After jumping out to their best start in franchise history, the New York Islanders have hit a bit of a snag.
Boychuk, on the list retroactive to Nov. 27, has already missed three games because of a lower-body injury. Visnovsky’s move is retroactive to Nov. 28 due to an upper-body injury that has kept him out of two games.
The Islanders will try for their first six-game winning streak in seven seasons when they take on the Capitals in Washington on Friday in the back end of a home-and-home set.
The Islanders sent a loud-and-clear message to one of the NHL’s top glamour teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins: “We can play any game you want, and we can beat you. Keep trying, but we are not going away.”
This is a completely different hockey team than we’ve seen in years past. The Isles have tons of offensive firepower, defensive depth and quality goaltending.
At this point, it would be reckless to say the Islanders will challenge for the top seed in the East, but a 3-0 start that includes a 6-3 win over the Rangers is absolutely delicious for this affection- and attention-starved franchise.
Rick Nash’s early season resurgence on the ice has coincided with joy off the ice. On Monday, his wife, Jessica, delivered a healthy baby boy named McLaren.
Brock Nelson had two goals and two assists, Johnny Boychuk added a goal and two assists in his Islanders debut, and New York beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Friday night.
The Islanders are a team on the move, leaving Long Island and heading to Brooklyn after this season. They hope to be a team on the rise, as well.
For the first time in ages, the Islanders are built to contend. It’s now on fifth-year head coach Jack Capuano to get this team to the next level. Will he? We’re certainly going to find out.
General manager Garth Snow has not exactly wowed the paying customers with his moves at the helm of the franchise since 2006, but his startling and bold trades over the weekend are about to change the game.
If their offseason activity is any indication, the Islanders fully intend to leave Nassau Coliseum on a high note.
That buzz you hear around Nassau Coliseum is louder than it has been in a very long time.
Why trade for one Stanley Cup-winning defenseman when you can get two for basically nothing? That’s exactly what the New York Islanders did on Saturday, stunning the hockey world in the process.
Boston’s Tim Thomas has probably been the best goaltender in the NHL in the early going. He may have to continue his dominant play to beat the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist.