No game today, but an extra huge one tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers beat the Capitals 3-2 in regulation yesterday to take a five point lead over the Islanders in the Metro. Tomorrow at 5 pm (WTF?), the Islanders will try to find their game again after a really wonky Western Canada trip and narrow the gap between them and their rivals.
So take it easy today. Sunday's gonna be stressful.
Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Nikolaj Ehlers, whose face was hit with the shot that would eventually lead to the winning goal in the Islanders 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday, is out indefinitely after cuts near his eye resulted in bleeding.
The report comes via the Winnipeg Free Press, who had some pretty scary quotes from Jets' head coach Paul Maurice.
"Nik Ehlers took a puck on the visor and the visor broke, which caused an injury," Jets coach Paul Maurice said Friday. "He has some blood in the eye chamber. We don't know the extent of it. We'll know in the next 24 hours once he sees specialists and he's tested."
With the Jets realistically (if not yet mathematically) eliminated from the playoffs, there's no reason to rush Ehlers back. But Maurice said a few times that they still need more info.
Best of luck to Ehlers in his recovery from a harrowing but freak injury at the hands of Danish God of Thunder Frans Nielsen. Imagine what Nielsen is capable of when he's mad.
Other Islanders things
- Remember the Islanders' parking lot mom? Well, she's got some brassy competition in Philly from a bra-throwing 80-year-old. [LHH]
- NHL Numbers looks at how each Metro team fared at the deadline.
- The Sound Tigers came back to beat Providence with two goals in the final 25 seconds of regulation, then on Bracken Kearns' penalty shot in overtime. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
- The IslesNation podcast talks to Seattle Thunderbirds beatwriter Tim Pigulski about Mathew Barzal.
- Barzal had himself quite a week, getting two goals on the WHL's Top 10 Plays of the Week. [T-Birds]
Riveters in the Isobel Cup playoffs
- The Riveters dropped their first ever playoff game, 6-0 to the Boston Pride last night, despite a million saves by Jenny Scrivens. Game 2 is tonight at 8 pm and can be streamed at NWHL.co. A loss means New York's inaugural season comes to a close. Puck Daddy also has a recap of Friday's other playoff shutout, Connecticut's 3-0 win over Buffalo.
- Star Hilary Knight talks to Eyes on the Prize about the strides women's hockey has made and where it needs to go.
- Years after Shirley Fischler braved a trail for women sportswriters, the arena is still a very difficult place for women to work, provided they even get a chance in the first place. [Vice]
- Reminder: the Isobel Cup finals will be played at the Prudential Center Practice Facility in Newark next weekend. If you're local and want to check out a finals game, you can buy tickets here.
- Arizona's Max Domi will sit one game for a very late and very stupid post-game hit. [Sportsnet]
- So what's the big deal about a defenseman's handedness? [Hockey-Graphs]
- The Wild are using numbers now, courtesy of the War-on-Ice founders. [TwinCities.com]
- Work out the P.K. Subban way. Just, um, don't hurt yourself. And, remember: you'll still never be as a cool as P.K. [NY Times]
- The Penguins were assholes to their new teammate Justin Schultz. [SBN]
Clark Gillies on the historic hockey beards that changed the NHL forever.