Happy Monday, everyone. The Islanders turned Friday’s last-minute rally into Sunday’s last-minute loss. Everything is normal again.
They will play the Blue Jackets in the third game of this four-game home stand tomorrow night. The winner may end that night in a wild card spot, while the loser may end the night in the Metro basement (depending on the Rangers and Hurricanes games that evening).
- Recaps from an ill-advised Mathew Barzal benching: LHH | Newsday | NHL | Islanders | NY Post | M&G
- Travis Hamonic made his long-awaited return to New York, and he has fond memories of his time as an Islander. It was certainly an emotional visit, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation during/after his, as he called it, “touching” tribute video. He also took the point shot that was deflected for the game-winner, so ultimately a successful appearance. [Newsday | Islanders | NY Post | NHL]
- Much like their NHL affiliate, the Sound Tigers blew a late lead and lost 3-2, to the Syracuse Crunch. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off | SoundTigers]
- The LHH Power Rankings punishes the Islanders for managing only a shootout win last week. [LHH]
- Sidney Crosby recorded career goal No. 400 (and No. 401) in the Penguins win over the Blues. [Pensburgh]
- Jack Eichel will be out around 4-6 weeks with a high-ankle sprain suffered against the Bruins Saturday night. [Die by the Blade]
- Jonathan Willis investigates further the notion that trading Leon Draisaitl would move them closer to the Stanley Cup. [The Athletic]
- The Capitals are really pulling away from the pack in this week’s Metro Division Snapshot. [AATJ]
- Kendall Coyne made a big name for herself as Team USA defeated Finland 3-1 in Pyeongchang. [SBN]
- And finally, in the ECHL, a massive line brawl, including a goalie fight, erupted between the Toledo Walleye and our old friends, the Kansas City Mavericks. [SBN]