Come one, come all, to see the magical New York Islanders show!
Goooooooooood morning everyone, the Bruins lost in regulation last night to the Capitals. Even though they're currently in third in the Atlantic Division, everyone has games-in-hand on them, so when they lose, we win! The Islanders will take on the Great Dane Frans Nielsen and the Red Wings tomorrow night in Detroit, at 7:30 p.m. on MSG+.
- The Islanders spent yesterday playing wheelchair hockey with kids with disabilities at the Viscardi Center as part of "Hockey is for Everyone" month (click this link for more info on it, in which the Islanders participate a few times). The kids beat them 3-2 with a goal in the final seconds! Great stuff. [NHL.com]
- While I appreciate the sentiment of this article, the fact that we spent the sixth-most time leading the game is not all that important, especially if you can't win the games (and also the underlying numbers were bad and still kind of are). [Newsday]
- Andrew Ladd's WHL team, the Calgary Hitmen, are set to honor him on March 8 by raising his number to the rafters. Cool tidbit: Ryan Getzlaf was on the same team (and had hair! Click the link if you don't believe me) and they starred in 2004-05 season while the NHL was locked out. Huge crowds filled the Saddledome to watch the Hitmen. [Calgary Herald]
- Raw Charge, longing for Steven Stamkos to return, decided to rank all the players who have worn #91 for at least a full season. Stamkos is #2, John Tavares is #3, can you guess who #1 was? (I completely forgot about his existence and shamed myself accordingly.)
- MSG GO announced plans to live stream games for the Islanders, Rangers, Devils, and Sabres. Hopefully the agreement applies to everyone soon, as right now it only helps those with Altice or Time Warner. [Newsday | Investor.MSG for those with stock in MSG]
- Last night's NHL scores.
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts doesn't mention the Islanders but does say that the Vegas Golden Knights will probably interview Jack Capuano for their head coaching vacancy. Good for Cap. Hope he gets it. Then Vegas will really pick Cizikas over one of the skill guys.
- Ken Hitchcock was let go by the St. Louis Blues yesterday, giving Mike Yeo the rest of the season (remember: Hitch was set to retire after the season and Yeo was his successor). Their fans hope that he can unlock their offensive potential. [St. Louis Game Time]
- Doug Armstrong took the blame for the team's failings but fired the coach anyway. Really, their biggest issue was goaltending, which literally went from first to worst between last season and this season. [SLGT]
- Ken Holland, who once thought a rebuild would take 8-10 years, is now backtracking and saying it will only be 5-6 years. Here's a tip, from those who know better: the rebuild never ends! Patience! [Winging it in Motown]