Good morning, the Islanders are still off till Thursday but their many Hall of Famers now have new company after last night’s inductions.
- In not surprising but still worst-case news, Nikolay Kulemin did have shoulder surgery and is expected to be out until May, basically. [LHH | Newsday]
- Thomas Greiss is “dialed in” according to Doug Weight, putting him in the lead to “take the reins” and secure the proper hockey cliches in the crease. [Newsday]
- The Islanders’ decent start and the wide-open Metro has their Stanley Cup odds increasing quite a bit. [Sports Book CA]
- Ryan Bourque is a good fit for Bridgeport and the Sound Tigers are a good rebound fit for him. [CT Post]
- Mathew Barzal is impressing with his passing, but perhaps as importantly, he’s being inspired by seeing John Tavares’ work ethic. [NHL]
- Jean Potvin recalls how he requested a trade to the last-place Islanders. [Isles]
- The prospect update shares a good week for Ben Mirageas in NCAA’s Hockey East and an end to Kieffer Bellows’ 12-game point streak in the WHL. [Isles]
- More on Mirageas from the Providence site. [Friars]
- Cool story and honor for Eric Boguniecki (though referring to him as an “NHL star” is...local TV newsy) [SportsEdge]
- Head of Metal is back with his latest installment guiding you toward finding delicious craft beers on Long Island. [LHH]
Dan’s second season of Golden Girls Sports has begun, spotlighting the games of St. Olaf, like ice skating, ice fishing and logrolling, which wasn't just athletic competition, but also a means of legal mediation and a bellwether of personal beauty. [Golden Girls Sports Podcast]
- Just two games last night, with the Hurricanes (Thursday’s opponent) spanking the Stars, and the Flames outlasting the Blues in a wild one.
- Last night was Hall of Fame induction night. Here are some acceptance speech highlights (and links to full videos) as they inducted some great people and also Jeremy Jacobs. [NHL] Red carpet tales here.
- Former Isles stalwart Travis Hamonic returned to the Flames lineup from injury last night, but the early returns have not been good. [@Kent_Wilson | The Athletic [sub.]]
- Flames president Brian Burke dished on this and that, including suggesting that the Penguins made some “financial arrangements” to get Jaromir Jagr out of Czech military service. Also: Jagr gave the best answer ever to why he hadn’t been a captain by age 18. [Sportsnet]
- Six playoff hopefuls that have struggled to start the season. [SB Nation]
- Talk about a power couple: the former captains of the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams welcome a baby girl. No pressure, kid. [CBC]
- And sticking with women’s hockey, a look back at the recent Four Nations Tournament. [PPP]
- Through force of breeding and the will of a four-year-old, I am slowly but surely getting “Frozen” references. So the back of Aaron Dell’s mask eventually makes me laugh. [SB Nation]
- John Scott takes a turn at the Canadiens alumni game. [HEOTP]