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Sunday Morning Skate: Lightning take 3-1 lead; Isles and B’s get feisty; what’s in a draft pick?




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Flyers News

  • The Flyers own the 13th overall pick in the NHL Draft after this week’s draft lottery, but should they use it? Probably not. Chuck Fletcher should use that pick as a trade chip to acquire an impact player that can help the team immediately. (Philly Hockey Now)


  • Seth Jones may want out of Columbus. Should the Flyers be interested in the right-handed defenseman to fill their biggest need? (Philly Hockey Now)


  • The Flyers are entering an offseason of change with the expansion draft looming. On top of that, a core shakeup could be in the cards after a disappointing season. We look at five Flyers that may have played their last game in orange and black. (Philly Hockey Now)


  • Alain Vigneault was talkin’ ’bout ‘practice in his end-of-season press conference. He also touched on a variety of other topics including Canadian restrictions, wanting a “normal season,” and feeling like he let “everyone down” this season. (Philly Hockey Now)


  • Chuck Fletcher will be at the helm in this crucial offseason. He talked about the Flyers’ need to improve. He said that he’ll need to “be creative” as the Flyers can “upgrade everywhere” this offseason. (Philly Hockey Now)


Around the NHL


SERIES TIED: Barzal Leads Islanders to Momentous Game 4 Win Over Bruins – (NYI Hockey Now)

The Boston Bruins tried to rough up Mathew Barzal in Game 4, but the New York Islanders star had the last laugh on Saturday night.

Barzal scored the game-winning goal in the third period to lead the Islanders to a 4-1 win over Boston and evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2.  The goal was Barzal’s second of the playoffs and the second consecutive game he’s scored in during the Islanders series with Boston.


Fight Night In The First For Game 4 Boston Bruins-New York Islanders! –  (Boston Hockey Now)

The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders were scoreless after one period of play in Game 4 but there was plenty of action and entertainment in what became Saturday Fight Night at the Nassau Coliseum.


Vegas Golden Knights Fans Rock T-Mobile in First 100% Capacity Game – (Vegas Hockey Now)

T-Mobile Arena was deafening. The Vegas Golden Knights had just taken a 3-2 lead after Max Pacioretty’s deflection to cap a 45-second swing from down a goal to leading a critical Game Three against the Colorado Avalanche.

The sold-out crowd of 17,504 fans was on their feet, threatening to bring the roof down on the place.


Dater column: Avs were due for bad game, but this was horrendous – (Colorado Hockey Now)

f there was any game the Vegas Golden Knights were likely to win, it was this one. A Friday night on the Strip, which was poppin’ all day, full of maskless let-out-of-their-houses-for-the-first-time-since-last-March revelers, rooting on a desperate team in need of a win. They got it, 3-2 over the Avs in a Game 3 that was not nearly as close as that score would indicate.


Expansion Draft: Can Penguins Gamble w/ Carter? Projected Protected List – (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

You can say one thing. Believe that thing. But when it gets tested, realize a different course of action is preferable. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall may soon find himself in that situation when he has to submit his protected list to the NHL ahead of the 2021 Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft on July 21.


Seider shows at World Championships he’s ready for NHL workload – (Detroit Hockey Now)

Moritz Seider’s performance for Germany at the World Championship should erase what little doubt remained about whether he is ready for a heavy workload for the Red Wings in 2021-22.

Seider’s German team lost to Finland 2-1 in their semifinal. But the Germans will play USA Sunday in the bronze medal game. If the Germans prevail, they leave Latvia with their first World Championship medal since 1953.


What Are Sharks’ Chances to Draft Hall of Famer at No. 7? – (San Jose Hockey Now)

What’s in a draft pick?

This week’s Draft lottery confirmed that the San Jose Sharks would pick seventh in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. This will be San Jose’s first top-10 selection since 2015 and the first time they’ll pick No. 7.

But not every lottery pick smells as sweet.

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