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Islanders Gameday News: Buffalo trip; Halak question; Poulin shutout; de Boer de Throned

Today is the first day of the rest of your season.

You know, changing the oil, topping the fluids, the usual maintenance.
You know, changing the oil, topping the fluids, the usual maintenance.
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The New York Islanders play in Buffalo tonight after flying out this morning, and we'll have a very special pre-gamer up later this a.m. Think of it as the day silent film transitioned to talkies.

Islanders-Related Things
  • Jack Capuano busted out the "they know who they are" in discussing the timeless conundrum that defines hockey: "We want our guys to be a defense-first team, but at the same time, we need some guys to generate more." [Newsday]
  • From the holiday week around here: Garik16 updates the neutral zone numbers and finds promising signs through 34 games. 30 Isles Thoughts (from before the Montreal game). Santa's power rankings consider the Isles nice.
  • In case another goalie recall were needed today, Bridgeport was carrying three goalies with Kent Simpson called up from ECHL Stockton. But Kevin Poulin started last night, and shut out the P-Bruins, continuing quite the road-traveling week. [CT Post]
  • More post-game notes from Fornabaio on the blog, with it looking like Poulin probably wasn't getting a call, but ya never know. [Soundin' Off]
  • UPDATE: Well, about that...Halak on IR retroactively, Poulin recalled and starting tonight.
  • Possibly sketchy hit from Harry Zolnierczyk on Joe Morrow in that game. [@MarkDivver] [GIF]
  • At the WJC, Isles draft pick Ilya Sorokin was the goalie of record in Russia's 3-2 shootout win over Denmark. [IIHF] [HEOTP]
  • The renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will retain its gloriously unsponsored name, though the "complex" around it will get the [bank or insurance or furniture or other] naming rights treatment. [Newsday]
  • FIG Picks: (Sorry these were posted late, but leave your First Islanders Goal picks here.)
Around the NHL
  • Lou Lamoriello built an old team with some good players and a defensive coach. That coach, Peter DeBoer, is now out of work. At least Lamoriello waited until the day after Christmas this time, though a replacement won't be clear until this morning. [Fire & Ice] [Times] The only surprise was the timing. [ILWT] Should Lamoriello follow de Boer out the doer? [Puck Daddy]
  • The Devils may stink, but recent history shows hope is not lost for all teams that are at least mid-table on Christmas Day. [NHL]
  • More mumps in Pittsburgh: Steve Downie, Thomas Greiss, please visit the doctor. [Post-Gazette]
  • I received the 1987 Canada Cup DVD for Christmas. The 1984 tourney is now available too. [Hockey Book Reviews]
Twilight Zone

I don't know how else to describe this than Guy drives to Temecula to fight someone over a Kobe Bryant Twitter argument on Christmas -