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Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders
Yes they do, Otto.
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There are only two or three games left in this NHL season. Resuming tomorrow in Boston, they will be spaced out as long as calendarly possible.

Islanders News

  • What do the Islanders have in Ruslan Iskhakov? A young Russian import who has progressed and learned a lot in his first year in NCAA. [Athletic]
  • The latest promo for fan voting is for best masks, of which Robin Lehner is a candidate. [NHL]
  • Former Islanders and Sound Tigers goalie Peter Mannino has landed another coaching gig, this time leading the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers. [Buccaneers]

For Love of Otto

Some Otto Koivula fun:

Stanley Cup Finals

So about those final two or three games of the season...

  • The Bruins are preparing for life without Zdeno Chara, while guardedly hoping he makes an impressive return. [ESPN]
  • That’ll put the Bruins’ depth to the test. [NHL] Because Bruce Cassidy contends “the matchup is not good” without Chara. [THN] Here’s a guy who knows what it’s like to play through a broken jaw in the Stanley Cup final. [Sportsnet]
  • The Blues are hoping to repeat their form in their previous three series, each of which was tied 2-2. [NHL]
  • Ryan O’Reilly really stepped up for them in Game 4. [TSN]
  • Jaden Schwartz is carrying the memory of his sister Mandi, who was probably the best player in the family. [TSN]

Elsewhere

  • Maybe Erik Karlsson wants UFA bids from the Senators and Canadiens! [Sportsnet]
  • ...But nah, the ship has sailed with Ottawa. [Sportsnet]
  • ...The Canadiens should totally go all in on Karlsson though. [Sportsnet]
  • The Newfoundland Growlers win the ECHL’s Kelly Cup, becoming the first pro team from the province to capture a title. [Telegram]
  • The fate of that Kelly Cup was, um, well, not without controversy. [MHH]
  • Doc Emrick is not slowing down in his dream job. [AP]
  • The Canucks will make some slight (and overdue) uniform modifications, as well as do some retro nights. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • How unheralded Kevin McClelland scored the lone goal in the first game of the ‘84 finals against the Islanders which would kick off the Oilersdynasty four Cups in five years. [Athletic]
  • A lot of ways to think about where want-away defenseman Nikita Zaitsev might land. [Faceoff Circle]
  • Maybe it will be the Hurricanes or something! [PPP]