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Islanders News: Williams, fools, and Kasparaitis condos

Tell you what, how 'bout you buy this condo or I CHECK YOU INTO OKEECHOBEE!

Speaking of 3-for-5, great deals are on tap at the LI Pet Expo...
Speaking of 3-for-5, great deals are on tap at the LI Pet Expo...
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Just five games left before the big ones start. But with the standings tight and home ice on the line, all of these are big ones yada yada.

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight's game in Columbus here.

Islanders News
  • Following the team to Columbus, Newsday's Arthur Staple answered fan questions via Twitter. We captured some of the answers on Grabner, de Haan, Grabovski, the OHL studs and more. But the real take away is, "Try to fixate on something else." [LHH]
  • After yesterday's skate and before the flight, Kyle Okposo spoke of returning from injury, while Frans Nielsen left the ice as part of the recurring "maintenance" day. [Isles]
  • Did you have a good April Fool's? We did too. (If those links were too confusing, there was an un-Straitened version later, opened to refreshingly original comments too.)
  • It happened at the Coliseum on April 1, and my Bossy it looked good. [NYI Skinny]
  • Stephon Williams is expected to leave Minnesota State-Mankato to sign with the Isles. That would be part of an evolving goalie picture in Bridgeport. [LHH]
  • Part of that picture is CJ Motte -- signed in the AHL only through the end of the season, but impressive so far in two starts. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • In case you had doubts, coach thinks John Tavares "91 is the guy for us. I'm sure he does put a little bit of pressure on himself." [Newsday]
  • Video from the "Skate With The Greats" event. [IslesTV]
  • Darius Kasparaitis is building condos in Miami (mind the rising sea level, won't you?), and I speak for everyone in hoping it goes better than a Len Barrie project. [Forbes]
Beyond and West
  • Chris Kunitz knocked some glass off last night. Not much else coming from the Penguins, who dressed short and played like it in a home loss to the Flyers. [SB Nation] (Newsflash! Downie penalty cost them.)
  • Ryan Kesler took a maintenance game. [NHL]
  • Alas, Justin Schultz did not. [SB Nation]
  • Newsflash! The NHL points system makes teams shell up late in tied games, and it gets worse late in the season. [538]
  • The new AHL team in San Jose will be called dun-da-da-dun, dun-DUN...Barracuda. [Fear the Fin]
  • A post about multi-shot shifts (the Isles still rate well here) includes this about the quickly improving Hurricanes: "perhaps more than any other team in the league, the one to watch as a potential rebound candidate in the 2015-2016" [TSN]
  • In a continuing saga, SCOC responds to responses from a favorite Boston writer. [SCOC]