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Islanders Playoff Gameday News: Trying to Stave Off Elimination in Game 4

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The Islanders will look to extend their season until at least Sunday.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Darn you McElhinney!
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Tonight could be the end of the Islanders’ magical surprise season, or it could not be. Either way, Game 4 is tonight, and the latter will only be true if they can earn a win tonight in Raleigh. The Hurricanes haven’t yet lost at home this postseason, and their crowd gets behind them well enough to rattle opponents, as Barry Trotz alluded to in his media availability yesterday in reference to the Islanders’ shell-shocked response to Carolina’s third goal.

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  • Trotz also mentioned in that media availability that changes in tonight’s lineup may be afoot, including possibly swapping out Robin Lehner for Thomas Greiss. This is their Game 7. [Newsday]

No morning skate or media access this morning, so here is yesterday’s media availability for your personal consumption:

  • No matter what changes with tonight’s roster, Jordan Eberle plans to keep creating scoring chances. [Newsday]
  • Should Eberle have been out there late as the Isles pushed for a tying goal? Brooks says it’s curious, Eberle says they have two 6-on-5 units and he’s on the other one. [Post]
  • “We believe that we can do it.” [NHL]
  • Hurricanes defenseman and former Islander Calvin de Haan says his new team lucked out by not having to play at the Coliseum. Hmmmm... [Newsday]
  • Unfortunately, the crushing Game 3 defeat outlined pretty clearly what the Islanders’ front office needs to do this summer: add more high-end skill. [The Athletic]

Elsewhere

There were two playoff games last night: the Bruins won Game 4 4-1 to even their series with the Blue Jackets at 2-2, and the Avalanche and Phillip Grubauer shut out the Sharks 3-0 in their Game 4 to even their series up.

  • George McPhee retained his title of President of Hockey Operations, but Kelly McCrimmon was named the General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights. [Knights On Ice]
  • As the CWHL officially ceases operation, over 200 players from the NWHL, former-CWHL, and SDHL announced they were sitting out the upcoming professional season in their quest for better pay and health insurance. They announced it on Twitter using the hashtag #ForTheGame. [The Ice Garden | The Athletic]
  • Bauer Hockey is backing the boycott and is looking to the NHL to join it in backing the boycott. [AP News]
  • The NWHL and director of the NWHLPA released statements in response to the boycott putting the 2019-20 season in jeopardy. [The Ice Garden]
  • Canucks fans are trying to decide who to root for between the Stars and the Blues. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • The LA Kings used to be the epitome of culture, and now they’re looking for a new culture. [The Athletic]
  • LISTEN: Cory Schneider was on the InGoal Podcast to discuss getting ready for World Championships and his recovery from injuries.
  • In memory of Jason Botchford, whose tragic death this week has shocked the hockey world. [Nucks Misconduct]