I have never been to Montreal. It’s one of those cities that I hope to cross off my list in the not-so-distant future. I hear that it’s beautiful. Maybe, when I do get the chance to go, I’ll plan it so that I can see my favorite hockey team play up there. It seems like a raucous building.
The New York Islanders have been to Montreal before and have played in that raucous building—okay, maybe Oliver Wahlstrom hasn’t been there before, as I’m fairly certain that he has not yet played a game there.
But the point remains: The Islanders know what to expect when they play in Montreal tomorrow night. They just need to go into Bell Centre and take care of business against a weak team.
Always nice to hear from Barry Trotz.
Trotz Media Availability pic.twitter.com/OsIIAcabJ7— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 2, 2021
- The Isles’ offense needs to find that killer instinct; it’s not enough for them to take the lead. They need to put games away, or they’ll lose as they did on Saturday in Nashville. [amNY]
- Video killed the radio star—the Islanders may not practice every day, but they certainly watch a lot of video when they do not practice. [Newsday]
- Scott Mayfield and Anders Lee joined the two-hour NHLPA call the other day regarding Donald Fehr’s mishandling of Kyle Beach’s report. Mayfield said that the union was trying to see if there is a “hole in the system.” [Newsday]
- Zdeno Chara has looked like a 44-year-old so far this season. Father Time may have finally caught up with the seemingly ageless wonder. He stands in stark contrast to Nick Leddy, whom he replaced. [NY Post]
- The Islanders are up to no. 10 in ESPN’s Subjective Power Rankings.
- LISTEN: I haven’t yet heard it myself, but it seems that Arthur Staple’s plan to have a new guest host every month on No Sleep Til Belmont did not work out. In this episode, he talked Wahlstrom and Chara, and he took some listener questions.
- LISTEN: Former Islander and Canadien Arron Asham joined the Talkin’ Isles boys for episode 12. [Islanders]
Last night’s NHL scores include the New York Rangers blowing a 2-0 lead and losing in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks. I mean, at that point, who cares what else happened? But for posterity, the Islanders’ foe in tomorrow’s game shut out the Detroit Red Wings at home.
- In that Habs-Wings game, Montreal winger Jonathan Drouin was sent to the hospital after taking a shot to the head in the first period. He seems to be okay, though. [NHL]
- Though there is no set timetable, Carey Price will return to the Canadiens soon. [NHL]
- The hits keep on coming for the Vegas Golden Knights; they suffered yet another injury to a key player. William Karlsson will be out four to six weeks with a broken foot suffered from a shot block. [NHL]
- A reckoning may be on the hockey horizon: The Pittsburgh Penguins now face another lawsuit over their covering up of the sexual assault of the wife of an assistant coach by the head coach. [Sportsnet]
- Robin Lehner last night spoke to the media following the Knights’ loss to the Leafs and pleaded with his fellow players to “step up and fight” for Kyle Beach and similarly situated players. [Sportsnet]
- Winnipeg Jets head honchos Mark Chipman and Kevin Chevaldayoff—the latter of whom was directly implicated in the Beach cover-up—said some nice things yesterday, but real change is needed, and it remains to be seen what they’ll do to enact it. [Sportsnet]
- Josh Ho-Sang appears to have found a home in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. [The Leafs Nation]