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Islanders News: Nelson threesome, Jackets undressed, Ho-Sang happening, Quine quickening

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Nelson built his church on the Brock of our faith, his banner over me is hat trick...

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"I've always said projectile hats are the color of Brooklyn."
"I've always said projectile hats are the color of Brooklyn."
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The New York Islanders hosted the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets last night, and for some reason* that is the marquee matchup that brought out more coverage from the non-Newsday dailies, even if two of them came up with identical "propel" headlines.

Whatever, Brock Nelson scored the first Barclays hat trick and the Isles got a much-needed win ahead of -- oh, that's the *reason -- Thursday's meeting with the Smurfs.

Islanders Reads
  • Recaps of the game from LHH | Newsday | Isles | NHL | Post | Daily News
  • This playing without Travis Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk thing is familiar for the Isles. (Also, more on whether Ryan Pulock will get a look soon.) [Newsday]
  • This CHL features on Joshua Ho-Sang includes interviews with his coaches and his parents. Watch it here, see some excerpts transcribed in the LHH thread.
  • On the latest IPB podcast, the slump and a chat with Matt Martin. [SoundCloud]
  • A Battle of New York playoff series inches ever closer. [North Jersey]
  • Anders Lee is among your top five sophomore slumps. [ESPN]
  • The struggling Sound Tigers are about to get back a player who was Quine important to their early success. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • The Isles wive sand girlfriends help out at a food bank. [Isles]
Beyond Brock
  • Elliotte Friedman's always good (and always more than 30) 30 Thoughts includes Jonathan Drouin notes and cool stuff on Linus Soderstrom, plus the observation that the Isles drafted two good goalie prospects within 17 picks. (Still shocking after so many years of whiffing in goal...) [Sportsnet]
  • Patrik Elias has knee surgery. [All about the Jersey]
  • Heh, on a week when the NFL Rams returned to L.A. because St. Louis didn't pay enough to make them stay, Gary Bettman says, "Hey, let's threaten Calgary with the same." More or less. [M&G]
  • More teams than ever are on the bubble as the trade deadline approaches. [NHL]
  • Uh oh. (or uh oh?). Tickets to Winnipeg Jets games are surprisingly available. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Denis Potvin is still fuming at the Sedins fo their part in the Panthers-Canucks post-game near-brawl. [Puck Daddy]