The New York Islanders lost their second consecutive game to the Boston Bruins last night. It happens, you know? I was quite frustrated by the outcome and how they have looked for the past couple of weeks, but I would rather they have this rough stretch now than in the playoffs.
I just hope that they can work out these kinks by then.
- Barry Trotz liked tonight’s effort much more than last night’s, but he said that the hockey gods punished his team for not showing up the night before.
Trotz Postgame Availability pic.twitter.com/12k2uQxktF— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 17, 2021
- Michael Dal Colle and Leo Komarov found their way back into the lineup due to injuries to Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck. Bailey missed his first game under Trotz. [Newsday]
- Their strong play together under Trotz has earned both Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock great praise and respect around the league. [Newsday]
- Nassau County Executive Laura Curran wrote to Governor Andrew Cuomo to request that the Coliseum be allowed to hold 50% capacity. [NYI Hockey Now]
- This (yester)day in Isles history: The Islanders became the first team to overcome a 2–0 series deficit when they came back to beat the Washington Capitals in Game 5 (1985) and they completed a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins (2019).
- Stan Fischler remembers Mikko Makela, the Flying Finn. [Maven’s Memories]
- WATCH: Brian Burke played for Lou Lamoriello at Providence College. One time, Lou choked out a ref. No, really. I’m still cracking up. [Sportsnet YouTube]
- The Colorado Avalanche had their schedule postponed until at least Thursday due to a third player entering COVID-19 protocol. [NHL]
- And the North Division saw much of its schedule rearranged to allow the Vancouver Canucks a bit more time to ease back into play. [NHL]
- WATCH: Canucks captain Bo Horvat said that his wife got sick, as well, and said that it has been tough battling COVID-19. [TSN]
- Patrick Marleau is close to breaking Gordie Howe’s games played record—it should happen early next week. [Sportsnet]
- The Buffalo Sabres’ goalie depth has taken yet another hit. [TSN]
- The Winnipeg Jets extended Adam Lowry for five more years. [Sportsnet]
- The Canadian division winner will likely set up shop for the final four in an arena near their semifinal opponent but would stay there if they made the Stanley Cup Final. [The Athletic]
- Would it be good for the Edmonton Oilers to re-sign Tyson Barrie? [The Athletic]
- Alex Galchenyuk will need to be more responsible defensively to stay in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup. No, really. [Sportsnet]
- The Islanders are no. 7 in The Athletic’s Power Rankings, and the numbers guy said Thursday night’s showing was likely an anomaly.