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Islanders Gameday News: Eve of Western march

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Before a Western death march, the Isles face one at home.

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Tonight the New York Islanders have one more chance to get booed at home before heading out to the West coast, which in past seasons set the table for 1) the firing of coach Scott Gordon, or 2) the season-saving rebound in two of their three recent playoff seasons under Jack Capuano.

Which scenario do you suppose is more likely? (Don’t answer that. You already have. We already have. It’s Friday. Let’s talk about something new.)

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here.

Islanders Things

  • Okay so maybe the Isles can complete a trade for a wing, but that won't fix a broken system. [SNY]
  • Still, the next wing for John Tavares is Ryan Strome. [Newsday]
  • The latest power rankings and pundit roundup is out, and...expectedly ugly. [LHH]
  • With three days between games, it was one of those weeks to do major community outreach. So, cool stuff skating with visually impaired kids [Isles | NHL | photo gallery | LHH | Newsday] as well as visiting schools. [Tavares | Lee and Pulock | gallery]
  • They used that and the extra time to "refresh the brain." [Islanders Insight]
  • Did we fans do the same? Do we care too much? [Eyes on Isles]
  • Also: PUPPIES! [LHH]
  • Meanwhile on the farm, Christopher Gibson is still out. (Also note: The legend of Eric Boulton continues.) [Soundin' Off]
  • Further down the pipeline, Paker Wotherspoon scored in Tri-City's big win. [Tri-City Herald]

Beyond the NYI

  • Fancy a trade? Here's what each team could consider given contracts and needs. [TSN]
  • But whoa whoa whoa now just hold it on all this Brandon Saad speculation. [Sportsnet]
  • Wakeup call: Shayne Gostisbehere was scratched for Andrew MacDonald. [TSN]
  • The last two first-overall picks are in goal droughts but hopefully people know that happens to everyone. [TSN]
  • Attendance is down, but the Panthers are no longer giving away tickets and have made major changes under military Wall Street guy. [Globe & Mail]
  • Some simply awesome jersey photos of Dennis Maruk, including my favorite WHY WON'T THE NHL MAKE RETRO CLEVELAND BARONS JERSEYS?! Would those awesome things not sell, at least in Ohio? [3rd String Goalie]
  • An elaborate satire on the whereabouts of cap ghosts Stephane Robidas and Joffrey Lupul. [PPP]
  • Patrick Kaleta, youth hockey ambassador. Yeah. [Sabres PR]
  • Finally, Wayne Gretzky will be on The Simpsons. [Sportsnet]