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[Gameday Bits] Oil clean up, Bridge temporarily out, filthy Flyers, sad goodbyes

Rest in peace.

A preview?
A preview?
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

A late Sunday night game is an inconvenience for East Coast hockey fans. Let's hope the Islanders make it a game worth watching. FIG picks can be left here.

Islanders links

  • The last time the Islanders were in Edmonton, they were ripped apart on a trade deadline show. Times have changed. [Newsday]
  • Dom broke down John Tavares' first goal against the Flames, which was the result of some sweet 5-on-3 work.
  • In its final season, a team and arena rock (A New York Times special report)
  • Fun fan post by Ukiddinme about seeing Islanders gear in the wild.
  • The Sound Tigers dropped a 4-2 decision to Providence and, after a promising start, are in disarray. Some good news: Ryan Pulock's injury doesn't sound too serious. [Soundin' Off]
  • Michael DalColle had a goal and three assists in Oshawa's 6-0 pasting of Sudbury. [Durham Region]
  • Young John Tavares visits his uncle in Buffalo. Too bad John the Elder was scratched that night. Didn't matter. [Buffalo News]

All Over

  • Whoops, forgot this: 87-year-old Jaromir Jagr became the oldest player to score a hat trick last night against Philly. The man is a treasure. [Puck Daddy]
  • Your NHL All Star Game starters: That guy with the country voting for him and all of the Blackhawks. []
  • The Flyers flew when they weren't supposed over the holiday break and might be in trouble. [Broad Street Hockey | Sportsnet]
  • We may have gotten sick of hearing "Johnny Hockey" throughout the Islanders surgical dissection of Calgary, but Rookie of the Month Johnny Gaudreau is the read deal. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
  • Tell the truth, Cory Schneider: do you or do you not regret signing long-term with the Devils? []
  • The year in NH analytics rankings. Islanders are in lofty company. [Puck Drunk Love]
  • No really. The Winnipeg Jets are good. Sounds like a familiar song. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Claude Giroux avoided a serious Erik Karlsson-type injury by wearing Kevlar Socks. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Sad news: the indispensable Capgeek has ceased operations. Best wishes for founder Matthew Wuest and thanks for everything they have given us over the years. [CBS Sports | Puck Daddy on their legacy]
  • Even sadder news: RIP Stuart Scott. Whatever your feelings about ESPN, the man had a great hand in popularizing the network and embodied the fun, fan aspects of sports coverage. He is gone too soon at 49. [ESPN]

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