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Islanders Gameday News: Why wait for opening night for drama?

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Why panic tomorrow what you can panic today?

"Duck, duck, duck...goose!"
"Duck, duck, duck...goose!"
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Tonight it's return-the-favor time, as the New York Islanders play a preseason game in the Devils' home. That's followed by tomorrow night's game with the Bruins in Bridgeport. After that: Preseason schedules over, roster moves and cuts to be made.

Hide your knives.

Islanders Reads
  • The wonderful drama for Islanders fans prone to going all Romeo & Juliet yesterday stemmed from Newsday's Arthur Staple handicapping what he thought the opening night lineup would be [Newsday], but his post offered much more than just that. In further responses on Twitter, he said the lineup was what he thinks, influenced by what he's heard at camp.
  • In related news, Cory Conacher made an impact the other night in his biggest opportunity so far. [Newsday]
  • Dan's excellent photo essay from the Brooklyn game and reflections on the pending move was the first in a series. [LHH]
  • EA Sports sims the Isles will miss the playoffs, so [break something]. [LHH]
  • John Tavares was quite moved by the experience of having his number retired. [Oshawa Express]
  • To see out the Coliseum, Hornick is going all out with some day-by-day goods. [Skinny]
  • This was cool: A storify of Islanders fans on the LIRR to the Brooklyn game.
  • Also quite cool: The Death of Nassau Coliseum: A Harbinger of Suburban Decline? | Newgeography.com
  • The Isles are doing Hockey Fights Cancer again in October; here are the game dates and organizations. [Isles]
  • The Dump and Chase Podcast is back.
  • HERE IS A SLIDESHOW OF THE MOST IMPROVED TEAMS AND ONE OF THE SLIDES IS THE ISLANDERS. [Sporting News]
  • In which fans are advised how to pick a Metro team, and the Isles are compared to the Redskins. [Sportsnet]
  • How the East's non-playoff teams can get back in. (Better living through mediocrity.) [NHL]
Beyond the Island
  • Hey, you've got a favorite hockey team so own it. Not in a Charles Wang way, I mean. In an I'm a raving homer way. [HEOTP]
  • Evgeni Malkin has yet to skate in camp, no doubt out of respect for Sidney Crosby. [Trib Review]
  • The top 10 goalies in the Metro. [Japers' Rink]
  • The Flyers' entire handling of the Ice Girls situation leaves questions...which they're not inclined to answer. [BSH]
  • The Oilers' explanation of their Tkachev contract snafu is kind of oops. [Oilers]
  • Remember when Swiss Sven Baertschi was recalled from juniors on emergency conditions by the Flames and scored a few goals right away and that was going to be stardom? That was a while ago now. [Herald]
  • Meet Stephane Quintal, the new Colin Shanahan. [Yahoo]
  • The Mike Babcock contract situation is at Threat Level: Johansen. [WIM]
  • The KHL's Lokomotive hires Dave King again. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Rogers' broadcast changes: Same ol', same ol'. [PPP]