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Islanders Gameday News: A select number of fans will soon be allowed to return

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The Isles aren’t rushing it, though.

NHL: FEB 13 Bruins at Islanders
I imagine Varlamov will be in net tonight.
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The Islanders return to the ice tonight, hosting the Boston Bruins. They have won their previous two meetings with Boston, both in regulation. Can they keep that train rolling?

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Islanders News

  • The Islanders will welcome back to the Coliseum its season ticket holders. Starting March 18, the building may fill to 10% capacity. [Newsday | Islanders]
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau has come as advertised and more; a true do-it-all player. [Newsday]
  • Austin Czarnik may not have played much this season, but he has looked good when he has. [Islanders]
  • LISTEN: In this episode of Islanders Anxiety, Mike and Dan are both fired up and frustrated about the most recent stretch of games. [LHH]
  • LISTEN: In this episode of PTIsles, Joe and Noel are joined by Christian Arnold, of NYI Hockey Now, to talk about the wins over the Sabres and Pageau. [LHH]
  • LISTEN: And in this episode of Island Ice, Andrew Gross welcomes Nassau County Executive Laura Curran to discuss fans returning to the Coliseum. [Newsday]

I guess they practice in black helmets now?

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Flyers topping the Rangers, despite Chris Kreider’s hat trick, in the East Division’s only scheduled game.

  • The Canadiens yesterday morning fired head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller (LOL). Dominique Ducharme has taken over on an interim basis. [NHL]
  • Pierre LeBrun has more on the Julien firing, as well as updates on Rod Brind’Amour’s potential extension and an update about the draft. [The Athletic]
  • What happens to a team when it replaces a coach mid-season? Often, there is the ol’ dead cat bounce right after the change. But Justin Bourne takes it a step further. [Sportsnet]
  • Sharks forward Tomas Hertl and Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller joined the COVID-19 protocols list. [Sportsnet]
  • While Sunday’s Lake Tahoe game played, a couple got married. And took pictures with Gritty. [ESPN]
  • The Penguins claimed off waivers a defenseman named Mark Friedman. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, who happens to have the same last name, reported it on Twitter. Hilarity ensued. [RMNB]