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Islanders Gameday News: Kyle comes home for Christmas; Tavares will play; Jagr is insane

What a Festiv(us) night it shall be! "Quit crying and fight your father."

Enemies then, teammates now.
Enemies then, teammates now.
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Good morning, folks. The Buffalo Sabres are in town, so Kyle Okposo makes his first visit to Brooklyn since signing with the Sabres. Fitting that it's just before Christmas that he's here. FIGs can go here. Don't forget to air your grievances tonight.

Islanders News

  • John Tavares took a maintenance day the other day, and it seemed to fix whatever was ailing him (probably hand/wrist). [Newsday]
  • The Isles visited kids in hospitals and all the photos you'd ever need are posted on the Islanders website.
  • A nice feature about Isles 2015 pick Andong Song and how China is still searching for its "Yao Ming" of hockey. [National Post]

NHL News

  • Last night's NHL scores.
  • Jaromir Jagr, Ageless Wonder, has moved into sole possession of second-place all-time in points, passing Mark Messier. Proooobably not gonna catch Gretzky, though. [Sportsnet]
  • A league-wide update courtesy of Hockey-Graphs (oh it's not pretty).
  • IMPORTANT: Excellent article from Ryan Stimson (The Passing Project fellow) regarding breakouts. Very informative, and also something we have struggled with. [All About the Jersey]
  • David Legwand has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Congrats to the first-ever Nashville Predators draft pick. (Can you believe he went second overall? Haha) []
  • The Hamburglar, Andrew Hammond, may be out "months" with the ankle injury suffered on Sunday against the Islanders. That sucks for him, as he was just getting a chance to play in the NHL again. [Ottawa Sun]
  • Scary, but the Devils withheld medical records containing information about his head injuries from former enforcer Mike Peluso, documents that were critical to his particular case of trauma. In Lou We Trust? [TSN]
  • And finally, a little Christmasy "Brass Bonanza" to take you home. [SBN]

Happy holidays, folks. Stay safe and warm.