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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Rangers

Projected lines ahead of Wednesday's Islanders-Rangers game (8 p.m., NBCSN)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., NBCSN, 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU). Click here for the Game Preview.

The Lineup: 

Thomas Hickey is back in the lineup. Dennis Seidenberg will come out. Josh Bailey is good to go for tonight after missing Tuesday's practice with an illness. Thomas Greiss will start in goal. 

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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers meet on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (33-26-12) at New York Rangers (45-24-4)

8 p.m., Madison Square Garden

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU

Morning Skate Updates

As big as the Islanders-Rangers rivalry is - and as fitting as it is that they're playing on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry - the Islanders are focusing more on themselves when they visit Madison Square Garden. 

The Islanders start the day three points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference. A win doesn't get them back in, but a loss would open the door for Toronto to start pulling away - the Leafs play Columbus at 7 p.m. - making Wednesday bigger than the usual Islanders-Rangers hoopla. 

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Isles Day-To-Day: Gearing Up For The Stretch Drive

The Islanders talk about the stretch drive, Josh Bailey absent at Tuesday's practice

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

After playing 10 games in 17 days, the New York Islanders got some rare rest with a three-day break between games before facing the New York Rangers on Wednesday night (8 p.m., NBCSN). 

The break has allowed the Islanders, who are 4-4-2 in their last 10 but 1-3-1 in their last five, to regroup, recharge and take stock of their situation as the stretch drive continues. 

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The Sound Tigers Report: Week 23

Bridgeport continues to fight for an AHL playoff spot

by Alan Fuehring AlanFuehring / Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 38-23-2-1, 79 points, 5th in Atlantic Division, 5th in Eastern Conference

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (38-23-2-1) collected two points in three games last weekend, including their first win against the Utica Comets this season on Saturday. However, the Sound Tigers also suffered setbacks to the Providence Bruins and Hershey Bears, and dropped to fifth place in the Atlantic Division standings. Bridgeport is two points behind fourth-place Providence for the final playoff spot entering Week 23

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Islanders Prospect Report

Playoff runs begin and end for several Islanders prospects

by Megan McGuire NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Playoff runs begin and end for several Islanders Prospects. Ilya Sorokin finishes his season with CSKA as Linus Soderstrom continues onto the postseason with a contract extension. Jake Bischoff, Doyle Somerby, and Kieffer Bellows get set for the NCAA Tournament, while David Quenneville caps off a career-year. Read all about it in the Islanders Prospect Report.

Sorokin and CSKA Eliminated in KHL Playoffs:

Ilya Sorokin and CSKA were eliminated by Lokomotiv in six games in the second round of the KHL playoffs. Sorokin did not play in Games 3, 4, and 5. Sorokin opened the series with a 4-2 win over Lokomotiv but stumbled in Game 2, allowing three goals on 27 shots to a 4-3 loss. Though CSKA came back in Game 3 to win 2-1, Lokomotiv got the better hand in the rest of the series, and moves on to play SKA in the Western Conference Final.

 

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Isles Day-To-Day: Boychuk, Prince Skate, Line Changes

Johnny Boychuk skates before practice, Doug Weight shakes up his lines

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Johnny Boychuk skated before Monday's practice, his first skate since sustaining a lower-body injury on March 3 against Chicago. 

"He's been working hard getting his lungs going a little bit, getting his legs a little bit," Interim Coach Doug Weight said. "He felt pretty good today, so it was a positive day, but he's got a ways to go."

Boychuk has 21 points (6G, 15A) in 59 games this season. 

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The Skinny - Game 71: Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders loss to Columbus

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Isles edged by Jackets in OT, 3-2

NYI Recap: Tavares scores in OT loss to Blue Jackets

John Tavares tied the game in the 3rd period, but the Islanders lost 3-2 to the visiting Blue Jackets in overtime

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Game 71
Columbus 3, Isles 2 (OT)

Cam Atkinson scored his 33rd goal of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a crowd of 14,007 at Barclays Center.

John Tavares had tied the game 8:48 into the third period but the Isles couldn't find the winning tally. Travis Hamonic also scored for the Islanders; it was his first goal since October 30th.

With the overtime point, the Isles remain one point behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Leafs hold one game in hand. The Isles also move one point ahead of Tampa Bay. Toronto has 12 games to play, the Lightning 11 and the Isles 11.   

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Lee and Islanders Jam Kancer

Anders Lee held a Kan Jam fundraiser benefitting Cohen Children's Medical Center on Saturday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Anders Lee Kancer Jam

Anders Lee Kancer Jam

Anders Lee raised over $90K for pediatric cancer with a Kan Jam tournament

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Fenov Pierre-Louis is only a teenager, but has been dealing with cancer for over seven years. That's nearly half a lifetime for the Roselle, NJ, native, but he knows he's not in the struggle alone. He has his family and friends in his corner. 

He has Anders Lee and the New York Islanders behind him, as well.

Pierre-Louis was on hand at Anders Lee's Kancer Jam on Saturday afternoon, a Kan Jam tournament held at Barclays Center featuring Lee and his Islanders teammates. 

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Recap: Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 OT

The Islanders take a point out of their matinee affair with Columbus

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders were able to take a point out of their 3-2 OT loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, but despite a comeback effort, the result had a glass-half-empty feel to it. 

John Tavares' seeing-eye wrister got the Islanders to overtime, but Cam Atkinson stung the Islanders playoff push with the game-winner 1:19 into the extra frame. It was half a result on a night where the Islanders needed a full one. At the final horn, the Islanders moved into a tie with Toronto with 78 points and one point above Tampa, but it'll be a nervous night of scoreboard watching as both the Leafs and Lightning play at 7 p.m. 

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