- The Islanders are mired in a slump at the worst possible time. As Dom said, though, maybe they’re just getting it out of the way before the postseason? [Newsday]
- Hey everyone! Dan here. I talked to Kelly from Broad Street Hockey for the third time this season and our game preview went predictably but amusingly off the rails. Additional topics include movies, The Golden Girls, life as an Islanders fan and watching teams implode for science.
- Mat Barzal is also struggling down the stretch, which isn’t helping things, but it’s gonna happen to all superstars. Timing’s a bitch. [NY Post]
- Here are four fixes they could consider to make things a little better on the ice, including sitting some veterans and trying Devon Toews in the opposite circle on PP1. [The Athletic]
- Josh Ho-Sang was ill and didn’t practice yesterday, but Parker Wotherspoon returned to practice from an upper-body injury for the Sound Tigers. [Soundin’ Off]
- And Grant Hutton, recently signed out of Miami of Ohio, has made a good first impression in Bridgeport. He’s there on ATO for the rest of the season, and his contract will kick in next year. [CT Post]
- Stan Fischler remembers a scary start to the 1980 Stanley Cup run, the first-round series against the Kings. [Maven’s Memories]
- The title of this episode of PTIsles is March Sadness, which is both clever and accurate.
- At an event for season ticket holders, Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson essentially attempted to blame Tobias Rieder for Edmonton’s lack of a playoff spot. Rieder was “offended” by the comments, and I’m sure free agents will look forward to playing there. [PHT]
- The Duhatschek Notebook this week delves deeper into the organizational issues plaguing the Senators and Oilers. [The Athletic]
- Lightning forward Yanni Gourde was suspended two games for putting his shoulder into Hurricanes center Jordan Staal’s cranium. [NHL]
- Ilya Kovalchuk feels he “didn’t have a chance” when Willie Desjardins took over the Kings. He’s been a healthy scratch in two of the last three. [LA Times]