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Isles Home Opener A.M. Skate: Hockey Day on Long Island

Pinch me, the season is here.

Get ready.
Get ready.
Bruce Bennett

Two weeks ago it wasn't at all clear that this would happen. One week ago you still held out some fear of a Fehr bomb derailing the delayed resolution the misery the dysfunctional NHL-NHLPA relationship put us through.

Now, we're prepping for a day of hockey, and at least one more home opener at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

We'll have a lot of coverage today -- we're kind of excited about all this, even if the roster changes since last year are pretty meh. So we'll kick things off with an open thread, some links, and the official season-opening roster as Lubomir Visnovsky (homebound Islesaphobia), Josh Bailey (knee, lockout) and Jesse Joensuu (groin, lockout) begin the season suspended.

FIG Picks

For commenters (and lurkers who have profiles), the First Islanders Goal pick begins anew. Important: Here are the rules/formatting in case you've forgotten or never participated.

And here is where you leave your FIG picks for tonight.

Opening Night Roster

With three scratches to be determined (though we all have our guesses), here are the names and numbers to start the season:

10. Keith Aucoin
36. Eric Boulton
24. Brad Boyes
53. Casey Cizikas
40. Michael Grabner
17. Matt Martin
13. Colin McDonald
26. Matt Moulson
51. Frans Nielsen
21. Kyle Okposo
16. Marty Reasoner
91. John Tavares
41. David Ullstrom

7. Matt Carkner
52. Joe Finley
3. Travis Hamonic
14. Thomas Hickey
47. Andrew MacDonald
4. Radek Martinek
37. Brian Strait
2. Mark Streit

39. Rick DiPietro
20. Evgeni Nabokov