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Islanders Gameday News: Kinda Huge

Please win.

Party over here.
Party over here.
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Even though they can't clinch, the Islanders have a big afternoon game in Brooklyn today. FIG picks go here. Game time is 1 pm. Don't pick Hamonic.

Islanders readings

  • Get better soon, Travis. In the meantime, welcome back Marek Zidlicky. [LHH | Newsday | NY Post with the ominous headline]
  • The team's Magic Number remains at five. Thanks for nothing, Bruins and Red Wings. [Skinny]
  • The players continue to criticize Barclays Center's ice and the NHL is on the case. Dehumidifiers have been put in place for now. [NY Times]
  • The Islanders have some late season concerns. You don't say. [E$PN IN$IDER$]
  • The college kids joining the Sound Tigers are jumping right into the thick of a playoff push. [CT Post | Other BST notes on the playoff chase]
  • Kingston closed out Oshawa was a 6-0 blowout on Friday night. Michael Dal Colle had four assists (!) in the game and 14 points in the series against his ex-team. Jesus. [Durham Region]
  • Niagara is also through to the second round after a 5-2 win over Ottawa. Josh Ho-Sang had a goal and two assists and was named first star for the fourth straight home game. [St. Cath. St.]
  • Not to be left out, Anthony Beauvillier had two assists in Shawinigan's 4-1 series-clinching win over Sherbroke. [ | Box score] Full prospect playoff roundup coming soon.
  • Quinnipiac teammates Devon Toews and Sam Anas (an Islanders camp invitee, hint, hint) are D1 All Stars. []
  • Today's ceremonial puck-dropper is a real life hero. [CBS NY]
  • Yesterday was April 1, the "this day in history" when Mike Bossy became the first rookie to score 50 goals. [NHL]
  • Yesterday was also picture day for these goofy bastards

Stuff that's way less important

  • The tribunal has spoken and Duncan Keith will sit for six games, including Game 1 of the playoffs, for slashing Charlie Coyle's mug. [SCH]
  • Hamonic being hurt sucks, but the Ducks put important players David Perron, Rickard Rakell and Frederic Andersen on the shelf all in one shot yesterday. Oof. [Puck Daddy]
  • It would be nice if more fans could see some of these super important late-season games. [WIIM]
  • Breaking: NHL players don't want to play in Edmonton. [C&B]
  • Venerable junior team the Medicine Hat Tigers have been evicted from their arena and need a solution before they become homeless. Oh, and look, our old friends SMG are front and center in the dispute. [Can. Press]
  • Watching hockey, including a trip to Cincinnati for a pair of college games, was therapeutic for one Fear the Fin writer.
  • Say goodbye to the Minnesota Wild, who yesterday announced their intention to leave for the KHL. [MHH]
  • Meanwhile, the Devils spent their April Fool's Day switching their name to the "New Jersey Angels." And they almost fooled some people. [SBN]