Yesterday’s victory extended the Islanders’ point streak to six games while snapping the Bruins’ point streak at ten games. The Isles remain the only team so far this season to have taken down Boston in regulation.
They have tied the Capitals in standings points, but the Capitals have played one fewer game. The Islanders will play the Sabres in Buffalo tomorrow night and Tuesday night, assuming the Buffalo club will not be restricted by COVID-19 protocols.
The full breaking story from @TBNSports with more to come after practice: Rasmus Dahlin and Ralph Krueger return to ice for #Sabres, although Krueger left after about 15 minutes. https://t.co/Tkv5JaO0Gn— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) February 14, 2021
- Leo Komarov had to be waived again—his waivers from last month expired, and to be assigned to the taco squad, a player must first pass through waivers—but he responded with an assist on each of Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goals. [Newsday]
- Mathew Barzal has heeded Barry Trotz’s advice and remained out of the penalty box.
- Many elite forwards play in the East Division. However, they have to contend with the Islanders’ defense, weakened as compared to last season but still strong. [Newsday]
- This day in Isles history: Bill Torrey was named the first GM in team history (1972).
- This yesterday in Isles history: Bryan Trottier scored his 500th NHL goal (1990).
- And coming across my desk just this morning: Josh Ho-Sang has been loaned to Linköping HC in the SHL. So he remains in Sweden’s top league.
Last night’s NHL scores include the Canadiens beating the Maple Leafs and the Lightning striking directly the Panthers. The two other East Division games planned for yesterday would have been Capitals at Sabres and Devils at Flyers, but they had been postponed.
- We saw a trade yesterday—the Senators re-acquired Ryan Dzingel from the Hurricanes in exchange for two players they acquired this summer: Cedric Paquette (Tampa Bay cap dump to Ottawa) and Alex Galchenyuk (free agent signing). [NHL]
- In what is often termed the “kiss of death,” the Canucks owner publicly backed on Twitter coach Travis Green and GM Jim Benning, saying that he does not intend to change anything. Vancouver won last night but has struggled mightily so far this season.
- Frankly, I cannot believe the amount of ink that has been spilled over Sam Bennett’s trade request, but here is yet another article about it; this one says that his most likely landing spots, according to the author’s logic and speculation, would be the bottom-feeders. [The Athletic]
- WATCH: New Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke appeared on his final Sportsnet broadcast last night, and the playful jabs were flying. It was actually pretty funny!