Sorry for the delay, folks. I was literally waiting for some news items to roll in. The Islanders have another game to play tonight, this one in New Jersey against the new-look Devils at 7:00 p.m. Well, not all of them — some of them played the Rangers last night.
Hope everyone remembers that it’s the 21st night of September tonight!
- The Islanders played last night, too, scoring another OT win in Detroit. From Twitter’s opinions and those of the commenters here, it sounds like Josh Ho-Sang, Derick Brassard, Anthony Beauvillier, and Devon Toews had successful games against the Red Wings. [Islanders]
- Here’s how tonight’s squads will appear when they take the ice in Newark. Seems like the top line will get a run out there tonight and 2019 first-round pick Simon Holmstrom will make his debut. [Islanders]
- Ho-Sang understands how he fits in coach Barry Trotz’s system, which is important for his chances of making the opening night roster. Opening night is less than two weeks away, folks! [Newsday]
- He’s been playing on Brassard’s wing, so perhaps he lands there to start the season. That and other notable items in thinking about projecting said opening night roster. Wouldn’t it be something if he forced Leo Komarov to the press box? Oh, what fun it is to dream. [The Athletic]
- Sound Tigers training camp is continuing right along in Bridgeport with some new additions from the other day. [Sound Tigers]
- It’s been 20 years since the 1999-2000 season kicked off (20 years?!) and, as it turns out, a lot of things surrounding the Islanders happened that year. Almost none of them were good, mind you, but it’s fun to walk down memory lane sometimes, right? [ESPN]
- Speaking of old Islander things that weren’t good, DGB’s obscure player of the week was Dave Chyzowski. [The Athletic]
- Belmont’s groundbreaking ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Monday, with Governor Cuomo and commissioner Gary Bettman set to attend. [Newsday]
Of course, the ground is already broken — perhaps as much as it needs to be, for the arena anyway:
ARENA@BELMONT UPDATE— Mark Berner (@MarkoBerner) September 19, 2019
It appears that AECOM Hunt excavated 17 feet in almost all of the dig, the depth needed to pour the foundation for the New York Islanders Arena@Belmont Park. pic.twitter.com/k1JjrnI71f
- Taylor Hall tested his new knee last night for the first time since December when tonight’s opponent took on the Rangers. He had a goal and an assist, so he must be feeling good. [NHL]
- It has become a little bit harder for opposing forwards to enter the zone: Dan Girardi has officially called it a career. I did not realize he played 13 seasons — time flies. [NHL]
- Eric Tulsky, who humbly began his work in hockey as a blogger and got hired by the Hurricanes as its analytics expert, has risen to VP of Hockey Management and Strategy and has probably been the driving force behind Carolina’s recent fleecings, like the Nino Niederreiter trade. He sat down with The Full 60 podcast to discuss how analytics have evolved over the last decade. [The Athletic]