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Islanders Gameday News: San Jose Shake-Up; Curse of the Boychukbino; Snake in a Box

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Tonight on NBC - Shark Tank.

Let's try to keep the puck out of the net.
Let's try to keep the puck out of the net.
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Your First Islanders Goal pool is here. Game time is 10:30 pm EST, so try to pace yourself and maybe distribute your anger and anxiety in smaller doses throughout the day.

Islanders readings

  • Tonight's game against San Jose will see some new lines based on Friday's practice. [LHH | Newsday]
  • A funny Josh Bailey road story (A real one. Not from the twisted mind of Les Beaver). [Islanders]
  • Commenter Rybee842's first entry in a project tracking Islanders passing stats. Thanks very much for this. Should yield some interesting data.
  • In which the Johnny Boychuk trade is compared with the selling of Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Only in Boston... [Sentinel and Enterprise]
  • When can we stop referring to the Islanders as a surprise team? 4-0 was a while ago. [CBS Sports]
  • Forward Peter Sivak goes from Stockton to Bridgeport. [Sound Tigers | CT Post with some other notes as well]

Loose pucks

  • Canucks agitator Alex Burrows will sit for three games after a high hit on Montreal's Alexei Emelin. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Building lines based on skills and not roles. Based on the practice lines, maybe Jack Capuano is reading Jen LC at The Committed Indian now?
  • Ex-ref Paul Stewart takes us inside the second most annoying penalty of all time - the too many men on the ice call. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Hockey analytics blogger Josh Weissbock brings us possession and PDO numbers from the AHL.
  • The Sabres are now a Halloween Horror Attraction for the whole family. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • The many Forrest Gump-ian episodes of Randy Carlyle. [The Leafs Nation]

HILARIOUS AND ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL VIDEO: The Philadelphia Flyers versus a snake in a cooler. [Flyers TV]