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Islanders News: Tavares on fire, de Haan beloved, strength of schedule

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What kind of head start should we give them tonight?

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Future cloudy.
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There are just two teams the New York Islanders have yet to play this season, and tonight they knock one of them off the list when they meet the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla. It's the first of three against the Atlantic foes, who are just two points behind the Islanders with two games in hand.

Reading along the way:

  • John Tavares is trying to do more scoring, less Crosbying. [Newsday]
  • In praise of Calvin de Haan. [Newsday] [LHH]
  • John Tavares was the NHL first star for last week. I think he gets a watch or something. [LHH]
  • Tavares discusses that, line chemistry and the outdoor game, because no interview can be conducted this month without referencing the outdoor game. [nhl.com]
  • Puck Daddy does the Vanek extension question. [Yahoo]
  • The Conn. Post on Bridgeport's 6-3 win Sunday [Post]
  • In theory, the Islanders have one of the easier remaining second-half schedules [NHL Numbers]
  • The weekly Islanders prospect report includes Adam Pelech returning from the WJC to rack up a ton of assists. [Isles]
  • NEW: Dan delivers a nicely timed satire for tonight's opponent: Florida Panthers Offer Arena as Timeshare

FIG Picks: Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight over in this here lovely place.

Out There
  • From last night: Canucks do silly things, Kings get 10 straight minutes of PP, don't score. [SBN] Dirty stuff in that game also included a slew foot of Drew Doughty, and a fight between U.S. Olympians Ryan Kesler and Dustin Brown.
  • Should the Jets hold on to Paul Maurice? [Hockey-graphs]
  • Kevin Allen, one of the two "embedded" reporters with the USA Hockey Olympic braintrust, tells you what he learned from the process. [USA Today]
  • Sergei Brylin on playing in Russia, and having his life threatened by the mafia. [3rd String Goalie]
  • Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts is very Buffalo- and Winnipeg-centric this week. [CBC]
  • On the search for Moby Dick: "Measuring a player's value with a single number is a worthy pursuit, but it's a really tough thing to do in hockey." [Eric T. at SBN]
  • He certainly enjoyed his first game at the helm. [AIH]
  • Zach Bogosian, ah, misfired on his hit though. [SBN]
  • The Sens are pleased with Bryan Murray. [Sens]
  • How to get in and out of the hockey coach's doghouse. [Backhand Shelf]
  • LOVE THESE TEENAGERS NOW. Mid-term 2014 draft rankings [SBN] [TSN]
  • Poor Kevin Lowe is ganged up on by disgruntled fans. [Edm. Sun]
  • It's "a difficult relationship" with Lowe, Craig MacTavish says in a multi-part interview. [Edm. Journal]