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The Islanders are in Boston tonight to take on the Bruins at TD Garden. Islanders Barry Trotz remains confident in NHL officiating following Tim Peel ban. Dustin Brown could be a great edition to the Islanders at the trade deadline. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz didn’t waiver in his support of NHL referees on Wednesday hours after the league had announced that veteran official Tim Peel would not be working NHL games going forward following comments that were picked up by a hot mic. (NYI Hockey Now)

The NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching and New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is trying to find someone to fill the gap left by Anders Lee’s season-ending injury. The Islanders have been linked to trade deadline rumors involving Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall, but you can add another name to that list: Dustin Brown. (NYI Hockey Now)

Beginning on April 1, the New York Islanders are adjusting the requirements allowing fans back into the Nassau Coliseum. Fans will be allowed to show a negative COVID-19 antigen test result or proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated as a way to get into the arena. (NYI Hockey Now)

Pierre LeBrun expects Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello, as usual, to be active ahead of the NHL trade deadline. (The Athletic)

Islanders Noah Dobson was cleared from the COVID-19 list Wednesday but will still not play. He’s missed five games so far and will miss at least three more on this upcoming road trip. “He’s going to stay back and just go through his normal tests and the protocol,” Trotz said. “Hopefully he’ll join us when we get back.” (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins had a large group on the practice ice at Warrior Arena on Wednesday night as they came out of the NHL’s COVID Protocol, a good sign that most of the players are through the mini-outbreak and an indication that they are also getting back to good health as a group. (Boston Hockey Now)

Philadelphia Flyers assistant GM Brent Flahr was listed as one of the many scouts at Gila River Arena for the Arizona Coyotes game on Wednesday night. Who was he there to scout? (Philly Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins injury woes may have worsened on Wednesday night as top-six winger Kasperi Kapanen left the game in the second period and did not return. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

When the Panthers need someone to fill a gap in their lineup or play a certain role, they usually look no further than Noel Acciari. Whether it is centering the fourth line, moving over to wing or, as was the case Tuesday night, filling in for the injured Sasha Barkov, Acciari is Florida’s Mr. Fix-It. (Florida Hockey Now)

There really isn’t much to complain about these days with regards to the Colorado Avalanche. After all, they’re one of the hottest teams in the NHL of late. But if there’s one area that sticks out—one statistical anomaly or outlier—for this Avalanche team, it’s their power play. (Colorado Hockey Now)

There are certain defining moments in a season. Moments that tell you what individual players are made of. Times that speak volumes for what type of team you have. The defining moment of this season for the Vegas Golden Knights is their upcoming series with the Colorado Avalanche. (Vegas Golden Knights)

The San Jose Sharks were coasting to a 4-2 victory over the Kings when disaster struck. Captain Logan Couture took a Jeff Carter buttend to the neck area, leaving him down on the ice for minutes while the SAP Arena remained silent. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Referee Tim Peel will not work another game in the NHL after getting caught saying he wanted to give the Nashville Predators a penalty in their win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. (ESPN)

The Buffalo Sabres set a shootout-era record with a 15th straight loss, 5-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday. (NHL.com)

Andrew Copp scored an NHL career-high four goals to help the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 at Rogers Arena on Wednesday. (NHL.com)

Martin Jones made 42 saves, and the San Jose Sharks swept a two-game set against the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-2 win at SAP Center in San Jose, California on Wednesday. (NHL.com)

The Anaheim Ducks proved once again that ducks fly together. The Ducks revisited their roots by sporting District 5 jerseys from the movie “The Mighty Ducks” while entering Xcel Energy Center for their game against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. (NHL.com)

The Minnesota Wild won their 10th straight game at home, 3-2 against the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday. (NHL.com)
Igor Shesterkin will start for the New York Rangers at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after the goalie missed 10 games with a mild groin strain sustained March 4. (NHL.com)
With less than three weeks to go until the NHL’s trading deadline, two Nashville Predators sit in the top three on our updated Trade Bait board, with winger Mikael Granlund emerging as a hot commodity. (TSN)

Rookie goaltender Filip Gustavsson says he’s already starting to feel confident in Ottawa’s net after just two starts.In fact, the entire Senators lineup seems pretty comfortable when playing the Calgary Flames. (TSN)

Peel incident presents the NHL with an opportunity. There is an opportunity now to call the rule book exactly as it is written from training camp through the Stanley Cup Final, that a penalty in the first period of the preseason is still a penalty late in overtime with Lord Stanley on the line. (TSN)

One of the original St. Louis Blues is gone. Bobby Plager was killed in a car accident on Wednesday in the St. Louis area, a Blues spokesperson confirmed to CBS affiliate WUSA. He was 78. (TSN)

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