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Islanders Gameday News: At least Bridgeport can play this game

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Devon Toews rocks, Ryan Pulock conditions.

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New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders
Between every Barzal and Toews is a devil conspiring against them.
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The Islanders begin a back-to-back death knell divisional challenge when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight before heading to the capital to face Washington tomorrow.

Tonight's game is "rivalry night" (so, 8 p.m. EST start) on NBC Sports, who I'm sure were expecting a much better contest when they lined this one up on the schedule last summer.

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here.

Bridgeport (Oh, and Islanders) News

  • Bridgeport won its fourth straight home game because Jon Landry is the Thomas Hickey-in-OT of Sound Tigers shootouts and Devon Toews had a franchise record-tying four assists to go with an outstanding all-around game. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off | BST]
  • Bridgeport has been doing well, by the way. [Isles]
  • Worth noting from the Soundin’ Off link above: Brent Thompson with high praise for Toews, and explaining why newly loaned Ryan Pulock didn’t play.
  • Oh, speaking of which, Pulock is off IR and loaned to Bridgeport, and Mathew Barzal will be with Team Canada’s WJC camp. [LHH]
  • But back to our depressing parent team. Newsday’s Arthur Staple joined the SNY Point Blank podcast. [Sound Cloud]
  • John Tavares discusses some of the adjustments the team has made to play what they feel is better recently. [Newsday]
  • Ryan Strome, he's scratched ya' know. [THN]
  • Like, scratched enough to win a commemorative gold press box. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • Jack Capuano notices that John Tavares is good. [THW]
  • Here’s Anthony Beauvillier talking about his rookie season thus far. [Isles]
  • How are you coping with the last-place-hood? Here are local beers that might help. [LHH]
  • The Islanders are good guys though. Several visited Oceanside School No. 5. [LI Herald]

Beyond the Abyss

  • Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts goes all in on the Panthers firing of Gerard Gallant. [Sportsnet]
  • A local look at the firing. [Sun Sentinel]
  • Doug MacLean popped off about the firing to one of the Panthers execs, who roasted him. [Fox]
  • There were some fantastic game-saving saves in OT and the shootout between the Bruins and Flyers. [SB Nation]
  • The Flames, Senators and Coyotes all want new arenas but there are hurdles. [Sportsnet]
  • The U.S. Army said it's "reviewing" the Vegas use of Golden Knights for its expansion team name. As it says with every legal proceeding, the NHL says it isn't worried. [TSN]
  • The Leafs have their own scratch tales, though involving players of considerably less talent. [PPP]
  • Trade! K-Wings and a Kessel. [Raw Charge]
  • A little more on Team Canada's WJC selection camp. [HEOTP]