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look, we need these points, too, okay?
look, we need these points, too, okay?
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The Islanders Epic(TM) road trip continues tonight in Montreal. They are a bit shorthanded since the start in Detroit. Remember Jack Capuano's last game? It was a 4-0 win over the Bruins coached by Claude Julien, who's now behind the bench in Montreal.

Tough league.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. EST, so you have an extra half hour to think about what you've done with your life. Leave your First Islanders Goal picks here.

Mostly Here

  • The Islanders have some injuries, you may have heard. Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck are out for real. Bracken Kearns has been recalled from Bridgeport. Shane Prince is on IR. [LHH | Isles | Soundin' Off]
  • It's a month at least for Cizikas, and annoying for Clutterbuck. [LHH]
  • Hey, the only thing missing from the Islanders’ resurgence under Doug Weight is talk about how/whether/blah/blah it affects the chances of re-signing John Tavares. [Take it away, E$PN! | Dan summarizes at the still-growing encyclopedia]
  • The Coach's Show with 7-game-win-streak coach Brent Thompson and Alan Fuehring. Thompson says Josh Ho-Sang's play away from the puck has improved greatly in the last six weeks. [Sound Cloud]
  • Speaking of, Connor Jones got his AHL deal upgraded to a two-way NHL contract. Lets just call him "This year's Alan Quine if Bracken Kearns weren't already set to be this year's Alan Quine." [Sounin' Off | Sound Tigers]
  • Some more farewell-itude toward Joe Louis Arena. [MSG]
  • Imagine you were part of the Miracle on Ice...before being part of the NHL's last true dynasty. Yeah, you'd remember it vividly like Ken Morrow, and it would never get old. [NHL]

Neither Here But Maybe There

  • The latest in a series: NHL players are pissed about the quality of the ice around the league (Brooklyn isn't the only culprit, Part 17) [ESPN]
  • Fresh off a deflating defeat by the Islanders which sentences Frans Nielsen to permanent NHL purgatory, the Red Wings are "open for business," trade deadline-wise, and a Russian's parents asked whey he was calling them at 5 a.m. local time (to announce his NHL debut). [Sportsnet 30 Thoughts]
  • Great story: Hockey Night Punjabi announcer and author of the "Bonino! Bonino!" call tells his tale. [Players Tribune]
  • The Stars were once a dark horse contender, now they're...a team the Isles really need to beat later on this trip. [Sportsday Dallas]
  • Sights, sounds and then some from the NY Toy Fair, with a hockey angle and some stuffed Auston Matthews but disappointing rod hockey. (Listen, in that area it's STIGA or bust. I will not accept rebuttals on this.) [Puck Daddy]
  • Proving that we will one day run the Islanders, plus a glass ceiling of sorts: SB Nation's Rockies (baseball, not hockey) site writer Jen Ramos is now the assistant GM for the Sonoma Stompers. [Purple Row]
  • For cap reasons and what-not, Shea Theodore has been shuttled between the NHL and AHL 13 times this season. But come on, the one team's in Anaheim, the affiliate in San Diego. [SI]