The Islanders lost last night and it’s (probably) snowing where you are. Here’s some reading material if you’re inside today. The Islanders close out 2017 tomorrow night in Denver.
- Recaps: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NHL.com | NYI Skinny
- Before the game, garik took a look the team’s neutral zone performance so far this season. Some good, some bad.
- Sebastian Aho is pumped for his potential NHL debut. [Newsday]
- Meanwhile back at the Bridge, Devon Toews is out week-to-week with an injury, leaving the Sound Tigers without their top two power play defensemen for a while. Good luck out there. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off]
- Forgot to include this yesterday but the Railers lost 6-2 to Reading on Thursday night. [Telegram]
- And now an update from the KHL:
World Juniors (with an Islanders twist)
- The annual Canada-USA game at the World Juniors is usually a big deal but yesterday’s was played outdoors at New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills (uh, when did it change its name from Ralph Wilson Stadium? I missed it). At over 44,000 spectators, it was by far the largest crowd ever to see a World Junior game. [ESPN]
- Oh, and hey, Team USA won, thanks in large part to Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows, who scored one goal in regulation and one in the shootout. [SBN]
- He loves playin’ on the ol’ pond:
- The big blast:
- Hey now:
I don’t know if Kieffer Bellows can do anything else at an NHL level but god damn can that kid shoot the puck— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) December 29, 2017
- Last night’s NHL scores. The Hurricanes are now a point behind the Islanders for eighth place. I hate this division.
- The Senators might be ready to start selling off players. [Ottawa Sun | In the Columbus Dispatch, it sure as heck sounds like Derrick Brassard wants out]
- The USHL is becoming the go-to place for European prospects looking to break into the North American game. [NY Times]
- Monday is the Winter Classic at Citi Field and I am irrationally excited to see KISS guitarist Ace Frehley perform before the game. Much more than I am about watching a Rangers-Sabres game, I guarantee you. Friend Brian Compton gets to live his dream by interviewing the Spaceman for NHL.com.