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Islanders Gameday News: Battle of New York Escalates, Minus de Haan; 'Pull-ock'

The Islanders "road" trip concludes at the Garden, with de Haan and Lundqvist questionable.

Time for more.
Time for more.
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The Islanders and Rangers face off today at the NHL and AHL levels. Should be a fun Sunday. Leave your FIG picks (for the NHL game only, sorry) here.

Islanders Reads
  • It looks like the Islanders will be without Calvin de Haan tonight, who re-aggravated his recent injury between games. [Newsday]
  • The first two New York derbies this season "were nice little tidbits in their Brooklyn narrative" but this is like more real, okay? [Post]
  • All kinds of playoff implications tonight so expect the unexpected. [Newsday]
  • By the way, the name is Ryan. Ryan "Pull-ock." [Picker on Twitter]
  • Henrik Lundqvist, who was kept out of the Rangers' win over Washington, was being "re-evaluated" Saturday but don't expect him to be out. [Post]
  • Eric Staal gets his first taste of this rivalry. [Daily News]
  • See here this nice Taylor Cammarata goal as the Gophers extend their lead in the Big Ten. [Gopher Puck Live]
  • Penn State got a crucial win over Wisconsin behind a "superstar night" by Eamon McAdam. [Onward State]
  • Running down the top 20 Islanders prospects, with lots of depth on the blueline and in goal. [Hockey's Future]
  • With injuries to Scott Mayfield, Loic Leduc and Kane Lafranchise (who was hit in the head Saturday by Zac Rinaldo, who is already on an NHL suspension for a hit to the head), the Sound Tigers recalled Matt Finn from ECHL Missouri for this afternoon's meeting with the Baby Rangers. [CT Post]
  • Assuming the new Nassau Coliseum ever gets built, it will be green and walkable and such. [Billboard]
Beyond the Battle
  • So in the 347th column that Larry Brooks has begun with "So," make no mistake and know this: The Column has learned that multiple teams will vote against continuing the coach's challenge. [Post]
  • Watch Tom Wilson run around, then get beaten to a pulp by Adam McQuaid. [Hockey Fights]
  • The Sabres are trying to fix Matt Moulson, and according to their GM it sounds like lots of it has to do with workouts and habits. [Die by the Blade] But Moulson says no dude, that's not it. [@BuffNewsVogl]
  • The battle of SoCal went to Anaheim, who set a franchise record with their 11th straight win, taking over first place in the Pacific from the defeated Kings. What a year, and what a move by the Ducks to stick with Bruce Boudreau when time and puck luck was bleak. [NHL]
  • That made Boudreau the fastest coach to 400 wins in NHL history. (Nice to be in the shootout era) [NHL PR]
  • Michael Leighton set an AHL record with his 46th career shutout, passing Johnny Bower. [AHL]
  • The Jets will host the Oilers in the 2016 Heritage Classic, which will be the next important game in Canada since none of them are making the playoffs. [AP]
  • The sacrifices by NWHL players are magnified for its international players. [Times]