All in all, three points from a three-game road trip is something I’ll take. The process of getting there wasn’t great, but to speculate wildly, perhaps the Trade Deadline is weighing on them. Or, maybe the illness running through the locker room earlier in the week still hadn’t fully gone away yet. Whatever it is, we must hope, as fans, it’s not permanent.
I don’t think I’m alone in hoping Lou Lamoriello acquires another scorer, and there might be a chance he gets a good option:
Hearing the Islanders are among the teams in pursuit of Mike Hoffman— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 24, 2019
For now, still, we wait. About 30 hours to make something happen.
The coach speaks about the win last night:
- The Isles and their coach, Barry Trotz, trust in Lou’s decision-making this deadline season. [Newsday]
- Nick Leddy harbors no ill feelings toward Connor McDavid for the headshot in the first period of the game against the Oilers. [Newsday]
- The Islanders players are excited about the clash on Thursday night when John Tavares and the Maple Leafs come to visit. [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers won again in extra time, this time defeating the Springfield Thunderbirds in the shootout. Michael Dal Colle scored the lone shootout goal. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off]
- It might not surprise you to learn this, but the Islanders are the most surprising team in the NHL this season; here are four others. [THN]
- Way back in 1979, when he was still just a college hockey coach at Providence, Lamoriello was on the losing end of a stunning comeback. His team led Cornell 5-1 in the quarterfinal and wound up losing 6-5 in OT. [Newsday]
Yesterday’s NHL scores include the Sabres beating the Capitals in regulation, Columbus taking down the Sharks in regulation, and a stunner in the outdoor game: the Flyers tied the Penguins with 20 seconds remaining and won it in overtime in their home city.
- The rich get richer: one day after the two teams swung the Matt Duchene deal, the Senators sent F Ryan Dzingel and a seventh round pick to the Blue Jackets for two second round picks and F Anthony Duclair. [The Cannon]
- The Blue Jackets look to be all-in after the Duchene (and now Dzingel) trades. [THN]
- Another big trade went down yesterday: the Stars acquired F Mats Zuccarello from the Rangers for two conditional picks that could become first rounders. [Defending Big D]
- Dallas also acquired D Ben Lovejoy from the Devils yesterday and kinda overpaid for him, but they’re preparing as if D Stephen Johns is out for the season. [Defending Big D]
- Hurricanes fans have rallied around old, crotchety, bigoted fart Don Cherry’s comments about them being a bunch of jerks as Carolina tries to secure a playoff spot. [The Athletic]