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!
- 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]
Noah Dobson Media Availability pic.twitter.com/IO5O5QYi4S— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 10, 2021
- 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]
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]