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Islanders News: Let the (split squad) games begin!

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Let's split!

It's ok. It's early.
It's ok. It's early.
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Are you ready for some hockey? Like, this afternoon? Because you're gonna get some anyway.

The Islanders and Senators hook up for a split squad double header today, with the first game kicking off at 1:30 pm. Game 2 is at 6:00. The games can be heard at www.tsn1200.ca.

Islanders links

  • Dom looks at the lines for the split squad games, which are definitely an ominous portent of future disaster and team strife. Or something.
  • In Arthur Staple's preview of the game, Jack Capuano says to expect different line combos. And Colin McDonald admits that the camp competition has a lot of this year's Islanders on their toes. [New$day]
  • Brock Nelson isn't sweating this whole "potential first line left wing" thing or anything. [Point Blank]
  • Also from IPB, Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson are getting the lay of the land inside the Islanders locker room.
  • No, really. John Tavares is ready for the season to start. Believe it or not, even he has skills he feels he needs to improve. [Islanders Insight]
  • NEW! Garth Snow was the guest on SportsTalk 1240 with Gary Harding and John Panarese last night talking about camp and who's who. (h/t to DP'sKnees).

Elsewhere

  • Ryan Johansen is either getting an offer from a KHL team or he isn't. One thing we know: the offer won't be from former Blue Jacket and current CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov. [Puck Daddy]
  • Not to be outdone by their in-state rivals, the Flyers will also have a third jersey next year that has a familiar look. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Behind the scenes with NHL video coaches. Plus news on what the Bruins expect from Loui Eriksson this year and updates on the Reilly Smith/Torey Krug stand-offs. [Boston Globe]
  • Surely there is some Ottawa Senator that you hate and/or envy. [LHH]
  • Seriously, could Jaromir Jagr play until he's 50? Personally, I wouldn't put anything past that guy.  [In Lou We Trust]

Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle are enjoying their time lining up alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.