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Islanders Gameday News: Ringing out 2015 in Buffalo, remembering its best here

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Should all Strait appearances be forgot / And never brought to mind?

How defense is generated.
How defense is generated.
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The New York Islanders close out 2015 tonight in Buffalo against the Sabres, who lost 5-2 last night in Washington after entering the third period with a 2-1 lead. Chad Johnson had 38 saves. The Caps are kind of good.

Leave your FIG picks for tonight here. Don't choose Dick Clarke.

Islanders Reads
  • In a shock to anyone who witnessed the penalty kill horror of fall 2014, the Islanders PK that took off in spring 2015 is the league's #1 unit in 2015-16. [Newsday]
  • Kyle Burroughs has done his time in Missouri and is ready to groove in Bridgeport. [CT Post | BST]
  • Here are seven defining Isles moments of 2015, according to the team. [Isles]
  • We're running through our own series, and the final game at Fort Neverlose is up there. [LHH]
  • Tonight's opponent: Jack Eichel is good. [SB Nation] Tyler Ennis left last night's game with an injury. [NHL]
Beyond the Isle
  • Repeat d-bag Brad Marchand is suspended three games for doing Marchand things. [NHL video]
  • That means he'll miss tomorrow's Winter Classic. Today, the festival features the alumni and women's games. [NHL]
  • Why do baby clothes have pockets? and other key questions. [SBN Blog Council] (I can answer that: Humans become pocket-envious before they even know words. I've seen it.)
  • The Puck Daddy 2015 Alternative Year in Hockey Awards have a lot of things worth honoring/recalling. [Puck Daddy]
  • Do the Rangers have to trade Keith Yandle and compound their short-sighted tomfoolery? [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Speaking of whom...the Lightning weren't winning this one, but this spinning puck sure didn't help. [SB Nation] (The Rangers scratched Kevin Hayes, won, and leaped back into second in the Metro.)
  • The Blue Jackets have aired all their laundry...they think. [Blue Jackets Extra]
  • The day at the WJC was filled with big wins for Finland, the U.S. and the Czech Republic. [HEOTP]
  • Patrick Burke discusses bringing the NHL and the women's pro leagues together at the Winter Classic. [Puck Daddy]
Thursday at the WJC

Via Second City, here are today's games at the world junior teenfest:

Schedule

Matchup Time TV Venue
Russia vs. Slovakia 7 a.m. TSN2 and RDS2 in Canada Hartwall Arena
Denmark vs. United States 9 a.m. NHLN-US, TSN and RDS in Canada Helsinki Ice Hall
Finland vs. Czech Republic 11 a.m. TSN2 and RDS2 in Canada Hartwall Arena
Canada vs. Sweden 1 p.m.
NHLN-US (tape delay at 2:30 p.m.), TSN and RDS in Canada Helsinki Ice Hall

*All times are Eastern Standard