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Islanders Gameday News: Halak it like that, Halak that Brock too

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In praise of Jaroslav Halak, Brock Nelson, and Travis Hamonic, of course.

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I'm Johnny Boychuk, and y'all are just Garden peasants.
I'm Johnny Boychuk, and y'all are just Garden peasants.
Bruce Bennett

The New York Islanders host the San Jose Sharks tonight, the best team they've faced all season. The Sharks started all we're-on-a-mission-screw-you-Kings-like, though their last game was a messy 6-5 shootout win in D.C. Cheers to them for taking a point away from a Metro team that could conceivably Trotz its way into our sphere of concern.

Islanders-Like Substance
  • Did you see the E:60 on Travis Hamonic and how he helps kids who, like him, lost a parent, deal with the grief? The Post had a complementary feature that will make you love him even more. [Post]
  • Everybody loves Jaro. [Islanders Insight] No seriously, everybody. [IPB]
  • The Sharks won't visit the Coliseum again, and Scott Hannan says there is pizza here from 1984. [Merc] Twitter response: Does he realize he is the Coliseum equivalent of NHL defensemen?
  • It was Podcast Night at LHH! Dominik was on Ready To Unload (iTunes link here) while Dan was on The StatMan (listen here and download the podcast for an extended version). I promise we'll have our own...one day.
  • Brock Nelson is good, enjoys his chemistry with ol' AHL running mate Ryan Strome. [Puck Daddy] So does Jack Capuano. [NHL]
  • Spalding! The Isles are resurrecting the Fisherman and you will like it. [LHH]
  • We are doing power rankings again this year, but collecting initial data. And putrid punditry. [LHH]
  • The Isles are the big drivers of charity golf on Long Island. [Newsday]
  • The Islanders 3-0 start is generating a lot of words like that. [HockeyBuzz]
  • Such as: Oh hey, did the Isles improve over the summer? [THN]
  • Bridgeport: Interviews with Scooter Vaughan and David Leggio before play resumes this weekend [BST YouTube] | Pedan tries to keep it simple [Post] | Captain Aaron Ness injury update [Soundin' Off]
  • Junior: Joshua Ho-Sang is back from his suspension and ready to fly for the Windsor Spitfires. [Windsor Star]
  • FIG Picks: Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight over yonder. [FIG]
Beyond Paradise
  • Jonas Hiller singlehandedly beat the Blackhawks last night, despite being outshot 30-3 at one point. He's just the third Flames goalie to face 50 shots and give up only one goal, joining -- get this -- Fred Brathwaite and Andrei Trefilov.
  • This video breakdown by Darryl Belfry (the guy who works with Tavares and Okposo in the offseason) of a play in Kings vs. Oilers is a cool microanalysis of all the things the Kings do so well. [THN]
  • The World Cup of Hockey is returning. Long live the World Cup. [SB Nation]
  • The Flyers want to get Sean Couturier more offensive opportunities, but then they don't. [THW]
  • Cool project: Charting Anaheim's goals and dump-ins and such. [Anaheim Calling]
  • Bruins return to Montreal, where there's no place like home. [HEOTP]
  • A new stat-oriented shot counter on Detroit's broadcasts is a nice idea, but bad. [WIM]
  • Doug Houda took a puck off the dome last night. They called them stitches, but those look like staples. [SB Nation]
  • Yet another Sutter must (re)join the Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
  • If you missed it yesterday: Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts
  • Kessel's OT winner two nights ago was awesome, in an uncharacteristic night for the Leafs. [Globe and Mail]
  • The Ducks sent John Gibson to the AHL, but only for a while because they're in the area. [NHL]
  • The sad story of Michael Ryder's younger brother, who was on track to be even better [NJ.com]