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Islanders News: Islanders' happy holiday; Tavares Twitters; Making the Mavericks

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Stockings hung by the chimney with care.

You see any other presents under there?
You see any other presents under there?
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A new episode of Islanders Anxiety will be under the Christmas tree a little later this morning. Try not to use it up all at once.

Islanders links

  • Heading into their holiday break, the Islanders are in a good place mentally. [Newsday]
  • John Tavares and others on power plays and penalties (given and avoided) in this era. [The AP]
  • Mikhail "Moneybags" Prokhorov completes his purchase of the Barclays Center and all of the Nets. [LHH | The man loves to spend money, according to NetsDaily]
  • The Point Blank podcast talks about a good night for the Islanders and bad night in the stands.
  • Checking in on Canadian World Juniors Barzal and Beauvillier. [Islanders]
  • Islanders Russian goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin is having a really good season in the KHL. [Eyes on Isles]
  • The story behind the Missouri Mavericks' ownership change, affiliation with the Islanders and rise to the top of the ECHL standings. [435 Mag]
  • More on the change in Barclays Center's alcohol policy and some legalese that seems to have been overlooked. [Atlantic Yards Report]
  • Tavares answered some questions on Hometown Hockey's Twitter yesterday. Here are some good responses:

Rockin' Around the Hockey League

  • Friedman's 30 Thoughts on moves made and not made (yet).
  • Mark Scheifle got away without any discipline for his play on Darnell Nurse? You make the call. [C&B]
  • All jokes about the Islanders aside, teams mounting three-goal comebacks are very rare. [TSN.ca]
  • Can coaches affect a team's shooting accuracy? [Hockey Graphs]
  • Steve Stamkos wants to remain in Tampa Bay... as of the time this Tampa Bay Times article was written anyway.
  • Andrew MacDonald is once again a rich man in a minor league. Includes the story of his drafting at the behest of Charles Wang. [ESPN]
  • Going behind-the-scenes for Epix's behind-the-scenes Making of the Winter Classic show. [Boston Globe]
  • So about those North Stars jerseys the Wild are wearing at their Stadium Series game: Dallas Stars fans aren't happy about it and Wild fans aren't happy about the Stars fans being unhappy. [SBN]
  • Jaromir Jagr is your cool uncle that has the best snowball fights with you every Christmas. [SBN]

Christmas messages are fun and all, but what we really want are outtakes of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy goofing on each other.