The New York Islanders finished off their final game out West on this road trip as they fell 1-0 to the Colorado Avalanche in the shootout. After a travel day on Tuesday, the Islanders will be on the ice for practice Wednesday.
Here are the NYI Hockey Now and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI HOCKEY NOW
After a 1-1-2 road trip, with one game remaining against the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders reflect on how they feel they’ve played over their last four games. New York Islanders.
Despite the struggles of New York Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin heading into the game against the Colorado Avalanche, losing five straight, there was no doubt that he would eventually get back to the Sorokin we saw at the beginning of the season. And we saw his bounce-back Monday night in the 1-0 shootout loss: New York Islanders.
In the final few minutes of the first period against the Colorado Avalanche, it seemed like New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal was headed to the penalty box after he tripped Cale Makar. The referee had his hand up, and everything and even blew his whistle when the Islanders gained possession. But then Makar did something we have never seen: New York Islanders.
With Cory Schneider up from Bridgeport, NYI Hockey Now caught up with him following Monday’s morning skate to get his take on Ilya Sorokin’s struggles and what he saw go wrong when he gets into a funk: New York Islanders.
Prior to Monday’s morning skate, general manager Lou Lamoriello addressed the media and provided injury updates. New York Islanders.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Washington Hockey Now: Coming out of the gate on Monday against the Detroit Red Wings, the Washington Capitals looked like a completely different hockey team than they had been over this recent hot stretch. Though the team rallied from a sluggish start to win in overtime, there was a certain “jump” missing that coincided with one player absent from the bench: T.J. Oshie: Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Winning this game didn’t put the Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And it didn’t really salve the sting of losing their opening-round series to the New York Rangers seven months ago. Not completely, anyway. But as regular-season victories go, their 3-2 win over the Rangers at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night had to feel pretty good: Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
Philly Hockey Now: After Kevin Hayes returned to the lineup, John Tortorella refused to discuss his game as he believes the media is trying to pit Hayes against him: Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal Hockey Now: Sportsnet released a list of four possible landing spots for Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat, with the Montreal Canadiens listed as the first potential destination. It’s not the first time the Canadiens have been linked to the forward. Montreal Canadiens.
Vegas Hockey Now: Through 34 games, the Vegas Golden Knight’s inexperienced goaltending tandem of Logan Thompson and Adin Hill has been strong. The duo took over with unfortunate hip injuries to Golden Knights starting goaltender Robin Lehner and backup Laurent Brossoit. But with how Brossoit is playing in the AHL right now, is he putting pressure on the organization? Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose Hockey Now: Sheng Peng talked about why the San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl got suspended, while Mason Show and Ryan Carpenter got away with head shots to Radim Simek and Nico Sturm. “Sharks Pregame Live” hosts Brodie Brazil and Curtis Brown then discuss why Hertl should’ve got just a one-game suspension or a fine. San Jose Sharks.