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Islanders News: Dobson in Semis; Previewing the Final

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Also, Staple looks ahead at next season’s potential roster.

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The documentary is good.
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So we have to wait until Monday for more hockey? I suppose that’s not the worst thing; everyone can enjoy their holiday weekend in the U.S. before getting back into the swing of things, both in life and in hockey. Doesn’t mean I have to like it!

Looks like a new Islanders Anxiety will be posting today, stay tuned.

Islanders Items

  • On the one-year anniversary of Lou Lamoriello joining the Islanders organization, Arthur Staple examines three scenarios for next season’s lineup: an “ideal” one, a scary one, and a realistic one. [The Athletic]
  • Noah Dobson and Rouyn-Noranda won their game against Halifax to stay alive in the Memorial Cup. They’ll face Guelph in the semifinal to determine who faces Halifax in the final; Halifax gets the bye based on goal differential. [Sportsnet]
  • Register now for the 2019 Islanders Children’s Foundation Golf Outing in September at Bethpage State Park, which just hosted the PGA Championship. Of course, the pros played on the Black course, and the outing will be on the Red and Blue courses, but you can golf with the Islanders! [Islanders]

VIDEO: We previewed this back about a month ago or so, but here is the full documentary about Robin Lehner called “One Day at a Time.” [YouTube]

Elsewhere

  • Now that we know who will face off for the Cup, it is time to preview the matchup. [NHL]
  • It is also time to predict it, which the NHL experts haven’t done well this season. Remember when 14/15 of them said the Islanders would get past the Hurricanes? [tugs collar]
  • As yet another season goes by without the Sharks’ vaunted squad winning a Stanley Cup, it becomes time to ponder whether this core will ever win one. Joe Thornton turns 40 this summer. [The Athletic]
  • LIU Brooklyn will be adding a Division I Women’s Hockey program to its athletic department for the 2019-20 season. [The Ice Garden]
  • Joel Otto scored a Game 7 OT winner in the first round of the 1989 playoffs that saved the Flames from an embarrassing early exit to the Canucks; they, of course, went on to win it all that year, the only time they have. A large picture of the team celebrating on ice with the Cup hangs in the hallway leading to the locker room, and Otto, who works for the WHL Calgary Hitmen, isn’t in it because it wasn’t an established tradition to take that picture yet. But he still regrets it every time he passes it. [The Athletic]