Islanders News: In this grind they're going to Carolina

Now, only one shall be black.

Isles in Raleigh with nothing on the line? Tonight is going to be a ratings record-breaker, you watch.

The Islanders are in Carolina for a zero-stakes encounter with the Hurricanes tonight, which reminds me we're also doing a story about off-track betting in the Himalayas. Smaller story, but I know you've been following it.

Like Columbus before Sunday, the Canes haven't lost to the Isles and can sweep the series tonight. A Pyrrhic thing, that.

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Elsewhere
  • Also in that Friedman 30 Thoughts post, talk of if Eric Staal or Jeff Skinner will be on the trade market. Evidently Carolina needs to shed salary. Low-revenue teams and the endless cycle.
  • Oh, and Jim Rutherford will reportedly step down as GM this summer. [Puck Daddy]
  • I have to say, 20 years ago I'd never imagine reading nor echoing Paul Stewart. But if he's dissing the absurdity with dirty diver James Neal? Sign me up. (Also: "Give me an honest, genuine tough guy any day of the week over a Kenny "the Rat" Linseman or an Avery.")
  • Are you sitting down? Yikes: QMJHL player has finger ripped off by puck, reattached | Sporting News
  • Clarkson stunned Minnesota for the women's NCAA title, and Clarkson showed some swagger in beating the nearly unbeatable Gophers.
  • Sure David Clarkson isn't what the Leafs signed him to be, but is he really this bad? [mc79hockey]
  • You know how bad that 6-0 home loss to Minnesota stunk? As usual, you can look to the Oilers for a moment of "at least it's not that bad!" Jersey tossed on the ice, hurled back, everything. [Copper & Blue]
  • Weird sidebar from the idiots attacking James Reimer's wife on social media: Man, reporters really shouldn't do this, and editors should really make sure their reporters have a basic understanding of social media. Like, especially if they plan to use it or report on it. (Then again: Well, #StarsgonnaStar.) [PPP]
  • In more on-ice matters (but also Reimer), his recent struggles aren't that unusual for even good goalies, statistically speaking. [PPP]
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