The Islanders remain in Pittsburgh to finish out the two-game set and the season series Monday night. While it would feel pretty good to return the favor from Saturday’s blowout, more than anything, getting two regulation points would make a big difference in the standings.
Pittsburgh’s 6-3 win Saturday brought them within two points of the Islanders, which means they could pull into a tie if they repeat the feat tonight. The Capitals, who’ve continued to win and win, have pulled two points ahead with a game in hand, and also now hold the lead in regulation wins. (Pittsburgh is also sneaking up on the Isles in that tie-breaker category, now just three RWs behind.)
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- Oliver Wahlstrom’s next step in The Process: Keeping an even keel through good times and bad. [Newsday]
- More Josh Bailey #900 love, as Barry Trotz speaks for, well, quite a wide swath of Islanders Country: “What I’ve learned with Josh is that I’ve probably under-appreciated the whole package. ... I understand the whole package now.” [Isles]
- Schedule update: The recent postponed match with the Bruins has been moved to May 10. The playoffs were scheduled to begin May 11 but obviously that will change. [Isles]
- Record-keeping alert: New signing Anatolii Golyshev is technically loaned to the Sound Tigers, though he’s not in Bridgeport (yet?). [@fornabaioctp]
Last night’s NHL scores include the Devils shutting out the Bruins, and the Capitals beating the Rangers in regulation, 5-4.
Devils vs. East Division this season:— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) March 29, 2021
The #NHLBruins have lost three 1-0 games in regulation for the first time since the 1938-39 season. #NHL #NHLStats— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) March 29, 2021
- Just brutal: Top Panthers defenseman and ice time leader Aaron Ekblad was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a gruesome leg injury that should end his season. [NHL]
- Eric Staal could not sound more relieved, thrilled and resurrected to be out of Buffalo and in Montreal. [NHL | TSN]
- I mean look at this guy ovah here. Boston University defenseman David Farrance has signed his two-year ELC with the Predators and will join them soon. [NHL]
- Evidently what fuels Corey Perry is his “passion and desire to win” and not his propensity to cheapshot other members of the NHLPA whenever things aren’t going his way. [Sportsnet]
- The Oilers have struggled to beat the Leafs and want to send the potential playoff foe a message, like a different message than “we’ll be easy pushovers.” [NHL]
- The Leafs’ new main goalie, Jack Campbell must remain cool under an increased workload. It’s only Toronto so I’m sure that won’t be a problem, they definitely won’t chew him up and spit him out as soon as they slump. [Sportsnet]
- The Senators’ hot young guns are in goal slumps but their coach think it’s just a matter of time. [TSN]