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Islanders News: Preseason Popped Open

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It’s preseason time.

New York Islanders Blue & White Scrimmage
Get your kicks on 66.
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The first preseason game (win!) is in the books, and tonight the Isles are at the Garden. It's on MSG and MSG+. The World Cup final begins tonight. Let's get to it.

Islanders Reads

  • The Islanders won their preseason game (Ryan Strome fought!? See 1st tweet below), 3-0 over the Flyers. Ho-Sang from Barzal, yo. [Isles/NHL | LHH game thread | LHH recap]
  • Mikhail Grabovski is officially on IR, Cal Clutterbuck is day-to-day, and so is that PTO Gionta guy. [LHH]
  • Of all the goalies in camp, Jean-Francois Berube has - believe it or not - the most NHL experience. But he still might be the low man on a three goalie totem pole when the season starts, as the Islanders have apparently moved further away from the idea of trading Jaroslav Halak. [Staple]
  • In your WHERE ARE THE ISLANDERS daily, Brett Yormark won't talk about the summer (and fall, and winter, and...) talk of losing the Islanders to a different spot in New York. [Newsday | AP]
  • The perfect cap to yesterday's picture of Halak and Lundqvist in the handshake line is talk of Henrik Lundqvist headed home after losing his ninth consecutive head-to-head matchup with Isles goalie Halak. [Post]

Opening Lines from Last Night

Prince-Barzal-Quine
Dal Colle-Strome-Ho-Sang
Verhaeghe-Beauvillier-Fritz
Boulton-Schempp-Markison

Pelech-Pulock
Wotherspoon-Mayfield
Vande Sompel-Leduc
Berube in goal

Beyond the Isle

  • Not doing well after Sunday's Europe win? Anze Kopitar Marian Gaborik, who injured his foot. [JFTC]
  • The Bruins reportedly signed Brad Marchand to an...eight...year...deal? About $6 million per, through his age 36 season. [SCOC]
  • The Oilers unveiled a new mascot and Twitter could not contain itself. [CBS Sports | Sporting News]
  • More I'm-not-coming drama: Tobia Rieder isn't showing up to Coyotes camp. [AZ Central]
  • The Blues have a new backup goalie in Carter Hutton and he has met The Undertaker. [NHL]
  • Meanwhile, Steve Ott is not good. [WIIM]
  • The name change is over a year old. But it still happens. Every time a broadcast or referee calls them the "Phoenix" Coyotes, Five For Howling will continue giving to charity. [FFH] Follow @PhoenixJar during the season to read and help out.