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Islanders News: JT slump, goalie gratitude, Dal Colle OHL rumors

Awkward, and not easily explained.
Awkward, and not easily explained.
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders do not play today, but you are here and you need to read about them. So get to it.

Islanders Reads
  • John Tavares is in a goal slump but he's not cheating and he's working through it. [Post]
  • A Czech and a German walk into a net. Both win. [Newsday]
  • Mike computed the power rankings, and it turns out a string of wins (even via some shootouts) is good for Islanders powah. [LHH]
  • Like you needed another reason to like Matt Martin. (Okay, maybe you did...but this is cool, for families of slain cops). [Post]
  • Long a subject of OHL trade rumors, Michael Dal Colle may have played his last game for Oshawa. [Durham Region]
  • This right here is the Islanders rocking it as they visit hospitals for the holidays. [Twitter video thing]
  • For the Isles, low attendance is not a new thing. [The Hockey Writers]
  • The ECHL Mavericks are an unstoppable force and also pretty cool fundraisers. [KSHB]
Not Islanders But That's Okay
  • Honestly, the only thing you need to watch today: The Habs sing the whatever-it-is song from "Frozen." [HEOTP]
  • Oh look, Tom Wilson received a game misconduct for a dirty hit. Shock! [Puck Daddy]
  • The Arizona Coyotes are exploring the Veterans Memorial Coliseum as a temporary home. No, this doesn't involve Kate Murray. [Arizona Sports]
  • Hey Pekka! Be better, man. [On the Forecheck]
  • History is made: The NWHL's first suspension. [Puck Daddy]
  • NHL Blog Council: SBN hockey bloggers consider some issues of the day, including whether one should spend their holidays obsessed with children playing hockey for the flag. [SB Nation]
  • P.K. Subban will have custom skates for whatever the Winter Classic is this year. [HEOTP]
  • Looked like Dan Hamhuis has a broken jaw because he took a slapshot to the face, so... [SB Nation]
  • The NHL knows forwards but doesn't quite have this defensemen evaluation thing down. [TSN]