Good Sunday morning, folks. I may be a simple man, but I like when the Islanders win—which is what they did yesterday. They don’t play again until Wednesday, when the Maple Leafs come to the Coliseum.
- After yesterday’s performance against the Panthers, Thomas Greiss owns the best save percentage in the NHL. [Newsday]
- Nick Leddy returned to game action yesterday, but his absence allowed Noah Dobson to prove his worth, and he did. [Newsday]
- Jordan Eberle did, too, and the Islanders are getting closer to being full strength again. Although, Casey Cizikas left the game early yesterday. [Newsday]
- Eberle’s return saw Derick Brassard remain on right wing for the time being. [Newsday]
All these guys returning from injury meant some guys had to go back to Bridgeport (although, it could just be because of the Sound Tigers’ busy schedule this weekend):
#Isles Transactions: Otto Koivula and Cole Bardreau have been returned on loan to Bridgeport.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 9, 2019
- Yesterday’s game was part of the Islanders effort toward Hockey Fights Cancer. [Islanders]
- Arthur Staple grabbed a syntactical snapshot of each game of the 10-game win streak and synthesizes what we’ve learned about them in that time. [The Athletic]
- LISTEN: Radio analyst Greg Picker joined the PTIsles show to talk the three Bars: Barry Trotz, Mathew Barzal, and Cole Bardreau. [LHH]
- ESPN’s experts, some of whom are definitely not, are mostly selling and not buying the Islanders hot start. Which, I mean, no team is good enough to win ten-in-a-row all the time.
- Eric Duhatschek touches on lots in his Notebook, but he dedicates part of it to the magic that is Barry Trotz and whether he could become only the second coach to win the Jack Adams three times. Trivia time: who was the first? [The Athletic]
An impressive feat that reinforces the idea that Trotz might deserve it?:
- The Sound Tigers opened a three-in-three yesterday, in which they’ll face the Providence Bruins and
BinghamtonBelleville Senators. [Sound Tigers]
- They dropped the first contest yesterday, a home game against Providence, but Oliver Wahlstrom converted a nifty pass from Otto Koivula for Bridgeport’s lone goal. May both be invigorated by their NHL stints? The Sound Tigers are home this afternoon to host Belleville. [Sound Tigers]
- Stan Fischler regales the tale of how the 1985 Islanders became the first team to come back from down 0-2 to win a best-of-five series when they beat the Capitals. [Maven’s Memories]
Last night’s NHL scores include the Senators doing us a favor by beating the Hurricanes, but also the Penguins defeated the Blackhawks in a shootout and the meteoric Capitals continued to dominate, this time against the Golden Knights.
- Robin Lehner is facing considerably more shots this season with the Blackhawks than he did last year with the Islanders, but he wants everyone to remember that playing behind some awful Senators and Sabres teams trained him for this. This is what he’s used to. [The Athletic]
He’s also still a big fan of his former battery mate:
The greiss is Always right!— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) November 9, 2019
- VIDEO: In the first of the Sweden Global Series games, Canucks legend Markus Naslund dropped the ceremonial first puck. [NHL]
- In 1999 and 2000, Fender produced a limited amount of Telecasters with NHL logos painted on them—only 100 or fewer per team—and they look pretty cool, not gonna lie. [Puck Junk]