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The New York Islanders host the New Jersey Devils tonight in the first of a two-game set. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders’ AHL affiliate hinted at a name change on Wednesday. This story and more on today’s daily links!

Could the New York Islanders AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers be getting a name change? It certainly seems like it. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz has no doubts about his Islanders being ready for the playoffs. The coach doesn’t think you should have any, either writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins want to avoid any kind of injuries, nagging or more serious, at this time of the season with the playoffs clinched and just four games remaining in the regular season. Unfortunately, a blocked shot appears to have knocked Charlie Coyle out of Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. (Boston Hockey Now)

The NHL and NHL Department of Player Safety handed Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere a two-game suspension for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman after Friedman scored an empty-net goal late in the Penguins 7-3 win over Philadelphia. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of back-to-back days off, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms were in action on Wednesday night. The Phantoms beat the Hershey Bears 5-3 with a few rookies leading the way. Both of the Flyers’ most recent first-round picks, Cam York and Tyson Foerster. had multiple points in the win. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild battled through a playoff-intensity game on Wednesday night, with the VGK winning 3-2 in overtime on an Alex Pietrangelo goal at 1:53 of the extra session. For Marc-Andre Fleury, the win was his 490th career victory placing him third all-time among NHL goaltenders and breaking the tie with Roberto Luongo. (Vegas Hockey Now)

KyleErik, and JD park the tank as the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche. We check in on where we are standing on potential prospects, playing the youth (5:00), if Josef Kořenář has improved, and the future of San Jose Sharks goaltending (11:30). Then we finish off by checking in on Tankathon (21:00) and talk about Patrick Marleau returning next year (25:30). (San Jose Hockey Now)

Like it or loathe it, love it or leave it, this is the way it has always been done in hockey where the responsibility for protecting their own falls on teams and not the league. The Rangers had no choice but to take it upon themselves as they stood up for their injured players against Tom Wilson, Capitals. (NY Post)

 T.J. Oshie scored a hat trick the day after the death of his father, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. (NHL)

The Winnipeg Jets clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves in a 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday. (NHL)

The St. Louis Blues failed to clinch the final Stanley Cup Playoff berth from the Honda West Division when they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks at Enterprise Center on Wednesday. (NHL)

The Nashville Predators failed to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth, losing 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday. (NHL)

The New York Rangers fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday. Chris Drury was named president and GM. He was promoted to associate GM on Feb. 5 after he was assistant general manager since Sept. 2, 2016. (NHL)

Anze Kopitar became the 91st player in NHL history to score 1,000 points with an assist for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Wednesday. (NHL)

Frederik Andersen will play half a game for Toronto of the American Hockey League on Thursday, continuing to work his way back from a lower-body injury, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. (NHL)

David Backes was the star of the night in St. Louis for one final time on Wednesday. The Anaheim Ducks forward, who spent his first 10 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, was named the No. 1 star in Anaheim’s 3-2 shootout win in what could be his final game at Enterprise Center. (NHL)

Team Canada will look to cap a dominant run at the U18 World Championship when they take on Russia in the gold medal game on Thursday night. (TSN)

“I can’t endorse personal attacks against league employees,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daley in regards to Rangers statement after Tom Wilson fine. (TSN)

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