Penultimate regular season game day! The Sabres dropped their final home game last night to Columbus and are now in Brooklyn to face the Islanders. A win gives the Islanders 101 points for the second consecutive year.
FIG picks go here. Settle in for a day of crazy hockey.
- BREAKING NEWS! (as in, just now). The Islanders have recalled Adam Pelech (from his conditioning stint), leading scorer Alan Quine and veteran Bracken Kearns from the Sound Tigers as injury replacements. Michael Fornabaio speculated Kearns could be the guy yesterday.
#Isles Transaction: Alan Quine and Bracken Kearns have both been emergency recalled from Bridgeport.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 9, 2016
- In case you didn't hear (somehow), Anders Lee's season is over because Johnny Boychuk's slapshot should be registered as a deadly weapon. [LHH]
- Regardless of where it leaves them in the playoff picture, beating the Rangers was the right way to go. [CBS NY]
- Newsday's Jim Baumbach and Mark Harrington get to the bottom of the Islanders-Barclays Center opt-out clause. As per usual, don't hold your breath for a return to Nassau. Also as per usual, I'll have more thoughts on this later today.
- Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal paints a rosy picture of the team's first year in Brooklyn.
- Clark Gillies delivered an emotional speech at a memorial service for Al Arbour yesterday that was attended by many, many proud alumni. [Newsday | NHL.com]
- Travis Hamonic is recovering and spent Friday ringing the bell at the Stock Exchange. [Gallery]
Travis Hamonic and @NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ringing the @NYSE Closing Bell! #Isles pic.twitter.com/HXR1zoEONc— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 8, 2016
- The Sound Tigers lost a crucial game in Hershey last night, and their magic number remains seven with five games to go. [CT Post]
- Niagara took a 2-0 lead in its series with Kingston with an OT win in Game 2. Michael Dal Colle had a hat trick in the loss while Joshua Ho-Sang added a pair of assists. Game 3 is Sunday at Niagara. [St. Cath St | Whig]
- Anthony Beauvillier went pointless in Shawinigan's Game 2 loss to Charlottetown. [QMHJL]
- Mathew Barzal is a leader for the Seattle Thunderbirds. [Seattle Times]
- Former Islander Brett Gallant collapsed on the bench during an AHL game last night and was rushed to the hospital, where he is "alert and conscious." [The Hockey News]
- This will be a crazy day in the NHL, with playoff seeds up for grabs all over the place. Dom has very thoughtfully broken them all down for us. Say thank you. [LHH]
- The Rangers are totally not tanking for playoff position, you guys. They're just resting half their team for today's final game against Detroit. [BSB | WIIM]
- Now-free agent Jimmy Vesey is your Hobey Baker Award winner for 2016. [Puck Daddy | SBN CH]
- Devils coach John Hynes will lead Team USA at the World Championships. [AATJ]
- Adam Oates sets the record straight on his roving coaching position and his philosophy on scoring. [TPT]
- To no one's surprise, the new Las Vegas arena will be something else. [ESPN]
- A higher-up in the NHL's substance abuse program is being investigated in the death of former player Derek Boogaard. [TSN.ca]
- Jaromir Jagr is beyond human at this point. [NY Times]
- Not Hockey, Still Amazing: An oral history of that time the New Jersey Nets almost became the Swamp Dragons. Includes logo and uniform mock-ups, a town changing its name to "Nike" and David Stern saying "That's the stupidest fucking idea I've ever heard." Read this. [ESPN]