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Islanders Gameday News: Revised lines for Barzal debut?

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The Islanders look to rebound while the Sound Tigers kick things off.

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The New York Islanders looked like they would give Mathew Barzal his NHL debut this weekend, likely as early as tonight in Washington based on lines at practice Friday. From practice observers, that would cause these alterations, with Barzal bumping fellow rookie Anthony Beauvillier from the lineup:

Ladd - Tavares - Chimera (same)
Prince - Nelson - Bailey
Lee - Barzal - Strome
Kulemin - Cizikas - Clutterbuck

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Islanders Reads

  • Arthur Staple dishes on the lines, metrics from the first game and the goalie situation, which is more interesting now that Jean-Francois Berube’s former team is without Jonathan Quick for months. [Newsday]
  • A more reflective Jack Capuano watched the tape and stats from the opener and felt a little better about how they played. [Newsday]
  • Tonight the Sound Tigers kick things off, and that means Joshua Ho-Sang's debut. [CT Post]
  • Bracken Kearns and Scott Mayfield get the "A"s. [Soundin' Off]
  • Also Devon Toews, who ECAC proudly proclaims will be in the NHL soon enough. [ECAC]
  • Steven rounds up predictions from multiple outlets and pundits to get a sense of where people have the Isles finishing this year. It's either third in the Metro or out. [LHH]
  • Welcome Jt's Dynasty, another new LHH contributor with a cool story. [LHH]
  • Remember the All-Star Game at the Coliseum? Bob McKenzie does, but it's a bit of a run and coke blur. [LHH]
  • But the Isles are playing "follow the leader" after the opening loss at the Garden. [SNY]
  • Want to know what the Isles look like from the English Isles? [FanPost]
  • The arena in Brooklyn will bring the "15 Seconds of Fame" social media app to Isles and Nets games. [PR]

Beyond the Beltway

  • The Sabres have been nailed. Here's what the high-ankle sprain on Jack Eichel means. [Sportsnet]
  • ...and they'll miss Evander Kane for several weeks due to broken ribs. [DBTB]
  • The news on Quick is likewise ominous, as they're talking 3-4 months. [Yahoo]
  • And Carey Price is on IR with a "severe" flu. [HEOTP]
  • On what stats correlate to coaches keeping their jobs: "Capuano's tenure falls outside the norm in both instances, which is curious." [Hockey-Graphs]
  • In accordance with the prophecies, P.K. Subban scored and thrilled in his Predators' debut. [Puck Daddy]
  • A good look at the state of analytics in the NHL, with mention of the Panthers' experiments. [Toronto Sun]
  • This is important: Ranking the NHL's mascots. [SI]
  • Also: Here's how you bullshit (and tweet, probably) about hockey without watching it. [Vice]
  • This CBJ superfan lost himself some weight. [Fox Sports]
  • Nail Yakupov's comments after debuting with the Blues raise the question: Shouldn't NHL teams take young players' mental health more seriously? [WIIM]
  • Can Brooks Orpik evolve, or is he destined to remain in a Neanderthal state? [Japers' Rink]
  • Throughts for Wojtek Wolski, in intensive care with a concussion and broken vertebrae after a scary collision in the KHL. [SB Nation]