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Islanders Gameday News: Afternoon with the Senate; Halak the shining Tiger

NHL news and notes as the Islanders head to Ottawa

Hey, no time for an afternoon nap today.
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The New York Islanders remain on the road today with an afternoon visit to Ottawa to face the Senators.

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks over here for a 1 p.m. EST start.

Islanders Notes

  • Doug Weight told Nick Leddy he needs to be the Isles' second-best player, and Leddy is answering the challenge. [Newsday]
  • Meanwhile down in Bridgeport, Jaroslav Halak's 42-save 1-0 shutout "won us the game, plain and simple," said coach Brent Thompson. [CT Post]
  • With Steve Bernier hurt, Carter Verhaeghe is among the reinforcements in Bridgeport. [CT Post]
  • Anders Lee is a good player and a good dude, and Kancer Jam is one way he's giving back. [Crowd Rise]
  • In some promising news, Craig Anderson is back with the Senators and will make the call on whether he starts today. [Ottawa Citizen]

Beyond Blue and Orange

  • Five happy thoughts for fans of today’s opponent, as the Sens are in a 2-4 slump. [Silver Seven]
  • That slump's despite them benefiting from an amazing Stars own goal the other night. [SB Nation]
  • Long-time Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has died at 87. [Winging It In Motown | SB Nation]
  • Theory: Why the Kings are kings of 3-on-3 overtime. Good stuff on manipulating space (which is key to any hockey situation, just different depending on numbers) [SI]
  • Connecticut politicians propose $250 million in renovations to draw an NHL team to the Whalers' old home. [The Score]
  • In potentially big news for women's hockey, the CWHL has formed a partnership with the NHLPA. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jonathan Ericsson will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist because Frans can't have nice things. [Puck Daddy]
  • Doc Emrick will call a college hockey game with a local from Oceanside High. [Newsday]