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Islanders Bits: Leaf Raking, Nail Hammers, Grinders and other Hardware Metaphors

Some NHL reading material prior to tonight's game against the Bruins. In this edition: Leafs Nation assesses the damage from last night, McDonald and Aucoin get their shots, the Oilers hit the Kings right in the family jewels and a member of the media that actually agrees with the Islanders.

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Strait on to Boston
Strait on to Boston

Still enjoying the glow of a shift-disturbing win over the Maple Leafs? Good. Do it now.

Because tonight the Islanders head to Boston and try to keep the good times rolling. UPDATE: some kid named "Ricked E Pietro" is starting in goal for New York. Never heard of him.

Until then, here's a few links to pass the time.

FIRST ISLANDERS GOAL PICKS for tonight's game are here. Your picks must be made by 6:59 pm this evening.


Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner lead Islanders' goalfest and Matt Carkner stands up for John Tavares

A pair from Arthur Staple including a bit on Carkner's response to Dion Phaneuf's hit on John Tavares.

NYISkinny: Eric Hornick's Blog: The Skinny: Isles 7, Leafs 4

The always indispensable Eric Hornick with the facts from the game.

Well That Sucked - Pension Plan Puppets

The crew at PPP were less than satisfied with the game last night.

Roberto Luongo to Maple Leafs talk sure to heat up | Toronto Maple Leafs | Sports | Toronto Sun

Steve Simmons speculates that a loss to the Islanders might be what finally pushes Roberto Luongo to Toronto and Ben Scrivens to some other place of business.

NHL teams wise to play cautious with prospects - The Hockey News

Ken Campbell gives his two cents on the Nino Niederreiter Affair and says the Islanders are doing right by the young man.

Thank you, NHL lockout: AHL players get their shots on Long Island - NHL - Sporting News

Jesse Spector sits down with career AHLers Colin McDonald and Keith Aucoin who are finding roles with the Islanders so far this season.

New York Islanders - Game Preview: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins 1/25/13 - New York Islanders - News

Official team preview of tonight's tilt in Boston.


Oilers overcome waved-off goal to beat Kings

Bit of a wild ending in Edmonton last night. In a span of four minutes, the Oilers went from being shut out to beating the reigning Cup champions.

Marleau’s hot start something not seen since 1982 | ProHockeyTalk

Patrick Marleau has six goals already this season. Somewhere, Jeremy Roenick is making the McKayla Maroney face.

NHL TV ratings: Record-breaking numbers (almost) worth the wait - NHL - Sporting News

Surprise! People are watching the NHL now that games, and not guys in suits and bad sweaters, are on TV.

Free Preview of NHL Center Ice

Public Service Announcement (because I didn't know until last night): NHL Center Ice is in a free preview mode until January 31st. So soak in some free hockey for the next few days. (the link doesn't say it, but Cablevision/Optimum customers get the preview, too)