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Islanders News: Pulock projection, Bailey skating, Drouin revival, Hedman workhorse

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Back to full practice today, Game 3 tomorrow.

Shall we adjourn to the corner to discuss this matter further?
Shall we adjourn to the corner to discuss this matter further?
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Ryan Pulock inches closer to a return, Josh Bailey may be in full practice today too, Jaroslav Halak is right behind him, and the "black aces" are up.

That's part of what drew interest during the third off day of this series. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Brooklyn.

Islanders-Lightning Reads

  • The power play's reluctance and generating more shots overall were topics of discussion after Game 2. [Newsday | Daily News | NHL]
  • We talked about that and a few other things in our lessons from Game 2. [LHH]
  • Pulock and Bailey skating are reasons the extra off days between the first four games could help the Islanders. [Post]
  • Jonathan Drouin has been on his best behavior and his mid-season holdout ironically allowed him to build strength and reflect on the weaknesses in his game. [TB Times | Tribune]
  • Victor Hedman, workhorse. [Tampa Tribune]
  • In which Jack Capuano is called upon to clarify (or "back off"), um, why he said some series go long and some series are short. (Seriously? This is a headline? This is why I enjoy the NHL not getting NFL-volume coverage.) [Post, naturally]
  • More on Rick DiPietro talking Islanders on the radio. [Times]

That Other Stuff

  • Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for doing Brooks Orpik things. [NHL Safety | Japers']
  • The Blues leveled their series with an overtime winner by birthday boy Backes in Dallas. [NHL | St. Louis Game Time]
  • Going into great depth to examine the interference rule and OT penalty that helped decide the Stars' loss. [Defending Big D]
  • San Jose scored a late go-ahead goal to go up 2-0 in their series with Nashville. [Fear the Fin]
  • Mark Herrmann on the many surprises of this year's playoffs. Scotty Bowman blames parity. [Newsday]
  • Trevor Linden's Pat Quinn charm didn't work in the Draft Lottery. [PPP]
  • Amanda Kessel is now a Riveter. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Wings acquiring Alexander Radulov would be crazy and stuff. [WIIM]
  • Video: Gary Bettman drawing the lottery, and more "behind the scenes." So there. [NHL | Sportsnet]
  • The Sharks have named the stray cat. [AP]