The trade deadline has come and gone and the Islanders didn’t make any deals. However, there are a few things to look forward to in tomorrow’s Islanders game against the Stars.
Thursday’s game will be the NHL debut of Josh Ho-Sang who was drafted 28th overall by the Islanders in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the team in Dallas and practiced at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. The highly touted forward was excited about the news that he would get a chance to play in his first game after an emergency recall. Coach Doug Weight relayed the news that Alan Quine would not play this road trip and is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Ho-Sang was named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for his play in February with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He recorded five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 12 games. Now it’s time to see what he can do at the highest level. We’ll have more coverage and an interview with Ho-Sang during Islanders Game night tomorrow.
Dave Strader Calling the Game for the Stars
Isles fans will have the pleasure of listening to Butch Goring and Brendan Burke on MSG+2 for tomorrow’s game. For Stars fans, they’ll be listening to Dave Strader, as he calls the action for the Dallas broadcast. Strader has been battling bile duct cancer for months and he’s undergone many treatments since last spring. The first didn’t have any results, but the second sent him into cardiac failure. Luckily, he pulled through and has been undergoing another form of chemotherapy in New York. So far, it’s been successful.
The Glens Falls native was thrilled to get back to the booth and hoped hockey would be another form of medicine to help him through this emotional time. Last week, he returned to the Stars broadcast to call a series of games after missing the entire season. His first of five games this season was Feb. 18th against the Lightning.
It was an exciting win for the Stars who beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in overtime. You can see the reaction from the players in Strader’s emotional return during our pre-game show. Our entire crew has been thinking about Dave all season. Personally, I’m really glad I have the chance to be in the building tomorrow for the final regular season game he is scheduled to call this year. I hope Dave is back behind the mic full-time next season, happy and healthy.
Kicking Off the Second Half of the Road Trip
The Isles are in the midst of a franchise long nine-game road trip. They did have a short break for practice and casino night, but the second leg of the trip is vital to their playoff push. The team will face six Western Conference teams, including a back-to-back with the Stars and Blackhawks this week.
After a really tough loss in Columbus, the team is focused and determined to get back to winning games. If the Isles can pick up eight of the 12 available points, I believe they will be in good shape to keep their playoff dreams alive.
On a Lighter Note …
The Isles will return home to Barclays Center on Monday, March 13 against the Carolina Hurricanes. On that night, fans in attendance will be getting something special: an Andrew Ladd Bobblehead. I brought one along for the trip that will visit each city and pose for pictures along the way. It’s not quite an elf on the shelf but hey, we like to have some fun with these long trips. Stay tuned to my Twitter feed to catch the adventures of Andrew Ladd … the bobblehead edition!