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Islanders Gameday News: First vs. First on a Nystrom family night

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Another "last visit to the Coliseum" has an Isles family twist.

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The New York Islanders and Nashville Predators meet tonight in a battle of first-place teams...

...you're damned right they do.

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  • It's a battle of top teams tonight. And the coaches go way back. [Newsday]
  • It will be emotional for the Nystroms, as it's Eric's last game at the Coliseum (You know... barring an Isles-Preds Cup final. [Tennessean]
  • The Predators recently doubled down on the season with a reinforcement trade. The fans memorialize the departing Olli Jokinen in gifs. [On the Forecheck]
  • He already missed last game, but yesterday Casey Cizikas was officially placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 16. [Isles Transactions] This sounds like the lingering "lower body" issue, which Newsday reported relates to the shot block that had him in a walking boot recently.
  • The latest new$!2 Coliseum Connection is with Travis Hamonic. [News12 LI]
  • Fresh off ending his goal drought, Brock Nelson calls in. [IPB Podcast]
  • Some editorially obligated words about the Isles and the trade deadline. [ESPN]
  • The Sound Tigers are hosting WWE Day Sunday, including "The World's Strongest Man" [BST]
Beyond First-Place Battles
  • The Bruins and Oilers went to a shootout. No one scored until the 12th round, and even that may have been an accident. [SB Nation]
  • The Flyers signed Nick Schultz to a two-year extension, which makes fans a little nervous. [BSH]
  • There is a lot of interest in bringing NHL hockey Seattle, but those interests aren't exactly unified. [ESPN]
  • Alex Ovechkin and the art of Zen badassery [Sporting News]
  • Ryan Getzlaf on turning 30, leading the Ducks, in an entertaining Q&A with Jen Neale. [Puck Daddy]
  • The NHL's most common no-trade destinations involve struggling teams and cold climes. [E$PN]
  • A theory of NHL drafting and height bias. [Jets Nation]
  • The latest podcast from Hope Smoke is a good listen on the NHL. [Spreaker]
  • Want to watch the outdoor game get set up? This black bird says, "Nevermore." [SB Nation]
  • Maybe the bird is protesting the musical guests John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Kris Allen and Symphony Silicon Valley. [NHL]