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Islanders Gameday News: Dobson grows into his skills, Isles host Pens

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NHL: FEB 06 Penguins at Islanders
Thank goodness he wasn’t hurt.
Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In an odd scheduling quirk, tonight’s game will be the second and final game of a series for the Penguins, but merely an odd second time in three days hosting Pittsburgh for the Islanders. The last time they played, Anders Lee recorded a power-play goal late in the third period.

It is the first game for Pittsburgh’s Ron Hextall/Brian Burke regime. Time to play spoiler!

FIGs go here.

Islanders News

  • A preview of tonight’s game.
  • The Islanders announced their intent to allow fans back in the Coliseum, commensurate with Governor Cuomo’s orders. [Islanders | Newsday]
  • This particular columnist loves the idea of returning to the building. [Newsday]
  • Noah Dobson continues to learn how to harness his wide-ranging skills. [Newsday]
  • With the beginning of the AHL season comes the first Bridgeport Report.
  • Both Otto Koivula and Dmytro Timashov received assignments to the Sound Tigers. [Islanders]
  • Ken Hitchcock felt proud to learn that his good friend, Barry Trotz, passed him again on the all-time coaching wins list. [The Athletic]
  • WATCH: Trotz joined NHL Tonight to discuss the challenges of this strange season.
  • LISTEN: Dan called up from the Taco Squad Carey Haber for the latest episode of Islanders Anxiety. I have not yet listened but I do love it when Carey stops by the show. [LHH]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Bruins finishing off the Rangers in overtime and the Maple Leafs coming back to defeat the Canadiens.

  • This week’s 31 Thoughts delves deeper into tonight’s opponent’s new hires.
  • You had questions. Scott Burnside had answers. They’re okay. [The Athletic]
  • Sidney Crosby and the rest of his team look forward to working with Hextall and Burke. [NHL]
  • The Canucks claim that they are not trying to lose and that they are not losing because of the players that departed them this fall. [NHL]
  • Michael Peca has rejoined Peter Laviolette, having been hired as the Capitals’ new player development coach. [RMNB]
  • The Isles came in at no. 16 in the quarter-pole power rankings. [The Athletic]