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The New York Islanders kick off a two-game set with the Buffalo Sabres tonight, a first of a back to back. The Islanders are back in the playoffs for a third-consecutive season and Andy Graziano joins Hockey Night NY to discuss the latest on the Islanders. The Seattle Kraken on the search for a coach while the New Jersey Devils need a new general manager. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

The newest member of NYI Hockey Now, Andy Graziano, joins Christian Arnold and Sean Cuthbert to discuss the Islanders’ clinching, post-season prep, Varlamov as a Vezina candidate, and more n the latest edition of Hockey Night NY. (Hockey Night NY)

While half of the NHL is gearing up for the playoffs and the unique playoff setup, teams that won’t be in the playoffs are making news behind the scenes, including the newly minted Seattle Kraken. Seattle is still looking for a head coach and the New Jersey Devils who could revisit a new front office hire. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz is encouraged by the Islanders’ strong play as the playoffs approach. “The guys are dialing in,” Trotz said. “Our defensive game has been good.” (Newsday)

One of the most favored phrases in the lexicon of Boston Bruins fans has officially arrived in the last few weeks: “Playoff Krejci” has entered the conversation. (Boston Hockey Now)

There remains only a two-pack of creampuffs on the Pittsburgh Penguins schedule. The Penguins’ last lap of the 2020-21 NHL regular season goes through Philadelphia before hitting the finish line with a pair of home games against the Buffalo Sabres. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers had yet another wretched week with a four-game series against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils came into the series on a nine-game losing streak –– all in regulation –– and got outscored 39-17 in that span. But you couldn’t tell that if you watched their games against the Flyers. (Philly Hockey Now)

It is apparently masks season for Florida Panthers goalies. Last week, we got a sneak peek at Spencer Knight’s new mask. Sunday, Chris Driedger gave us a look at his new one as well. And it’s a doozy. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche started a mini-series with the San Jose Sharks Sunday night. 20-year old Alex Newhook got the call-up but was stationed on the taxi squad. (Colorado Hockey Now)

“He kept us in the game. He was probably our best player majority of the night.” That’s what Logan Couture offered about Josef Korenar’s 40-save performance in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-3 loss to Colorado. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Connor McDavid said scoring 100 points in the shortened 2020-21 NHL season remains a possibility with seven games left but is not something he’s concerned about. He is 13 points away with seven games remaining. (NHL)

The Tampa Bay Lightning moved into a tie for second place in the Discover Central Division with a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. (NHL)

NHL Buzz: Holl out for Maple Leafs against Canadiens, Adam Lowry is expected to return for the Jets, Bruins Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller will play Monday (NHL)

The Seattle Kraken are scouting, interviewing, studying game film and obsessing over everything from the main vision to the little details. What music do they play and when? What do they use for the goal horn? What creature becomes their mascot? To answer each question, they ask another: Why? (NHL)

Alex Nedeljkovic began this season on waivers, not knowing where, when or if his chance to play regularly in the NHL would finally come. After going unclaimed, Nedeljkovic has played his way into contention to be the Carolina Hurricanes starting goalie when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, making his long wait well worth it. (NHL)

Victor Hadfield, the grandson of Rangers great, is proud of his roots. The Manitoba forward says being a role model for Asian players ‘gives them motivation’. (NHL)

The Ottawa Senators were eliminated from contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 overtime loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. It was supposed to be a turnaround type of year but Matt Murray struggled in goal and the defense was subpar. (NHL)

Two more goals for Auston Matthews on Saturday. Two more assists for Mitch Marner. Toronto’s dynamic duo continues to lead the way as the Leafs close in on their first division title since the 1999-2000 season. (TSN)

John Tavares might need a word with William Nylander. The Maple Leafs’ captain has been on a tear recently, racking up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his last 14 games. Nylander’s been his linemate for most of the year, and theorized last week that Tavares’ surge could be attributed to the new sticks he’d been trying out. That public reveal didn’t go without notice from Tavares. (TSN)

 

 

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