Rise and shine. The New York Islanders are back in action tonight at UBS Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 PM eastern.
Here are your New York Islanders and NHL stories to know for today:
NYI HOCKEY NOW
After being sent back to Bridgeport on Thursday, many were concerned with how William Dufour’s confidence would be affected after struggling with his NHL debut. I think it’s fair to skay his confidence is just fine after what he did on Friday night.
While New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson had been leading the slump department, forward Mathew Barzal has looked anything like himself since returning from a minor injury. He needs a scorer and general manager Lou Lamoriello needs to act now.
“Frustration is a wasted emotion,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert set following their 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. Quots to live by.
After not being selected by the NHL to represent the Islanders at the All-Star Game, with Brock Nelson getting the honors, Ilya Sorokin has been voted in by the fans.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins are cooking with gas and are on pace to finish with the best record in NHL History. Joe Haggerty provides the latest on the Bruin’s defensive core.
Washington Hockey Now: Former Washginton Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau got emotional when sepaking with the Vancouver media about his job, as he just loves coaching so much and quite frankily is being treated terribly.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Shine bright like a diamond as Rihanna would say. That’s exactly what Tristian Jarry did in his return from the Penguins Injury Reserve stopping 46 shots in their 4-1 over Ottawa Friday.
Florida Hockey Now: Panther goaltender Spencer Knight has been sent down to the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League (AHL) for a rehab assignment.
Detroit Hockey Now: Tyler Bertuzzi exited Thursday early with a lower-body injury. According to Kevin Allen, it won’t be long before he is back for the Motor City NHL team.
Montreal Hockey Now: We all know that Cole Caufield and Nick Suziki have chemistry. Should Martin St.Louis consider splitting the duo up?
Colorado Hockey Now: Bo Horvat is the hottest name on the trade market in the NHL. The Avalanche have reportedly “kicked the tires” on Horvat, could this be a dark horse contender for winning the Bo Horvat sweepstakes?
San Jose Hockey Now: San Jose has indicated a willingness that if you make them a trade proposal for Timo Meier, they like,” Elliotte Friedman said, about 29 minutes in, on his 32 Thoughts Podcast today, “they will let you talk [extension] with Meier’s representative.”