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Islanders Gameday News: No one is safe

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Ahead of one more road saga, the Isles host a team they have to beat.

Now you're just showing off.
Now you're just showing off.
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The Islanders try to bounce back and end their winless streak tonight against the Ottawa Senators, who are basically out of the playoffs and playing on the second half of a traveling back-to-back. "Any given Sunday" and all that, but really no excuse for failing to win tonight, no?

Leave your FIG Picks for tonight here. The Isles enter today five points out of second, three points out of third, and only two points above safety in the wild card.

Islanders Reads
  • Jack Capuano on dealing with the media, which (Neil Best) called him a straight-shooter: "There are times where I probably could boil over, but I don’t. There are times I could call out certain players, but I don’t." [Newsday]
  • The Sound Tigers recalled Parker Milner, while Christopher Gibson did not make the trip to Portland. [Soundin' Off]
  • Mike Bossy says "Bring the Beard." [Twitter vid]
  • Lots of prospect news, with several headed to the CHL or NCAA playoffs. [Isles]
  • On inspiration from Isles assistant Matt Bertani. [State College]
  • You may have heard, Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk said "no one is safe" and torched his team and dinged his coach, complaining about things like who he started on opening night. [Puck Daddy | Silver Seven]
  • So the Senators lost last night at home, as Washington clinched the Metro title. [NHL]
  • Bryan Trottier is among those who will faceoff to fight Alzheimer's. [Alzheimer's Faceoff]
  • The NBA Nets will reveal the logo and such for their Long Island Nets affiliate tonight. [Nets Daily]
Beyond the Island
  • Speaking of no excuses, holy cow: The Flyers lost to Columbus in extra time after blowing a two-goal lead (shorthanded!) in the final 64 seconds. [Puck Daddy]
  • Oh, and Thomas Vanek is scratched again, with his new coach wondering how to get him to play at the level that the Isles thought they might get while offering him the moon. [Puck Daddy]
  • Despite the clinch versus, Ottawa, are the Caps coasting and doomed to an early playoff loss? [RMNB]
  • Or can they flip the switch? [Japers']
  • Without Vanek, the Wild were outshot 39-18 but beat the Kings. [NHL]
  • Nazem Kadri threw a nice legal hit, and the fake "Johnny Hockey" and his teammate lost their $hit. [Leafs Nation]
  • Notre Dame will move to the Big Ten in college hockey. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Compare and contrast: What the Ducks did vs. what the Habs did when they struggled with results despite good play. [NHL] Of course...Montreal beat Anaheim last night because hockey is like that. [NHL]
  • Kind of a big deal, the next ruling in the former players' concussion lawsuit against the league. [TSN]