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The New York Islanders kick off the first of a back-to-back against the Buffalo Sabres today at 1 PM. In the win back on Thursday, rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin put together another strong performance. This story and more on today’s daily links!

New York Islanders rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin came into the game on Thursday having posted back-to-back shutouts his last two times out. Despite seeing that shutout streak come to an end last night after 143:08 minutes, the rookie netminder put together another strong performance in the 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders’ Anders Lee continues to challenge himself to be better. He enters Saturday afternoon’s rematch with the Sabres at Nassau Coliseum with a team-leading 10 goals and tied for second with three power-play goals. (Newsday)

Is Islanders defenseman prospect Robin Salo ready for the NHL? Arthur Staple thinks so as the Islanders could use some depth on the backend. (The Athletic)

Islanders fans will have the opportunity for an enhanced viewing experience while watching games on television.  The “Islanders HOMEICE Experience”, a second screen experience app that will sync with all home and away telecasts for the remainder of the 2021 NHL season, will debut for Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum. (NY Sportsday)

Rangers star netminder Igor Shesterkin is considered day-to-day, according to the team’s announcement, after suffering an injury that looked to be far worse when he had to be helped to the locker room at Prudential Center. (NY Post)

Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo could be spending the night in a Boston area hospital after being on the receiving end of a headshot from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson in the waning minutes of the first period of his team’s 5-1 win. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t getting off easy. Joel Farabee was added to the NHL COVID Protocol list on Thursday, causing him to miss that night’s game. On Friday, Farabee is still on the list. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins cleared roster space for injured players and created an opportunity for young players to get ice time. On Friday morning, the Penguins demoted defenseman P.O. Joseph and forward Drew O’Connor to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, according to GM Ron Hextall. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

When the Florida Panthers traded for Mason Marchment a year ago, it was basically viewed as them trying to get something in return for a player they had given up on .Denis Malgin was not playing much in Florida and it appeared he desperately needed a change of scenery. (Florida Hockey Now)

Finally – finally – Jared Bednar looked like a coaching genius in an overtime game for the Avs. The heavy use of one Valeri Nichushkin in OT was the winning move in Colorado’s 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at a still-fanless Ball Arena. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Max Pacioretty has never had more than two game-winning overtime goals in a season. Put a condensed season in front of him and he’s hockey’s version of Jerry West. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks have many issues. Right now they are stuck between a Dubnyk and a Jones place. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Milan Lucic summed up the Calgary Flames’ coaching change to Darryl Sutter from Geoff Ward with two prescient words at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Friday. “Buckle up.” (

GM Kevyn Adams called out the Buffalo Sabres’ competitiveness and said everything is being evaluated, including coach Ralph Krueger, in a frank 30-minute media session Friday. (

The Vancouver Canucks are not considering a coaching change and would like to sign coach Travis Green to a contract extension, general manager Jim Benning said Friday. (

Mark Pavelich, the speedy center from the Iron Range who played on the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, has died at a treatment center for mental illness. He was 63. (

Walter Gretzky, the ultimate Canadian hockey dad who taught and nurtured the Great One, has died. He was 82. (

Jason Spezza would have jumped at the opportunity to voice his support for women’s hockey even if he didn’t have four daughters growing up at home. He is not the only NHL player showing support for the launching women’s pro league. (