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Islanders Gameday News: Back-to-Back out West; Wotherspoonful of sunshine

From the mountains, to the prairies.

Maybe? Nah.
Maybe? Nah.
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After last night’s welcome back party in Denver, the Islanders go right back to work tonight in Arizona. They’re kinda like Wild West desperados except they lose a lot of gunfights and don’t wear big hats.

FIG Picks go here. Game time is 8 pm Eastern despite the time difference.

Islanders readings

  • Recaps of the Avalanche's first home win since 2006: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | | NYI Skinny | MHH
  • Arthur Staple tries to make you feel better by explaining how truly awful the Avalanche's season has been. Also, Adam Pelech is back. [Newsday]
  • Ryan Strome wants consistency. If he plays with the jump he had last night, he'll be okay. [Newsday]
  • Brent Thompson played the role of proud hockey and Canadian turncoat had as his son Tage won gold at World Juniors with Team USA. [CT Post]
  • Who's up and who's down for the Sound Tigers, who play tonight at Hartford. [Soundin Off]
  • Out in the WHL, Parker Wotherspoon has become one of the best players the Tri-City Americans have ever had and he keeps piling up accolades. I know a certain garik that's high on him, too. [Tri-City Herald]
  • Two from Missouri: Having Eamon McAdam gives a Mavericks a spark [Examiner] | McAdam and the Mavs came from 4-0 down to beat Wichita 5-4 in OT last night. [Mavs]
  • The annual FDNY-NYPD charity hockey game will take place at Barclays Center on Saturday, March 18. Let's hope no brawls break out. [Barclays]
  • No Snark Zone: A nice love story of a couple bonding for life thanks to the Islanders. [Newsday]

Around the NHL

  • Man, bad break for Brendan Gallagher, who's gonna miss EIGHT WEEKS with a busted hand. Remember when Johnny Boychuk broke one of Gallagher's fingers with a slapshot last season? The kid might want to start to learn how to write with his feet. [EOTP]
  • The Panthers' back-up goalie last night was a ticket sales rep, who put on the pads when Roberto Luongo went down and James Reimer started. [Puck Daddy]
  • More on Team USA's World Junior win and Canada's heartbreak. []
  • Bill Daly was scouting China for possible NHL regular season games. I wonder if any of the places he ate at mistook him for Andrew Zimmern. [Puck Daddy]

Here's AHL All Star Devon Toews on his big news