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Islanders Gameday News: Capital tour, Barclays seats, fourth-line encounter

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Also: Wideman gets 20 games. Maybe.

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Central characters.
Central characters.
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The Islanders' second-half marathon resumes tonight in Washington. Leave your FIG picks for tonight here.

Islanders Reads
  • A Brett Yormark interview with SI revealed what many speculated: There will be no "capital improvement" changes to the obstructed seat sections at Barclays. But Dan's column about this and the rest of the interview is frankly outstanding. [LHH]
  • Here's the full interview with Yormark (plus video with players, execs). [SI]
  • The SNY podcast featured Craig Custance of ESPN plus lots of yelling and sturm und drang over the J-F Berube start. [SoundCloud]
  • Berube is part of the team and the goalie picture, FYI. [Newsday]
  • A look at the Mavs and more in the Bridgeport Report [BST]
  • Spend a night (okay, 30 minutes) with the fourth line! [Lifestyle Authentic]
  • Thomas Vanek was just like a lot of fans: He didn't want to go to Brooklyn. [Twin Cities]
Beyond the Isle and the Capital
  • The Capitals are coming off a 5-2 loss to Florida. [Japers' Rink]
  • Do NHL GMs want a play-in game for the final playoff spot, or an extra best-of-three wild card series, or maybe just turn the entire season into a best-of-82 series and charge playoff prices all year long? [TSN]
  • The NHL suspended Dennis Wideman 20 games (Colin Campbell overseeing the case!) and the NHLPA appealed faster than you can say, "question my immediate assumptions." [Puck Daddy]
  • The top 11 candidates to be dealt by the trade deadline. [USA Today]
  • Perhaps you found the new NHL website...challenging. That's nothing compared to the botched first night of NHL.tv. [Puck Daddy]
  • Time for Malcolm Subban to get another chance in Boston? [SCOC]
  • Muammar Gaddafi had a German ice hockey team. [Guardian]
  • A stats look at one-timers. [NHL Special Teams]
  • High schooler scores OT winner on the day his father died. [Puck Daddy]
  • The many hidden talents of NHL enforcers. [Down Goes Brown at THN]
  • The Leafs enjoyed watching John Scott and think the mid-season exhibition could use more journeymen. [Sportsnet]
  • MSG's Shannon Hogan discusses how Scott's Players Tribune article helped change her mind on the matter. [MSG]