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Islanders News: Tavares turnstile, Okposo/Nielsen UFA decision, prospect power, Nino horror

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Now warming up in the bullpen...
Now warming up in the bullpen...
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Today is Day Two of your long, cold, three-day break in between Islanders games. Be strong.

Islanders Eyes
  • In accordance with the preseason prophecies, John Tavares has had six different wingers in 16 games this season. But the Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo duo look like a pair that might stick for a while. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of which: Would You Rather (Keep)? Okposo vs. Nielsen UFA edition. [Flatbush Files]
  • Anthony Beauvillier is suspended four games for a hit, which sounds unbecoming of a gentleman named Anthony Beauvillier. [LHH]
  • At the pro level the pipeline is doing well this year: Updates on the first-place Sound Tigers and first-place ECHL Mavericks. [Isles | BST]
  • Brett Yormark discusses the factors and efforts in the Islanders attendance so far this season. He is banking on top-draw opponents and longer-term efforts paying off. [Newsday]
  • Nick Leddy teaches the kids of Brooklyn the ways of the carry in. [PIX11]


Lots of fun at Puck Talks in Brooklyn last night with Clark Gillies, Arthur Staple, Brian Compton, Stan Fischler and Justin Bourne sharing tales. Dan was there so I'll let him weigh in, but sounded like the stories overfloweth.

The Great Beyond
  • See Nino Niederreiter drill Olli Maatta into the gate from behind, injuring Maatta (who was held overnight in the hospital) while escaping any penalty. [Twitter/Vine | NHL video]
  • Elliotte Friedman's always-good 30 Thoughts includes 3-on-3 All-Star talk and -- WARNING HERE -- talk of teams' righty and lefty defensemen.
  • Ain't no fight like a stats fight: But seriously, scathing criticism of the NHL's hyped SAP-driven stats overhaul gets thorough response from the league. Somewhere in there, progress. [Puck Daddy]
  • Aaaand now a Kings prospect is charged with assaulting a woman. [CBS]
  • NESN will televise some NWHL games. Et tu, MSG? [NWHL]
  • Feature on Max Domi and playing with diabetes. [ESPN]
  • Look, slapshot goals from center ice are bad, but you at least understand. There's really no excuse for this lob to get back Frederik Andersen. [SB Nation]
  • Oversold as a "goal of the year" candidate, but still pretty neat by Evgeni Malkin. [SB Nation]
  • Kevin Bieksa takes punch, loses tooth. [SB Nation]

Well this is highly irregular: