‘Giants have the potential to become great again’ – Ben Karbowski
Ben Karabowski | NHL.com New York Islanders goalie Frederik Andersen, right, and Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner have been named the NHL’s rookie of the year for the second time in three years.
New York, which won the Stanley Cup last spring, won the Presidents Trophy as the NHL rookie of a year in 2016-17 and again this season.
Lehner, 21, finished the regular season tied for third in the NHL in wins (34) and fourth in shutouts (11).
He is the first goalie to win the Vezina Trophy and the Veza Cup, which are awarded to the league’s top rookie goalie.
He has three shutouts in seven starts.
Andersen, 23, is the third goalie in NHL history to win both the Vezanet Trophy and Vezna Trophy in his first two seasons.
He won the Vezo in 2016.
The Islanders won the Calder Cup in 2019, a first for the franchise.
They were one of only two teams to finish with at least 70 points in each of their first four seasons.
The Sabres were the other team to win 70 games in each season in the late 1990s.
They have been in the Eastern Conference for 11 seasons.
They defeated the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs in 2018 and the Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
Buffalo will play its final game of the season Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks at First Niagara Center.
Andersen was selected with the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft.
The team will announce the winner of the Vezlina Trophy, which is awarded to NHL rookies, on Tuesday.
The Vezla Trophy is named for the legendary Czech goalie, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the 1992-93 season.
The league is honoring Andersen by playing the game of “goalie vs. goalie” in Buffalo on Saturday.
The Blackhawks, who have won nine Stanley Cups, will be without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for the first time in six years.
Kane, 30, had a season-high 31 goals and 40 assists in the playoffs, but missed five games due to a knee injury.
Toews, 29, also missed three games after he broke a bone in his hand.
The Penguins, who also had a star-studded group of players with the help of star goalie Sidney Crosby, will try to avoid another season in which they lost in the Western Conference finals for the third time in four years.
The Ducks and Sharks will play in their second straight postseasons, with both teams losing in the conference finals.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was fired after the 2016-18 season.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer will replace DeBoers son, Jim, as the team’s head coach.
The Sharks will be playing the second of a three-game homestand before returning to Phoenix on Wednesday.
Anaheim, the only team in the Pacific Division to have a winning record, won 10 games in a row.
The Kings finished the season with the best record in the league and reached the Western Cup final.
They lost in seven games to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Wild beat the Flyers, who were led by goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, in the series finale.
The Predators, who had a 3-1 series lead, fell in seven.
The Rangers will open a three (and two)-game road trip Friday at Boston.
The Coyotes will visit Nashville.
The Flyers have the best regular-season record in NHL and have won four straight.
They are scheduled to play the Kings on Tuesday at St. Louis.
Nashville will host the Blues.
The Capitals will play the Penguins on Friday at Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is expected to host the Stars on Thursday.
Washington will play host to the Sabres on Saturday in the season finale.
Buffalo and Boston will play again on Monday at Detroit.
Buffalo won the Eastern Division title for the fifth time in the past six seasons and will play at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in the Stanley Trophy Playoff.
The Bruins will host Minnesota on Wednesday in the second game of a four-game back-to-back set.
Boston, which finished fifth in the Atlantic Division, is one win away from the Stanley Championship.
Pittsburgh was swept in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
The Stars will play their first game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Senators will play home games against Tampa Bay and New York on Sunday and Monday.
The Hurricanes will host Nashville and Edmonton on Friday and Saturday.
Buffalo is set to open a four (and three) game homestare Thursday before hosting the Islanders.
The Oilers and Ducks will host Anaheim on Friday in the opening game of their two-game series.