Welcome to the All-Star Break! One of the festivities things takes place tonight, with many events, each named after a corporate sponsor. Mathew Barzal will compete in the fastest skater competition. See the full lineup here.
- Barzal on that third-period benching: “I was in the wrong. ... We were up 3-0 and we were stressing getting pucks in deep and I had a bit of a mental lapse and then turned the puck over and it almost resulted in a goal against.” [Newsday]
- He’s also in no rush to discuss his contract: “We want to make the playoffs, take a run at the Stanley Cup,” Barzal said, “and after that we’ll figure [the contract] out.” [NHL]
"It's obviously it's an honor just being here again. So many good players throughout the league, so to be here with these guys, it's an honor for me." - Mat Barzal— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 24, 2020
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- I asked Bryan Trottier about Barzal’s skills, Mike Bossy’s shooting and the impact of specialized skill coaching in today’s game. [LHH]
- We have more podcasts on the way this week as the league and the Islanders take a break. Yesterday, Joe Buono and Christian Arnold discussed the week that was, and what Lou could do next. [PTIsles Podcast]
- With that all done, once the dust settles, February is going to be...kind of a big deal. [Newsday]
- 16 thoughts on various league topics, including how the Islanders have struggled since Adam Pelech’s injury — but it’s the drop in timely scoring and game-saving goaltending that has hurt. [Athletic]
The Sound Tigers still have two more games before the AHL All-Star break, tonight in Hartford and tomorrow in Springfield.
Brent Thompson will work game 5⃣0⃣0⃣ as an #AHL head coach tomorrow night in Hartford! He reflects on the first 499, his relationship with the @NYIslanders and more.— Bridgeport Sound Tigers (@TheSoundTigers) January 24, 2020
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There were no NHL games last night, only travel to vacation spots, home visits and — for the select few — to St. Louis for the All-Star festivities that begin with tonight’s Skills Competition Sponsored By Someone Surely.
- Speaking of which, the Tkachuk brothers grew up — at that arena, essentially — in St. Louis while their dad played for the Blues and made multiple all-star selections. So it’s surreal for them to be back there, competing against each other, on the same stage. [NHL]
- Why John Tortorella is a Jack Adams candidate. [TSN]
- Ryan Johansen is on pace for his worst season since his rookie year. Blip, or trend? [Athletic]
- The Canadiens have some good underlying indicators but the results aren’t reflecting that. Where is the disconnect? [Athletic]
- Look out behind you: Doug Wilson has received a vote of confidence from ownership in San Jose. [AP]
- Did he or didn’t he? The Gritty Watch continues. [Broad Street Hockey]
- Well that’s cool: Hockey Wilderness welcomes NWHL pro, Detroit native, Wisconsin Badger alum, and current Riveter Madison Packer to write for the site.