Jason Brough


Lack of discipline keeps costing the Isles


The New York Islanders’ penalty killing got burned for 12th and 13th times last night, and it cost them in a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

The Isles went shorthanded six times against the Bolts — a bad idea against a team with Steven Stamkos, who scored on the first of three Tampa Bay power plays in the first period alone.

“There’s no secret,” Isles captain John Tavares told reporters. “The amount of penalties we take, it’s really putting us in a tough spot.”

“We’re probably one of the most penalized teams in the league — and it’s not the refs, you know what I mean?” added defenseman Johnny Boychuk, per Newsday. “We should’ve learned from the last game against them.”

That “last game” was Nov. 1 in Brooklyn, when the Bolts went 2-for-7 on the power play and won 6-1. Andrew Ladd called it “easily our worst game of the year,” and unfortunately for the Isles, things haven’t gotten much better since.

In fact, the Isles’ only win of the month came over one of the worst teams in the league, the Vancouver Canucks, who’d lost eight straight coming in. It was hardly a dominant victory either, requiring a third-period push to get it done.

On top of all that, last night’s loss marked the start of a brutally tough stretch for Jack Capuano’s crew. The Isles play the Panthers in Sunrise tomorrow, then return home for games against the Lightning and Penguins. After that, it’s off to California to visit the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks.

Indeed, just 14 games into the season and it’s already desperation time, as the Isles (5-7-2) have fallen four points out of a wild-card spot and five points back of third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Most PP goals surrendered
Calgary: 17
Chicago: 16
NY Islanders, Dallas: 13

Fewest PP goals surrendered
Columbus: 3
Carolina, Edmonton, San Jose, Minnesota: 4

Mantha gets the call, as Athanasiou sidelined with knee sprain


The Red Wings have recalled forward Anthony Mantha from AHL Grand Rapids.

Mantha gets the call after Andreas Athanasiou was forced to leave last night’s 3-1 win over the Canucks.  Athanasiou got leveled by Vancouver’s Russian giant, Nikita Tryamkin, in the first period. He did not return and is now expected to miss one or two weeks with a knee sprain, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan.

Athanasiou, 22, has four goals in 13 games, so his goal-scoring will be missed — unless Mantha can show something in the NHL, that is.

Mantha, the 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has eight goals in 10 games for the Griffins this season, and his production had been duly noted by the Wings’ brass.

But early this week when Thomas Vanek was placed on LTIR, it was Tyler Bertuzzi that the Wings recalled, not Mantha.

“I’ve had conversations with everybody involved that’s watched the team and they’re both playing excellent, they’re both playing really good hockey,” head coach Jeff Blashill said, per CBS Detroit. “We think they’re both real good prospects. As we talked about it, we debated it a little bit last night – ‘debated’ isn’t the right word – we discussed it last night, and we just decided this time we’re going to go with Bert.”

Vanek is not eligible to come off LTIR until Nov. 18, so this is a great opportunity for Mantha to show his stuff.

The Red Wings’ next game is Saturday in Montreal.

Related: Anthony Mantha is looking to make the leap

Blackhawks could be without Anisimov against Caps


The streaking Chicago Blackhawks (10-3-1) could be minus a key player against the Washington Capitals (8-3-1) tomorrow at United Center.

Per NHL.com, center Artem Anisimov is questionable for Friday’s contest after being forced to leave last night’s win over the Blues with a lower-body injury.

Anisimov is the co-leader on the ‘Hawks with 17 points (8G, 9A), tied with Patrick Kane (5G, 12A).

“Obviously, [if he’s out], you’re missing a guy that has had a tremendous start for us in all areas of our team game,” said head coach Joel Quenneville. “So, we’re still hopeful that he could play.”

Anisimov did not practice today. If he can’t go against the Caps, Nick Schmaltz or Marcus Kruger could step up to center his line. Jonathan Toews would obviously center the other top line.

The Blackhawks have won seven straight, in large part because their goalie, Corey Crawford, has been excellent, and their veteran core has stepped up with big goal after big goal.


As you can see, the ‘Hawks have not received much production from the supporting forward cast. And don’t forget, Tyler Motte is out a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury.

The Caps, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 3-0 home loss to San Jose on Tuesday. Prior to that, they’d won five straight.

Corrado growing frustrated as a healthy scratch in Toronto


Frank Corrado is trapped.

Granted, he’s trapped in a pretty good place, making thousands of dollars a day on an NHL roster.

But the 23-year-old defenseman has yet to play a game this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And until there’s an injury, he may have to keep waiting.

Not surprisingly, he’s pretty frustrated.

“Twenty three years old and we’re how many games into the season, and I haven’t played a game yet,” Corrado told The Athletic. “It’s one of those things where it’s OK, you get to do all the cool things…but how much longer are you going to be able to do it for if you don’t establish yourself as a player that can keep playing in this league? You want to be in your mid-30s and still be playing here, that’s what you work toward. Just because you fly on the plane and eat the good meals doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be here.”

Corrado played 39 games for the Leafs last season. Though his possession numbers were quite good, he finished minus-12 with just one goal and five assists.

This season, he has Connor Carrick and Nikita Zaitsev to compete with. The Leafs picked up Carrick in a deadline deal with Washington; they signed Zaitsev in May as a free agent. Both shoot right and play the right side, just like Corrado does. Both have dressed for all 13 Toronto games.

Corrado, of course, requires waivers to be sent to the AHL. That’s how he ended up in Toronto, plucked from Vancouver, much to the chagrin of Canucks fans.

Looking ahead, one injury, or one bad stretch from Carrick or Zaitsev, and Corrado may get his chance. You’d think there could be changes after Tuesday’s 7-0 loss to the Kings. The Leafs host the Flyers Friday.

If not, Corrado will continue to practice and continue to wait. His frustration is understandable, especially for a guy who made his NHL debut all the way back in 2013, and even got into four playoff games.

Such is life, which rarely goes as planned.

At the very least, he’s a free agent at the end of the season.

Canucks say Hansen will miss 4-6 weeks with fractured rib

More fallout from Saturday’s spirited game in Toronto — the Vancouver Canucks announced today that winger Jannik Hansen is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured rib.

Canucks president Trevor Linden told TSN 1040 (audio) that he’s “90 percent” certain Hansen was injured on the hit by Toronto’s Morgan Rielly.

Seconds after getting crushed by Rielly, Hansen instigated a fight with Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, who’d leveled Daniel Sedin as Sedin shot and scored a goal.

“Towards the end of the fight he had to get out of there because he couldn’t go,” Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said of Hansen, per The Province newspaper. “For him to jump up and step in right away was good to see. The one thing you like out of that game was that we stuck together. You like that we cared. If you don’t care, then you don’t have any emotion and you don’t battle.”

Related: Canucks ‘disappointed’ with NHL’s decision to not suspend Kadri

It was originally reported that Hansen had a shoulder injury. The 30-year-old speedster was placed on IR at the beginning of the week. He missed Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Islanders and Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Rangers, the latter of which snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Canucks.

In a related story, the fact Hansen was unable to play and Jake Virtanen was still a healthy scratch was quite the indictment of the youngster. Hansen and Virtanen both play right wing, yet instead of dressing Virtanen the past two games, Desjardins opted to give extra time to veterans Derek Dorsett, Alex Burrows and Jack Skille.

Yesterday, Virtanen was sent to the AHL for at least two Utica Comets games.

The Canucks finish their six-game road trip tonight in Detroit. They kick off a four-game home stand Sunday against Dallas.