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Islanders Gameday News: de Haan status, Capitals coming, prospect plaudits

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Here come the leaders.

You know, they finally beat a red team -- that's a sign, right?
You know, they finally beat a red team -- that's a sign, right?
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders have round three, or maybe Game 10 (except now they've really been eliminated, six games to three) in continuing hostilities from last spring with the Metro's new alpha dog. Leave your FIG picks for tonight here.

Islanders Reads
  • The Islanders know they have a major challenge and proverbial litmus test in facing the Caps. They won't know if they'll have Calvin de Haan and won't announce who's in goal until this morning. [Newsday]
  • This week's LHH power rankings includes a media roundup where the Islanders goaltending "controversy" idea makes the rounds. [LHH]
  • Watch John Tavares on hometown hockey. [NHL Twitter]
  • An organizational roundup in the Bridgeport Report. [Sound Tigers]
  • Mathew Barzal's 10-game point streak Devon Toews' four-point weekend in the prospect roundup. [Isles]
  • The Frontenacs aren't focused on franchise records, though Michael Dal Colle is nearing the 300-point milestone. [Whig]
  • Behind the man behind the @IslesWhiteSUV account. [CBS NY]
  • The scenes and details behind Casino Night. [Isles]
The Land of the Others
  • Kelly Hrudey and his daughter Kaitlin do a fantastic awareness campaign for mental health. [Flames Twitter video]
  • Befitting a team that tops the league and has only 10 regulation losses, the Capitals are doing well against the best too. [Japers' Rink]
  • Barry Trotz discusses the looming trade deadline as the Caps get Brooks Orpik and his cap hit back from IR. [WaPo]
  • No but really this time we swear they aren't the same old Caps. [WaPo]
  • Michel Therrien pinned the Habs' latest loss on a "selfish play" by P.K. Subban. [Puck Daddy | HEOTP]
  • The Metro team that was "finished" a few weeks ago now only needs Eric Staal to go all the way to the Cup. [Post/Brooks Logic]
  • Buried at the bottom of this story on the OHL Flint Firebirds firing their coaches for the second time this season, is a note that Shawinigan (where Anthony Beauvillier plays) fired theirs. [Sportsnet | SB Nation]
  • More on the KHL's expansion into China. [HEOTP]
  • Matt Dumba scored an own goal off his face. OFF HIS FACE. [SB Nation]
  • Since Christian Ehrhoff hasn't worked out as hoped, the Kings should trade for a defenseman. [JFTC]
  • Gary Bettman upheld the 20-game suspension to Dennis Wideman, which means the NHLPA will exercise the right to appeal to an arbitrator. [SB Nation, Puck Daddy]
  • Radko Gudas is a menace who must be stopped, and even Flyers fans would tell you so. [BSH]
  • The many ways the latest Bruins St. Patrick's Day Jersey is as awful as it's always been. [SCOC]