The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders are tied for first place in the East Division after the Isles defeated the Caps 1-0 Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. A night later, the Islanders have made a major trade deadline deal that will give them some much-needed forward depth after losing Anders Lee for the season with a knee injury.
The Islanders acquired Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils for prospects and picks (forwards A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, the Islanders first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.)
The Devils agreed to retain 50 percent of both Palmieri and Zajac’s salaries to make the deal happen.