The Islanders will be in Columbus this evening to wrap up their road trip against the Blue Jackets, their first meeting of the season with their new division rivals.
Last season, the Islanders went 3-1 against the Jackets, but they dropped their last meeting with them while Columbus was in the midst of its late-season surge that earned them the last wild card and that carried them through a sweep of the top-seeded Lightning. They’re a much different team now, though.
- Let’s preview the game, shall we? [Islanders]
- Mathew Barzal continues to remind us all why he’s so important. [Newsday]
- He’s got a laser of a shot when he does get one off, so he should grip and rip it more when he gets the chance. Ken Campbell’s blog: [THN]
Here it is again, just for fun:
If you need us we'll be watching Barzal's 2 goals (and cellys) and Varly's big saves all morning ☕#Isles | @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/2hMNayALZE— Isles on MSG+ (@IslesMSGN) October 18, 2019
- Brock Nelson is known for his hot first month (and birthday month) of the season, and this #Brocktober has actually been a bit below his standards in terms of counting stats, but still a good one overall. [The Athletic]
- The Sound Tigers are hosting Breast Cancer Awareness Night during their home opener tonight. They’re playing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. [Sound Tigers]
- Former Sound Tigers Calvin de Haan and Jeremy Colliton are reunited with the Blackhawks. de Haan was a rookie and Colliton was his captain. Now de Haan’s an established top-4 defenseman and Colliton is his coach. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- The Railers came from behind to win their first game of the season in the shootout on home ice against the Maine Mariners, who they’ll play 18(!) times this season. [RailersHC]
Last night’s NHL scores include tonight’s opponent losing to the Blackhawks in OT and the Rangers losing to the Capitals.
- 2017 first overall pick Nico Hischier signed a seven-year extension with the Devils worth $50.75 million. AAV is $7.25 million and it kicks in next season. [AATJ | NHL]
- Jason Zucker wasn’t shy speaking to his teammates in a players-only meeting, saying that the team needs to be better and that coach Bruce Boudreau needs to be better. I can’t imagine that will go over well. [NHL]
- The Jets hosted the Coyotes on Tuesday and it was the first time they didn’t sell out a game since they moved to Winnipeg. It’s not a question of fandom; it’s a question of price. [Winnipeg Sun]
- It’s part of an ongoing trend in all the Canadian NHL markets, where attendance is lower than usual. [THN]
- Nicklas Lidstrom went on Spittin’ Chiclets and talked about the center-ice goal he scored on Dan Cloutier in the first round of the 2002 playoffs against the Canucks. [Nucks Misconduct]