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.
- 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]
- 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]