The New York Islanders still have work to do. The Capitals clinched the division title, but the Isles could lose home ice advantage (if they don’t get a point in D.C. Saturday) and face the Penguins or the Hurricanes, depending on how those Metro foes fare.
But last night, Brock Nelson and Thomas Greiss took care of business, both in regulation time and in make-believe hockey shootout time.
- About last night: [LHH | Newsday | Isles | Post | NHL]
- The Skinny features some Clutterbuck and Greiss trivia. [NYI Skinny]
- On their latest IslesBuzz podcast, Noel and Dan discussed targeting UFA Jeff Skinner, expecting the playoffs, and expecting Noel’s next kid(!). [LHH]
- Thomas Hickey enjoyed a return to the lineup. [Newsday | Post]
- Jordan Eberle: Heating up at the right time. [Isles]
- The Islanders actually encouraged Oliver Wahlstrom to stay in college, but he’s not so big on school and he wants to focus on hockey, so they were happy to sign him and have a more hands-on impact on his development. [Athletic]
- Chatting with the family of that fine young boy Robin Lehner met and had a moment with after Monday’s game. [Isles Faithful podcast]
- Also, an Isle Seat podcast dropped after last night’s shootout win. [SoundCloud]
- News 12 chats with a couple key Islanders about the approaching playoffs: Mathew Barzal here. And Anders Lee here.
- ICYMI: Disgraced former Islanders “Gang of Four” owner Stephen Walsh seeks a reduced prison sentence because that’s what white-collar criminals do, in the rare instances that they are incarcerated at all. His family has spent lots of money on his defense, the poor thing. [Newsday]
That brings Barry smiles:
Last night’s NHL scores include the Capitals clinching the Metro, the Lightning beating the Leafs (lol) for their 61st win, Carolina clinching a playoff spot and the Penguins winning to keep pace with the Isles and make Saturday meaningful.
- When do the playoffs start? We have some good guesses for next week, but the schedule will be formally unveiled Sunday night. Because the way you monetize a cult is to make absolutely everything a TV event. [NHL]
- Central Scouting says top prospect Jack Hughes “could be the next McDavid.” Sure, no pressure or anything. [NHL]
- Glen Sather is finally quitting the Rangers, the team he pointed to in the mid-’90s as a place he’d win gobs and gobs of Cups if he only had their budget. [Post]
Just another day with Trots on the guitar: