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Islanders News: Devils down, Rangers next; Tavares lessons; Gudas in midseason form

Another one? Well, okay...

New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders
Laugh it up, Fuzzball
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

One down, two to go. Tonight at Barclays, it’s Islanders-Rangers for absolutely none of the marbles.

Islanders links

  • Recaps of last night's win over the Devils featuring some former Devils. [LHH | Islanders]
  • Jaroslav Halak is all smiles as he returns to Islanders practice after his eye-opening run at the World Cup of Hockey. [Newsday]
  • Please welcome Steven, aka sayvillelax94, who joins our staff as a writer. More intros coming this week.
  • Andrew Berkshire runs down the Top 20 Centers in the NHL and our boy Johnny is No. 7. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of Tavares, the World Cup was another great moment for him. [Inside Halton]
  • The Sound Tigers training camp roster is here for you. It includes Jon Landry, who returns to Bridgeport after a few years away. [Soundin Off]
  • Some observations from last night:

Retirements and other news

  • Oh boy. Old friend Radko Gudas was up to his old tricks last night, plastering Jimmy Vesey's face into the glass in the Rangers-Flyers games. He can expect a phone call from Player Safety. [BSH]
  • So it's not just us then:
  • Chicago's Nikas "Super Nintendo" Hjalmarsson has been suspended for the rest of the preseason and the Blackhawks' season opener because of a dirty hit. [SCH]
  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford writes an interesting piece for The Players Tribune about some behind the scenes moves.
  • Micah, also known as Ineffective Math on Twitter, makes his season predictions and has the Islanders looking... good? []
  • Rangers Legend Dan Boyle is set to announce his retirement on Wednesday (from San Jose, for some reason). [FTF]
  • And defenseman Barrett Jackman will retire today from St. Louis, where he played all but one of his seasons. Remember when he won the Calder Trophy over Henrik Zetterberg? Yeah. [St.L GT]
  • A lot of rookies are prepped to make an impact this season. []
  • One of them is Coyotes defenseman Jacob Chychrun, who's making a push to play already. []
  • A misunderstanding caused both the Stars and Panthers to hilariously both wear white jerseys in the same game. [Miami Herald]

As teased yesterday in Steve's introductory post, here are a couple of videos from CCM showing that totally regular guy John Tavares also happens to be a hockey machine that has a shooting deck in his backyard.