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The Islanders resume play tonight in Brooklyn, at that [old guy name that's never used anymore] Center, against the Nashville Predators. Get your First Islanders Goal picks in here.

More later, but for now:

Islanders News
  • Thomas Hickey and Jaroslav Halak were both on the ice for practice yesterday. Their respective returns are close, but not immediate. [Isles]
  • "Halak is definitely feeling better," the coach says. [Newsday]
  • Episode 2 of Islanders Anxiety is now up: The terror of .500 and other topics. Listen to it or we'll shoot this dog. [LHH]
  • Speaking of listening, or listening to speaking, Brian Compton and Christian Anthony -- in his last podcast before moving off the Isles beat -- discuss some of the rather ridiculous reactions to the Brooklyn move. [SNY IPB podcast]
  • The Sound Tigers are off to a rollicking 3-0 start. Here's how. [Sound Tigers]
  • Calvin de Haan visited Children's Hospital because hockey players are nice. [Isles]
  • The Billboard Lounge at Barclays will feature post-game live music and stuff. [Nets Daily]
  • Why YOU TOO should be fantasizing about Marek Zidlicky. [NHL fantasy top 60 D]
Beyond Brooklyn
  • The sun is rising in Buffalo. [Grantland]
  • Evidently the Penguins have chemistry issues. [TSN audio with Bob McKenzie]
  • A popular preseason pick to be a Metro threat is having a heck of a time so far: Columbus lost to Ottawa 7-3 in its latest stinker. [TSN]
  • Former Islander (for a day or two...maybe more) is the shutout king the Flyers were looking for. They shut out the Hawks, 3-0. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Ouch: The Flames' Lance Bouma suffered a broken fibula. [M&G]
  • The hot prospect the Rangers traded for Keith Yandle had a hat trick for Arizona so there is that. [NHL]
  • An Oilers fan notes that this Connor McDavid hit from behind on Johnny Oduya looks pretty damned suspension-worthy. [Copper & Blue]
  • A senior NHL lawyer advised the league to "leave dementia issues up to the NFL." [TSN] Also to be left: drug policies, domestic abuse policies...
  • They're just like us! "The biggest controversy in Canucks history surrounds the goal song." [Canucks]
  • This Stanley Cup drought/virginity chart is depressing to me. [SI]
  • Babsocks. Need I say more? [] (Need a Bab-clap though.)