Vancouver Canucks (10-6-1) at New York Islanders (6-9-2)
7 p.m. EST | Nassau Coliseum | MSG+
No late-breaking news I'm aware of since the preview. Some "keys to the game" from the 'nuck perspective are at Vancouver Canucks H.B. For the Canucks, this begins one of those lovely transcontinental road trips that Western teams must constantly endure. Here' s hoping they look past the Isles and get "overspeed(ed)" to MSG.
Interesting link buried in Chris Botta's Q&As from the weekend: Kovalchuk elbowing Thomas Pock (as a Ranger) in March 2007. I share this not to imply Pock didn't deserve suspension; rather to highlight that the NHL's disciplinary can't-even-call-it-a-policy remains a mysterious, case-by-case shell game clouded by victim's market and notoriety, TV coverage, perpetrator's value to his team, and an ever-evolving standard of player behavior. Gee, wouldn't a transparent and clearly delineated policy, standard, and decision-making process be nice?