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Islanders Gameday News: This Garden ice seems so familiar!

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Yes, yes. That’s it. The Islanders won on it two nights ago.

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New York Islanders v New York Rangers
Who would have thunk that Brock Nelson would become the most consistent Islander?
Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The Islanders tonight face off against the Rangers in a rematch from Thursday’s outclassing.

As an Islanders fan, watching the Rangers lifelessly fumble around, unable to get back into the game, brought me great joy. But I do not think it will be so easy tonight. And I cannot imagine the Islanders expect an easy ride, either.

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Islanders News

First, Josh Ho-Sang has been loaned to the same Swedish for which fellow prospect Robin Salo plays.

  • Tonight’s preview? Don’t mind if I do! [Islanders]
  • VIDEOS: Listen to yesterday’s post-practice media availability: [Jordan Eberle | Brock Nelson | Barry Trotz]
  • Nelson noted that the 2021 season already feels different than the 2020 restart. No bubbles, but a lot more precaution. [Newsday]
  • I mentioned up top that the Islanders outclassed the Rangers Thursday night. That was being nice to the Blueshirts as compared to this scathing Larry Brooks column. [NY Post]
  • The domination spoiled the debuts of both K’Andre Miller and 2020 no. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafrenière. You simply love to see it.
  • But Rick DiPietro believes both teams could make it to the dance this summer. [ESPN Radio]
  • Stan Fischler remembers the 2002 thriller-that-should-not-have-been against the Capitals that clinched the Islanders’ first playoff berth in eight seasons. I was there! [Maven’s Memories]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Capitals again beating the Sabres, but in a much lower-scoring affair; the Flyers grounding the Penguins, again by three goals and boosted by a Travis Konecny hat trick; and the Avalanche stomping all over the Blues to the tune of 8-0, featuring a goal by old pal Devon Toews.

  • Connor McDavid just turned 24. Already a prolific scorer, he looks poised for his best season yet as he really hits his peak. [The Athletic]
  • Keith Yandle fell out of favor with the Panthers. Rumors connected him with the Islanders, though that never materialized. But what about the Flyers? [BSH]
  • Seattle Kraken owner and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer sat down with The Athletic to discuss, among other things, his legendary pick-up games. [The Athletic]
  • The Athletic wants you to rank your team’s (read: the Islanders’) home arena. Show the Coliseum some love.