FIG picks go here. Game time is 7:30 to give you a little extra time to grab some snacks or extra booze.
- Arthur Staple's mailbag article is, as expected, a must-read on a myriad of topics broached by fans, including yours truly. There's a little John Tavares talk, a little Jon Ledecky talk and a little locker room temperature-taking.
- Meanwhile, Scott Mayfield is up while Travis Hamonic goes on IR. [LHH]
- Thomas Greiss has been good lately. His teammates, not so much. [Newsday]
- Mike is on a mission to kill the Bettman bonus point. [LHH]
- Jennifer from Eyes on Isles reports from the recent player meet-and-greet and gives her impressions of players both good and not-so-good.
- Podcasts I Forgot to Include the First Time: former Islander and current talking head Jamie McLennan talks with the Point Blank Podcast about the team prior to Wednesday's game | Joshua Ho-Sang talks with his fanboys at Obstructed Views about that AHL life and music that you may or may not have heard of depending on what side of 40 you're on.
- NHL Network ranked rivalries and Islanders-Rangers came in sixth. But it'll always be No.1 to us. [LHH]
- The Islanders might be struggling on the ice, but Brendan Burke couldn't be happier at his new job. [Newsday]
- But you can never have enough Jiggs. [Puck Daddy]
- The Binghamton Senators are moving to Belleville, Ontario next season, taking a Sound Tigers rivalry with them. [CT Post]
- Last night's NHL scores. The Wild win big and the Red Wings... are in trouble.
- Among their many other talents Connor McDavid and Johnny Gaudreau are great at drawing penalties. [TSN.ca]
- Let's be mad about All Star Game selections including Tavares, Okposo, Nielsen, Toews and Subban. [Nat'l Post]
- You can watch Devon "The Other White Meat" Toews and 40 or so other AHL standouts at the league's All-Star Classic on multiple cable systems across the country. Brendan Burke will be providing rinkside coverage. [TheAHL.com]
- Many Bothans died to bring you this list of players who sound like Star Wars characters. [Puck Daddy]