The New York Islanders are in the windy city to take on the hot Chicago Blackhawks who are 9-1-0 in their last ten. Hopefully, the narrative of the return of Hamonic and Josh Ho-Sang propels the Isles to two straight.
It sounds weird when you hear it, but I’m ok with the Chicago Blackhawks being perennial winners. My though is that because they’ve done it, maybe the New York Islanders can someday be the same.
Maybe someday the New York Islanders can be in that league of Stanley Cup favorites before a puck is even dropped in October.
The Blackhawks are a theoretical modern day dynasty, but the Islanders are an absolute dynasty. Until they match this franchise’s exploits in the 80’s we’ll always have that on them.
Hamonic Back In
Travis Hamonic is finally back in the lineup since being placed on IR back on January 8th. We’ve written a few posts about Hamonic’s pending return and you can bet that some of the staff are none too pleased with Hamonic being potentially slotted back in the top paid slot.
It makes Scott Mayfield unavailable for selection, which is kind of unfortunate based on how he’s played recently. But hammer deserves a chance to show he can improve like the rest of the veteran defenceman on the team.
With Hamonic back, the emergency conditions are over but Josh Ho-Sang is here to stay, for now, that is. The team still kept the option of sending him back to Bridgeport for a playoff run.
Ho-Sang didn’t get on the score sheet last night, but it didn’t keep him from impressing coach Doug Weight. A good sign for a player who’s faced a tough start to his NHL career before last night.
Tonight is game two for Ho-Sang. Hopefully, tonight is the night he gets on the scoresheet.
New York Islanders Potential Lineup
Chimera-Strome-Prince de Haan-Seidenberg
Kulemin-Gionta-Clutterbuck Greiss (Berube)
How To Cath the Game:
Venue: 8:30pm United Center