7! Seven! Seeeeeven! Man. Longest win streak for this franchise in almost 30 years. Nice to get there against a division rival in the Flyers. Soak it in and let it carry you through the week, since the Islanders don’t play again until Friday.
Interestingly enough, for the second time in as many weeks, the Islanders come out of a four-day break with a home-away back-to-back: last week it was home vs. Coyotes, away vs. Senators; this week, it’s home vs. Lightning, away vs. Sabres. I think this weekend will be a bit tougher than last, but you gotta love the way they’ve been playing of late.
Words from the mouth of Barry Trotz, in praise of the team at large and its captain:
"Anders Lee was a beast today. His goal was a great example of leadership. You don't have a license to do less, you have a responsibility to do more. He knew it was a big game and he did more." - Barry Trotz pic.twitter.com/H9PgdR60Fm— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2019
- Before the game, it was announced that both Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl will be out 4-6 weeks with lower body (probably leg, based on viewings) injuries. [NHL]
- On top of that, here are some updates on the Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd injuries, the Leo Komarov illness, and the Josh Ho-Sang saga. [Islanders | Newsday]
- VIDEO: Mets ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard was at the game last night, riding the Zamboni during the first intermission and working the t-shirt cannon during a stoppage of play in the second, all while wearing a personalized ‘Syndergaard’ Islanders jersey. [NHL]
- The Islanders are hot right now. During their seven-game win streak, they’ve been doing a lot of the same things they did last season: making a lot of saves and winning, handily, the high-danger chance game. [PHT]
- An interesting long read about how the Belmont Park arena and the Nassau Coliseum will have to coexist once the former opens, especially since the latter was renovated recently. Nothing to do with Islanders games; really more about the other arena-worthy events. [New$day]
- Bridgeport and Hartford completed their home-and-home, and the Sound Tigers completed a three-in-three in Bridgeport. Jared Coreau allowed only one goal through regulation but the Wolf Pack won in overtime to go to 8-0-0-1 to start the season; the Sound Tigers, meanwhile, move to 1-5-2-1. [Soundin’ Off preview/lines | Sound Tigers post-game/recap]
It appears the Railers were so disappointed with the outcome of their road rematch matinee against the Brampton Beast that they didn’t even post an article about it; all we’ve got is this:
Last night’s NHL scores include the Sharks suffering the consequences of employing Aaron Dell, losing to the Senators 5-2; and old pal Robin Lehner allowing only one goal in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over the Kings.
- Also last night, the Bruins whacked the Rangers 7-4. Worse for the Rangers is that Mika Zibanejad left the game toward the end of the first and didn’t return after taking a high hit from Patrice Bergeron (who, by the way, had a hat trick for Boston). [Newsday]
- Another game from last night, in which the Panthers went to Edmonton and stomped on the Oilers 6-2, served to display the Oilers’ lack of talent beyond Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. [Sportsnet]
- The Jets’ Adam Lowry will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for boarding Flames’ Oliver Kylington during Saturday night’s Heritage Classic. [NHL]
In honor of the win streak: