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NYHN Daily: Islanders Take Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back & More

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The New York Islanders (8-6-3) hit the ice tonight to face the Buffalo Sabres (5-7-2) from Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders took two steps forward with their two-game sweep over the Sabres last week but took two steps back after dropping two to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This story and more on today’s daily links!

On the latest live edition of Hockey Night in New York, NYI Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief Christian Arnold and Sean Cuthbert discussed the week that was in Islanders country, Anthony Beauvillier’s return and Ilya Sorokin’s first NHL win. They were joined by the Islanders radio voice Chris King this week. (NYI Hockey Now)

Home had better be sweet for the Islanders, who certainly seem destined for a season-long battle to secure one of the East Division’s four playoff spots. They’ll open a four-game homestand against the Sabres, whom they beat twice in Buffalo last week, on Monday night at Nassau Coliseum. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers at Lake Tahoe Sunday night. Here are the talking points from the dominant win. (Boston Hockey Now)

The scenery at Lake Tahoe was something to remember. The game was something to forget.The Philadelphia Flyers suffered a blowout loss to the Boston Bruins, 6-3, at Lake Tahoe on Sunday night. The Flyers showed some life in the first period and actually had a 2-1 lead, but once both teams settled in it was all Bruins. (Philly Hockey Now)

Mark Jankowski and the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth line did not play more than a few seconds in the final 10 minutes of the Penguins 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night. The fourth-liners played less than three minutes in the final two periods on Thursday in the comfortable 4-1 win. GM Ron Hextall has work to do, and it should be the top of the Penguins trade wish list. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Vegas Golden Knights’ forward Ryan Reaves enjoys being a role model, giving back to the community. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Bruins and Flyers played at sunset, a perfect way to end the weekend at Lake Tahoe. The view was just incredible. (NHL.com)
The Flyers, who rank last in the NHL in shots per game, may want to start shooting more after being outshot 35-19 in loss to Bruins. (NHL.com)
Pierre-Luc Dubois returned from injury and scored the overtime winner Sunday night, as he vaulted the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Vancouver Canucks. (TSN.ca)
After a strong start to the season, the Montreal Canadiens have won only two of their past seven games and have slipped to fourth in the North Division. Rising star Nick Suzuki stated that the team was “playing not to lose”. (TSN.ca)
The Ottawa Senators continue to frustrate the Montreal Canadiens, whose season has now taken a turn for the worse. It’s the second time in three meetings that the Senators have defeated the Canadiens this season. (TSN.ca)
Alex Galchenyuk might never have predicted a career trajectory that went from high first-round draft choice to landing with six different teams in the last three years. But following his trade from Carolina to the Maple Leafs last weekend, Galchenyuk is decidedly uninterested in focusing on his rocky past, when there is still a potentially hopeful future ahead. (TSN
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DEVILS DANCE: Islanders Lineup, Matchups and Game Notes vs. New Jersey

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The New York Islanders will look to show no Sympathy for the Devils when they face New Jersey tonight in Newark.

Tonight is the Islanders’ only game on the road during a 10 game stretch that has them playing nine of those contests at the Nassau Coliseum. The Isles haven’t seen New Jersey since a 2-0 loss at the Prudential back on Jan. 24.

New York and New Jersey will face one another four times over the next eight games and tonight marks the first time the Islanders will play in front of fans this season. New Jersey begins allowing fans into Prudential Center tonight, while the Islanders game against them on March 11 will mark the first time this year that spectators will be inside Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders will return to Semyon Varlamov in net tonight after Ilya Sorokin shutout the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday for his second NHL win.

What will remain a mystery until puck drop is the status of Cal Clutterbuck. He was skating when Islanders head coach Barry Trotz spoke with reporters today.

Trotz said that Clutterbuck will take part in warmups tonight and then the team will decide if he can play after that.

“I talked to him yesterday, he was feeling much better,” Trotz said. “Does that mean he will be in the lineup or not? I really can’t give you an answer.”

