NHL postpones Islanders games; Rangers Artemi Panarin fined $5K for throwing glove at Brad Marchand

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Nov 24, 2021; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Rooney (17) celebrates his goal against New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) during the third period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, the Rangers were looking for their fourth straight win and sixth straight win at home against the short-handed Islanders.

The Isles have played without seven players because of COVID-19 protocols, including Anders Lee and Josh Bailey and are missing top scorer Brock Nelson and top defenseman Ryan Pulock, who are out several weeks with lower body injuries.

“It’s not ideal for sure, but we have to find a way as a group and it’s not coming easy,” Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier said. “We have to find it in our locker room. Nobody is going to take it easy on us or anything. It is what it is at this point and we just have to fight through it and keep grinding.”

NHL Postpones Islanders remaining games for November

The NHL has postponed tomorrow’s game against the Rangers and the Tuesday’s contest against the Flyers.

Per the NHL’s Press Release:

NEW YORK (Nov. 27, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that as a result of an additional New York Islanders Player entering COVID Protocol this morning, and up to eight Players potentially unavailable to play due to COVID Protocol, as well as the possibility of additional cases due to spread, the team’s games will be postponed at least through Tuesday, Nov. 30. The decision was made by the League in consultation with the NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups.

The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Islanders’ regular season schedule.

The Islanders organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.

Panarin fined $5000

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Feb 14, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) takes a shot on goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Saturday morning for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Panarin was fined the maximum allowable under the league’s collective bargaining agreement for throwing his glove at Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand following a verbal exchange at the bench during Friday’s game.

After the game, Marchand elected to have a little fun about the subject of their conversation.

“We were just asking each other how Thanksgiving dinner was and he didn’t like what I ate,” Marchand said after the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to the Rangers.

Of course, there was no Thanksgiving discussion as Marchand went right for an obvious sore spot. Remember, Panarin needed to take a leave of absence last season due a former KHL’s coach’s unfounded allegations.

The 30 year-old didn’t hold back on his feelings about Marchand. “I don’t like that guy,” Panarin said.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report