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Islanders Gameday News: I need a (lot of) miracle(s)!

Good news: the burden that is the Islanders may be lifted from your backs soon enough.

The 30-goal man. Okay 31 goals.
The 30-goal man. Okay 31 goals.
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Kids, let's rap: the Islanders are in Nashville for their second meeting in just over a week with the Predators. Last time around they whooped us. And we're hanging on by a thread. This all spells doom, but stranger things have happened.

Leave your FIGs here (sorry for the delay, y'all - one day I'll have this Bits thing down!)

Islanders News

  • It would take a few happenings all at once, but folks, tonight could be the night:

  • Imagine where Anders Lee would be had he scored more than one goal in the first 18 games? Probably at 40 goals. [Newsday]
  • The Seattle Thunderbirds - sans Mathew Barzal - swept the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL playoffs, which means defensive prospect Parker Wotherspoon will join the Sound Tigers for the final stretch. [LHH | Sound Tigers]
  • Connor Jones made his NHL debut on Sunday; his twin, Kellen, traveled to watch him. You could say he's just Jonesing to get in a game! But seriously folks,
  • Bridgeport is positioned to make the playoffs, their final push beginning this morning against Springfield. [Soundin' Off]
  • Let's find out how the rest of the prospects are doing. [Islanders]

Outside News

  • Last night's NHL scores.
  • It's official: the NHL will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Much to the dismay of many players. [ | Sportsnet]
  • I believe this is what the kids call "savage:" a Panthers fan rented a plane to call for the firing of interim coach and GM Tom Rowe.
  • In what can only be described as garbage, a championship was decided on a goal that snuck under the side of the net. If nothing else, click this link for the team names - Canada is so weird. [Bardown]
  • The new Adidas jerseys will probably be revealed at the draft. Please don't change ours. [Icethetics]
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson was granted a leave of absence to be with his family after his mother's death from a long battle with cancer. Thoughts and prayers go out to he and his family.
  • The Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals played the longest game in CHL history when Everett beat Victoria in five overtimes. That's 2 and 2/3 of games of hockey. Good golly. [Puck Daddy]
  • And finally, in the wake of the ridiculous fan e-mailing the LPGA about a common infraction to change the course of the match, here are seven instances in sports in which a fan e-mail may have helped overturn blown calls - including Matt Duchene's way-offsides goal in 2013.