Trotz did not address the rest of the Islanders lineup, so it would be safe to infer that there wouldn’t be any other changes aside from the return of Clutterbuck.

New Jersey will go with Aaron Dell in net against the Islanders. Nico Hischier will miss his second consecutive game tonight with an upper-body injury, New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said this afternoon.

New York Islanders Lineup (Projected)

Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal — Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson — Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Leo Komarov

Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy — Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene — Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Ilya Sorokin

New Jersey Devils Lineup (Projected)

Andreas Johnsson — Jack Hughes — Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt — Pavel Zacha — Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood — Travis Zajac — Yegor Sharangovich

Mikhail Maltsev — Michael McLeod — Nathan Bastian

Ty Smith — Damon Severson

Dmitry Kulikov — P.K. Subban

Will Butcher — Sami Vatanen

Aaron Dell

Scott Wedgewood

Game Notes

Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha are tied for New Jersey’s team lead in goals with six. Zacha also leads New Jersey in points with 14 (six goals, eight assists) through 17 games. … New Jersey’s penalty kill is last in the league with a successful kill rate of 62.3 percent. … New Jersey enters tonight’s game on a six-game home point streak against the Islanders. … The Islanders have earned a point in 12 of their last 14 games (8-2-4) and earned 18 points (8-2-2) in the month of February. … Oliver Wahlstrom enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists). Wahlstrom has five points in that span. … The Islanders are in the middle of a stretch that will see them play 19 games over the course of 33 days.

How to watch

Tonight’s game will air on MSG+2 and stream on MSG Go or on NHL.TV outside of the New York market. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on WNYM 970 AM, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.

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NYHN Daily: Islanders Young Players Stepping Up This Season & More

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The New York Islanders (11-6-4) look to build off their latest win when they face the New Jersey Devils (7-8-2) tonight at 7 PM. The young talent on this Islanders team has stepped up this season, as patience is truly a virtue. This story and more on today’s daily links!

Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins should have New York Islanders fans over the moon. No, not because of the fact that the Islanders finally managed to hold a third-period lead against Pittsburgh, but rather because of the young players that led the way in the victory. (NYI Hockey Now)

Listen to the latest edition of Hockey Night in NY, as Christian Arnold and Sean Cuthbert talk about the week that was for the Islanders and look ahead to their upcoming matchups. Joe Yerdon joins the show to discuss what is happening with the Sabres. (Hockey Night NY)

Should the Islanders focus on acquiring a scorer or adding some depth? Here’s what we are hearing about the Islanders trade deadline plans. (The Athletic)

Special teams played a large role in the Islanders’ successful homestand, part of a stretch of nine of 10 at Nassau Coliseum. They will need to continue performing well this week for the Islanders to keep making headway in the standings. (Newsday)

The New York Islanders and UBS Arena continue to charge towards sustainability as they partner with XL Fleet. (NY Sportsday)

Boston Bruins rookie forward Trent Frederic isn’t just impressing his teammates, coaches, and Bruins management these days, he’s also catching the eyes of plenty of pro scouts as we’re just over a month until the April 8 NHL Trade Deadline. (Boston Hockey Now)

We’re another step closer to having Flyers fans back at the Wells Fargo Center. On Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a new set of COVID-19 mitigation restrictions in the state. Wolf’s new guidelines center around maximum occupancy limits and out-of-state travel restrictions. (Philly Hockey Now)

Single-game tickets for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first seven March home games at PPG Paints Arena will go on sale to the general public Tuesday at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com/penguins. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

It was a wild night in Vegas as the Golden Knights’ comeback to defeat the Minnesota Wild. This was one for the memory books. (Vegas Hockey Now)

It may only be the first of March, but after the past couple of days, who is not excited about the potential for a first-round playoff series between the Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes? Based on the past couple of games, it appears they already don’t like each other a whole lot. (Florida Hockey Now)

New edition of “Can’t Hear What Jeremy Says” here for your auditory pleasure. In this show, I welcome back former Avs video coach and longtime NHL scout/front office guy Scott Masters, for a talk on lots of things about life behind the scenes in the NHL. (Colorado Hockey Now)

