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Islanders Gameday News: Look at you, in those candy-ass monkey suits. And I thought I had it bad in Joliet.

We're on a mission from God.

Rhymes with "Trottier."
Rhymes with "Trottier."
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The Islanders look to snap their funk at the Madhouse on Madison. Not ideal, but they have no choice. Game time is 8:30. FIG picks go here. Word of advice: there's a good chance the guy you pick could be a healthy scratch.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Islanders links

  • From late last night: Jaroslav Halak did not make the trip to Chicago due to an unspecified malady which Arthur Staple reported is not a serious one, so Kevin Poulin has been recalled. [LHH]
  • The Islanders have lost three straight. Four would be a season high. Don't do that. [CBS NY]
  • John Tavares says half of breaking a slump is mental. [Newsday]
  • More Josh Bailey love, which includes high praise from his teammates. [IPB]
  • CM Punk calls into the Point Blank podcast before the Islanders play his Blackhawks.
  • This season should do a lot for the Islanders move to Brooklyn. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Islanders could be an inspiration to the Mets. Much of the commentariat at Amazin Avenue disagrees.
  • Craig MacTavish and the Oilers may also be following the Islanders' rebuilding plan. [Edmonton Journal]
  • A look at three defense prospects that someone, somewhere feels should be traded immediately. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Ferris State advances to the WCHA Final Five thanks to a triple overtime goal by Kyle Schempp. [FSU Torch]
  • Victor Crus Rydberg scored but the Plymouth Whalers will not make the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. [MLive]
  • Nova Scotia is already excited for next season's pre-season game between the Islanders and Hurricanes. [Chronicle Herald]

Beyond the Echo Chamber

  • This is a bad play by Max Pacioretty. [Puck Daddy]
  • The GMs meetings are going on in Florida this week, but Monday meant talking, golf and celebrating Bryan Murray. [Yahoo | on Murray, the guest of honor | Elliotte Friedman looks at some possible cap strife]
  • Also going on in Florida are the Panthers goalie tryouts. Follow along on their live blog. [Panthers]
  • Andrew Hammond and Devan Dubnyk are great stories this season. But how much should they be paid for next season? [Puck Daddy]
  • Is this the year the Eastern Conference champion takes it to the West? [ESPN]
  • I mashed the Sharks' drama with The Real Housewives shows. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, consider yourself lucky. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • Old man Justin Williams wants the NHL to bring back ties. [OC Register]
  • Serious Understatement Alert: Jordin Tootoo and Derek Boogaard are cautionary tales for used-up hockey enforcers. [Deadspin]
  • The 2012 CCHA Tournament was one for the ages. [Hustle Belt]
  • Imagine a world in which random hockey players do ads for national companies. It's called "Canada" [Sens]
  • Hockey fans on the internet fall into a few categories. []
  • But these are the worst things on the internet. [SB Nation]

Slooooooow Mo Monday with an appearance by John Tavares' OT winner in Toronto.