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Islanders Gameday News: Meet me in St. Louis, so I can finally go the hell home

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Almost there.

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Spread your wings and fly home.
Spread your wings and fly home.
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The Islanders long, far-reaching and arduous road trip finally comes to an end after tonight’s game against the Blues. At 5-2-1, it’s already been a success. 6-2-1 would be phenomenal.

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Islanders readings

  • Take the time today to listen to Arthur Staple's long-awaited appearance on Dimitri Filipov's HockeyPDOCast. It's a in-depth examination of the Islanders' season and roster and includes discussions about Tavares' contract and Staple's job as the team's sole beat writer. You may already know a lot of the info, but to hear it relayed in a fair way for a general audience is great, just like every episode of the show. [I added the Tavares bit to the Contract Encyclopedia if you want to skip to that]
  • Staple also writes about Doug Weight putting his trust in kids Anthony Beauvillier and Joshua Ho-Sang. [Newsday]
  • The Islanders burst into the Top 10 of Mike's weekly power rankings. [LHH]
  • Josh Bailey's excellent season should also be helping your fantasy team. [NHL]
  • The Sound Tigers lost 2-1 last night to Utica, who seem to have their number this season. [CT Post]
  • A couple of short videos with some proud Islander parents. Love these.

Around the NHL

  • Last night's NHL scores. The one game that affects them went the Islanders' way, with the Panthers losing to the Wild. Also, hope you watched the Penguins-Oilers game. It was fun.
  • Jakub Voracek wants to go to the Olympics and he tells Bill Daly and company to get their heads out of their asses. [CSN Philly]
  • Injuries have destroyed Patrick Sharp's season and made him reflective. [SI.com]
  • Congrats on the Oilers going to the playoffs. Now fork over the exorbitant price of playoff tickets. [Edmonton Sun]
  • There's a lot of blame to go around in the ongoing Coyotes arena strife. [AZ Sports]
  • The evolution of coaching, from shift length to shot blocking. [Globe & Mail]