Good morning and happy Thursday. The New York Islanders were off on Wednesday after back-to-back 4-1 preseason losses. The expectation is that cuts were made to the training camp roster and that there will be one less group on the ice Thursday, after having a three-group rotation through the first week of training camp.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI Hockey Now: Although preseason does not mean much, with a handful of players in the games who will not be in the NHL in 2022-23, these games show us which players seem ready for NHL action, which players need further development and some areas of the New York Islanders that needs to be a focal point in practice before opening night on Oct. 13. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: On Tuesday, Junior forward Jack Quinn was named the next captain of the Long Island University Sharks Men’s Hockey program. The 22-year-old Quinn becomes the second captain in program history. We caught up with Jack for an exclusive interview. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders suffered their second consecutive preseason loss by a score of 4-1, as they fell Tuesday to the New Jersey Devils. While many Islanders failed to show much in the contest, two youngsters were more than noticeable, for good reason, in 19-year-old Aatu Räty and 20-year-old William Dufour. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: 23-year-old Robin Salo has been skating with Scott Mayfield throughout training camp and in the first preseason game, where he scored a goal and played well. Did Salo already solidify himself as Mayfield’s partner? New York Islanders.
Philly Hockey Now: Sean Couturier, the Philadelphia Flyers’ top-line center, will not need surgery, general manager Chuck Fletcher said Wednesday. There is no timetable for his return and Fletcher did not take any questions from reporters. Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington Hockey Now: Making their Washington Capitals debuts on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, Connor Brown and Dylan Strome didn’t disappoint, getting on the scoresheet in quick time. Watch here. Washington Capitals.
Florida Hockey Now: On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers signed 21-year-old goaltender Spencer Knight to a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension. The contract will hold a $4.5 million annual cap hit once it kicks in next season. Florida Panthers.
Montreal Hockey Now: A youthful Montreal Canadiens lineup took to the ice at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are the standouts from the loss. Montreal Canadiens.
Vegas Hockey Now: The Colorado Avalanche iced just two NHL regulars when they played the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night; Logan O’Connor and Alexander Georgiev. With veterans William Karlsson, Zach Whitecloud, and Chandler Stephenson in the lineup, the Golden Knights took care of business and won 7-1 for their first preseason win of the season. Vegas Hockey Now.
Vancouver Hockey Now: When looking back at Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau’s version of a ‘bag skate’ on Tuesday, one can establish a fun little Vancouver fitness pecking order. Let’s review the videotape, shall we? Scratch the number-6 horse ‘Boeser’, the number-24 horse ‘Dermott’, and the number-65 horse ‘Mikheyev’. Vancouver Canucks.
Calgary Hockey Now: It was far from the Battle of Alberta we saw in the spring. No Connor McDavid, Leon Draisatl, Evander Kane … well, no Edmonton Oilers stars at all. But the Calgary Flames iced a regular-season heavy lineup, and there were enough entertaining moments to make Game 4 of the preseason schedule interesting. Calgary Flames.
Dallas Hockey Now: It doesn’t matter where or when your child hits the ice, the goal of a hockey parent is to be there. Exhibit A: Meet Wes Stankoven, the father of Lovan Stankoven. Dallas Stars.