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NYHN Daily: Special Teams Sharper for Islanders, Latest on Eichel & More



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The New York Islanders and the fanbase have to wait until Thursday for another game. In the shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, the Islanders got a great effort from their special teams, which will look to keep it up as season progresses.

The New York Islanders power play went two for four in the shootout loss to Nashville on Saturday, which contributed to their only offense. The penalty kill did their job, killing off four of four. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders captain Anders Lee worked with trainer Zach Rourk during his recovery from a torn ACL. Rourk has worked with countless athletes and has never worked with anyone like Lee. Here’s why. (The Athletic)

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz has rode netminder Ilya Sorokin this season. Even with Semyon Varlamov healthy and ready to go follow Injury Reserve stint, Trotz wants to keep Sorokin in a rhythm. (Newsday)

The Pittsburgh Penguins can’t can’t a break. Despite good news with Sidney Crosby and Jeff Carter back in the lineup, two players have entered COVID-19 protocol. Those two players are Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson. Too prospect, defenseman P.O. Joseph, has been recalled. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

With Joel Quenneville out as head coach in Florida, general manager Bill Zito is taking his time to find a replacement. Interim head coach Andrew Burnette received praise by Zito for stepping up as the Panthers look to continue their strong start to season. (Florida Hockey Now)

After a solid start to the season, the Washington Capitals will have their work cut out to them as they head to Florida to face the red-hot Panthers. Nicklas Backstrom and Nick Dowd will travel with the team. Dowd could play while Backstrom is there for moral support. (Washington Hockey Now)

The Montreal Canadiens fell 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Halloween. The effort was there, but missed chances and a struggling penalty kill led to their downfall as wins haven’t come easy. (Montreal Hockey Now)

Will the Jack Eichel saga ever end? Talks have been heating up, then cooling down. But it seems like the Vegas Golden Knights are the front-runners, but are in competition with the Calgary Flames. What can the Golden Knights afford to give up? (Vegas Hockey Now)

Erik Johnson missed the majority of the COVID-19, 56-game campaign last season, due to a concussion. The Avs defenseman lit the lamp on Saturday night against the Wild and did his “fist-bump” celebration he’s done for 10 years. He was asked about the emotions after the game. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Saturday morning, the San Jose Sharks learned that Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Dahlen, Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had tested positive for COVID-19. Head coach Bob Boughner and Noah Gregor also tested positive. How are they doing? (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks are struggling to score out of the gate with goaltender Thatcher Demko the star so far on their 3-5-1 start. While many believe it’s time to panic, the players certainly cannot. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

The Calgary Flames find themselves in a two-team battle for superstar Jack Eichel. But are the Flames ready to give up big names for a player that still requires surgery? The Flames want to compete now and don’t want to have to take a step back. (Calgary Hockey Now)

Former NHLer Dominic Moore has embraced his role as Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador. He’s doing what he can to raise awareness for rare cancers, as he lost his first wife, Katie Moore, to fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma in 2013. She was 31. (NHL)

Igor Shesterkin is playing to another level this season for the New York Rangers. He was at it again on Sunday, as he made 31 saves in their fifth road win of the season, this one over the Seattle Kraken. (NHL)

Ryan Getzlaf, with an assist in the Anaheim Ducks win over the Montreal Canadiens, becomes the Ducks all-time leading scorer. He passed Teemu Selanne, now with 989 points. (NHL)