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Islanders Gameday News: Jetting toward New Year’s with Aho in tow

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The Islanders visit the Jets, who are missing their best player.

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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders
Total recall.
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The Islanders begin a two-game, 2017-ending Central road trip tonight in Winnipeg. The Jets are missing key center Mark Scheifele.

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Islanders Reading

  • Two surprising and related announcements yesterday: Despite playing the entire game Wednesday, Johnny Boychuk was placed on IR, and promising rookie Sebastian Aho was recalled from AHL Bridgeport. [LHH | Newsday | CT Post | Isles]
  • Dan guested on the Isles Seat podcast talking about Aho, the OT win and more. [Isles Seat]
  • Devon Toews is “maintenance day” treating an injury in Bridgeport, if he was in contention with Aho for the callup. [Soundin’ Off]
  • David Quenneville scored a pair in Medicine Hat’s latest win. [ChatNewsToday]
  • The New York Jr. Islanders are out in Calgary for a tournament. Good luck, kids. [Calgary Sun]
  • Next up on stage, please welcome a little known guitarist and singer from Saskatchewan by the name of Bryan Trottier. [Western Star]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Capitals beating the Bruins in a shootout, the Flyers falling in regulation to the Panthers, and Thomas Vanek having a five-point night in Vancouver’s win over the Hawks.

  • Should help the Isles tonight, but is a bummer for hockey because he’s awesome: Scheifele is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The Rangers will be without Chris Kreider indefinitely due to blood clots. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Auston Mathews scored his first NHL goal in Arizona last night. Growing up there shaped his upbringing. [Sportsnet]
  • Trading Kris Letang wouldn’t improve the Penguins (so they should definitely do it). [PensBurgh]
  • Eric Nystrom is suing the Predators for injury-related medical issues under Tennessee workers’ compensation law. [Tennesseean]
  • NHL vets’ performance in the Spengler Cup is getting them consideration for the Olympic team. [CBC]