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Islanders Gameday News: Is an "Oiler" supposed to be intimidating?

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Then again, "Islanders" isn't really intimidating, either.

Uh, I hope no one smells that.
Uh, I hope no one smells that.
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Good morning folks. I noticed no one had done the Bits today, and it's a game day, so I figured I'd relay the news. Give you the scoop. Let you in on the know. Okay I'm done.

The Islanders take on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Barclays Center. FIGs can go here.

Islanders Literature ('literature' pronounced in three syllables, pretentiously)

  • The Islanders have had trouble not just scoring goals, but generating shots as well. They're dead last in Corsi (and according to Corsica, they're also dead last in Score and Venue Adjusted Corsi as well, at 45.14%). There has been no talk of removing the coach, however. [Staple]
  • No, really, Jack Capuano's job is not in danger at the moment. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jaroslav Halak is your goalie, and Alan Quine is your healthy scratch. He's coming out for Anthony Beauvillier, who will be playing in his 10th game tonight, thus officially signaling that he will be here for the first year of his ELC. Welcome to the NHL, kid (and I can say that because you're younger than me! HAHA aging!!!). Speaking of aging, these lines are making my skin wrinkle.
  • LHHer JT's Dynasty tries to determine whether trading Halak is the right move. [LHH]
  • What makes John Tavares so good? MSGNetworks wants to find out, courtesy of data from SportLogiq.
  • The Bridgeport Sound Tigers won 50 seconds into overtime off a goal from Adam Pelech. Of note: Michael Dal Colle notched his 5th of the season to open the scoring. It's still way early in his career, but it's encouraging to see Dal Colle putting some pucks in the net, especially after his disappointing Draft+2 campaign. He was on a Memorial Cup-winning team in his Draft+1 year and performed really well, but seemed to regress as an overager playing with mediocre talent (until he was traded to a good OHL team). But if he can score like this with the Sound Tigers lineup that is a huge step in the right direction. Be curious to see his shot totals.
  • Be at the Main Event in Farmingdale on November 29 to meet Shane Prince, Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey, and Anthony Beauvillier. Tickets start at $100, but you get to spend an evening with the players. Should be a fun time. [Lifestyle Sports Events]

Non-Islanders Clippings

  • Last night's NHL scores. Among them: the Blue Jackets walloped the Canadiens 10-0 (this tweet says it all), and former Islanders goalie Al Montoya was in for all 10, because the Canadiens play tonight and needed a fresh Carey Price. No word, however, if Montoya has declared it his "last game in Montreal."
  • Andrew MacDonald is back with the Flyers after what has become his annual demotion to the AHL. Let's all be thankful he's back. [Prewitt]
  • Sean Bergenheim has gone back to where it all started, signing with Frolunda, the last professional team he played with before coming to North America. Go for the story, stay for the entertaining Google Translation.
  • Pierre LeBigBoy examines this season's potential outcomes in regards to upcoming free agents. [ESPN]
  • A brief look back at the NHL's inaugural season of 1917-18. [SI.com]

We'll be back with you around 7:00 for tonight's game. FIGGYs can again go here.