The Columbus Blue Jackets have won five straight and are on a 6-0-1 run. They’ve only lost five games in regulation this season. They are just a schedule quirk away from the top of the conference.
The New York Islanders are on a 5-0-1 run. They’ve lost 10 games in regulation. They are one win above the bottom of the conference.
Two different teams meet tonight. (But hey...we’ve heard that all week!)
Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here.
- All this sudden winning has pulled the Isles out of our Power Rankings doghouse. [LHH]
- Perhaps you heard: Cal Clutterbuck has re-signed for five more years. [LHH | Newsday | Isles]
- No surprise that Jack Capuano and John Tavares are happy to see Clutterbuck in the fold. [Islanders Insight]
- Analysts, on the other hand...: While Clutterbuck's "extreme" usage makes him tougher to evaluate, his peers routinely take up a third of the cap space he will on the new deal. [Willis @ Bleacher Report]
- And the contract paints a tougher picture for the cap a few years down the line. [THN]
- Bridgeport injury and practice notes include Rocco Carzo. [Soundin' Off]
- Same as it ever was: The state has scrapped current proposals to redevelop Belmont Park, expecting a new RFP, which this article says *could* lead to an Isles proposal. [Newsday]
- Meanwhile: Long Island, NHL talent producer. [SI]
Words with non-Islanders Friends
- The NHL ain't scared of no Vegas trademark ruling. [SB Nation]
- Jarome Iginla’s first NHL game was a playoff game, with a cool story, but it doesn’t count in what is now 1,500 NHL games. He’s played 82 games in 11 of his 20 NHL seasons. [NHL]
- PA Parenteau scored his first goal in 15 games as the Devils suffered their first regulation home loss of the season. [stltoday]
- The Leafs traded Peter Holland to the Coyotes. [PPP]
- Mike Yeo anticipates his firstreturn to Minnesota. [NHL]
- The NHL board of governors has declared the latest iteration of World Cup of Hockey a success. [NHL]
- On that note, always appropriate: 10 lies all NHL fans tell themselves. [Down Goes Brown at Sportsnet]