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Islanders News: You Can Play, Leddy can bobble, Berube and Mayfield can return

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Oh look 5-on-5 games!

They call this the bobble 'n beard weave.
They call this the bobble 'n beard weave.
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Good day! Hockey's back for real. And we're looking at a very busy climax to the season. February for the Islanders is no joke. March neither. Today's "games in hand" are tomorrow's "this is a hectic pace."

Tonight against the Wild is both a "You Can Play" night and a Nick Leddy Bobblehead Night. Leave your FIG picks for tonight over in this territory.

Islanders-Related Substances
  • Before we begin/resume, a look at the power rankings at the All-Star break. [LHH]
  • In a shocking turn, Jack Capuano wants to see hard work and accountability from the players. But seriously: "There’s a lot of friendships — I get it — but you got to be able to call one another out and expect the job that you want to go in the foxhole with one of your teammates." [Newsday]
  • Dan was on the Hockey Night in New York podcast, and yes he dropped Mark Lawrence's name. [BTR]
  • The AHL All-Star Game was last night. Quine was on his way home for the break when he got the call. [CT Post] ...and he came up big with two goals and -- yes -- blocked shots last night. [Soundin' Off]. Here's Sean Backman's road to the show. [CT Post]
  • And in his state of the league address, AHL commissioner Dave Andrews said he's not worried about Bridgeport disappearing from the league map. [CT Post]
  • The Isles prospect update has some Beauvillier, some Dal Colle, and some Sorokin-he-of-10-shutouts for CSKA. [Isles]
  • As expected, J-F Berube was recalled (his conditioning stint is over) and Scott Mayfield joins him as insurance while the Isles await Johnny Boychuk's return. [Isles]
  • In case you missed it: Exhaustive analysis of the Islanders scoring chances through 47 games shows a difference in the second quarter...and reason for hope? [LHH Fanpost]
  • A teacher takes students to an Islanders game in the name of history and Brooklyn sports. [Times]
  • What's happening in the Metro this week. [All About the Jersey]
  • Here are 20 fun facts about tonight's opponent. [Hockey Wilderness]
Beyond
  • More from the weekend: Why John Scott ended up a godsend for fans. [SB Nation] Now somebody wants to make it a movie. [TSN] Six reasons the new format was a big ol' success. [Puck Daddy]
  • Also, BOC emeritus Stace of Base says enforcers are dying out, but they're still kinda cool. [Canafornians]
  • Beanpot coming: Doyle Somerby's one to watch. [SBN College hockey]
  • In which Scott Gomez was convinced not to retire just yet, thinks Adam Oates is hockey's Bill Belichek. [Times]
  • Zoe looks at the changes and controversial around the NWHL's Whale. [Victory Press]
  • Say, how hav ethe Flyers done in all three zones under Dave Hakstol? [BSH]
  • Various Penguins discuss whether they think about the guy they were traded for. [Post-Gazette]
  • Hockey in the desert? That's CRAZY. Except to the people who, you know, play and watch hockey in Vegas. [Times]
  • Connor McDavid is set to return tonight. [NHL]