This morning’s Islanders skate should shed light on the status of Jordan Eberle and Cal Clutterbuck, who each left with injuries late in the shootout loss to the Penguins. [UPDATE: Looks like both are good to go, but ... dun-Dun-DUN: Leo Komarov may not be.]
If Komarov sits out, that has Josh Ho-Sang implications for tonight when the Vegas Golden Knights visit Brooklyn.
Trotz: “Kuhnhackl is still day-to-day. Leo will be a game time decision, just a little stiffness so we’ll see after warmups. There’s no update on Andrew Ladd. He’s doing his therapy and protocols but I don’t have a time frame on it.” #Isles pic.twitter.com/bE1Y9yxTM6— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 12, 2018
Meanwhile, tonight’s opponent expects to have summer signing Paul Stastny back from injury after a 29-game absence.
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Opposition coverage can be found through Knights On Ice, where they appreciate Marc-Andre Fleury’s form but are worried about his workload.
- Without Ho-Sang, the Sound Tigers are at the non-veteran minimum up front. [Soundin’ Off]
- The Islanders are happy with Robin Lehner when healthy, so they hope he can stay that way. [Newsday]
- With Christopher Gibson back in Bridgeport, Mitch Gillam was sent back to ECHL Worcester. [@TheSoundTigers]
- Speaking of the Sound Tigers, keeping an eye on Otto Koivula. [Bridgeport Report]
- Tracking attendance in Brooklyn this season vs. Nassau. You know how this is gonna end. [Newsday]
- Sound Tigers meet and greet quotes: Kieffer Bellows and Yanick Rathgeb. [Drive4Five]
It was an off day for the Islanders, but as is the case SO many times, that didn’t mean just lounging around — it meant community service:
Tonight the #Isles have partnered with @FCA_daily & the Nursery Co-Op to host local families in need at @NHIceCenter.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 12, 2018
Each Islanders family has “adopted a family” and hand-selected gifts to make their holiday season extra special. pic.twitter.com/5Ni6z1RYU3
Bigger than hockey. It’s moments like these that matter.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 12, 2018
This mom at the #Isles & @FCA_daily Adopt A Family event just found out that her kids are getting new bikes for Christmas thanks to Thomas Greiss, @Tkuhn14 and Luca Sbisa. #HockeyWithAHeart pic.twitter.com/2XfsEhmQkH
Not gonna lie, this is the kind of thing I would do:
Nate Schmidt came into the Golden Knights' dressing room after practice today and immediately turned on his Christmas music. After chatting with him for about 10 minutes about Vegas' resurgence, he loudly proclaimed, "I am the Christmas D.J." There was nobody left in the room.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 11, 2018
- Breaking down Bob Murray’s new vision for the Ducks. [Anaheim Calling]
- They’ll be missing Ryan Miller for another six weeks, sprained MCL. [LA Times]
- The Penguins are expecting Matt Murray back after missing nine games with his latest injury. [NHL]
- Red Berenson, who once scored six goals in an NHL game and drew applause from the opposing Flyers fans, is going into the U.S. Hall of Fame for excellence as a coach. But he was a fine pro player. [NHL]
- From the other night: New York native Aston-Reese relished the chance to play in front of friends and family at the Coliseum. [Islanders Insight]
- The Blues are “fragile” and must “stabilize.” [STLtoday] Where do they go from here? [NBC]
- Last night they overcame the adversity of a disallowed goal because you can’t score off a ref’s groin. [NHL]
- Five questions with Ray Shero, whose Devils are struggling. [NHL]