Good morning. You survived Monday, so now only four more days until the weekend. The New York Islanders are back in action Tuesday night as they battle the defeated San Jose Sharks.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI Hockey Now: Through the New York Islanders first two regular season games, they have scored eight goals and have mustered 71 shots on goal. Six of those eight goals have come from defensemen. Should there be concern about the lack of execution from the forward group? New York Islanders.
NYI Hockey Now: This weekend, Florida Hockey Now reporter Colby Guy attended the New York Islanders 7-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks via train. He documented his travels. New York Islanders.
Boston Hockey Now: Jake DeBrusk surprised his teammates and his opponent as he unexpectedly played Monday night, scored two goals, and added an assist in a 5-3 Boston Bruins win over the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Boston Bruins.
Philly Hockey Now: Is the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2-0 start a mirage? A product of playing two weak opponents? We shall see. The Flyers will try to show they can be relevant this season when they begin a difficult three-game trip Tuesday against Tampa Bay. They also play high-scoring Florida on Wednesday, and talented Nashville on Saturday. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It looked like a sure goal. Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1) winger Danton Heinen’s shot hit the post and crossbar behind Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault early in the first period. After a review, officials overturned the goal because it didn’t cross the line, and Montreal dominated the remainder of the period and the game. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington Hockey Now: After a lackluster second period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, the Washington Capitals headed to the locker room for an intermission and reset. That break proved vital, as the team came out and tilted the ice in the third to pull off a rally and stay in the win column. A lot of that was thanks to captain Alex Ovechkin. Washington Capitals.
Florida Hockey Now: The Florida Panthers were already playing without defenseman Brandon Montour on Monday night in Boston when star Aaron Ekblad left in the second period. Ekblad slowly left the ice with 7:25 following Boston’s second goal of the night and was not on the bench to start the third period, and he did not return to the game. Florida Panthers.
Vegas Hockey Now: It’s early, but statistically speaking, Marc-Andre Fleury has been the worst goalie in the National Hockey League this season. In his first two games with the Minnesota Wild, he has let in 11 goals and been pulled once. The Wild are 0-2 with two seven-goals-against losses to the LA Kings and NY Rangers. Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: A “player’s coach” is a sports cliché. However, you don’t hear often of someone who’s a player’s GM. Being a general manager can be a cold business, but Doug Wilson bucked that trend: He was a player’s GM. San Jose Sharks.
Dallas Hockey Now: It was the Finnish Mafia show in Dallas on Monday night. Of the four goals Dallas scored, three of them were tallied by Finnish players. After Tyler Seguin tied the game with his first of the season off a beautiful pass from Ty Dellandrea, the Finns took over. Dallas Stars.