Happy New Year everyone. Thank you for reading LHH all year, and a special thank you from me for tolerating my drivel for the last year and a half, as well. You’re all the best.
My sincerest apologies for the late morning Bits. It was a long night, exacerbated by our beloved team taking a very large and very public dump on ice to end 2017. My favorite quote from Dom’s recap last night:
Colorado outshot the Isles 12-8 in the period, a margin that would look downright competitive 20 minutes later.
I imagine you might feel at least one of the three New Year’s Day qualities, too. No need to rush today, though. The Winter Classic is today, involving two New York teams and not the Islanders, but on geographic Long Island. Ah well, it’s supposed to be frigid.
While you’re here, check out the latest episode of the Golden Girls Sports podcast, the Season Two finale.
- Recaps of a game that turned out to be quite the, ahem, Avalanche. No really, the game got out of hand fast, snowballing all the way to the bitterly cold ending. (I thank you.): LHH | Newsday | NHL | Islanders | NYI Skinny
- It was the NHL debut of Sebastian Aho, playing on the third pair on Thomas Hickey’s right. [Newsday]
- Shannon Hogan reviews the year that was 2017 and looks ahead to 2018 for the Islanders. [MSG]
- In the World Junior Championship match-up of all the Islanders prospects present for the tournament, USA beat Finland 5-4. Kieffer Bellows recorded 5 SOG, Otto Koivula recorded 3 SOG, and Robin Salo did not play. [IIHF]
- There appears to be some skepticism with the Belmont deal, in that specifics have not been divulged.
- The Sound Tigers await news on Devon Toews’ injury, and play tomorrow night. [Soundin’ Off]
- The Railers lost a close home game on Saturday night, falling 5-4 to the Manchester Monarchs. [Telegram]
- The Jr. Islanders were the only American team to advance to the semifinals of Mac’s AAA Hockey Tournament in Calgary. [Islanders]
Around the League
- Last night’s NHL scores. A lot of other teams were blown out last night, so maybe it was just something in the air.
- The Canadiens are “actively shopping” Max Pacioretty, according to Nick Kypreos. They’re looking for a top goal scorer in return; Pacioretty is a goal scorer, though has struggled this season. [SBN]
- On that note: Marc Bergevin’s habit of selling low on his players should bar him from leading any rebuild of the Montreal Canadiens. [EOTP]
- VIDEO: Former Oiler (and one time Islander) Ryan Smyth is giving back to the community through hockey. [Sportsnet]
- Ahead of the Winter Classic, Alain Vigneault applied the label “work in progress” to Kevin Shattenkirk, their veteran free agent acquisition. He’s trying to shake it off. [ESPN]
- Old friend (well, not really “friend”) Kevin Poulin backstopped Team Canada to their third straight Spengler Cup victory, this one over Switzerland. [Sportsnet]