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[Bits] Pack up the stockings and bag up the tree. It's back to work

Put that egg nog down. Egg nog is for closers.

There's still some cookies left? I'm comin'
There's still some cookies left? I'm comin'
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After a three-day break, the NHL season resumes tonight. The Islanders get an extra day of toys and leftovers before playing the Devils on Saturday.

Islanders news:

  • Incredibly, the Islanders are still in the playoff hunt. Mathematically, at least. [New$day]
  • Michael Grabner: Austrian Hit Man [Islanders]
  • How much blame should Jack Capuano get for how the Islanders season has gone so far? [Eyes on Isles]
  • What is the true impact of having a healthy Evgeni Nabokov on the ice? [The Hockey Writers]
  • No, seriously, the Islanders are only nine points out of the playoffs despite barely winning a game between November and January. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Video: The players play host to kids at the holidays. [Islanders]
  • Nostalgia: A program from the first game at Nassau Coliseum, October, 1972. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • The Sound Tigers lost to Hartford 3-1 on Thursday. [BST]

While you were eating:

  • World Juniors started yesterday and Red Wings' prospect Anthony "Black" Mantha shot out of the gate with a hat trick in Canada's win over Germany.
  • Gary Bettman ruined Shawn Thornton's Christmas by upholding this 15-game suspension for attacking Brooks Orpik. [SB Nation]
  • Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts from Monday. All the Oilers news you need.
  • Frederick Roy, son of Patrick, has a bit of a temper, and had a meltdown during the Spengler Cup going on right now in Switzerland. []
  • Which goalies are most likely to make a quote unquote BIG SAVE? [Eric T at SB Nation]
  • Lists! Puck Daddy's worst Jersey Fouls of 2013.
  • Lists! Sports Illustrated ranks the 13 best NHL games of 2013, half of which include the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • The Winter Classic is around the corner. Dan Craig is the guy who makes the big outdoor ice, and not the guy that plays James Bond. [Yahoo!]
  • The Washington Post takes time out from Redskins drama to shine a light on the "Moneypuck" phenomenon that has nothing to do with Moneyball at all but we won't bog them down with details like that.
  • ranks the 200 best fantasy hockey players at the mid-season mark. I hope Santa left some of them under the tree for you.