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Islanders Gameday News: Sharks lurk as Isles go to the dogs

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The Isles prepared for the Sharks and for lovable holiday calendars.

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Do whatever this man says, and he will make you happy.
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The San Jose Sharks are in town after taking their first loss of the season last night at Madison Square Garden. Here's to going 0-for-New York. You are hereby encouraged to leave your FIG picks for the game here.

Islanders Reads

  • It’s just another game day early in the season, except it’s not: John Tavares was reflective about what he expects from the team and where he is in his career. [Newsday]
  • And Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic reflected on how quickly time flies by, seeing longtime teammates leave, and the mix of veterans, core homegrowns, and new youngsters. [NHL]
  • That’s a lot of serious talk for a day when the Isles made time to visit with dogs. [LHH | Isles]
  • Shannon Hogan says don't you panic, and I always do what Shannon says. [MSG Networks]
  • Howie Rose got to enjoy the home opener as a fan, then delivered a rare selfie to say thanks. [LHH]
  • Another review of the home opener from the English perspective, with an introduction to the great Billy Smith. Forgive the delay, that game was pretty late GMT. [LHH Fanpost]
  • Senior captain (and Isles prospect) Doyle Somerby and freshman Kiefer Bellows are part of a vaunted BU lineup that the coach would like to have not read its hype. [Times]
  • Meanwhile, victory for OHL Oshawa. [Durham Region]
  • Oh Kirill, my Kirill! Kabanov's contract was terminated by his KHL team, Nftkhmkzg HC. [HCnfkmgzlkse]

Neither Here but Maybe There

  • Yann Danis is alive! Back in the Habs system with St. John’s. [HEOTP]
  • The Hurricanes are a popular sleeper pick or at least team on the rise, but their early trends are not good. [N&O]
  • Arghh! Another useful hockey site's founder has been gobbled up by an NHL team. Las Vegas has hired General Fanager founder Tom Poraszka as a Hockey Ops assistant. Unclear whether his duties include picking a team name. [Vegas Is Hockey]
  • In search of a Battle of Florida rivalry. [Tampa Bay]
  • The NHL's "situation room" explanations are kind of a joke. [Defending Big D]
  • With their unreal breakaway speed, Scotty Bowman sees parallels between Connor McDavid and a young Bobby Orr. Hopefully injuries don't ever cut McDavid's career in half. [TSN]
  • People have been noting this for a year at least, but Pekka Rinne's decline has created goaltending concerns in Nashville. [THW]
  • Yesterday's league drama revolved around the Oilers canceling an offday after a severe stinker against the Sabres, and whether that change violated the CBA. [Sportsnet]
  • Cool story: Longshot 32-year-old Claudia Teilez makes Calgary's CWHL team. [Today's Slap Shot]
  • Another stupid and needless headshot in juniors, another concussion for Flyers prospect Pascal Laberge. [BSH]