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Islanders Gameday News: New CBJ visit, wounded Hamonic out, El Cappy found

You'll want to read the Whitney piece.

This may hurt for a few weeks.
This may hurt for a few weeks.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets make their first visit to Brooklyn in the post-Johansen era, with shiny new young defenseman Seth Jones in the fold.

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Islanders Reads
  • Unfortunately, Travis Hamonic's "day to day" injury looks more like two to three weeks now. [@StapeNewsday | Newsday | LHH]
  • The Isles were shutout (and lifeless) last game, so now they'd like to score, because that would be nice. [Newsday]
  • In a bold and controversial story that will have journalism ethics professors updating their lessons for decades, Sean Penn ventured out to an undisclosed location to interview the legendary El Cappy. [Zeitgeist]
  • Good stuff from Shannon Hogan: With Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk out, the prospect and regular Bridgeport pairing of Scott Mayfield (don't call him "Kitten") and Adam Pelech is getting an opportunity. [MSG]
  • Further down the pipeline, Michael Dal Colle's five-point game highlights the prospect report. [Islanders]
  • As the Isles and Nets grasp for a foothold, "maybe Brooklyn was never the rabid, hand-holding Brooklyn of our literate Dodger elegists." [Times]
  • What changes or shakeup does this moribund Isles team need? [IslesTalk]

Beyond Brooklyn
  • The Great Panthers win streak is over, thanks to a power play overtime goal by the Canucks. Mite-level post-game near-brawl too. [Puck Daddy]
  • Looking back on his time in Vancouver, it was the right place for Roberto Luongo (who heard old chants of "Loouuu" last night after big saves in his old home), but he was in the wrong spot mentally. [Sportsnet] (By the way, the Coach's Corner embedded in that post includes some legendary mispronunciations of multiple Panthers by Don Cherry. Humidor! Matoya!)
  • The "future Selke candidate" Sean Couturier is playing like "present Selke candidate" Sean Couturier. [BSH]
  • After Ovechkin, who will be the next NHLers to hit 500? [NHL]
  • Remembering David Bowie's "Heroes" as used to give you hockey chills. [Puck Daddy]
  • We have a suspension to announce...Matt Hendricks, three games. [NHL Video]
  • Ryan Whitney knew his ankles were shot and kept him from NHL level skating (and a league where apparently everyone bitches like it's an online comment forum), but he was only 30 so he tried playing in...this isn't Russia, is this Russia? [Players' Tribune]
  • Trade rumblings and speculation: Will the Blues move Kevin Shattenkirk in a bid for scoring help? [TSN]
  • Hey, this John Scott All-Star nod means something to him and his family. [Puck Daddy]
  • Goalies, stay in your nets. You too, Karri Romo. [SB Nation]
  • See, when you do you can make great desperation saves like this. [SB Nation]
  • Everyone's watching the story of Denna Laing, who suffered a spinal cord in the women's game at the Winter Classic. [SCOC]