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Islanders Gameday News: Islanders Undaunted; de Haan de Sequel; Can't Let Go of Leggio

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How's your brother doing?
How's your brother doing?
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FIG picks for tonight's game against the mighty (lowercase "m") Ducks can be made here. It's a 10:30 pm EDT start, so get them in before Judge Judy comes on.

Islanders Stuff

  • The Islanders remain confident despite the slide and Jack Capuano ain't got time for numbers. [Newsday]
  • The Checking Line does their own Battle Level Report as a monthly player rating system.
  • Dan Bylsma is like Santa Claus. People send him letters and hope he'll show up in their house with presents (or presence). [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • David Leggio's slick evasive maneuver was still making news. He was the guest on the Marek vs Wyshynski podcast. Meanwhile Hockey Central debated the ethics of such a move, probably because some producer told them to. Of course, Leggio has a great sense of humor about the whole thing. [Soundin' Off]
  • Other notes from the Sound Tigers day off from Michael Fornabaio.
  • There is another deHaan, Calvin's brother Evan, and he has been traded from the Sudbury Wolves to the Ottawa 67's. [Ottawa Sun]

Fancy Stats Corner

  • On getting everyone to speak the same language. [Silver Seven]
  • Young wingers make for an interesting case study in zone starts and other advanced stats. [Jen LC at Puck Daddy]
  • As useful as advanced stats are, there is a place for intangibles in hockey, in particular for coaches. This article from Arik Parnass of is about Michel Therrien and the Habs, but it could be about any coach in the NHL.

Other Stuff