Notes for New York Islanders fans as the team is getting ready to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Islanders open their 22-game, post-Olympic schedule tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s the third and final meeting between these clubs in 2013-14; they split a pair of games in Toronto earlier this season, but the Isles are 4-1-2 in their last seven games against the Leafs.
Reinforcements: The Islanders recalled the Sound Tigers’ top forward line of Mike Halmo, Anders Lee and Ryan Strome on Monday. The trio currently lead Bridgeport in scoring. Strome’s 49 points (13g/36a) in 37 games pace the team and rank second among AHL rookies (Strome has played 17 fewer games than the current rookie leader). Lee’s 41 points in 54 games rank second on the Sound Tigers, but his 22 goals lead the team and rank second among AHL rookies.
Debut: Mike Halmo is set to make his NHL debut tonight. The Islanders signed Halmo as a free agent on March 10, 2012, after the undrafted winger completed a four-year junior career with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. Halmo had 165 pionts (76g/89a) in 247 games with Owen Sound.
Tavares Injury: Islanders Captain John Tavares suffered an MCL tear while playing with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The injury occured in a quarterfinal contest against Latvia on Feb. 19. Tavares’ injury is not expected to recquire surgery, but the Islanders announced the Tavares will not return this season.
Thomas Hickey – 1 games shy of 100
The game will air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.