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Islanders Gameday News: Dispatches from the front; Taking Notes; Okposo on the horizon

Watch out for that ceiling tile.

Forecast is for snow.
Forecast is for snow.
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Tonight: Islanders-Blackhawks in Brooklyn. Whoever’s in goal for Chicago will probably be good.

FIG picks go here. Game time is 7pm.

Islanders stuff

  • Arthur Staple's mailbag is full of interesting intel from inside the Islanders' locker room.
  • So, uh, how are the Islanders doing? Have you ever seen, "The Thing?" [LHH]
  • Is a lineup shake-up coming? Would it even matter? [Metro]
  • Elliotte Friedman has a couple of quick Jon Ledecky thoughts in his offering this week.
  • Sportsnet on the growing frustration from Jack Capuano and basically everyone.
  • The Point Blank podcast talks about the season hanging by a thread.
  • And if you want to look past tonight's game and cry, Kyle Okposo is waiting in Buffalo to play his former teammates Friday night. [Newsday]
  • The Sound Tigers came from 5-1 down to tie Lehigh Valley but couldn't force overtime, losing to the Phantoms 8-6. [CT PostSoundin' Off liveblog]
  • Mathew Barzal has made Team Canada's final World Junior roster. This is my shocked face. The tournament starts December 26. [Toronto Sun]
  • Thomas Greiss is a calm dude on the ice and a thrill seeker off of it. [NHLPA]

Other stuff

  • Last night's NHL scores. Make it ten (10)(!!) wins in a row for the Flyers.
  • Dale Tallon is back in charge of the Panthers, where he was in charge all along. Waitwhat? [Sportsnet]
  • While hosting Hockey Central, Doug MacLean was attacked by a piece of ceiling. [Awful Announcing]
  • Best wishes to former NHL coach Ron Wilson, who is recovering from a recent stroke. [LA Times]
  • After beating the Islanders in Brooklyn, the Capitals enjoyed some New York City nightlife. [Russian Machine]
  • The NHL's Centennial will include a bunch of activities that might be coming to a town near you. []
  • Want to know what the super VIP package for a Nets game at Barclays is like? Well, here you go. And it won't cost you seven grand. [NY Times]
  • RIP TV great, hockey lover and legendary Canadian Alan Thicke [Bardown]. The man could do anything, even rapping Christmas carols with Ninja Turtles [AV Club]