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Gameday Bits: Battle of New York Prep; NHL Trades and Prospect Demotions

Some news before the Islanders and Rangers meet for the first time, and some trades and prospect demotions around the NHL.

Casey's ready.
Casey's ready.
Justin K. Aller

The Islanders head to the Garden tonight to meet the Rangers for the first episode of Battle of New York: 2013. Both teams have four wins and will play their 10th game of this shortened season. Here's some reading to get you warmed up.

Around the NHL

Interesting context for Isles fans who ask "Where's Nino? Where's Strome?" nine games into this season: The Jets have returned Strome's draft classmate Mark Scheifele to juniors. The Blue Jackets have returned Nino's draft and junior teammate Ryan Johansen to the AHL. The Scheifele move isn't surprising; the Johansen one is a little more curious.

Trades: The Devils have acquired Andrei Loktionov from the deep Kings, which I'm afraid is a good deal for New Jersey. The Pens were so upset Colin McDonald boarded Ben Lovejoy that they traded Lovejoy to the Ducks.

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FIG Picks

We'll surface this again in the game preview, but here is where to leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight.