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Islanders Gameday News: So close, still far

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The Islanders almost rescued a point Saturday, instead they really need both Sunday.

New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils
Let’s try this again.
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Islanders were one Nick Leddy shot off the post — and then an inch away from the other post — from completing a third-period comeback from 0-3 to tie the game, grab a regulation point, and maybe more last night.

Instead, they dropped both points to the Devils and really need full vengeance in tonight’s rematch in Brooklyn.

Game time is 6 p.m. EST. Leave your FIG picks here.

Islanders Reads

  • Recapping a night that got away from them, before they almost got it back. [LHH | NHL | Weight was disappointed in the start but thought the Isles were the better team. Newsday | Post | All About the Jersey]
  • At least the Baby Islanders beat the Baby Devils, making it six wins in a row with Josh Ho-Sang picking up three points in a win for Eamon McAdam. They host Hershey today. [CT Post]
  • Speaking of babies, congrats to the Burke clan on their new addition. Sorry dad Brendan is about to hit the road for two weeks. 

  • Anders Lee, net-front beast. [MSG]
  • The flat cap next season and the expansion draft this summer help make this a challenging trade deadline for the Isles. [Newsday]
  • What's Casey Cizikas' favorite cereal, and othe key questions. [NHLPA]
  • Big nose, little Gionta. [MSG]
  • Scott Mayfield has been energetic in the last two games and it is noticed. [Newsday]
  • Taylor Cammarata scored as Minnesota took out Penn State in a big Big 10 matchup. [Centre Daily]

The Great Beyond

  • Last night's NHL scores. The Senators knocked off the Leafs in regulation though, so thanks for that. [TSN]
  • This mid-ice knucklepuck was almost the only goal of the game, until the Flames tied it late and lost in OT. [SBN]
  • Two girls defying stereotypes and rocking it in local high school hockey. [Newsday]
  • The Arizona Coyotes have come a long way and put up with a lot of crap, as their 20th anniversary celebration reminds us. [Five For Howling]
  • Speaking of which, Max Domi has learned that fighting can break your hand and that sucks. [Puck Daddy]
  • Carey Price was better but the Habs still were not in Claude Julien's re-debut. [HEOTP]
  • The Smurfs will retire Jean Ratelle's number. [Post]
  • Dave Strader returned to the Stars booth and after an OT win over Tampa, the players saluted him in a lovely tribute. [SBN]