Fresh off their first win in over a month, the New York Islanders are back in action as they face the Nashville Predators at UBS Arena tonight. Forbes released their NHL rankings, with the Islanders the 10th most values franchise. There are reports that The Islanders will be placing Anatolii Golyshev on waivers.
These stories and more in today’s daily links!
According to Forbes, despite two shortened seasons due to COVID-19, the National Hockey League saw their franchises average a 32-percent increase in value over the last calendar year. The New York Islanders grew more than most. (NYI Hockey Now)
The time that Anatolii Golyshev spent with the New York Islanders appears to be short-lived. The Russian forward is reportedly going to be placed on unconditional waivers in the coming days and will head back to the KHL after that, according to Arthur Staple of The Athletic. (NYI Hockey Now)￼
The Boston Bruins were defeated by the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night in a shootout. After a 1-1 stalemate through regulation, the Canucks scored twice in the shootout to take the extra point. Here are the talking points from the loss. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals have had to use many rookies this season due to injuries and COVID-19. Here is an update on how the rookies have played, along with the top prospects in their system. (Washington Hockey Now)
Florida Panthers star Sasha Barkov has said he is happy to make a financial contribution to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The special teddy bears which the hospital will distribute to kids there certainly will put a smile on their faces. (Florida Hockey Now)
The Detroit Red Wings have taken a giant stride forward this season after some years of losing during their much-needed rebuild. But even with the successes this season, the Red Wings have not faired well against physical teams. (Detroit Hockey Now)
Hall of Famer Bob Gainey will be part of a committee that will help Vice President of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton select a new general manager for the Montreal Canadiens. Gainey, a Stanley-cup winning player and general manager, was at the helm for the first trade in franchise history, but that doesn’t mean he can’t find the best suitor for the position. (Montreal Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights came back against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night to defeat them 5-4. Robin Lehner was pulled after allowing three goals on ten shots, which sparked the comeback. (Vegas Hockey Now)￼
It seems cleaning house might have been the right decision for the Vancouver Canucks. After shutting out the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, Bruce Boudreau and his team played a hard-fought game against the Boston Bruins, defeating them 2-1 in the shootout. Here are the takeaways. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
The Calgary Flames have played to a 15-6-5 record and have looked like a strong team thus far. But one thing that the club has failed to take complete advantage of home ice, with a 4-2-3 record. The Saddledome needs to become a tough place for opponents to play. (Calgary Hockey Now)
After being on a receiving end of a tough hit from Jacob Trouba, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira laid on the ice, losing consciousness. He was brought to the hospital by ambulance and spent the night in the hospital. Although it was a significant injury, he is expected to make a full recovery and was released from the hospital on Wednesday. (NHL)
Toronto forward Jason Spezza is appealing his six-game suspension for kneeing Winnipeg Jets forward Neal Pionk in a game played on Sunday. There was no penalty on the play and while Pionk finished the game, he is currently in concussion protocol. (NHL)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Jake Guentzel for a bit as he is week to week with an upper body injury. Guentzel is on a 13-game point streak, the longest in the NHL this season. It’s now next man up attitude for Pittsburgh as they try to weather this latest injury. (NHL)