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Islanders Gameday News: John Tavares still ill. Footage at 11.

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FIYRE DOCTER!

"Alan's been looking a little peaked...are you sure he's doing alright?"
"Alan's been looking a little peaked...are you sure he's doing alright?"
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The New York Islanders will debut their "none more black II" third jerseys tonight in Brooklyn, but they will do so without the face of the franchise who has been in all of the uni's promotional photos: Yep, John Tavares is still out ill, and IslesTwitter and the rest of the idiotic internet is in full-on stupid rumor mode.

But the games go on. Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight over here. Wash your hands first.

Islanders Reads
  • So, yes, Tavares still isn't feeling well, is being evaluated. You know, the way people who are sick do. [LHH | Capuano on IslesTV]
  • Okposo: "If we were even halfway decent five-on-five, we'd be OK. We've got to be better five-on-five when the special teams are really clicking like they have been." [Newsday]
  • Capuano says some guys, who happen to be younger ones, aren't pulling their weight. [LHH | Post]
  • Islanders prospect report includes a 10-point week for Mathew Barzal. [Isles]
  • That's got the attention of Hockey Canada. [Calgary Sun]
  • It also makes him WHL Player of the Week. [WHL]
  • The week's highlights and pictures, according to the official site. [Isles]
Beyond IllnessWatch 2015
  • The Stars won a coach's challenge for a missed offside -- just barely -- that happened half a minute before a goal was scored. I don't like where this is heading. [Defending Big D]
  • Matt Bartkowski, that is not how you defend Claude Giroux. [SB Nation]
  • Seth Jones looks good and ready to be the third head in Nashville's three-headed monster. [Sportsnet]
  • Trying to keep count of the NHL's concussions, which aren't publicly reported so well. [TSN]
  • The Hawks sent Bryan Bickell to the AHL because there is no taking back that contract. [Sun-Times]
  • The Penguins' and Ducks' offensive woes: Just a symptom of the offense-starved NHL? [CBS]
  • Coyotes never-ending arena update: Now they are in talks with three separate groups for a new Valley arena. [Arizona Sports]
  • Joe Sakic says it's the players, not the coach, or the management. [Denver Post]
  • The Pacific Division is Awful. [C&B]
  • Tyler Bertuzzi with a rather foul slew foot here. [WIM]