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Islanders News: The goalie tandem, the previews, and Gillies tells it like it is

More previews of the series with the Penguins, how the Isles are preparing, plus news from Bridgeport

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders - Game Six
They shall atone.
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One more off day before the real thing starts. Enjoy your peace and quiet.

Later today, look for the next IslesBuzz podcast. Also, we will salute the FIG champion and unveil playoff FIG rules.

But for now...catch up on any reading you missed.

Islanders News

  • Mathew Barzal finds himself ready for this whole playoff intensity thing. [Newsday]
  • At the Newsday Live event with Butch Goring, Clark Gillies once again said his piece on the Tavares saga: Mistakes were made. [Newsday]
  • I’m not saying you should anyway believe a word I say, I’m just saying these affirmations will help me keep my sanity in the weeks (and hopefully months) ahead. [LHH]
  • The Isles are prepping for an opponent they know quite well. [Newsday | Post]
  • Stan Fischler says they got this, though. [MSG]
  • Brock Nelson bet on himself and it will pay off. “He just needed someone to believe in him,” as Trotz does. [Athletic]
  • As you know, Sidney Crosby’s respect for Barzal’s game only grew at the All-Star Game. They may see more of each other over the next couple of weeks. [Trib Live]
  • They are also looking forward to the Coliseum atmosphere, perhaps no on more than Barry Trotz. [Isles]
  • They are awesome, and they handle their roles: The Robin Lehner - Thomas Greiss tandem is kind of ideal. “It’s a grander mindset.” [Newsday | NHL | Post] We covered this the other day, but Lehner’s one-year sobriety and playoff message was pretty excellent. [NHL]
  • Lou Lamoriello spoke of everyone’s progress on Hockey Central. [Isles] Josh Bailey spoke about Trotz’s influence. [NHL Network]
  • And Trotz spoke about facing the Penguins again and again and again... [Post]
  • Jon Ledecky expects every game to be a sellout. [Newsday] He’s also giving out tickets to fans who could use a little love. [Newsday | Isles | photos]
  • A new wrinkle to this spring’s playoff coverage on MSG: Pre-pre-game “tailgate live” from the Coliseum parking lot. [LHH]
  • Leboff on the betting angle for this series. [Action Network]
  • Our SB Nation sibling blog PensBurgh looks at the Isles bottom six.
  • A sort of oral history of the Islanders-Penguins playoff history, which didn’t produce a result for Pittsburgh until 2013. [Athletic]
  • The current Penguins know Trotz teams well, and know the Isles will be stingy. [Post-Gazette]
  • Scan and sort: How the 2018-19 Isles were built. [Newsday]
  • Prospect Report: Bode Wilde, Blade Jenkins, Noah Dobson all in pole position in their playoff series. [Isles]
  • And more previews of the first round: Many see the Isles and Penguins as too close to call. [Athletic | THN] The narrow majority of writers pick the Pens. [NHL]


  • The Sound Tigers are gearing up for the playoffs too. [Sound Tigers]
  • Their potential playoff opponents have narrowed to three. [Soundin’ Off]
  • Meanwhile, spread the word and vote for fake team awards. Pass it on. [Soundin’ Off]


  • Robot Tavares says he considered the Bruins “quite a bit” during his free agency quest to hope things worked out with the Islanders. Cool story, bro. [NHL]
  • Joel Quenneville reunites with Dale Tallon to take on the Panthers coaching gig. [NHL | Litter Box Cats] That move pleases Roberto Luongo very much. [NHL]
  • Henrik Lundqvist will try to regroup after a draining season. [Times | Post]
  • Something something “know this” and “make no mistake that” declarative statements about the Rangers. [Post]
  • They believe Matthew Tkachuk likes “pressure” and clutch situations. [Sportsnet]
  • Our buddy Leboff’s take on Capitals-Hurricanes series. [Action Network]
  • Several contenders have questions in the goal crease. [AP]
  • One more fan post-mortem on the Oilers. [Copper N Blue]