Waking up on Sunday after a big Islanders win is a wonderful feeling that we’ve luckily gotten to experience thrice in a row. We hope for more of that next Sunday after Saturday’s Coliseum rematch against last night’s opponent. I imagine the bad blood with the Red Wings will still be boiling.
Welcome back, buddy. You deserve it. Hope you make the most of this chance.
#Isles Transactions: Christopher Gibson has been returned on loan to Bridgeport. Josh Ho-Sang has been recalled from Bridgeport.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 9, 2018
- Robin Lehner, as backup, dressed once again after losing that nagging tweak in his back; he’s ready to play again. [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers went up 1-0 on the baby Penguins after an Otto Koivula power play goal, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came back to win 3-1. [CT Post]
- The Railers are chugging right along, having gotten at least a point in their last 5 games. [Worcester Telegram]
- Stan Fischler follows up his story from last week about the 1976 playoffs, in which the Islanders lost the League Semifinal series 4-1 to the vaunted Canadiens, who were on their way to winning their first of four straight Stanley Cups. The young Isles learned a few lessons from them, though. [Maven’s Memories]
Last night’s NHL scores. Quite a few blowouts throughout the league yesterday, including the Flyers over the Sabres, the Bruins over the Maple Leafs, and Tampa Bay over the Avalanche. The Lightning are frightening at 23-7-1.
- The Flames beat the Predators to take over the top spot in the Western Conference; it has been a weird season in the NHL. [Sportsnet]
- According to Elliotte Friedman, all the trade talk throughout the NHL is going through eight specific teams: the Kings, Flyers, Wild, Bruins, Penguins, Panthers, Blues, and Blackhawks. [Sportsnet]