The New York Islanders took a step in the right direction on Sunday night as they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 2-1 on UBS Arena ice for their first win of the preseason. The offense continued to struggle with just two shots on goal, but the defensive structure was much improved from the previous two preseason games, and that structure helped lock down a slim one-goal lead.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders placed their usual brand of shutdown hockey for the first time this preseason, as they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on UBS Arena ice. After trailing by a goal, the Islanders awoke halfway through the second period and took control of the game with two unanswered goals before locking down the lead. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: Due to the lack of moves made this offseason by general manager Lou Lamoriello, the New York Islanders forward group seemed just about set when training camp began, with one everyday spot up for grabs. Although there have been some strong showings from prospects like Aatu Räty and Simon Holmstrom, Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows are the likely options for that final spot, as their playing time duel carries over from last season. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: Goaltenders in the NHL have a unique opportunity, given their equipment, to come up with some creative designs. Each season goaltenders usually rock a new bucket, and New York Islanders netminders Semyon Varlamov spoke about his in an exclusive interview with NYI Hockey Now. New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: Following the Islanders preseason game on Tuesday, prospect William Dufour was ecstatic. It was his first preseason game ever, something he’s waited a few years for. A few days later, we caught up with Dufour to discuss that special day. New York Islanders.
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Philly Hockey Now: In their next-to-last exhibition game Sunday night, the Philadelphia Flyers suffered their fourth consecutive loss, falling to the New York Islanders, 2-1, at UBS Arena. The effort was there, but a pair of second-period Isles goals 5:03 apart proved to be the difference. Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins went into training camp knowing it would be an all-out battle situation for spots on their bottom-6 forward group. At least they hoped it would be after both third and fourth lines went through long stretches where they weren’t much better than merely okay last season. Some players seem to be taking advantage of their preseason time, proving that they deserve the opportunity. Boston Bruins.
Washington Hockey Now: The Washington Capitals made another round of cuts on Sunday with the Hershey Bears training camp kicking off on Monday morning and sent quite a few names and roster hopefuls down to prepare for the AHL season. Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A trio of defensemen are fighting for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ third-pairing spot beside Jan Rutta. Chad Ruhwedel will be the spare defenseman because he’s one of the best in the business at being press-boxed for weeks and then quietly providing steady play as needed. But who gets the left-side job and a sweater every night has been a Penguins training camp battle between Ty Smith, P.O Joseph, and Mark Friedman. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Montreal Canadiens will have a very difficult decision when it comes to where Filip Mesar plays next season. The 26th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft doesn’t yet know where he will play next season, but his play since Canadiens rookie camp has made the decision far more complicated than first thought. Montreal Canadiens.
Vegas Hockey Now: NHL Awards. There is really only one that matters, but they are a great way to celebrate the performances of athletes all across the National Hockey League. Here are your Vegas Golden Knight award predictions for the 2022-23 season. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: It’s going to be a season like no other. Last year, SJHN logged thousands of miles of air travel, from Montreal to New York to Fort Lauderdale, in the quest to provide the best, most complete San Jose Sharks coverage anywhere. Much of this was thanks to you! Your contributions to my travel Tip Jar made this all possible. And now, San Jose Hockey Now has crossed the Atlantic. San Jose Sharks.
Calgary Hockey Now: Introducing the Calgary Flames finalists. With a massive and expected purge, the Flames are down to 28 healthy bodies in training camp. And none of the cuts should be much of a surprise — even if you desperately wanted to see one of two of them just a little longer. Calgary Flames.