The Islanders restart their preseason schedule at home tonight against the Devils, before returning to normal with a game against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Friday. That’s followed by the Rangers in Bridgeport on Saturday.
They had the day off yesterday, so look for details on tonight’s lineup later today. After this second set of three-in-three, the Isles don’t play again until next Wednesday. So expect roster decisions to start narrowing down early next week.
Speaking of which...
- Luca Sbisa talked about the opportunity he has on a PTO with the Islanders. He battled several injuries last season in Vegas. [Newsday]
- One reason the new regime might fancy a mid-career vet like Sbisa? Old man Johnny Boychuk is coming off knee surgery. We speculated on how much we can rely on Boychuk for Question 19 in our 20 in 20 series. [LHH]
- Johnny’s a good uncle-in-law, putting up David Quenneville at his house this summer until training camp began. [Isles]
- Kieffer Bellows and his NHL sniping father talk hockey instincts, shop, and having the right attitude in camp. The younger has made a good impression so far. The elder holds a standard of not being that kind of hockey dad. [Athletic]
- Max Domi doesn’t fall far from the tree, suckers Aaron Ekblad and will likely face extra discipline. [Yahoo]
- They are buzzing about young Elias Pettersson in Vancouver. [TSN]
- Also in Vancouver Jake Virtanen is a zone entry maestro but has struggled to be productive with the puck afterward. [Athletic]
- The Erik Karlsson Era begins in San Jose. [NHL]
- Sam Reinhart agreed to terms on a two-year bridge deal with the Sabres, $3.65 million per year. [Die By The Blade]
- The Coyotes have invested heavily in defense, and they really need that to pay off. [The Cap Space]
- The Chinese tour was one to remember for the Bruins and Flames. [NHL]
- Why new Wild GM Paul Fenton is right to be conservative. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Some young breakout candidates (for your fantasy league, I guess). [TSN]