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The New York Islanders kick off a back-to-back against the New Jersey Devils tonight in Newark. Unfortunately, the Islanders will be without their captain Anders Lee, who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. This story and more in today’s daily links!

The Islanders announced on Friday that Anders Lee would be out indefinitely due to a lower-body injury. A team press release said that they would provide no further updates. Lee suffered the injury during Thursday’s 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin did not have to be perfect against the Devils on Thursday. Stefen Rosner breaks down his performance in the 5-3 win. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders will be without ironman captain Anders Lee for an extended period, and that most certainly will alter president and general manager Lou Lamoriello’s plans heading toward the April 12 trade deadline. (Newsday)

Given how far the Islanders have come this season, if Anders Lee is out for the foreseeable future, the Islanders will have cap space to go out and get someone, like a Taylor Hall. (The Athletic)

The Boston Bruins won convincingly in a shutout win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night, but they may have paid a price for the two points as two players were unable to practice on Friday. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Flyers are beating themselves recently and it’s turning into a bad trend. “We need to be better,” Kevin Hayes said. (Philly Hockey Now)

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins and local health care provider UPMC will begin a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics at PPG Paints Arena. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville recalls waking up early on Thursday, March 12, 2020, to walk to the AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas to prep for the Panthers morning skate. Before he got there, Quenneville says, the NHL sent word that all practices were canceled as a precaution due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (Florida Hockey Now)

Did anyone see this coming? That the Colorado Avalanche defense would get tougher, without Cale Makar and Bo Byram and Erik Johnson? Did anyone expect that the Avs’ shots-against average would go down with guys like Dan Renouf and Jacob MacDonald and Greg Pateryn playing double-digit minutes lately? (Colorado Hockey Now)

After going five games without a power-play goal, the Vegas Golden Knights found the perfect recipe for their struggling power play: get a 4-on-3 in overtime. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Tomas Hertl returned to the San Jose Sharks lineup, as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-0. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Kirill Kaprizov scored three third-period goals for his first NHL hat trick, and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 at Xcel Energy Center on Friday. (NHL.com)

If Carey Price is making significant changes to his playing style, the Montreal Canadiens goalie made it clear he has no plans to spell them out in detail. “I’m not going to give you my technical secrets,” Price said after stopping 28 of 29 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. (NHL.com)

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have yet to find the “sweet spot” for his next contract, general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday. (NHL.com)

Connor McDavid became the first player in the NHL to crack the 50-point plateau, having registered 17 goals and 34 assists in 29 games. (TSN.ca)

Just like that, we’ve hit the midseason mark, and the sprint to Lord Stanley in this 56-game regular season is officially on. But the Stanley Cup isn’t the only trophy coming into clearer focus. (TSN.ca)

Looking for a spark on Thursday night, Sheldon Keefe promoted Zach Hyman to Toronto’s top line with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. He made an immediate impact. (TSN.ca)

 

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