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New York Islanders (8-6-7, 5th/Atl) at Minnesota Wild (7-12-2, 5th/NW)
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Katie Strang reports that Brendan Witt -- who hadn't skated in a week -- sits this one out for Andrew MacDonald. No pressure, Andy Mac: Just a massive NHL opportunity on the line. Getting ahead of myself, but: How wild would it be if his play bumped his defensive partner Freddy Meyer from the lineup?

Strang also says Martin Biron's in net, and Cal Clutterbuck is looking forward to trash-talking his old junior linemate, one John Tavares. I'm pretty pumped for this. No one backs JT in a corner. (Okay, that: Hyperbole and poor '80s film reference. But we haven't seen how Tavares responds when someone angers him, and I have a hunch that it is like poking a bear.)