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NYHN Daily: Islanders Struggling, Zajac Can Still Help Team & More



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The Islanders lose their third straight hockey game as it seems that the importance at this point lies on players getting rest and staying healthy as we await the start of the playoffs. The offensive continues to be a problem while the defensive mistakes are proving costly. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

The losses continued to add up for the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Defensive miscues once again cost the Islanders as they fell to the New Jersey Devils 2-1 at the Nassau Coliseum. (NYI Hockey Now)

Here are the takeaways from the Islanders loss to the Devils. The offensive dry spell continues along with the uncharacteristic defensive lapses. (NYI Hockey Now

Travis Zajac has had a hard time solidifying himself in the New York Islanders lineup since arriving on Long Island just before the trade deadline. While there is no guarantee he will see minutes in the playoffs, Zajac can still help this team. (NYI Hockey Now)

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is again calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise capacity limits at indoor arenas, like the Nassau Coliseum, in time for the New York Islanders playoff run. (NYI Hockey Now)

The playoff-bound Islanders are certainly slogging to the end of the regular season. “We’ve got to be better,” coach Barry Trotz said after a third straight loss to one of the East Division’s distant bottom-dwellers. “We’ve got to execute better. We have to wrap our minds around getting prepared for the playoffs not just waiting for it. Because it’s not a switch.” (Newsday)

Mathew Barzal’s usual right-wing, Jordan Eberle, was given the night off to rest. That afforded Islanders coach Barry Trotz the chance to try two other intriguing top-line possibilities. But neither rookie sharpshooter Oliver Wahlstrom nor Kyle Palmieri made the most of the opportunity in Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Devils at Nassau Coliseum. (Newsday)

 The New York Islanders lost ground again in the MassMutual East Division with a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. “We’ve got to get back to our identity” said head coach Barry Trotz. (NHL)

Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 4-0 win over the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Thursday night. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins hung an eight-spot on the Buffalo Sabres and feel-good story Michael Houser in Buffalo’s goal but that’s only part of the story. While Jeff Carter filled the net for his first career four-goal game, and Sidney Crosby and Kasperi Kapanen also scored, so too did the Buffalo Sabres in the Penguins 8-4 win at PPG Paints Arena. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Welcome to the NHL, Cam York. The Philadelphia Flyers’ 14th overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft will make his NHL debut on Friday night against the Capitals. (Philly Hockey Now)

With a few days between games, Joel Quenneville gave his Florida Panthers two days off before returning to practice Thursday morning. The Tampa Bay Lightning were on everyone’s mind. As they should be. (Florida Hockey Now)

All’s quiet on the Avs front today.

It was an optional skate this afternoon in Los Angeles, and by the looks of it a lot of players decided to exercise the optional part of it.  Perhaps the biggest bit of news with regards to the Avs is that high-end goalie prospect Justus Annunen is on his way to North America to join the Colorado Eagles. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Colorado almost doubled up the San Jose Sharks at 5-on-5 shot attempts last night, 66-35. But did the Sharks have the Avalanche right where they wanted them? (San Jose Hockey Now)

Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in his 49th game. “So much is about the players you play with,” Matthews said. (NHL)

Jeff Carter scored four goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in an 8-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. (NHL)

Connor McDavid had three assists to increase his season total to 96 points in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on Thursday. (NHL)

The Carolina Hurricanes extended their point streak to 13 games, tying their record, with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on Thursday. (NHL)

When it comes to finding the ideal balance between rest and rust for goalies heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there is no one-size-fits-all solution that applies. Some goalies benefit from getting extra rest as they prepare for what they hope will be a long playoff run. Others want to keep playing to maintain their rhythm and timing. (NHL)

David Quinn’s status as coach of the New York Rangers and how equipped they are to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs next season will be part of Chris Drury’s offseason evaluation of the team. (NHL)

Insider Trading: Are the Canucks close to extending Green? Will the Canes sign Brind’Amour before playoffs? (TSN)

The New York Rangers’ pointed statement calling for the head of George Parros, the NHL’s dean of discipline, may go down as the most expensive words typed in hockey history. (TSN)