The Stanley Cup Final is almost decided, even though the opening game of it wouldn’t be until this time next week. Hockey is dwindling down, sad to say.
- The Islanders are selecting 23rd next month at the Draft; here’s who has gone at that slot in the past and what the Islanders might be able to expect from them. [Eyes on Isles]
- The Maple Leafs seem like good trading partners for the Islanders, or so everyone says. [Eyes on Isles]
- Noah Dobson’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies lost their first game of the Memorial Cup to Guelph. [NHL]
World Championship Updates
- The U.S. beat Germany to win their fifth straight game and clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. [Sportsnet]
The Sharks hosted the Blues yesterday afternoon in Game 5, and St. Louis came ready to play on the road. They heeded coach Craig Berube’s words about Game 4, how they stopped playing after taking a first period lead, and they stepped on the Sharks’ collective necks yesterday in a 5-0 stomping. The Blues take a 3-2 series lead back home with them for Game 6.
- The Sharks lost Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski, neither of whom have been 100%, to injury during the game. Hopefully for San Jose, they’re able to return. [NHL]
- The Bruins expect that Zdeno Chara will be ready to return to the lineup by next Monday. [NHL]
- This is David Perron’s third stint with the Blues, and they’re the only team with whom he’s actually ever signed a contract. What keeps bringing him back to St. Louis? [The Athletic]
- Patrick Roy is one of the candidates reportedly interviewing for the Senators head coaching position. [Yahoo]
- Meanwhile, the Oilers coaching search is on hold while GM Ken Holland deals with the exit of Craig MacTavish and other scouts. [Sportsnet]
- Dimitri Filipovic breaks down who some of the big winners of the 2019 NHL Playoffs are, so far and with a twist. [ESPN]
- There are five teams with an extra first-round draft pick next month, and they’re in a range of different situations — rebuilding or trying to contend next season. It will be interesting to see what they do with them. [Sportsnet]
- VIDEO: As part of Sportsnet’s Molson Game Changers Series, we look back at perhaps the greatest goaltender duel in Stanley Cup Playoff history, when Dominik Hasek and the Sabres took on Martin Brodeur and the Devils in 1994. The embed is not supported here, unfortunately, but it’s worth watching the little clip. [Sportsnet]