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Islanders News: Dead man walking

Tonight the Islanders visit a winless team who's coach may already have no more lifelines.

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"Love you all, but we've got to head to Ohio now."
"Love you all, but we've got to head to Ohio now."
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The Islanders are in Columbus tonight, where the specter of a coach or roster shakeup looms high. The Blue Jackets canceled the annual team dinner with the owner. There are rumors of Boucher being checked out here, even Torts (really, really dout that) there.

Interesting time for the Islanders to visit. Leave your FIG picks for the game here.

Islanders Reads
  • FNBO: The Nielsen, Okposo, Bailey line is doing alright. [Newsday]
  • Danish sports take note of Frans' 100th NHL goal (and 300th NHL point). [Copenhagen Post]
  • Down the pipeline, that Anthony Beauvillier is doing alright too. [Isles Prospect Report]
  • On that note, here are three things about last week for 5-1 Bridgeport. [BST]
  • Jiggs McDonald checks in with the IPB podcast. [SoundCloud]
  • In which John Tavares and Ryan Strome talk about watching the Blue Jays' crazy Game 5 win. [MLB]
  • The auction for jerseys on Isles Military Appreciation Night. [NHL]
  • Will the CBJ fire their coach, shake up their roster, or what? Tonight vs. the Isles could be the latest last chance. [Yahoo]
  • You can't blame the backup goalie though. [Dispatch]
Beyond the Island
  • Yes, the young guns continue to take over the NHL. [Globe and Mail]
  • No expansion update yet, but the Vegas kingpin hopes to have good news in December. [LV Review Journal]
  • Rick Bowness' Bushian "I looked into his eyes" comments about whether Victor Hedman is ready to come back from his concussion are not a good sign of league coaches taking the protocol seriously. [theScore]
  • The relationship between competition level and results. [Hockey-graphs]
  • Don't put too much stock into zone starts...try Expected Faceoff Goal Differential instead! [Hockey-graphs]
  • Which team has the worst home ice? A completely informal poll. No Isles mention, maybe because they weren't sure which areener to use. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Riveters were blown out by Boston, 7-1. Ouch. [Victory Press]