How good can the San Jose Sharks be if Erik Karlsson is at his best? We got a glimpse of that last night in San Jose’s 6-2 victory over Colorado. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers and Tristan Jarry of the Pittsburgh Penguins are not only part of an intense intrastate rivalry. They have their own personal contest going on this season. (NHL.com)

NHL Buzz: Stalock claimed off waivers by Oilers from Wild, Duclair out at least one week for Panthers, Chytil could return for Rangers on Tuesday. (NHL.com)

Colton Parayko, Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak are out indefinitely for the St. Louis Blues with upper-body injuries, general manager Doug Armstrong said Monday. (NHL.com)

For the second game in a row, the Toronto Maple Leafs found ways to shut down two of the NHL’s top scorers on Monday. (TSN.ca)

Ottawa Senators winger Drake Batherson will have a chance to break the franchise goals streak record on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens. (TSN.ca)

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard is part of the quartet of top-four defencemen that make up the top four spots on the first TSN Trade Bait board of the season. (TSN.ca)

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NYHN: Islanders Fall to Penguins, Lost Momentum Early in Third & More

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The Islanders picked up a point last night against the Penguins as they fall 4-3 in overtime. The Islanders failed to hold onto a two-goal lead in the loss. A mistake in the opening minute of the third period was the turning point of the game for Islanders. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

For the second time in five meetings this season, the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins needed extra time to settle the score. At 4:34 of the overtime frame, Kris Letang netted his second of the game to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-3 comeback win over the Islanders. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders remained up a goal on the Penguins heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. A mistake in the opening seconds of the third period changed the complexion of the game, however. (NYI Hockey Now)

Devon Toews’ salary cap-necessitated trade to the Avalanche in the offseason meant the Islanders needed their remaining defensemen to compensate for that departed offense. Nick Leddy certainly has risen to the challenge writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

Islanders netminder Cory Schneider is taking a leave of absence after he lost his nephew in a house fire this past week. Anyone who would like to contribute something financially to the family to help the numerous costs of medical bills, and recreating a life and a sense of normalcy for the family, as well as memorializing Theodore, is greatly appreciated. (GoFundMe)

The Pittsburgh Penguins again rallied from a third-period deficit. Such things should not surprise anyone as they have more practice than any other team in the NHL. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Boston Bruins have made a move to shore up their defensemen situation with half their opening night back end missing due to injuries. The B’s have claimed rugged 6-foot-6 defenseman Jarred Tinordi off waivers from the Nashville Predators. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers got a few players back for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Defenseman Justin Braun and forwards Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, and Jakub Voracek played in their first game in almost three weeks on Saturday. And they made an impact. (Philly Hockey Now)

This is what Pete DeBoer envisioned when he put his top two defensemen together. Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore have been phenomenal for Vegas thus far this season. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Carolina Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday night by beating the host Panthers 4-3 in a shootout that went five rounds. Blame the new ‘retro reverse’ threads if you want. (Florida Hockey Now)

Cale Makar will miss at least the next two games with his upper-body injury, Avs coach Jared Bednar told Colorado Hockey Now after the Avs’ impressive 6-2 win at Arizona tonight. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Montreal Canadiens lost a second straight game with Dominique Ducharme as coach,  as they fell 2-1 in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Saturday. (NHL.com)

Marco Scandella scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-6 at SAP Center on Saturday. (NHL.com)

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves for his second straight shutout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 5-0 at Amalie Arena on Saturday in their first game since the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. (NHL.com)

The Ottawa Senators paid tribute to a fan who died of leukemia. Brian Fraser, 26, passed away Friday after a two-year bout with cancer. (NHL.com)

The Tkachuk brothers scored in the same game for the first time, as the Calgary Flames defeat the Ottawa Senators by a score of 6-3. (NHL.com)

The Maple Leafs, without the NHL’s leading goal scorer Auston Matthews, blank the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. (TSN.ca)

Matt Dumba scored in the final second of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. (TSN.ca)

 

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