This is far from the first time that people have voiced complaints about the rink in Brooklyn. Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck couldn’t help but describe the surface as “unplayable” about a week ago.
Some go as far as to chastise the Isles organization for the issue, yet the solution might be a little trickier when you pour over the actual logistics of the situation, at least as it pertains to the 2016-17 season.
If anyone griping about the Barclays ice has any alternative places in New York for the Islanders to play, I'm sure the team is all ears.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers both boast a bevvy of enviably talented young players, so it only makes sense that a fresh face made the difference.
Granted, Brandon Manning might be “old” by certain standards at 26 but … you get the idea.
His shorthanded goal ended up being the difference as the Flyers topped the Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday:
The win also is a boost for Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t gained a victory since being in net for the Flyers’ season-opening win. Philly’s next game is a Wednesday Night Rivalry clash with the Detroit Red Wings on NBCSN.
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The Los Angeles Kings placed Brayden McNabb on injured reserve on Sunday.
While this move doesn’t devastate the Kings’ roster quite like Jonathan Quick‘s absence does, it’s another tough blow to Los Angeles, a team also without Marian Gaborik for quite some time.
McNabb is a big defenseman who’s been taking on an increasing role with the Kings. He went from averaging about 16 minutes in 2014-15 to almost 19 in 2015-16 and is now at 20:14 time on ice per contest through this young season.
The Kings have been able to stay in (and often win) recent contests by protecting Peter Budaj and hogging the puck, so this stings Darryl Sutter’s crew.
Los Angeles faces the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.