The Islanders are out west until Thanksgiving, making their California swing as they start in San Jose and move south.
They’ll take on the Sharks tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, so take a nap or make some coffee or something because this team is appointment-viewing, even that late.
FIGs go here. You should have plenty of time to get them in!
- Let’s preview the damn thing, shall we?
- This west coast trip is set up rather favorably for the Islanders, since they had a day to adjust to the time change and they aren’t playing any back-to-backs after long travels. They also don’t have to fly an extra time, since they’ll play the Ducks and Kings in consecutive games. [Newsday]
- It’s still early in the season, but you’re permitted to enjoy this streak. [Newsday]
And they’re getting a lot of recognition around the league.
There's no question about it - the @NYIslanders are the top team of the week!#PowerRankings | #NHLNow | @EJHradek_NHL | @Rupper17 pic.twitter.com/2KxEYFuUmF— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) November 23, 2019
They’re even getting some attention on ESPN, courtesy of new fan Damien Woody.
Had a little fun on @SportsCenter combining the worlds of hockey/football @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/eawffy6plM— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 23, 2019
- Thomas Greiss is on the radar of the Trophy Tracker as a leading candidate for the Vezina at the quarter pole. [NHL]
- The city of Pittsburgh looks on fondly as Derick Brassard, who struggled with the Penguins, is producing for their rival. [TribLIVE]
- Hockey players play through injuries all the time, but should they? [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers began a three-in-three last night in Providence as the Bruins whooped them 5-0. They’re home for the next two nights. [Soundin’ Off pregame | CT Post-game | Sound Tigers recap]
- Andrew Ladd is hanging out down in Bridgeport. [CT Insider]
- And Simon Holmstrom is adapting live there, as well. [Islanders]
- LISTEN: On the latest No Sleep ‘Til Belmont, Arthur Staple and Mark Parrish discuss what Garth Snow was like as a teammate, as a GM, and as a person. [The Athletic]
- WATCH: The players’ wives and girlfriends visited a soup kitchen to help out as the holidays roll around. [Islanders]
Last night saw only two NHL games: the Penguins and the Senators beat the Devils and Rangers, respectively, each by a score of 4-1.
- Brendan Shanahan has managed to stay out of the public eye as President of the Maple Leafs, but he had to show his face this week with the coaching change. [Sportsnet]
- The Stars could get back both John Klingberg and Roope Hintz tonight against the Blackhawks. [NHL]
- And Mikko Rantanen got back on the ice to practice with the Avalanche for the first time in a month or so. [NHL]
- Old friend Frans Nielsen is declining sharply this season and the Red Wings are in a pickle. [Wings Nation]
- Jordan Binnington channeled Curtis Joseph on Throwback Night for the Blues and earned a shutout. [NHL]
- The Predators are struggling and a lot of people are looking at Matt Duchene, but he can’t save them from the declining play of some of its stars. [On the Forecheck]
- Nicklas Backstrom shared the touching story of his mother overcoming cancer. [NHL]