Josh Ho-Sang was brought up by the NY Islanders on March 2. Although he’s played just eight games, the 21-year-old right-winger from Toronto already has three goals and three assists, including one of each in his last two appearances; his assist in Tuesday’s contest came on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime decision against the host Carolina Hurricanes. The Isles are 33-25-11, fifth in Metropolitan Division and currently in the eighth spot in the East. According to a March 13 story in The New York Times, “Ho-Sang, who grew up in suburban Toronto, also brings an unusual family lineage to Brooklyn. His father, Wayne, is from Jamaica, and his great-grandfather was from Hong Kong. Ho-Sang’s mother, Ericka, was born in Chile, and her parents were Russian and Swedish. Ho-Sang was raised Jewish.”
I contacted the team’s PR staff to see about an interview and was told , “Right now, we are trying to make sure Josh can settle in with the team and not overburden him…. If there is an opportunity moving forward that works, we will keep you in mind.”
As for the rest of the crew, in their most recent games…
Michael Cammalleri and the NJ Devils saw their Tuesday game against the visiting Winnipeg Jets postponed because of the snow in the area (I even had my weekly tennis game cancelled!). He missed the previous contest — a 5-4 loss to the host Arizona Coyotes — because of an upper body injury. (Can someone tell me why the NHL deals in such vague terms? Every other sport is pretty specific as to the injury that prevents someone from playing.) In fact, Cammalleri last appeared in a game on March 2, a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals in which he crashed awkwardly into the boards. He had not scored a goal since Jan. 3, a streak of 22 games without putting one between the pipes. For the season, Cammalleri has 10 goals and 20 assists and rumor has it he might be gone after the season. The Devils are 25-31-12, eighth in Metropolitan Division and last in the Eastern Conference.
Jason Demers played 17:07, taking two shots on goal for the Florida Panthers in their 7-2 win over Zach Hyman and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Demers has nine goal and 13 assists for the 30-27-11 Panthers who are sixth in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the East. Hyman, meanwhile, took three SOG in 13:47 in that one and is 9/16. The Leafs are enjoying their best season in a long time: 31-23-14, fifth in the Atlantic and 10th in the East. Both teams have 14 games left, so there’s still a time — with a little luck — to grab a playoff spot.
On he other hand, Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild are sitting pretty: second in the Western Conference by one point with a record of 43-18-6. He took one SOG in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the host Washington Capitals and has 21 goals and 24 assists for the season.
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