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2014 NHL Draft Lottery Thread

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After a one-year hiatus, your April tradition is back!

UPDATE: From the 2nd position, the Florida Panthers have won the lottery and now hold the 1st overall pick. The Islanders hang on to the fifth overall pick.

The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery is tonight, televised live at 8 p.m. EDT followed by awkward interviews with top draft-eligible prospects.

The magic formula will determine the order for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The TSN TV coverage will also air in the U.S. on NBCSN and will re-air on NHL Network (U.S.) at 8:30 p.m., ET.

World Championships 2014: Brock Nelson, Matt Donovan true American heroes

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The season is over, but it's not over yet for some Islanders.

USA Hockey has named its first slate of players for this spring's IIHF World Championship in Belarus, and since that tournament is (mostly) made of players whose NHL teams didn't make or are quickly eliminated from the playoffs, the New York Islanders are well represented with two homegrown youngsters.

NHL 'Big Brother' program matches wayward teams with veteran mentors

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Established players give back to needy franchises.

In just one afternoon together, Brendan Shanahan knew he would hit it off immediately with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"They looked up at me with those sad blue eyes. I couldn't resist," said Shanahan, who left his position as the NHL's director of player safety to be the Leafs' new Big Brother. "I could see the Leafs were looking for someone to put their arm around them and ask, 'How are you doing? Is everything okay?'

2014 Lighthouse Hockey Playoff Bracket Pool

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Put your picks where your poll is. (That's how that goes, right?)

The annual Lighthouse Hockey NHL playoff bracket pool is back this year, hosted at the same site as last year, officepooljunkie. As normal, there is no charge for joining the pool, and the winner gets the joy of enlightenment.

Last year's winner was Frans, with Zhora losing the tiebreaker and PYinSC finishing third. The previous year was Benhasna's year, with Francesca, Ozzyfan and CharlotteIslesFan all tying for second. (Obviously the Swiss were stronger that year.)

You can follow this link and create your pool, you may have to create an account. If for some reason it asks you for a password, the password is 1234, the same as my luggage.

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Previews, Polls, Prognostications

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Lighthouse Hockey takes a decidedly Islanders-oriented look at the NHL playoffs. From the outside. Because misery.

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs kick into gear Wednesday -- preceded by the consolation Draft Lottery Tuesday. If you're new to this site this year, in addition to continuing Islanders coverage and post-mortem, we will resume our annual tradition with:

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

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Armed with a top-flight goalie, can the Columbus Blue Jackets finish what the New York Islanders started last spring?

Not many people like the Pittsburgh Penguins.

No, I mean "like" them for this series, that is. Alright, that's an exaggeration, but the number of people who aren't picking the Penguins to take this one easily might surprise you, given the history and standings of the two teams involved.

Islanders News: Tavares staying put, Pulock debuts, Visnovsky not retiring, lottery day

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Because you can't quit us, and we can't quit you.

Tonight is the NHL Draft Lottery, which has meant something to the New York Islanders way too many times during its existence. Here's what will happen:

The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m., ET.

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

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Boy, we really should've beaten the Islanders.

The Montreal Canadiens are the road team in their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that didn't look likely a week ago, before the Canadiens laid an egg at home and lost 2-0 to the New York Islanders.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds: As if the Blues aren't injured, as if the Penguins are all that

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The playoff odds probably present opportunity, if you're into that sort of thing.

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs kick into gear Wednesday -- preceded by the consolation Draft Lottery Tuesday. If you're new to this site this year, in addition to continuing Islanders coverage and post-mortem, we will resume our annual tradition with:

Reassigned: Islanders send Donovan, Pulock, Mayfield, more to AHL Bridgeport

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After a week of partying in the NHL, the kids return to the buses.

With the end of a playoff-less regular season for the New York Islanders, the reassignments have begun to fill out their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers roster for the end of that equally playoff-less season.

Among those headed to Bridgeport are Ryan Pulock (as previously reported out of Brandon), whose WHL season is over, as well as recent NHLers Matt Donovan, Scott Mayfield, Mike Halmo, Brett Gallant, Justin Johnson, John Persson and Johan Sundstrom.

