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[Bits] Spoiler Alert: Spoiling spoilers spoil everything

Watch out for that ottoman, Senators.

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"C'mon man. We need these more points than you!" "Sorry, dude."
"C'mon man. We need these more points than you!" "Sorry, dude."

Oh. Did you guys think you had a shot at the playoffs? Sorry, Senators. April Josh Bailey has other plans. Washington Capitals, you're next.

Islanders news:

  • Recaps: LHH | New$day on hometown boy Calvin deHaan | IPB | Islanders
  • The Skinny from Canada's capital.
  • John Tavares just wants to play. [New$day]
  • It's prospect vs. prospect when Griffin Reinhart's Edmonton Oil Kings meet Ryan Pulock's Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL playoffs. [Islanders]
  • NEW! More on Reinhart versus Pulock with some insight into the Islanders plans for both players. [Edmonton Journal] (h/t to Dep)
  • Sound Tigers captain Chris Bruton won the team's Man of the Year award for his service to the community. Three cheers for him.


  • Last night's NHL scores. The loss to the Islanders and the Red Wings thrilling win over Boston pretty much seals the deal for the Senators.
  • Breaking: actual NHL general manager admits to reading actual blog. Sabres GM Tim Murray name drops Pension Plan Puppets on radio and changes everything you know about everything.
  • More Leafs: Bob McKenzie thinks Randy Carlyle is "vulnerable" to being fired and James Mirtle says David Clarkson's contract is buyout-proof and immobile.
  • Immortal ref Don Van Massenhoven will retire after this season. [Slam Sports]
  • Former Blue Jackets coach Dave King is finding success in the KHL and is guiding a resurgent Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to the semifinals. [Calgary Herald]
  • Defensive defenseman: the giant squid of the NHL. Where are they and how can you find one? [Hockey Visualized]
  • The Devils are bad at shootouts. There are players that are pretty much only good at shootouts. The Devils should get one of those guys. [The Sporting News]
  • All about the Frozen Four. Old friends North Dakota and Minnesota meet again. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • A well-written, systematic, highly-detailed and completely ruthless take down of Adam Oates at Russian Machine Never Breaks. Notice the lack of the phrase, "real NHL coach."
  • Sidney Crosby tries to draw a call after being hit by a linesman Yes. [Deadspin]

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