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NYHN Daily: Missed Chances in First Period Sink Islanders in Loss & More

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The New York Islanders fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night by a score of 3-2. The Islanders had plenty of opportunities to put this game away in the first period, but their missed chances were the storyline. Islanders forward Mat Barzal idolized Sidney Crosby growing up and he spoke about what it would mean to share the ice with him on his milestone night. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Presented with another opportunity to get back in the win column in Pittsburgh, the Islanders came up short again.  This game was lost by the Islanders in the first period when they were held off the scoresheet. (NYI Hockey Now)

Before Mathew Barzal was on his own path to stardom in the NHL, Barzal remembers watching Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby on TV dreaming of being him one day. Fast forward to Saturday and Barzal was on the ice for Crosby’s 1,000th NHL game. (NYI Hockey Now)

Mathew Barzal led the Islanders with seven shots in Saturday night’s 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh. Clearly, there were no lingering effects from Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson’s hit on him two nights earlier. (Newsday)

The Islanders accomplished so much of what they wanted to do, getting waves of bodies to the Penguins’ crease in a very physical effort. Despite outhitting and outshooting their opponents the Islander still lost. “Life’s not fair sometimes,” said head coach Barry Trotz. (Newday)

As the Boston Bruins get set to play their game at Lake Tahoe, head coach Bruce Cassidy has confirmed that center David Krejci and defenseman Kevan Miller will not play. (Boston Hockey Now)

Long-time Sidney Crosby teammate and friend Kris Letang would not divulge just who had the idea for all Pittsburgh Penguins to wear Crosby’s No. 87 during warmups, or where the idea originated for the entire team to stop warmups and tie their skates in unison with Crosby, for whom that is a pregame ritual. It was a day and night of tribute. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

It’s looking like the Philadelphia Flyers made at least one wise pick in last year’s draft. 2020 fourth-round pick Zayde Wisdom scored his first professional goal in a three-point game last Sunday and he stayed hot Saturday night. (Philly Hockey Now)

A strange day at Lake Tahoe eventually saw the Vegas Golden Knights fall to the Colorado Avalance 3-2.  The game began with snowy mountain tops, crisp green trees, and a picturesque lake in the background. It ended nearly 12 hours later in a blanket of darkness. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights yesterday in one of the longest days ever. It was a great win for the Avs even if we had to wait eight hours or so between the first and second period. (Colorado Hockey Now)

A night after being embarrassed in a five-goal loss to the Florida Panthers, the Detroit Red Wings showed quite a bit of fight on Saturday. In the process, they beat the Panthers for the second time in the past two weeks, this one 2-1 at Little Caesars Arena. (Florida Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks have had a rough go of things this season. But last night they beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4. Maybe, just maybe, Doug Wilson’s plan is coming together? (San Jose Hockey Now)

NHL Outdoors Saturday overcame a long delay to finish the game at Lake Tahoe. The setting was ‘pretty incredible’ for the Avalanche’s win against Golden Knights. (NHL.com)

When the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers step on the ice for warmups ahead of the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday game, it will be their first chance to take in the scenery and views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada from the ice. However, it will come at a later time than previously scheduled. (NHL.com)

Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare took NHL.com behind the scenes at Lake Tahoe. The forward savored the experience of facing the Golden Knights in NHL Outdoors Saturday. (NHL.com)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews had another impressive night as he recorded four points in the win over the Montreal Canadiens. (TSN.ca)

The Edmonton Oilers superstar captain continues to amaze and get the better of his team’s provincial rival. Connor McDavid scored a natural hat-trick and added two assists in a 7-1 Edmonton Oilers win over the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place in Edmonton. (TSN.ca)

Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves in his first NHL shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Saturday night. (TSN.ca)

Former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, who led the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup title and the Canadian men’s team to two Olympic gold medals, is taking over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s team. (TSN.ca)

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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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