The New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime to win another road preseason game, moving to 2-0-0. Anthony Beauvillier, skating next to Kyle Palmieri and Aatu Räty, notched the game-winner.
But the results don’t really matter in the preseason, even if it feels good to beat the Flyers. It’s what the coaching staff sees from the players, especially the prospects and fringe players—in other words, which guys might crack the roster.
For the Islanders, whose roster is mostly set, it’s about seeing which guys deserve the first call-up should injuries arise. But it’s also about sending away their prospects with goals to improve their game for the future when it’s time for them (hopefully) to graduate to the NHL.
Meanwhile, look out for the next episode of Islanders Anxiety, dropping later this morning.
- Beauvillier had a hand in all three goals in Tuesday’s win. Noah Dobson also had a goal and an assist. [Islanders]
- Cory Schneider got a chance to start on Tuesday night and remind the world that he was once an elite goalie. [Newsday]
- Those that did not go to Philly instead scrimmaged.
- Some news and notes from yesterday at camp. We’re already a week into it! [Isles DTD]
- I, too, would like to pick the brain of a future Hall-of-Famer.
I asked Barry Trotz about the relationship between Noah Dobson and Zdeno Chara: "I think there's a respect [between the two]. Noah thinks it's a pretty neat thing to pick the brain of a future Hall of Famer."— Joe Pantorno (@JoePantorno) September 29, 2021
More on that later. #Isles
- Räty is under contract in Finland this season, and the Islanders intend to allow him to honor that contract. But man, has the 18-year-old left a strong impression on the staff; Barry Trotz likened him to Zach Parise and lined him up next to two NHL top-six wingers on Tuesday. The Aatu Räty Revenge Tour continues unabated. [amNY]
- Three keys to success this season: Captain Anders Lee returns, the goalie tandem remains strong, and the team survives its season-opening 13-game road trip. [NHL]
- The Islanders enter 2021-22 as a sexy Stanley Cup pick and with hopes to fulfill that destiny. They also have a new building. This may be the most optimistic I have ever been about this team. [Associated Press]
- The Metro Division will be tight this season, but the Islanders look poised to take the crown and win their first division title since 1988. [Nichols @ Fourth Period]
- The Islanders found a taker for Bode Wilde this season. He will suit up for Vasterviks IK of Sweden’s second-best league, Allsvenskan. [TSN]
- Brent Sutter is in the Alumni Corner.
- And Mick Vukota appeared on the latest episode of Talkin’ Isles.
- Arthur Staple hosted our very own Mike Leboff on No Sleep Til Belmont. The two discussed Isles betting trends and Stan Fischler, for whom they both interned.
- The Islanders plan to donate all food leftover from game nights at UBS Arena. [Islanders]
- The Isles’ broadcast team, led by perhaps the best play-by-play man in the sport in Brendan Burke and an elite all-female studio team, ranked no. 1 in fan votes of NHL broadcasts. [The Athletic]
- The Isles will have a new anthem singer next season, and it could be you!
- It has been difficult to discern which translation is correct, but it appears that Andrei Deniskin, for his insanely racist gesture toward Jalen Smereck, has been suspended from the UHL for only three games and received a fine. It seems not to be the UHL making that decision, but an outside body. Either way, a pathetic response. [ESPN]
- The league announced its critical dates for the 2021-22 season. [NHL]
- Jonathan Toews played his first game for the Chicago Blackhawks in over a year. [NHL]
- New Jersey Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine for “health reasons.” However, reading between the lines of his later comments, it sounds like he doesn’t have an actual medical reason for not receiving the vaccine, and he hasn’t ruled it out. So just get the shot then, Mack. [ESPN | NHL]
- Rick Carpiniello has 14 preseason thoughts on the New York Rangers, including the possibility that Sammy Blais was a sneaky good pickup. [The Athletic]
- Goalie Jack Campbell says that the Toronto Maple Leafs have “no excuses” for this season, and I agree—which will make them falling on their faces that much funnier. [NHL]
- Dom L. at The Athletic has the defending Stanley Cup finalist Montreal Canadiens outside the playoff picture.
- Mark Giordano scored for the Seattle Kraken in his (preseason) return to Calgary. [NHL]
- Former player and current Colorado Avalanche analyst Peter McNab announced that he is battling cancer, but he will continue to call games for the Avs. Best wishes to him and his family. [NHL]