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Islanders Gameday News: All Star Jaro; Ness, too; Penguin Praise; Mending broken Sabres

My god. It's full of stars.

Captain slapfight!
Captain slapfight!
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Enough about Tuesday night. Time to focus on tonight and those Pittsburgh Penguins. FIG picks can be registered here. Game time is 7 pm.

Islanders things

  • Congrats to Jaroslav Halak for making the All Star Team as a replacement for Jimmy Howard. Just, please, be careful in Columbus. [LHH | Newsday | NY Daily News |
  • What does playing in the ASG mean for a goalie? Depends. [Capitol District Islander]
  • OK, one last thing about Tuesday: The Islanders waltzed into MSG, didn't take their shoes off, looked through the medicine cabinet and ate all the Rangers' food. [LHH]
  • Expect to see drilling going on at the Coliseum when the underground well of fans found there is tapped. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • The Penguins have effusive praise for the Islanders, which means they're extra pissed off and out for blood. [Post-Gazette]
  • Tonight is the final game for the Penguins at Nassau Coliseum, where they've had a number of historic games (mostly after 1984). [Tribune]
  • Bob McKenzie talks Islanders for a few minutes, doesn't sound like a big believer but who knows. []
  • Video:'s Dan Rosen answers questions, one regarding the Islanders.
  • Audio: College hoops guy John Feinstein knows John Tavares and Johnny Gaudreau exist. Here he is on the "Johnny Hockey" moniker.
  • The Barclays Center folks are working to make Section 329 feel right at home. [Isles Blog]
  • Sound Tigers stats ahead of this weekend's games. [BST]
  • And captain Aaron Ness replaces Ryan Pulock on the AHL All Star team. [Soundin' Off]
  • Our own Mark D is raising money for a fallen friend by playing a virtual Islanders run to the Stanley Cup. Please help if you can. [LHH]

Out There

  • Also jumping into the All Star Game is Marc-Andre Fleury [Pensburgh] who replaced Pekka Rinne while he recovers for the next month or so [On the Forecheck]
  • Brad Marchand, slew-footin' superstar. [SB Nation] Rangers lose by another shutout.
  • Logan Couture dishes on the league's (well, really the Western Conference's) best centers. [Players Tribute]
  • How's that tank goin' Tim? Looked a little dicey for a while, but it seems fine right now. []
  • Dominik Hasek and Ted Nolan reconnect for the first time in 17 years. [Buffalo News]
  • But don't expect Matt Barnaby to kiss and make up with The Dominator anytime soon. [Die By The Blade]
  • Craig Button ranks prospects because that's what Craig Buttons do. []
  • Peter Karmanos is selling... the Plymouth Whalers. And the venerable OHL team is moving to Flint, Michigan. [Windsor Star]
  • This physics teacher hates the Maple Leafs the way I hated math class. [PPP]