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Triple Threat Game Thread! Split squad games in NYC and Philly, World Cup Final Game 1

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No way am I making three threads or three previews for three separate games. Let the chaos commence.

New York Islanders v New York Rangers
Into enemy territory
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Holy cow there are a lot of games on tonight. Only one really matters (and maybe not even that, depending on your opinions on international extra-league competitions), but there are multiple options for your hockey viewing pleasure on this evening.

The Local Listings

The Previews

The World Cup:

After shocking the field by not rolling over and just being happy to be there, Team Europe’s reward is a date with hockey death, a.k.a. Team Canada. No one needs to spell out just how insurmountable a task this is, but Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak is keeping hope alive:

"We just had to believe," he said. "I always say, you are going to have some dreams that some people might say are not realistic. We created a story right now and we just need to keep going."

The guys trying to keep Halak’s dream from coming true are 25 of the very best players in the world. Should he and his teammates somehow manage keep the line of Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron off the scoresheet, they’ll have to deal with three other ridiculous lines, like Steven Stamkos, Ryan Getzlaf and this guy you may have heard of named John Tavares.

"Jaro has played extremely well in this tournament, you have to have good goaltending to get to this point," Tavares said Monday after Team Canada practice. "He just seems he's very in control of his crease, his net, his ability to recover on pucks.

"We know he's very talented. He's had some big moments, some very good runs in the playoffs, and he's healthy coming off of last year, so I think he feels really good physically. He's got some confidence through the tournament, so we know we're going to have to be hard on him and put a lot of pucks on net and create second and third opportunities."

Good luck, Jaro. And, please, Don’t Get Hurt. That goes for everyone. Game Two of the best-of-three series is Thursday night.

The Preseason Games

The Islanders won their first preseason game Monday night, shutting out the Flyers in Brooklyn, 3-0. I use terms like "Islanders" and "Flyers" loosely because there were maybe eight current NHLers max playing in the game between the two clubs.

Still, Mathew Barzal and Joshua Ho-Sang hooked up for a goal, Ryan Strome was fired up and fightin’ and both Jean-Francois Berube and Christopher Gibson looked pretty good in net.

Here are the rosters for tonight’s games. Some are pulling double duty after last night, but the squads have been shuffled up. Barzal goes to MSG and centers a line with old guys Andrew Ladd and P.A. Parenteau, while Ho-Sang heads to Philly and will play with Anthony Beauvillier and Anders Lee.

vs. RANGERS vs. FLYERS
Forwards Forwards
8 Steve Bernier 11 Shane Prince
10 Alan Quine 12 Josh Bailey
13 Mathew Barzal 26 Ben Holmstrom
16 Andrew Ladd 27 Anders Lee
17 PA Parenteau 37 Josh Winquist
24 Stephen Gionta 38 Bracken Kearns
25 Jason Chimera 47 Colin Markison
29 Brock Nelson 52 Ross Johnston
36 Eric Boulton 53 Casey Cizikas
56 Tanner Fritz 59 Carter Verhaeghe
61 Kyle Schempp 66 Joshua Ho-Sang
71 Michael Dal Colle 72 Anthony Beauvillier
Defensemen Defensemen
2 Nick Leddy 14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic 40 Kyle Burroughs
44 Calvin de Haan 42 Scott Mayfield
49 David Quenneville 46 Devon Toews
54 Matt Finn 50 Adam Pelech
62 Jesse Graham 63 Loic Leduc
Goalies Goalies
30 JF Berube 33 Christopher Gibson
35 Stephon Williams 34 Eamon McAdam

And here are the lines and D-Pairs, per Arthur Staple

vs. RANGERS vs. FLYERS
Ladd-Barzal-Parenteau Lee-Beauvillier-Ho-Sang
Dal Colle-Nelson-Quine Prince-Cizikas-Bailey
Chimera-Gionta-Fritz Verhaeghe-Kearns-Winquist
Boulton-Schempp-Bernier Johnston-Holmstrom-Markison
Leddy-Hamonic Hickey-Leduc
de Haan-Quenneville Pelech-Mayfield
Finn-Graham Toews-Burroughs

Check out the previews at Blueshirt Banter and Broad Street Hockey for line-ups for the Rangers and Flyers. And remember to be nice if you go to someone else’s house to chat.

So a little early hockey overload for you. Good time to practice for when it counts.