The New York Islanders are in St. Louis aiming for their fifth win in a row against a team reeling from five losses in a row. Trap game, you say?
The Blues won their first three games of the season before receiving varying levels of thumpings by Winnipeg, Nashville, Montreal and L.A. They faced a few key injuries up front — Brandon Saad (upper body) is still out, but Pavel Buchnevich (residual Stench of Ranger) returned a couple of games ago. On the backline, skilled but injury-prone Scott Perunovich is out long term again.
They’ve already gotten the “we’re not changing the coach” and “you better not make me make moves” speech from GM Doug Armstrong, whose track record is admittedly pretty good despite the occasional decision to, say, give four years and a modified NTC to Marco Scandella. (He’s also out for the season.)
- Casey Cizikas will be back (presumably), as he was fined the max rather than suspended for that goalie interference ejection Tuesday in Chicago. [NHL | Newsday]
- The Islanders offense has been rolling again — and there may even be room for improvement. [Athletic]
- Crowdsourcing: Have you been to a game in Vegas? Help a fellow LHHer out with some tips and intel. [Fanpost]
- Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly — a pending UFA — is off to a “horrible” start and blames himself for the team’s woes. [NHL]
- Logan Thompson is enjoying his opportunity to run with the #1 job in Vegas. [NHL]
- Nazem Kadri “still has lots to give” so he better get on that, because he’ll be old soon. [TSN]
- Brad Marchand is a really skilled, super-producing overachiever, which is why it’s a shame he’s such a miserable weasel and terribly poor sport. [ESPN]
- Apparently Ryan Reynolds is: 1) some actor, 2) Canadian, and 3) interested in buying the Senators. [Sportsnet]
- Trevor Zegras was fined $1,500 for slashing. [NHL]
- The Bruins have recalled journeyman Keith Kinkaid after Jeremy Swayman went down with an injury. [TSN]
- John Tortorella on Toronto media out to torture Sheldon Keefe: “I hope he jams it to you all.” [Sportsnet]
- Some random thoughts on the league from Bourne. [Sportsnet]