The Islanders get set for their first preseason game, as they head to Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers. Puck drop a little after the 7 PM hour.
Here are the Islanders and NHL stories to know in today’s daily links!
With the Islanders’ addition of even more offensive depth this past offseason, the likelihood of Michael Dal Colle playing could be rather slim. Is it too late for the 5th overall pick in 2014 to be a difference maker? (NYI Hockey Now)
Even though Anders Lee is completely healthy after tearing his ACL in mid-March, the Islanders want to play it safe with the captain. Islanders head coach Barry Trotz stated that he will more than likely limit the usage of Lee early in preseason. (NYI Hockey Now)
It is not every day you get to play alongside veteran and future Hall of Famer Zdeno Chara. Noah Dobson has that luxury and told the media that it is a special opportunity. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins have announced their traveling roster for their first preseason game tomorrow agains the Washington Capitals. Swayman gets the start in goal in a mixture of veterans and prospects. (Boston Hockey Now)
P.O. Joseph has impressed thus far at Penguins training camp. He has been paired with veteran Kris Letang and while that line combination may be a learning opportunity for the young defenseman, what if it’s also a tryout? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Joel Quennenville made his second scrimmage of Panthers training camp a competition. Given the preseason double header on Sunday, he allowed the winner to choose which game they played in the following day. Thanks to Owen Tippet, the Blue Team took home the win and elected to play in the second game, against the Predators. (Florida Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals have released their roster for their first preseason game agains the Boston Bruins. 14 forwards, 7 defenseman, and 2 goalies will travel, including Michael Kempny who will play a big role this season following an injury-riddled campaign. (Washington Hockey Now)
Detroit Red Wing prospect, Moritz Seider, has been paired alongside veteran Nick Leddy during training camp in Traverse City. Head coach Jeff Blashill stated that this could be a pairing to start the season. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The NHL is cracking down on cross-checking this season, after vicious ones occurred last season, leading to injuries. Rule 59 has always been up to the official’s digression, but teams are being notified that it will be enforced at a higher rate this season. NHL referee Steve Kozari was on the ice for the Golden Knights’ scrimmage to deliver the message. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Valeri Nichushkin, wherever he has played, has always been a power forward, using his physicality to set the tone. Now, as he gets set to play second line minutes with Colorado, it is time for him to show that he can produce offensively and validate the decision by head coach Jared Bednar. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Last we saw Jonathan Dahlen, he was trying to forget Vancouver. In February 2019, the Vancouver Canucks dealt the disgruntled prospect to the San Jose Sharks for Linus Karlsson. After two seasons racking up the points for his hometown in Europe, he looks to crack the opening night lineup in a top six role. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The competition is wide open for the right side of the 4th line on the Vancouver Canucks. It’s either go big in Zack MacEwen or Alex Chiasson, or go quicker with someone like Will Lockwood. He has high-end speed and a non-stop engine. This concept raises many questions. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Seattle Kraken will play their first preseason game ever on Sunday, as the play the Vancouver Canucks. They have had to build on the fly like any expansion team, but systems have already been put in place through the first few days of camp. (NHL)
Dougie Hamilton, the talented defenseman the New Jersey Devils signed this past offseason, will look to help their struggling powerplay get back on track. New Jersey ranked 28th in the NHL last season. (NHL)