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The New York Islanders (1-2-0) are in Columbus tonight to face the Blue Jackets (2-1-0) as they look to build off their win on Tuesday. The Islanders witnessed Oliver Wahlstrom’s first breakout game of the season and now will look to put forth that same effort as the road trip continues. Anders Lee, who missed Tuesday’s game due to a stomach bug, is likely to play tonight.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

Islanders young forward Oliver Wahlstrom had two goals on eight shots in the win over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday. It was an effort the Islanders needed to see after a sloppy start to the season. (NYI Hockey Now)

After the Islanders decided to keep Anders Lee out of Tuesday’s game due to sickness (not COVID-19 related), he is probable to be back in the lineup on Thursday, said head coach Barry Trotz. (NYI Hockey Now)

Kieffer Bellows got the start on the Islanders’ top line Tuesday, an emergency start when Anders Lee could not play. Despite not being in the lineup tonight, head coach Barry Trotz understands Bellows’s importance and can help this club throughout the season. (Newsday)

Is it likely the Tampa Bay Lightning win their third consecutive Stanley Cup when this season is all said and done? No, but former Islander center Bob Bourne believes they can as he points to the confidence of the Lightning as a reason why a reason the Islanders were able to win four in a row. (The Athletic)

The Boston Bruins suffered a bad loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday as they lost 6-3. Third-line centerman Nick Foligno pulled something with about four minutes to play in the second period and his night as done. He will be re-evaluated today. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have veterans like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang, players who can mentor the young guys on the team. But on the backend, veteran defenseman Brian Dumoulin has been a mentor for his fellow Bostonian defenseman, John Marino. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

For a team like the Florida Panthers, there is a bunch of weapons that make an impact each game. On Tuesday the kids came to play as Spencer Knight was electric in goal, while Anton Lundell picked up his first career goal and first career assist in the win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Florida Hockey Now)

There were rumors this past offseason that the Washington Capitals were done with forward Evgeny Kuznetsov. But as the season began, he remained with the club and seems to be back to his old ways. He is more focused and more driven this season as he tries to put a lackluster 2020-21 behind him. (Washington Hockey Now)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled to score this season. Is Nick Ritchie safe on the top line despite only recording four shots on goal in four games, going point-less? (Toronto Hockey Now)

Montral Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin spoke with the media on Wednesday. He reiterated that is a longshot we will ever see Shea Weber play in the NHL again due to the injuries he suffered on their magical postseason run to the Stanley Cup Finals. He also called out his team for showcasing a lack of confidence Tuesday, as they start the season point-less in their first four games. (Montreal Hockey Now)

Steve Yzerman has rebuilt this Detroit Red Wings team through trades, draft picks, and just a knack for spotting talent. Only eight players on the roster survived Yzerman’s countless moves as the Red Wings look to get back to their playoff ways soon. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights fell 2-1 to the visiting St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Here are three takeaways from the loss, an exciting contest seen by many on TNT. (Vegas Hockey Now)

When Erik Karlsson was a member of the Ottawa Senators, he was arguably one of the premier defensemen in the NHL. After joining the San Jose Sharks, his return to Ottawa has always been special. But three years later, his return to Ottawa is not such a big deal. (San Jose Hockey Now)

There is no update on the injury status of Quinn Hughes, who missed the Vancouver Canucks last game on Tuesday and also practice on Wednesday. Forward Nick Petan was put on waivers and has cleared. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

The Calgary Flames are getting healthier. Forwards Tyler Pitlik and Brad Richardson both returned to practice on Monday. Because of this, forward Glenn Gawden was placed on waivers. (Calgary Hockey Now)

St. Louis Blues netminder Jordan Binnington has been on fire to start the season. He was dominant in goal as the Blues beat the Golden Knights Wednesday as he stopped 42 of 43 shots that came his way. (NHL)

After Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators agreed to numbers on a contract extension as the seaon began, it was now about getting the talented forward game-ready. He had missed all of camp but will make his season debut Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks. (NHL)

The Seattle Kraken are getting set for their first-ever home game this Saturday, when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Media members were given a tour of Climate Pledge Arena, the home rink, on Wednesday. (NHL)

After being offer sheeted and signing the offer sheet, Jesperi Kotkaniemi returns to Montreal as the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Montreal Canadiens, which should be a thrill on Thursday. (NHL)

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