The Outer Islanders face competing playoff stars as the NHL trade deadline approaches

The Islanders host the Superstars on Saturday afternoon as part of a back-to-back weekend, all leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Not that carrots are buyers—and sounds like they’re not much sellers either (maybe Cal Clatterbuck, Semyon Varlamov?), but we’ll see what emerges from the Lou cone of silence.

For Game of the Day in Belmont, it’s a Nickelodeon-themed day, so this will explain any strange noises or colorful characters that appear during the game.

Like The Islanders, the Stars still have some COVID-fueled games in the supplement competition, but unlike the Islanders, the Stars are in the process of looking for the wild card. Dallas (33-23-3) enters the competition today by one point behind Vegas for second in the West, but with four games in hand.

Today’s game starts on Long Island and tomorrow in Philadelphia at 2pm. Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for today here.

Island residents news

  • Game/Preview Notes: Islanders aim to expand their score line to six. [Isles]
  • The Islander knows his playoff chances are almost invisible, so they will try to preserve their recent success. [Post]
  • But Thursday’s Isles-Rangers tilt felt the feel of a playoff thanks to goalkeepers. [Post]
  • The Islanders scorers score, which is closely related to the Islanders’ winning games. [Newsday]
  • Chris Botha discusses the trade deadline and talks with Martin Peron about Simeon Varlamov, the Mitch Corn Islands goalkeeping mentor, and the goalkeepers who will move on at the deadline. [Hockey Press Pass]

in another place

Last night’s NHL results include wins for the DC and the Bruins, and another loss for the Flyers.

But the main sensation at the end of the week will be the trade deadline. Will Marc-Andre Fleury go anywhere? What will the top contenders do? What will bubble teams do with injury issues?

  • Answer the “big questions” before the deadline. [ESPN]
  • Lightning’s success with Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow means everyone is treating the “sticky guys” like the new Butch Goring for trade deadline targets. [NHL]
  • But now Lightning has traded the lottery-protected first-round picks to the Hawks for a spark for Brandon Hagel. [ESPN | Raw Charge]
  • However, Hurricanes will not be traded in the first round. [TSN]
  • Robin Lehner’s injury has caused an unhappy situation for Vegas goalkeeper Peter Deborre. [Review Journal]
  • 12 “Quick Notes” on the trade deadline. [Sportsnet]
  • This weekend’s games may determine the trading direction the Rangers take. [Post]
  • Flames players share a feeling of “extreme mess” at the trade deadline. [TSN]
  • Nino Niederretter has done something bad, and he will have a hearing. [NHL]
  • Spencer Knight got his first NHL stoppage when the Panthers threw his duck, but Aaron Ekblad left with an injury. However, the Panthers don’t think it’s as serious as the injury he sustained at the end of last season. [NHL]