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NYHN Daily: Varlamov’s Season Debut, Fatigue not Excuse for Islanders & More



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The Islanders are off until Thursday, as they have time take a breath again, before taking on the final three teams on their road trip before making their home-debut. Semyon Varlamov made his debut on Sunday, showing little rust in the loss. Despite playing a back to back and traveling this entire season, those were not being used as excuses for the loss Sunday.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

Semyon Varlamov didn’t get the result he had hoped for in his first game back between the pipes for the New York Islanders, but the Russian netminder had a strong performance nonetheless, even if the scoreboard didn’t reflect it. (NYI Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders have traveled 11,137.5 mils so far this season, but the road-weary hockey team wasn’t looking to use their whacky schedule as an excuse for why they weren’t able to close out the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night in their 5-2 loss. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders road trip is slowly but surely coming to a close. Throughout this whole experience, the Islanders and head coach Barry Trotz have downplayed the difficulty of 13 games on the road to start the season. (Newsday)

The Islanders through ten games have performed to a 5-3-2 record, their second-best 10-game start with Barry Trotz behind the bench. Here is Arthur Staple’s 10 thoughts through 10 games. (The Athletic)

After a tough weekend loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, it looks like the Boston Bruins will be making lineup changes prior to their Tuesday night matchup agains the Ottawa Senators. Jack Studnicka appears to be entering the lineup. (Boston Hockey Now)

At practice Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins practiced shooting and skating, with special teams work. The club is still dealing with a bunch of players in COVID-19 protocol, with nine returning to practice Monday. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Alex Ovechkin was at it again on Monday night. Against the Sabres, he netted career goal number 741, tying Brett Hull for fourth all-time. Here are the takeaways from the win. (Washington Hockey Now)

The New York Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in New York City on Monday night. The Panthers watched their 11-game point streak to kick off the season come to a close due to a powerful special teams display by New York. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Toronto Maple Leafs had no answer for Phillip Danault and the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. He scored twice and picked up an assist, while Jonathan Quick stopped 33 of 34 shots to shut the door. (Toronto Hockey Now)

It was a rather tough first month of the season for the Montreal Canadiens. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been positives despite digging themselves in a tough whole early. (Montreal Hockey Now)

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland and the club are headed to Detroit to face the Red Wings. Holland reflected on building the Red Wings Dynasty, as the future Hall of Famer sat down for an interview with Rob Simpson of Vancouver Hockey Now. (Detroit Hockey Now)

When completely healthy this Vegas Golden Knights team is going to be rather strong. With Jack Eichel about to get surgery, and Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty out with injury, that’s a premier line on the shelf. Not to mention Nolan Patrick, William Karlsson, and Zach Whitecloud also dealing with injuries. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche have started their season playing lackluster hockey. The Stanley Cup favorites are 4-5-1 but despite their struggles, calling for head coach Jared Bednar to be fired is, well, ludicrous. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks organization has been decimated with COVID-19 cases. Seven players and three staff members are in protocol, but the San Jose Sharks might be healthy soon. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Based on the conversations members of the Vancouver Canucks organization had with the media Monday, and based on ‘s visit and conversation with Rob Fai on the Sportsbar Radio podcast, here are some of the quotes of the day. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Milan Lucic is off to a very hot start, currently on pace to score 30 goals for the first time since 2011, the year he and the Bruins won a Stanley Cup. The 33-year old spoke out the hot start and his team. (Calgary Hockey Now)

After stepping away from the game, checking into the NHL/NHLPA played assistance program in early October, Carey Price is back with the Canadiens. He had his knee examined Sunday, but there are many more steps he needs to take to play. (NHL)

A female goalie from the Pittsburgh area was taunted during her game on Oct. 8. The Penguins had her support, as she and her teammates, all boys, were invited to play a game at the Penguins practice facility, for their game against South Fayette. (NHL)