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Islanders News: None Star State; Wild Card wackiness; Ho-Sang not enough; Ehlers update

Let's hope home is where the points are.

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No preamble necessary. See everyone tomorrow for the Orange invasion.

Islanders links

  • Recaps: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NHL.com | NYI Skinny | DBD
  • The Islanders' Magic Number remains 19 and feels like 90. [NYI Skinny]
  • Casey Cizikas returned to the line-up, John Tavares talks line shuffling and Jack Capuano discusses his goalie pulling strategy. [Newsday]
  • The wild card section of the Eastern Conference is a mess, and now includes the Islanders. The Penguins play the Capitals this evening. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Islanders' slide isn't the result of losing Jaroslav Halak. [SBN]
  • After many games on the road, the players are anxious to return to Brooklyn. [Newsday]
  • Forget pre-game soccer. Baseball is where it's at. [Newsday]
  • Bridgeport beat Portland 2-1 in overtime, and needed two goalies to do it. Christopher Gibson left the game in the third period after a collision. [BST | CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • First star Joshua Ho-Sang had a goal and three assists in Niagara's OT loss to Peterborough. [Peterborough Examiner]
  • Despite beating Seattle 2-1, Parker Wotherspoon's Tri-City America won't make the playoffs. [Tri-City Herald]

Meanwhile

  • Yeah, the Islanders were shut out. But at least all three goals weren't scored shorthanded. The Habs' season hits a new low. [Sportsnet]
  • An update on the health of Nikolaj Ehlers, who almost had his face removed by a Frans Nielsen shot in Winnipeg. He's doing well and could be back for the Jets soon. [WFP]
  • The Sabres fired their Director of Player Performance because some players were not performing. [Buffalo News]
  • Is the NHL ready for its first Australian-born player? [YDR.com]
  • Niklas Lidstrom is trying to raise money to save his hometown team by auctioning off a Hall of Fame jersey (which looks like an Islanders jersey if you want to torture yourself). [WIIM]
  • Kevin Spacey's appearance at the Panthers-Red Wings game was even more sublime and incredible than expected. [SBN]

Happy Birthday, Nick Leddy.