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NYHN Daily: Palmieri Should Get Chance on Islanders Top Line & More



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The struggling New York Islanders are in Madison Square Garden tonight to face the surging New York Rangers. With the way the Islanders offense is going, it is time for Kyle Palmieri to get slotted alongside Mat Barzal on the top line. This story and more on today’s daily links!

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz stated that Kyle Palmieri was on the list of options to play alongside Mat Barzal. It is time to move Palmieri to the top of the list to see if he can solidify the top line and help kickstart this offense. (NYI Hockey Now)

A third straight playoff berth has long seemed a foregone conclusion for the struggling Islanders. A spot is still there for the taking, provided they start playing playoff-quality hockey. They cannot afford to get swept in their next series, two games against the rival Rangers starting Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. (Newsday)

It would take a collapse of epic proportions for the Islanders to blow a playoff spot. But some numbers have emerged over the course of this weird season that require a deeper look to see how they will impact the coming postseason and beyond. (The Athletic)

If there is one grand assessment to be made after Tuesday night’s solid 3-1 win for the Boston Bruins over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena, it’s that the Bruins are going to be just fine with eight games left in the regular season. (Boston Hockey Now)

Despite wearing a white jersey, different from the rest of his teammates at Penguins practice, Evgeni Malkin actually participated in full contact. How soon until he is back in the lineup? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers officially made the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday night and what better way to commemorate it than with a fresh new t-shirt? Not long after the Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Tuesday, t-shirts and the like started popping on up on the team’s site.
(Florida Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers had a rollercoaster of a game against the Devils in New Jersey on Tuesday night. They came out flat and fell behind early, but battled back to make things interesting in the third period. However, they couldn’t finish things out and lost 6-4 as the Devils broke their 10-game losing streak. (Philly Hockey Now)

Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty each recorded three-point nights as the Vegas Golden Knights topped the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. With the victory, the Golden Knights moved six points clear of the Avalanche at the top of the Honda West Division with one more game played. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Avalanche don’t appear to have solved their backup goaltending problems with their moves near the trade deadline. The Avs lost their third straight tonight as Devan Dubnyk struggled. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Logan Couture lost two more teeth tonight, but a win kept him smiling. Couture – famous among San Jose Sharks fans for misplacing his chiclets on a regular basis because of his all-out style of play – was hit in the face by friend and ex-teammate Jason Demers. To add insult to injury, Christian Dvorak followed up with another blow. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with a 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday. (NHL)

Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut for the Kings. The 18-year-old center had four shots on goal and won 8-of-12 face-offs in 17:21 of ice time in the loss. (NHL)

All rookies get cheers from fans for their NHL debut, but Quinton Byfield got one from someone extra special. The Los Angeles Kings forward got a shoutout from Southern California rap legend Snoop Dogg before playing his first game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. (NHL)

Jonathan Drouin is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Montreal Canadiens for personal reasons. The forward, who hasn’t played since April 21, was placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday. He scored 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) in 44 games this season. (NHL)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins says the Edmonton Oilers are peaking at the perfect time this season. After downing the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday, the Oilers (29-26-2) have points from eight of 10 games in April and are finding their form as they push toward the playoffs. (TSN)

Here is the updated NHL Covid Protocol List as of April 28. Very few players this time around which is a great sign. (TSN)