The Islanders won big last night, so enjoy your (potentially rainy) Sunday. A new Islanders Anxiety is coming your way this evening.
- Ho-hum. Just another John Tavares hat trick and Jordan Eberle’s first two goals as an Islander. No biggie. Recaps: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NHL.com | NYI Skinny & a Bonus Skinny on goals at the end of periods | OTF
- And some more Skinny-riffic stuff
John Tavares joined Mike Bossy and Ziggy Palffy as only @NYIslanders to score two hat tricks in a span of three team GP or less. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/uujmhi1bON— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 29, 2017
- Ryan Pulock and Dennis Seidenberg were back in the line-up but Thomas Hickey remains a valued player, according to Doug Weight. [Newsday]
- Arthur Staple dives into shot metrics and sees the Islanders are doing okay.
- I’m all for monitoring the Tavares Free Agency situation (update coming soon, btw), but formulating a contingency plan that involves draft picks and trades seems a bit premature. There’s a whole season going on right now. [The Hockey Writers]
- The Sound Tigers lost in Wilkes-Barre thanks to two goals from a Connecticut native. [CT Post | Soundin Off]
- The Railers won 4-1 in Utah. Patrick McNally is off to a hot start with points in all five games so far. [Telegram]
- Last night’s scores. Devils win, Rangers lose, Kings take overtime with a fraction of a second left.
- So, uh, Nick Kypreos said the Oilers are already ready to move on from Ryan Strome. That’s bad for them, obviously. But I feel bad for the kid. [Sportsnet Video]
- The Islanders’ next opponents are the unstoppable Vegas Golden Knights. But things are weird with them, if you follow Knights on Ice. Free agent signing Vadim Shipacyov was sent to the AHL and skipped last night’s game for reasons, and Jason Garrison was waived and could be traded.
- Tyler Dellow looks at the percentage of time teams’ No. 1 defensive pairs go against star competition. He doesn’t talk about the Islanders but the top chart says it all. For subscribers anyway. [The Athletic]
- That guy who was gonna buy the Hurricanes apparently doesn’t have the dough. Could you imagine a guy with no money buying a hockey team? It’s absolutely preposterous... [Canes Country]
- Alex Ovechkin is a humanitarian, too. [Sportsnet]