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Christian’s Daily Links: Playoff Hockey is Finally Here!

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There are no more tuneup games. The big dance is finally here.

The Islanders begin their chase for the Stanley Cup today at 4 pm against the Florida Panthers. It won’t be an easy series, but the Islanders can make it through the qualifying round.

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To do that the team will need its X-factors to come through for them. I highlighted three here for the Islanders and Panthers.

The rest of the area has gotten into the hockey spirit as well. The Empire State Building was lit up in Islanders orange and blue last night in honor of the team’s game today.

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The Florida Panthers will need to play with urgency if they hope to beat the Isles in Game 1. (Florida Hockey Now)

Sidney Crosby called athletes “role models, first and foremost” when discussing social change. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Jack Studnicka skated with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk in the Boston Bruins exhibition game on Thursday. His effort impressed head coach Bruce Cassidy. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche begin their Qualifying Round series on Sunday at 4:30 pm. Adrian Date has some news and notes from Friday’s practice. (Colorado Hockey Now)

A look at how Fredrik Handemark will help the San Jose Sharks going forward. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Around the Island

Andrew Gross looks at three questions facing the Islanders heading into Game 1. (Newsday)

Greg Joyce from the New York Post breaks down the Panthers-Islanders series. (NY Post)

Arthur Staple spoke with several hockey people to scout the Islanders and Panthers. (The Athletic)

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NYIHN Daily Links: Wahlstrom Could be Offensive Spark Islanders Need & More

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The New York Islanders, after sneaking away with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins, were back on the ice for practice. With the offense struggling to produce Oliver Wahlstrom deserves a chance to see if he can help this issue. This story and more on today’s daily links!

To say the New York Islanders’ offense is struggling may be an understatement. But 20-year old Oliver Wahlstrom could be the spark they need. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders just played their final home-open ever at Nassau Coliseum, without fans. Peter Schwartz, who attended the game, described the empty-feeling. (NY Sportsday)

Islanders’ young defenseman Noah Dobson understands the reason he did not see more minutes last season. In Andrew Gross’s latest, Dobson and head coach Barry Trotz discuss his development.

Despite the many issues facing the Boston Bruins right now, their perfect penalty kill has been a silver lining. (Boston Hockey Now)

In a rather sloppy performance against the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a two-goal deficit twice, before taking the game in overtime. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks this season are a very easy team to play against Nothing that was in the plans has worked out. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Despite trailing in the third, the Florida Panthers come back in Sergei Bobrovsky’s season debut to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Carolina Hurricanes are the latest team to be hit by COVID-19, as there seems to be a flaw in the NHL’s testing procedure. (TSN.com)

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NYHN Daily Links: County Exec Laura Curran Hopeful to Get Islanders Fans in Building

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As the New York Islanders got set to host their home-opener amidst an empty Nassau Coliseum, County Exec Laura Curran was not giving up hope of getting fans inside the doors this season. (NYI Hockey Now)

After the beat-down Saturday night, the New York Islanders welcomed the Boston Bruins to town. Although the team struggled on offense, one goal from Pageau was all they needed in the 1-0 victory. (NYI Hockey Now)

In the win, Semyon Varlamov picked up his second shutout in as many tries. He could do no wrong tonight writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

The logo at center ice on Monday was the same as far as the Islanders crest went, but the words around it were a little different. (Newsday

Arthur Staple gives his thought on yet another shutout. This time, the good kind. (The Athletic)

The Boston Bruins struggle to score as Isles Varlamov shuts the door. (NHL.com)

The Boston Bruins, who are already slim on defense, lose Matt Grzelcyk to injury in 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders., (Boston Hockey Now)

After a Visa issue and the United States quarantine laws, Kasperi Kapanen was able to practice with his team for the first time on Monday. He looks forward to getting into a game as soon as possible. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Noah Juulsen joins the Florida Panthers for practice. The young defenseman was taken off waivers by the Florida Panthers. He had to trek from Quebec to Southern Florida (Florida Panthers Now)

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NYHN Daily Links: Mistakes Cost Islanders, Breaking Down Sorokin’s Debut

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After the 5-0 beatdown by the New York Rangers Saturday night, the New York Islanders had the day off on Sunday. The Islanders were very sloppy in the loss, as their mistakes cost them. Rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin had a rough start to his NHL career. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

After a 4-0 win on Opening Night against the New York Rangers, the Islanders got a taste of their own medicine. Their own mistakes attributed heavily to the loss. (NYI Hockey Now)

Rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin made his National Hockey League debut Saturday night. Despite the poor defense in front of him, he made mistakes of his own. (NYI Hockey Now)

Sorokin’s teammates did not do a good enough job in front of him Saturday night writes Mollie Walker. ‘We hung him out to dry” said head coach Barry Trotz. (New York Post)

Although we are just two games into the season, the Islanders have an opportunity to make a statement when they host the Boston Bruins tonight at 5:00 PM. (Newsday)

Trotz did not mince words after the brutal loss writes Arthur Staple. (The Athletic)

On Saturday afternoon, Islander fans flocked to the Belmont site for exciting giveaways and a chance to see the progress of UBS Arena. (NY Sports Day)

Off the record, the Florida Panthers’ mistakes have rippled the NHL Trade market. (NYI Hockey Now)

After sustaining an upper-body injury in game two of the season, Boston Bruins’ winger Ondrej Kase is doubtful for today’s game against the New York Islanders. (Boston Hockey Now)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Matheson has been placed on Injury Reserve and will be out a while. Did this injury result from a hit in the Philadelphia Flyers game? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers pick up the win in their season opener. After coming so close to losing his iron man streak of 866 games, defenseman Keith Yandle played, and played quite well.  (Florida Hockey Now)

A day after coming out victorious on opening night, San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier sat down for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview to discuss his St. Louis death threat, awkward pre-draft meeting, and more. (San Jose Hockey Now)

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