The New York Islanders are considering hiring a third assistant coach for new head coach Patrick Roy’s staff, though Roy noted that the decision will be up to general manager Lou Lamoriello, not Roy’s, per team reporter Ethan Sears with the New York Post.
The Islanders are 1-2-0 after a week under their new head coach, with the team seeing a small drop in average goals for and against compared to the 45 games they played under Lane Lambert this season. They’ve also seen a substantial boost in their powerplay in the short sample of games, raising their powerplay percentage from 22.8 to 27 percent. Roy’s last coaching stint in the NHL came between 2013 and 2016 when he served as head coach for the Colorado Avalanche. The legendary goaltender set a combined 130-92-24 record with the Avalanche, making the playoffs once.
Other notes from the Metropolitan Division
- Star Columbus Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine has experienced a setback in his injury and is no longer expected to play before the end of the team’s current three-game road trip, per team reporter Brian Hedger. The trip takes the Blue Jackets up to the All-Star Break. If Laine does indeed sit out the trip, his next chance to return will come on Saturday, February 10th when the Blue Jackets host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Washington Capitals winger Max Pacioretty experienced a lower-body injury in the team’s Saturday afternoon overtime loss to the Dallas Stars. Few details have been provided about Pacioretty’s injury, other than that it is not linked to the Achilles tendon injury that held the winger out of the first 35 games of the season, per team reporter Tom Gulitti. He’s since appeared in 11 games, netting one goal and seven points.