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Islanders Gameday News: McDonald back, Sound Tigers shooting gallery, Hall of Famers' health, A Ref's Life

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Dawn of the Red
Dawn of the Red
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Islanders linkage

  • Casey Cizikas is with the team in Detroit and is expected to play, but on the road with 12 forwards is a dicey proposition. So old pal Colin McDonald was an "emergency" recall from Bridgeport and hopes he sticks around a while. [Newsday]
  • Al Arbour is in "good spirits" and loves to hear letters from Islanders fans. So grab a pen and write the coach a card. [LHH]
  • Arthur Staple did one of his impromptu Q&A's, this time from 30,000 feet up. [LHH]
  • Changes are afoot for the AHL, ECHL and even the Islanders [LHH]
  • All the fancystats you need from Thursday's loss to the Bruins. Now more streamlined for your reading convenience. [LHH]
  • IslesTalk talks with a very special guest, the one-and-only Mike Bossy.
  • It was a wild scene in Hartford as the Sound Tigers lost to the Wolf Pack 8-6. That score is only the beginning of the story. [RecapFornabaio post-gamer]
  • Kevin Poulin is injured and Kent Simpson is back up in Bridgeport. [CT Post]
  • twoeightninedesigns is back with another cool Islanders shirt, this time paying tribute to the Coliseum. [FanPost]
  • PPP comparesJonathan Bernier's embarrassing goal against the other night to other Leafs goalie gaffes, including one scored by short time Islander Rob Davison.
  • Iron man Brendan Witt is doing his part for charity with a new app. [ESPN]

Around the House on a Saturday

  • Arbour isn't the only hockey legend facing health problems. Blackhawks icon Stan Mikita is also dealing with dementia and other serious conditions. [CSNChicago]
  • Gretzky as a Canuck? If not for one contentious phone call, it would have happened. [Sportsnet]
  • Chris Kreider tries to fight P.K. Subban, who laughs in his face. P.K. is the best. [EOTP]
  • Greg Wyshynski meets his arch nemesis, referee Tim Peel, and finds that refs are... human. [Puck Daddy]
  • Long Island native Val James, the NHL's first American-born black player, has a new book out about his often difficult career path. [Color of Hockey]

John Tavares talks about that awesome goal by John Tavares