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Islanders Gameday News: Riding Greiss, Hickey returns

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NHL news and notes as the Islanders road trip continues into Calgary

Calgary Flames v New York Islanders
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Happy Sunday. The Islanders are in Calgary for the dreaded road afternoon game. It’s a 4 p.m. EST start. Leave your First Islanders Goal picks here.

Islanders Reads

  • The best part of this Newsday story on Doug Weight sticking with Thomas Greiss: “Weight, who has bucked the trend of current NHL coaches by not only revealing his lineups and goaltenders ahead of time but also explaining why he’s doing what he’s doing...” [Newsday]
  • (Alright, maybe not the best part. Insightful quotes from Weight on Thomas Hickey (returning tonight) and Joshua Ho-Sang too.)
  • Oy. The Sound Tigers lost in overtime while being outshot 44-16 and leaving Jaroslav Halak “high and dry.” Three blown on-goal leads. They’re in Utica this afternoon. [CT Post]
  • In some surprising good news, the NHL has permanently retired #66 in honor of Ho-Sang. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • Make no mistake, Slap Shots has learned Brooksie has hot takes on the deadline, and Tavares, and Ho-Sang, and... [Post]
  • The Junior Islanders got a big sendoff as they head to Quebec. (For a tournament. Not relocation, funny guy.) [Newsday]
  • Taylor Cammarata scored but the No. 5 Gophers were upset at Michigan. [Fox]

Not So Islanders

  • This Nikita Kucherov Jedi mind trick shootout goal on Robin Lehner is a thing to behold. [Puck Daddy]
  • Also to behold: Poor Blake Comeau on a breakaway for the Avs. (“I don’t think you’ll ever see that again...ever!”) [Puck Daddy]
  • The Devils’ season is “spiraling out of control” after a sixth straight loss. [Post]
  • The Capitals won their 15th straight home game, over the Flyers. [NHL]
  • Alain Vigneault called the latest Smurfs defeat a “reality check.” [Post]
  • There is no timetable for Kris Letang’s return to Mark Streit’s Penguins. [NHL]
  • The damned Hawks scored just before the final minute again, this time to win in regulation. [Second City Hockey]
  • “Who’s a good dog, WHO’s a good dog?” The Oilers played with some. [SB Nation]
  • In which Phil Esposito calls out his brother Tony for lying about being on Facebook. [NHL]