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Islanders Gameday News: All set for Capitals in Game 1

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Previews, hype, edibles and discussion of what is a rematch of 2015, though so much has changed.

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New York Islanders v Washington Capitals
Just getting warmed up
Photo by Geoff Burke/NHLI via Getty Images

Game 1 is here. And every other day for the next week-and-a-half — plus back-to-back days if the series goes to 6 and 7 — the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals will renew tensions.

The fun starts today at 3 p.m. EDT.

Islanders News

Bagel of the Month Club’s Blue & Orange Bagel
It’s blue, it’s orange and it’s edible.
PHOTO CREDIT: The company itself because that’s how PR works

Are you ready? Here’s some hype:

Also, in case you’re in the mood to gather near strangers...:

Elsewhere in the Bubble

Yesterday featured an epic, five-overtime Game 1 where the Lightning prevailed over the Blue Jackets. The Flames also beat the Stars, and the Bruins-Hurricanes game was postponed until today at 11 a.m. because the Lightning game went so freaking long.

  • Mike Milbury tweeted something silly because he was tired of watching OT, and Athletic writers debated how wrong he was. [Athletic]
  • Checking in with dynasty-era Islander Lorne Henning in his current role as a Seattle Kraken scout. [Seattle Times]
  • 31 Thoughts time: The pressure amps up on everyone in Toronto, teehee. [Sportsnet]
  • Ken Holland thinks his top two offensive stars did a lot of “playing the right way” despite the Oilers’ series loss. [NHL]
  • More post-mortems: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford says “there’s something wrong” with his team. [TSN]
  • The Penguins are also leaning toward keeping their 15th overall pick rather than handing it to the Wild, which would convert the conditional pick from the Jason Zucker trade to next year. Would be a real shame if they won the lottery next year... [TSN]
  • Mark Scheifele has “no hard feelings” toward Matthew Tkachuk for the encounter that knocked Scheifele out of the series. [NHL]