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Stars at Islanders: Home Opener [game thread]

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Saturday, Oct 9, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT
Nassau [gloriously unsponsored] Veterans Memorial Coliseum
MSG+, WRHU 88.7 [NHL audio]

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"[Milan] Jurcina outperformed [Jack] Hillen in camp to secure a spot on the opening night roster," Newsday's Katie Strang reports, and thus the evaluation of big "Juice" Jurcina begins.

This our open in-game comment thread. It's separate from LHH previews and recaps for SBN reasons and because it's easier to separate in-game chaotic thoughts from the build-up and the calm-down. Sometimes these will disappear from the front page a day later, but you can always find them in the Game Threads section.

If you're a new commenter, we have some general guidelines here. Lines after the jump. Let's do this thing!

Commenting

Oh yeah, something that helps you navigate: The list of instructions under the orange "COMMENTS" bar on each post, which tell you:

Press C to tab to new comments, Shift-C to tab backwards, X to mark as read, and Shift-A to mark all read.
The best: Z will simultaneously mark and tab forward, and R will reply to the comment that has focus.

The "Formatting Guide" link in the comment box also gives you some tips for quick shortcuts and stuff.

Lines

Per Chris Botta and Katie Strang from the a.m., Kari Lehtonen is in goal for the Stars again, and here are the Isles lines:

Comeau - Tavares - Parenteau
Moulson - Nielsen - Hunter
Bailey - Weight - Niederreiter
Gillies - Konopka - Sim

Mottau - Wisniewski
Eaton - Martinek
Jurcina - MacDonald

My God, this defense is improved even without Streit, isn't it?

The Islanders are 24-10-3 all-time in home openers. Let's make it 25, shall we? Let's Go Islanders!