Hope everyone enjoyed a day with family or Furious7 or whatever else you did on Easter Sunday. The hockey world was mostly quiet, except for the riots happening in Pittsburgh.
- For all their stumbles over the last month or so, there is evidence that the Islanders were doing good things and just not getting results. Or they were the worst-coached team since General Custer's 7th Cavalry. Whatever makes you feel better. [Newsday]
- Tuesday could be a big night for the Islanders. [NY Skinny]
- New dad Mike has the Power Rankings for the previous week, in which the Islanders are compared to baby diarrhea.
- Shawn Bates was at decades night and his legendary playoff penalty shot isn't just remembered by younger fans. [Point Blank]
- Will Sparky the Dragon move to Brooklyn, too? And if he does, will he become Sparky the Craft Beer Speakeasy Owner or Sparky the Independent Sidewalk Artist/Nerdcore Rapper/Filmmaker or Sparky the Community Volunteer Rooftop Herb Garden Groundskeeper? The Islanders haven't decided yet. [NY Times]
- Niagara came back from two games down to beat the Ottawa 67's in their playoff series. Joshua Ho-Sang had two assists in Sunday's Game Six victory. This sets up a series between Ho-Sang's Ice Dogs and Michael Dal Colle's Oshawa Generals. Oh boy. [St Catharine's Standard]
- Doyle Somerby of Boston University is a big, Boychuk-style hitter. The Terriers take on
Notre DameNorth Dakota Thursday in the Frozen Four. [Boston Herald]
- There's still a chance for some movement in the Metro Division [In Lou We Trust]. Speaking of which...
Around the kids table
- ...so, um, the Penguins might be in real danger of missing the playoffs. They lost to the Flyers on Sunday, as Philly finished the season sweep, and are suddenly a little too close to the Senators for comfort. [Post-Gazette]
- Ryan Reaves, St. Louis Blues team dentist. [SB Nation]
- The Grand Rapids Griffins and the Toronto Marlies got into a big brawl thanks to the refs, "letting the boys play." Good work. [Winging It]
- Unbelievably, the NHL won't be broadcasting the draft lottery this year in a TV special like they usually do. That means no "good luck charm" guest representative, no optimistic sales pitches to weary fans and no amazing reaction shots like Trent Klatt's. There will be a video posted afterward, but the show is effectively cancelled. More tank shame or just lame PR? Either way, I'm bummed. [Broad Street Hockey]
- Religion isn't a subject often talked about among NHL players, but that could be changing. [Boston Globe]