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New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils: Matinee Gameday

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Lunchtime hockey!

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Alex Trautwig

The New York Islanders face the New Jersey Devils at home this afternoon at 1 p.m., then host the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

The Devils won their first game out of the break, but their 63 points have them in a multi-team dogfight for a wild card spot, both of which currently are in the hands of the (new) Atlantic Division.

Expect the same youth-infused Islanders lineup as Thursday's overtime win.

Devils (25-22-13, 6th/Metro) @ Islanders (23-30-8, 8th/Metro)
Nassau [gloriously unsponsored] Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1 p.m. EST | MSG+/2 | WRHU
Satanic Verses: In Lou We Trust

Islanders and Trade Deadline Stuff
  • Before Thursday's game, the Islanders had a meeting ... and it wasn't one called by Capuano! [Newsday]
  • Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin both practiced Friday. Doubtful they play today though. [Isles]
  • Their top line is on the Island, but the Sound Tigers won their seventh in a row. [BST | CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • Why the Kings shouldn't trade for Andrew MacDonald [Jewels]
  • Why the Flyers shouldn't trade for Andrew MacDonald [Broad Street]
  • Why the Wild shouldn't trade for-- er, at least not sign, Thomas Vanek [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Adam Gretz on the trade deadline, including the risk and reward of renting Matt Moulson. [About.com]
  • The shoe finally dropped last night: The Blues made the much-rumored trade for Ryan Miller. If the Blues do well, it ends up being two first-round picks. [stltoday]
  • Advanced stats about all the trade candidates. [TSN]
And the Rest

Las Vegas Spider-Wranglers. [Puck Daddy]

Latvia in trouble. [Globe and Mail]

Ranking Wayne Gretzky's book forewards. [SOE]

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