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Islanders News: Road-swept, Halifax-bound, roster cuts looming

The scrum is the traditional way or restarting the game, and can be key to establishing rugby position.
The scrum is the traditional way or restarting the game, and can be key to establishing rugby position.
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The New York Islanders lost both road preseason games last night, with one squad falling in Newark to the Devils, 4-2, while the other squad lost in Philadelphia to the Flyers, 5-2.

They'll send a little more starry squad to Halifax for a preseason game tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, before expected roster cuts -- and splitting into the traditional NHL and AHL groups -- heading into next week.

Islanders Reads
  • Are the Isles in the top tier of teams most likely to win a Cup in the next five years? [Grantland]
  • The locals are excited to see players like John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Eric Staal come to town tonight. [Chronicle Herald]
  • Mathew Barzal, who both scored and gaffed last night, is turning heads, both impressing and learning in his first Isles camp. [Newsday]
  • Quick rundown of last night's games, scorers (Barzal, Strome; Kearns, Cizikas) [Isles] Stephon Williams played the entire game in New Jersey. Chris Gibson conceded four goals on 20 shots in two periods in Philly.
  • Views of last night's first game. [NHL | Broad Street Hockey]
  • Those villains in Philly have converted the Pope! [BSH]
  • Highlights of the loss in Newark from Tom Gilutti. [Fire & Ice] And post-game from the Devils [Fire & Ice] [NHL recap]
  • Prospect Ilya Sorokin has re-signed with CSKA Moscow through 2018. [@AlexSerenRosso]
  • Live in Suffolk and bummed about the move to Brooklyn? The Sound Tigers are offering a special plan for your hockey fix. [@JohnMBurke]
  • Podcast: The IPB crew talks to Chris King and discusses Josh Ho-Sang, Ryan Pulock and Kirill Petrov. [IPB]

Speaking of Ho-Sang:

In a low-budget social media gimmick, the Devils either trolled Isles fans, or Nassau politicians, depending on how you look at it:

  • Mikael Wikstrand is suspended by the Senators after returning to Sweden, and the transfer agreement means he can't play there either. [Silver Seven]
  • Yahoo's junior hockey coverage offers division-by-division Quebec and Ontario league previews.
  • TSN talking heads on keeping 3-on-3 cheat-free, the Kings' effort to keep everyone clean, and other things. [Insider Trading video]
  • Francis Bouillon has had enough of your broth cube jokes, retires after 14 seasons. [CP]