The PHT Nightcap – Friday, April 9

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Video: Modano’s emotional night in Big D: If you’re not moved by this, you’re a monster.

NHL playoffs update: Rangers knocking on the door: But would they kick it in later in the evening?

Hornqvist expected to be ready for playoffs: The Preds are going to need Horny for the playoffs.

The case for Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy: Yeah, cause that should be tough to make.

Ponikarovsky hit on Bailey: Suspension-worthy?: I’m thinking it might be…

Poll: Who should win the Hart Trophy?

Nick Lidstrom should not retire this year: Yes, he’s playing as good as ever. Seriously.

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin top list of young scorers: Also, water still wet.

Shootout-happy season benefits Coyotes most: Hello potential playoff storyline.

Alexei Ponikarovsky suspended 2 games: See… Told you it might be.

Capitals don’t need to name a No. 1 goalie: Jose & Semyon sounds like a Vegas act anyway.

My insane (but awesome) shootout solution: James lures you to his padded room with genius.

Quick hits: Jeff Carter might be back tonight: All that and much, much more.

Tyler Myers’ Calder Trophy argument: The debate rages on.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux no more: Political correctness run amok once again.

Coyotes inch closer to sale: Ice Edge steps to the plate first…

Blackhawks’ price of success: Supply and demand rears its ugly head again.

Blake Geoffrion wins Hobey Baker: Wisconsin’s best brings home the hardware.

Coyotes with more than one bidder: …and Glendale Hockey jumps in as well.

NHL Draft lottery preparation guide: It’s not the ping pong party you thought it was.

NHL playoffs update: Just win baby: The Rangers kicked the door in; Chaos ensues.

Matt Duchene hurt vs. Chicago: Potentially tough blow for the youthful Avs in the playoffs.

Race for the Rocket: Ovechkin first to 50: And how will Sid and Steven answer?

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    Video: Weise records Gordie Howe hat trick after spirited scrap with Hamonic

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    Thursday’s game between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers wasn’t even nine minutes old by the time Dale Weise had recorded the Gordie Howe hat trick.

    Already with the opening goal and an assist on Radko Gudas‘ goal, giving Philly a 3-0 lead, Weise dropped the gloves with Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic for a spirited fight off a faceoff.

    Not many, if any, positives for the Islanders after a disastrous start. Needing a win to close the gap on the Boston Bruins in the wild card race, New York fell behind 5-0 by the time the first period was over.

    There is perhaps even more bad news for the Islanders: Hamonic wasn’t on the bench to begin the second period.

    The Islanders have since provided an update: Hamonic will not return to this game due to an upper-body injury.

     

     

    The Islanders are off to a disastrous start in Philly, Flyers chase Greiss

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    Talk about the worst possible start for the New York Islanders.

    Trailing the Boston Bruins by four points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders lived through a nightmare to begin Thursday’s game, falling behind the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 4-0 — before the midway point of the first period.

    Dale Weise started the scoring at 4:30 of the first period. By the 9:19 mark, the Flyers opened up a four-goal lead and had already chased Islanders starting goalieThomas Greiss, who allowed three goals on eight shots.

    Jaroslav Halak was brought into the game and promptly surrendered a goal to Jordan Weal.

    It continued to get worse for the Islanders, who finished the first period trailing by five goals. Shots? They were 19-10 in favor of Philly. Yup. It was bad.

    With Josh Ho-Sang in the box serving a double-minor for high sticking, Wayne Simmonds gave Philly a 5-0 lead with his 30th goal of the year.

    Shaping up to be a long night for the Islanders.

    Karlsson’s ironman streak comes to an end as Sens visit Wild

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    For the first time since the lockout-shortened season, the Ottawa Senators will not have star defenseman Erik Karlsson in their lineup.

    With the Sens four points back of Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead, Karlsson will not play tonight versus the Minnesota Wild, which ends his ironman streak at 324 consecutive games played.

    Karlsson trails Brent Burns by only five points for the lead in that category among NHL defenseman. He also logs close to 27 minutes of ice time per game. Only three blue liners in the entire league — Dustin Byfuglien, Drew Doughty and Ryan Suter — play more on average per game.

    The injury reportedly occurred when Karlsson blocked a shot against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Trade deadline acquisition Jyrki Jokipakka is expected to make his debut for Ottawa, per the Citizen.

    “If we miss him for a game or two, we’re not sure what’s going to happen,” forward Mark Stone told the Ottawa Citizen. “He’s the best defenceman in the world. If you take him out of your lineup, it’s obviously a huge blow.”

    WATCH LIVE: Stars at Bruins

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    The Boston Bruins hold the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and they will look to continue their push for the playoffs when they host the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

    You can catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET) or online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

    Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

    McAvoy has the talent to improve Bruins right now

    NHL on NBCSN: Bruins continue push for playoff spot against Stars

    Stars go deeper than rock bottom in Ruff’s ‘worst game’ with team