According to Sportsnet Junior hockey expert Jeff Marek, Montreal Canadiens prospect Owen Beck will have a new team to call his own in the near future. Montreal Canadiens.
Vegas Hockey Now: He didn’t expect the nomination, but Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson is excited to be heading to the 2023 NHL All-Star Game. Thompson was one of the first 32 players named by the NHL’s Department of Hockey Operations on Thursday night: Vegas Golden Knights.
Colorado Hockey Now: Mikko Rantanen has got to feel a little bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NHL. No respect. Colorado Avalanche.
San Jose Hockey Now: Up 4-3 in the third period, the San Jose Sharks were looking to close out the Anaheim Ducks. But then, Mason McTavish scored…or did he? San Jose Sharks.