[Bits] Today is the first day of the rest of your season

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Let the hostilities begin.

Welcome to the 2014 Islanders off-season. Please keep all hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. Teams in the playoffs may pass at any moment.

New York Islanders 4*, Buffalo Sabres 3 (*SO): Johnson-Scott fight, Lee's pair, 26th place and such

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The Isles and Sabres met to close out the season, and it was everything you thought it would be.

The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, or AHL injury replacement facsmiles thereof, concluded the regrettable 2013-14 season in Buffalo Sunday. Though they didn't display great hockey, they gave fans 65 minutes plus the tie-breaking breakaway drill. And a bunch of fights.

New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres: NHL season closes with an AHL feel

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"Think the old folks in Florida are gonna like these guys?" -Slap Shot

"Meaningless" is in the eye of the beholder, but today's season finale between the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres offers meaning to so very few.

By puck drop, the NHL's playoff pairings are already set (and don't include these teams) and these two lineups will be far cries from what both teams expect to field in their next game that matters, early next October.

That said, with both teams decimated by injuries, this game sure has meaning to the lucky callups who replace the wounded. (Oh, and to those draft lottery-focused Isles fans who desperately desire a loss to assure a finish behind Calgary.)

New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres: 5 Questions with Die By The Blade

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Chatting with the upstate version of the Islanders ca. 2009.

The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, the state's two worst hockey teams, close the book on quite regrettable (for different reasons) seasons in Buffalo tonight.

The Sabres were always expected to be -- even planned to be -- bad this season, but they ended up being historically bad as they enter today with 51 points and 154 goals in 81 games. That cost them their general manager and coach (justifiably), a briefly returning hero (and former Islanders unperson), and two longtime stars who knew they'd be moved heading into this Dead Season Walking.

Islanders Gameday News: Ryan Pulock to Bridgeport, Ryan Smyth to the buffet line

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The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres close out disappointing seasons, even by their asterisked expectations.

It all comes to an end tonight for the New York Islanders, except it doesn't, because they're in prospect evaluation mode anyway, and some prospects will continue on in Bridgeport until the AHL season is done.

It's an early (5 p.m.) start, so get your homework done quickly, won't you:

New York Islanders Sale Talks: $370M valuation is complicated

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I'll give you some cash, some notes, some old trading cards, and a promise for Bazooka gum.

New York Islanders sale talks between owner Charles Wang and lawyer and hedge fund alchemist Andrew Barroway reportedly continue, though there are several hurdles and it continues to look like no deal for all or even part of the team is imminent at this time.

Sports Business Journal reporter Chris Botta provides the latest additional detail on the talks, which are understood to be the only conversations Wang is having to sell all or part of the team at this time:

Heat Wave: Is your NHL team a garbage fire, car fire, dumpster fire or tire fire?

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Proceed with caution.

As the NHL season winds down, 16 teams prepare for the playoffs and 14 prepare for next season. Some of those non-playoff teams require more preparation than others.

New York Islanders 3*, New Jersey Devils 2 (*SO): Strome, Bailey spin past Brodeur

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At least they didn't order the Code Tapezoid.

The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils played a sleepy penultimate game for their seasons, with some suspicion that it could be Martin Bordeur's last start as a Devil and perhaps as an NHLer. If it was any of those, it did not end well.

New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils: Justin Johnson gets the call

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and keep on trying.

As the schedule dwindles down to some playoff-less have-nots, tonight we get another angle for entertainment: With yet another injury to a lineup more than half full of rookies, the New York Islanders have recalled Justin Johnson for his NHL debut at age 32.

[Gameday Bits] Les Enfants Sont Bien. Also Gallant Smash, Scooter Stays, Shanahan the Savior

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Win No. 350 for No. 20.

Well, that was fun. But there's no time for celebrating shutouts or milestones. The Islanders are back at it tonight in New Jersey, where the Devils - better sit down - lost in ANOTHER shootout on Thursday night.

Put your FIG picks for tonight down here.

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