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Islanders Game Day News: Flying into Brooklyn; Predators predicament; Collins calls it quits

Please win.

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The Islanders welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Brooklyn for a pre-Thanksgiving party.

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Islanders stuff

  • The Islanders' special teams have been anything but lately. I've probably used that joke before but it's half day today so whatever. [Newsday]
  • Elliotte Friedman updates us on the Travis Hamonic negotiations in his 30 Thoughts column. [LHH]
  • Also, there's this from a radio hit (via NHL media watcher Chris Nichols):

  • Leboff and I let our anxieties out audibly about all of the issues currently plaguing the Islanders. A perfect tonic for those boring Thanksgiving football games.
  • The only "actual" news out of the Islanders yesterday was the assigning of J-F Berube to Bridgeport for "conditioning." Sure. Also, Joe Whitney is a dad now. Congrats. [Soundin' Off]
  • Congrats also to the Islanders, moving aaaaaaaall the way up to No. 22 on Forbes' totally arbitrary most valuable NHL teams list. No. 1 is that other New York team. [Newsday]
  • Doyle Somerby is doing good things on offense for BU. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Become one of several thousand GMs of the 1998-99 Islanders in Mark's Eastside Hockey Manager sim.
  • Going to next Monday's game against the Avalanche at Barclays? Meet up with fellow LHHers there. [Fanpost]

Last Minute Guests

  • One special guest for the Flyers tonight might be old pal Colin McDonald. [Flyers]
  • The Predators haven't scored a goal since the Mesozoic Era. [OTF]
  • Bargain signing Tomas Fleischmann is playing well for the Habs? YOU DON'T SAY! [EOTP]
  • Let's check in on how Michael Grabner is fitting in with the Maple Leafs. Its, uh, not good. [Editor in Leaf]
  • Former King Patrick O'Sullivan talks with Jewels from the Crown about his rough times in the pros.
  • Does the NHL need new waiver rules to keep young players from rotting away in press boxes? [PPP]
  • "The NHL needs more scoring!" Sound familiar? It should. They've been saying it for 20 years. [Down Goes Brown]
  • Dallas defenseman John Klingberg is good. Maybe Norris Trophy good. []
  • On first rounders getting long leashes and lower round picks getting the boot at the drop of a hat. [Silver Seven]
  • New Stadium Series jerseys for the Blackhawks and Wild will help you sleep like tryptophan. [Icethetics]
  • John Collins, the NHL exec behind the outdoor game craze, has stepped down from his position. [SBN | Puck Daddy on his legacy]
  • The Bruins and Canadiens Alumni Game rosters for the Winter Classic have notable players for (almost) every era. Also, Mike Milbury. []