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Islanders Gameday News: Battle of New York takes on new wrinkle

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Just think what those Rags fans will say when they show up at the Coliseum!

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Bit of emotion, yes.
Bit of emotion, yes.
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It's rivalry, or derby, or Battle of New York day. But this time it's a new chapter. It's the first meeting of this season, and the first time the Islanders host the Rangers while calling Brooklyn their home.

So, everyone's watching. It's the NBCS national broadcast for "rivalry night." Game on.

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks here.

Islanders Reads
  • "There's a lot of hatred there," Clutterbuck says. [Newsday]
  • Yes but it's not like the rivalry changes any, says Henrik. [Newsday]
  • Henrik kind of makes the Rangers regression-proof. [TSN]
  • Howie Rose joins the SNY podcast. [SoundCloud]
  • I know everyone is dying to hear what Mike Milbury thinks of the move. [Newsday]
  • Michael Dal Colle, Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier were invited to Canada's WJC camp. [LHH | Durham | Oshawa]
  • The Isles deliver Christmas gifts and Calvin de Haan digs the mini-Jeep. [Isles]
  • Viktor Crus Rydberg lives! Now through a through-the-legs shootout move in Finland. [Puck Daddy]
  • On the farm, the Sound Tigers cooled off but the ECHL Mavericks remained on fire. [BST]
  • More on all those prospects. [Isles]
  • And the Sound Tigers will have Star Wars Night on Saturday. [BST]
  • Ex-Isle Andrey Pedan made his NHL debut with the Canucks. But please don't think of him as just a fighter. [Metro News]
Beyond the Derby
  • But Milbury loves 3-on-3 OT! [Newsday]
  • The essential 30 Thoughts [Sportsnet]
  • All-Star game voting is open and you can now vote for...divisional captains? [LHH] How about all the 91s? [Raw Charge]
  • "The amount of hawt takes being served about the Edmonton Oilers these days is reaching pretty crazy heights, even for a franchise as deserving of scorn as Edmonton." [Copper & Blue]
  • What the Hurricanes are doing, and how it isn't working (yet). [Today's Slapshot]
  • In which Shane Doan remembers playing at age 19 for Terry Simpson, the one coach from the '80s not named Al Arbour. [Players Tribune]
  • The reports of the NHL's goal-scoring woes have been greatly exaggerated [Eyes On The Prize]
  • James Neal beat Mike Smith but then he totally didn't. [SB Nation]
  • Ironclad case on why the Penguins should trade Malkin for Brown right this instant. [BOC]
  • This gay pro hockey ref shares his story. [Out Sports]
  • Scott Gomez goes to bat for girls' hockey in Alaska. [SI]
  • The Alumni Game roster have been announced for the Minnesota-Chicago outdoor game, thank goodness. Darby Hendrickson! [NHL]