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Islanders News: Sound Tigers delay; NBC Sports flex; John Tavares' ear

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Is this Monday? I'll take it.

In just five minutes, you too can boast the hue and majesty of Nick Leddy's beard.
In just five minutes, you too can boast the hue and majesty of Nick Leddy's beard.
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The New York Islanders are 23-10. Soak that up for your Monday.

Islanders Reads
  • You may have heard that the Islanders are good this season. (23-10!) NBC Sports, which originally scheduled no Isles games, has heard this too: "We are plotting as we speak." [Newsday]
  • The Bridgeport Sound Tigers postponed yesterday's afternoon game after their bus broke down on the way back from the bottleneck that is Norfolk. [CT Post] Finding a makeup date could be tricky. [Soundin' Off]
  • Their would-be opponent, the Worcester Sharks, are implying shenanigans. [Telegram]
  • We wrote a lot of words this weekend, so you should probably read them if you're a "true fan." Dan does a PSA taking down Damien Cox's...article. | Willhoft added more reactions to Saturday's win and the Coliseum crowd. | P.S. they won with an electric 12-second boogie. | JP updates an index ranking of teams using their fancy stats, special teams, and more.
  • We haven't really talked about this here (anti-All-Star bias), but you can vote for the All-Star team 10 times a day.

John Tavares wants to win so badly, he let them do this to his ear:

Not Exactly Islanders Reads
  • Your day in Oilers misery: Edmonton led Dallas 5-2, lost in a shootout. [Copper & Blue]
  • The Blackhawks beat the Leafs, 4-0, but with heavy hearts after assistant trainer Clint Reif died suddenly.
  • "The Leafs are rumored to be shopping Jake Gardiner to fit Korbinian Holzer into the lineup." Bad idea jeans. [PPP]
  • Speaking of the Leafs, "status and privilege continue to dictate ACC crowds." [PPP]
  • The Flyers won, with a D pairing of Andrew MacDonald and Luke Schenn. [Broad Street Hockey] The big story, however, was Rob Zepp being the oldest goalie to win his NHL debut since some Lehman brother back in 1926. [NHL]
  • If you are aware of GamerGate then this media/ESPN hockey story may amuse you. [Hockey Without Propriety]