Howdy partners. We got us here a matchup with the Red Wings of Deeeetroit yeehaw!
The Islanders kick off their season-long nine-game road trip tonight in Detroit, against good ol' buddy and Danish smiter Frans Nielsen. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. on MSG+2. FIGs can go here.
- The Islanders still struggle on the road, having gone 1-4 under Doug Weight away from home. Time for that to change, or they'll fall out of the race fast. [Newsday]
- The Islanders covet Matt Duchene above all other targets this trade deadline season, but Dan is right to say: don't hold your breath. Although I can't help but be excited. [LHH]
- Apparently, the Isles have an offer on the table and it's quite substantial:
Trade deadline 10 days away. Told #isles are serious players for Duchene. Ball in Avs court.— Andy Graziano (@AndyGraz_SNY) February 20, 2017
- Thank you to LHHer Tessler22 for completing an Islanders Report Card. See how we graded out. [LHH FanPost]
- For now, Ryan Pulock is okay with being an AHL star. For now. [CBS NY]
- Let's check in with the rest of the prospects, shall we? Mathew Barzal has a ten-game point streak. [Islanders]
- Last night's NHL scores. The Panthers won again to complete a 5-0-0 Western Conference road trip. We could use a little something like that.
- Trading season finally saw its first NHL trade: Michael Stone was sent by the Coyotes to the Flames for a 3rd rounder and a conditional 5th rounder. Woooooooooo. But was it worth it? [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
- And while we're discussing the Flames, what's wrong with Johnny Gaudreau? (Hint: just his PDO). [FlamesNation]
- George McPhee aims to build a high-flying offensive team out in Vegas. Good luck with that, Georgy Porgy. [TheScore]
- Ryan Johansen wasn't acknowledged in his return to Columbus. [The Tennessean] But he should've been. [Buckeye State Hockey]
- Uncle Bob McKenzie hates the idea of voting for the player "most valuable to his team" for Hart Trophy. [TSN]
- Uncle Bob also wants us to be rational about head hits. I refuse to be rational! [TSN]
- New York Riveters captain Ashley Johnston might play hockey, but it's only a small portion of her professional life as a full-time robotics engineer in Albany. [NY Post]
- And finally, the Arizona Coyotes tweeted at their fans to stop doing the wave. [SBN]