[Gameday Bits] Sky rockets in flight, afternoon delight

C'mere, big guy! - Bruce Bennett

Islanders chase matinee blues.

A trip from New Jersey to Manhattan to Long Island can be a fun and luxurious adventure. In June, not January and not in a snowstorm. With a little luck, the Blues are just sick to death of this place and want to go the hell home.

Leave your FIG picks for TODAY'S AFTERNOON game here. Must be in before game time.

Islanders bits:

  • Dom's early preview of today's game. He kinda knows the Blues pretty well for some reason.
  • The Islanders need to hold on to leads better. Let's make it a rule. [New$day]
  • And if you're going to the game, please donate a coat at the Coliseum. Three coats gets you a ticket to an upcoming game. Not bad. [Islanders]
  • New dad Kyle Okposo has been on a tear. Must be all those diaper changes. [NY Post]
  • Syosset native and Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi grew up an Islanders fan and shares his memories of Nassau Coliseum. [Post-Gazette]
  • Day Three of the Islanders Lighthouse Tournament. It's an all Finnish final. [Islanders]
  • John Tavares isn't sweating the security in Russia during the Olympics. Lots of bad stuff going on over there right now. [Point Blank]
  • The Sound Tigers beat Portland 4-3 in a shootout last night with Ryan Strome tying the game with 20 seconds to go. Captain Chris Bruton was out, so Anders Lee wore the "A" for the first time this season. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Alan Quine scored in the shootout.

Stadium Series Stuff:

  • Today's Ducks-Kings game at Dodger Stadium isn't the first time the NHL has played an outdoor game in hot weather. Picture it: a parking lot in Las Vegas, 1991... [Sportsnet]
  • Yankee Stadium is getting ready for its hockey debut. [New$day]
  • The entertainment for the New York games includes Michelle Williams (the Destiny's Child one. Not the Dawson's Creek one), Southside Johnny and Asbury Jukes and rotund falsetto Cee-Lo Green. [NHL.com]
  • Meet HockeyBird, the NHL's latest shameless attempt at getting kids into hockey without just letting them watch hockey. [Puck Daddy]

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