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Islanders News: Travis Hamonic skates again, aims for Game 1

The waiting is the hardest part -- unless it helps Hamonic heal.

Do your part to help Travis do this again.
Do your part to help Travis do this again.
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Today is Tuesday. You've got to wait a little longer for the playoffs to begin, and a little longer still for the Isles-Panthers series.

Islanders News
  • The Islanders know they have a hard series ahead. The preparations are well underway by the staff. [Isles]
  • The players had the day off, though injured Travis Hamonic and Brian Strait skated. [@StapeNewsday]
  • Speaking of which, Hamonic is pushing hard to make Game 1. [Newsday | Sean Leahy podcast]
  • Compton & Co talk playoffs and welcome Ryan Pulock. [SNY podcast]
  • Litter Box Cats begins its look at the series with a rundown of Isles forwards. [LBC]
  • Reasons to believe into the Isles. [THW]
  • Scott Mayfield returned to Bridgeport to help their playoff push. [Soundin' Off]
  • The Isles are doing just fine in Brooklyn, says Herr Commissioner. [CBS NY]
  • Apparently the Islanders "obviously" preferred to face the Panthers according to one Sun-Sentinal writer, who nonetheless couldn't bait any Panthers to go trolling about it. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • In the battle of Islanders prospects, Joshua Ho-Sang's Niagara is coming out on top over Michael Dal Colle's Kinsgton. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, Linus Soderstrom has found a new home with HV71. [Hockey Sverige]
  • Cool deal with Ross Johnston becoming the first ECHL Missouri Maverick to play an NHL game. [KC Star]
  • Several ex-Isles will play to benefit a Long Island girl battling leukemia. [Isles | CBS NY]
  • Michael Fornabaio's annual Sound Tiger Fake Team Awards. [Soundin' Off]
Other Series and Such
  • The seven habits of highly effective shot generation. The first in a series. [Jen L-C]
  • The NHL and Showtime are talking all-access playoff special. [Puck Daddy]
  • Penguins fans and media are naturally high on their chances as they enter the playoffs streaking and having great numbers since Mike Sullivan took over. [Trib Live]
  • But columnists will be columnists, and the original version of this creepy one named Marc-Andre Fleury's daughters and everything. [Trib Live - Rossi]
  • Former Islander Rollie Melanson is leaving his goalie coaching gig in Vancouver to be home in New Brunswick with his 84-year-old mother. [Vancouver Sun]
  • The Coyotes fired Don Maloney, and it was a philosophical and analytic thing. [AZ Sports]
  • So, you know, Canadian media you can stop rumor mongering an OEL trade. [TSN]
  • But they hope Shane Doan decides to do one more year. [AZ Sports]
  • ESPN's final power rankings just sort of forgot about the Sharks.
  • Evidently Nino likes socks and chronicles them for you. [@Nino_Socks]
  • The annual Tim Connolly Award! [Die By The Blade]
  • Looking at the pool of Adams (coach of the year) candidates, a deep one. [SB Nation]
  • Alex Trebek is on the Capitals wagon (so I imagine Sean Connery is more of a Philly guy.) [RMNB]
  • Check out this awesome interactive goalie career progression graph. [Tableau]