The New York Islanders delivered another self-shutout for Ilya Sorokin, coming up with zero goals for the rookie in his second NHL game. Overall the performance and fortune was far better for Sorokin than in his debut, so there’s solace in that.
Of concern: No injury update on Anthony Beauvillier, who left the game in the second period and did not return.
Their next crack is Tuesday in Washington, where the Capitals will be missing some card sharks.
- About last night: Shutout by Scott Wedgewood, who picked up his first NHL win in three seasons. [LHH | NHL | Isles | Newsday]
- Michael Dal Colle came off IR to make his first appearance of the season, in place of Kieffer Bellows. [Newsday]
- Noah Dobson is building up experience in his second season and first as a regular. [NYI Hockey Now]
- (Yester)day in Isles History: Back in 1981, Mike Bossy became the second NHLer to score 50 goals in 50 games. [Isles]
Poor Sorokin forced to dwell on a second loss...in English:
“They did a pretty solid job of keeping us to the outside and that’s what we try to do on the other end. So we know how effective that can be.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 25, 2021
Lee & Sorokin ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XKhQZSSTtj
It’s been a weird up-and-down season already but one theme that appears to be emerging is scoring troubles throughout the lineup. The Isles have some lines that aren’t providing depth scoring.
That could be an even bigger issue if Beauvillier misses time.
“We need everybody contributing through our lineup. Right now we’re not getting enough from every line.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 25, 2021
Barry Trotz ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/uARdAmMx5S
weird game. not terrible, but no one could finish... glad it's not one we'll ever have to watch again...— Carey Haber (@habermetrics) January 25, 2021
final #isles 5v5 score adj metrics via nst
60.73% high danger
44.26% expected goals
better today for sorokin, that's for sure pic.twitter.com/7eJfnD2Xar
Other NHL scores last night included the Capitals falling to the Sabres in a shootout, and the Penguins beating the Rangers in regulation.
- Pierre-Luc Dubois “already feels at home” in Winnipeg, where he can’t actually play until he completes two-week quarantine after being exchanged for Patrik Laine. [NHL]
- While he wouldn’t discuss specifics, Dubois says his requested exit was about being true to himself. [Sportsnet]
- It’s rare that a trade can involve two stars and three players who’d made trade requests, but that’s what the Jets and Jackets pulled off. [TSN]
- It’s been an ugly start for the Canucks, a playoff bubble darling who aren’t delivering on early-season raised expectations. [Sportsnet]
- Notes from the NWHL’s second day of bubble tourney play. [Sportsnet | The Ice Garden]
- The league commish says she’s just getting started. [Sportsnet]
- Remembering George Armstrong, the last Leafs captain to lift the Stanley Cup. [NHL]
- The league is touting record viewership of games over TV/streaming this season. I suspect that is closely related to there being around 15-19,000 people per market who are not watching in person. [NHL]