The New York Islanders lost both road preseason games last night, with one squad falling in Newark to the Devils, 4-2, while the other squad lost in Philadelphia to the Flyers, 5-2.
They'll send a little more starry squad to Halifax for a preseason game tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, before expected roster cuts -- and splitting into the traditional NHL and AHL groups -- heading into next week.
- Are the Isles in the top tier of teams most likely to win a Cup in the next five years? [Grantland]
- The locals are excited to see players like John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Eric Staal come to town tonight. [Chronicle Herald]
Mathew Barzal, who both scored and gaffed last night, is turning heads, both impressing and learning in his first Isles camp. [Newsday]
- Quick rundown of last night's games, scorers (Barzal, Strome; Kearns, Cizikas) [Isles] Stephon Williams played the entire game in New Jersey. Chris Gibson conceded four goals on 20 shots in two periods in Philly.
- Views of last night's first game. [NHL | Broad Street Hockey]
- Those villains in Philly have converted the Pope! [BSH]
- Highlights of the loss in Newark from Tom Gilutti. [Fire & Ice] And post-game from the Devils [Fire & Ice] [NHL recap]
- Prospect Ilya Sorokin has re-signed with CSKA Moscow through 2018. [@AlexSerenRosso]
- Live in Suffolk and bummed about the move to Brooklyn? The Sound Tigers are offering a special plan for your hockey fix. [@JohnMBurke]
- Podcast: The IPB crew talks to Chris King and discusses Josh Ho-Sang, Ryan Pulock and Kirill Petrov. [IPB]
Speaking of Ho-Sang:
Ho-Sang finishes w/4pts as Niagara beats Sudbury 8-1. Picks up 1st star nod as well. Has all the potential to rip this league up this year.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) September 26, 2015
In a low-budget social media gimmick, the Devils either trolled Isles fans, or Nassau politicians, depending on how you look at it:
Meanwhile, at The Coliseum...@NYIslanders. https://t.co/gzZasMksjK— New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) September 25, 2015
- Mikael Wikstrand is suspended by the Senators after returning to Sweden, and the transfer agreement means he can't play there either. [Silver Seven]
- Yahoo's junior hockey coverage offers division-by-division Quebec and Ontario league previews.
- TSN talking heads on keeping 3-on-3 cheat-free, the Kings' effort to keep everyone clean, and other things. [Insider Trading video]
- Francis Bouillon has had enough of your broth cube jokes, retires after 14 seasons. [CP]