The Islanders host the Ducks in a holiday matinee today at 1:00 p.m. The Islanders visited the Ducks just before Thanksgiving and Anaheim snapped New York’s franchise-record 17-game point streak with a shutout where John Gibson didn’t have to work too hard.
Even though the point streak isn’t that important, I’m sure the players remember.
Here’s the team site’s preview of the damn thing.
Cal Clutterbuck flew home with the team yesterday but we know nothing of his condition.
#Isles Injury Update: Cal Clutterbuck flew home with the team last night following the Boston game. No further update will be given until tomorrow.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 20, 2019
- Catching up on all the things that happened around the Islanders in Boston, from the Semyon Varlamov save to rob the Bruins to Barry Trotz’s comments about Peter Laviolette. [The Athletic]
- Johnny Boychuk is having a healthy season, so far. Knock on all the wood around you. [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers lost on the road to the Springfield Thunderbirds last night. They had an early 1-0 lead, but it’s the only goal they would score. [Soundin’ Off pre-game | Sound Tigers post-game]
It appears the Islanders have partnered with Vans to make an Islanders skate shoe. Well alright!
Last night’s NHL scores include the Capitals beating the Devils and the Maple Leafs beating the Rangers, each on the road and by a final score of 6-3. Also, the Penguins won 5-2 over the Oilers in the Crosby-McDavid Bowl.
- The only other game from last night was the Panthers beating the Stars 7-4. In it, Noel Acciari had a hat trick for the second straight game. He’s a grinder. [NHL]
- The Rangers may have held him off the scoresheet, but John Tavares is “thriving” in Toronto. Why did Newsday run this? [Newsday]
- It’s “absolutely a possibility” that Taylor Hall signs with the Coyotes, according to his agent. That’s the spirit! [NHL]
- The ten best value contracts in the NHL: Nathan MacKinnon is, of course, number one. [The Athletic]
- A powerful long read about the troubled hockey past of Akim Aliu and about his quest to change the game. [The Athletic]