The fallow period of the Islanders schedule is officially over, their one-game-in-10-days stretch soon to be a distant memory, as things are about to get busy again. They have 12 games this month, though there are a couple more three-day breaks mixed in before the big home arena opener on Nov. 20.
It starts tonight in Montreal, their first trip across the border since before the pandemic.
Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here.
- Previewing tonight’s game. [Isles]
- In this week’s Islanders Anxiety podcast, Mike and Dan discussed the recent games, Oliver Wahlstrom and Zdeno Chara, and some soccer comparisons for Mathew Barzal. [LHH]
- It’s later in this road trip, but Zach Parise knows it will be an emotional and “a little weird” return to Minnesota. [Newsday | Post]
- Bridgeport Report: A look at the first month of the Baby Islanders, who have another three-in-three this weekend. [Isles]
- (Yester)day in Isles History: A big one, as the Isles welcomed Al Arbour back for his 1,500th (regular season) game in 2007. A satisfying OT win over the Penguins. [Isles]
- The latest Talkin’ Isles podcast talks to Arron Asham, who rocked the orange. [Isles]
- Ten random hockey jerseys to bring back, including the Isles fisherman. [THN]
- Agent Allan Walsh spoke with Glenn Healy, mostly about how the NHLPA was a joke under Alan Eagelson before Bob Goodenow took over and made them legit, leading to the 10-day 1992 strike, which in turn led the NHL to bring in a guy (Gary Bettman) whose core assignment would be to secure a salary cap. [YouTube]
Last night’s NHL scores include the Hurricanes remaining undefeated, and the Blue Jackets topping the Avalanche. The Isles are 10 points behind Carolina.
- No Cole Caulfield for the host team tonight, but he’s handling his recent demotion well. [Habs Eyes On The Prize]
- The latest big name on the COVID list is Sidney Crosby. [PensBurgh | NHL]
- Pekka Rinne’s #35 will be the first number retired by the Predators. [Predators]
- The Isles are listed at a charitable #12 in the latest “Super 16.” [NHL]
- Alex Ovechkin is 36 and not slowing down yet. He’s two goals away from tying Brett Hull. [NHL]
- The Flames are off to a great start, so should they mess that up with a big trade for an injured Jack Eichel? [Sportsnet]
- When it rains, it tornadoes: The Coyotes have lost Connor Timmins for the season. [TSN]
- The Rangers have loaned malcontent Vitali Kravtsov to the KHL. [TSN]
- PK Subban was fined for yet another dangerous trip. [AP]
- NHL ice guru and outdoor rink pioneer Dan Craig retires at 66. [NHL]