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Islanders News: Tavares staying put, Pulock debuts, Visnovsky not retiring, lottery day

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Because you can't quit us, and we can't quit you.

Well now that's why it keeps breaking, silly. You can't light those one-pieces on fire like you could the wood ones back in Bossy's day.
Well now that's why it keeps breaking, silly. You can't light those one-pieces on fire like you could the wood ones back in Bossy's day.
Jamie Squire

Tonight is the NHL Draft Lottery, which has meant something to the New York Islanders way too many times during its existence. Here's what will happen:

The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m., ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Lottery live during a 30-minute program produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation also will air in the U.S. on NBCSN and will re-air on NHL Network U.S. at 8:30 p.m., ET.

Wait, 13 picks? That's an odd number. Aren't there 14 non-playoff teams...?

The New Jersey Devils will not be eligible to win the Draft Lottery and will select 30th overall in the First Round.

Oh, that's right. The Devils are the Devils so we didn't really mean that whole "forfeit your first-round pick" thing. Good to know. You didn't mean that whole "St. Louis Blues defenseman Scott Stevens has been awarded to the New Jersey Devils" thing either, right?

Anyway, here are other Islanders-like things to read:

Elsewhere
  • Here's a handy dandy SBN playoff bracket to bookmark.
  • Some "behind the numbers" playoff predictions: Hockey Visualized | Puck Prediction
  • As for our annual routine, we are addicted hockey fans so yes, we'll have a playoff bracket (ooh, look at the odds. Or don't.) and nightly threads. You can vote in the poll for the first series here.
  • Teemu Selanne's goodbye lap was awesome, as was grabbing Jean-Sebastien Giguere to join him. [video]
  • Bary Trotz is gone in Nashville, now able to resume, as Dan put it, the quest to find his neck. [Forecheck]
  • John Tortorella really hates Bob Hartley. [National Post]
  • Not a new theory, but a few more angles: The Randy Carlyle Effect. [mc79hockey]

See you in the polls. Or at the lottery. Or amid the zeitgeist. Or in the player report cards.