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Islanders Gameday News: Fritz recalled, Beauvillier demoted as Bruins arrive

The latest attempt to shake a sign of life out of the bottom six.

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The Fritz is in. (Tanner, not Mitch.)
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Tonight the Boston Bruins are the latest to try to take advantage of the Islanders’ end-of-2017 slide. Here’s hoping it’s a new year. Leave your FIG picks for tonight here.

Islanders Reading

  • The bottom six has been a frustrating puzzle all season long. The latest attempt to address it features the recall of Tanner Fritz for his NHL debut, while Steve Bernier and Anthony Beauvillier (for the first time in his young career) were sent to Bridgeport. [LHH | Newsday | CT Post | Isles | Soundin’ Off]
  • Hope always calls from that bright prospect glimmer over the horizon. [Isles Prospect Report]
  • Meanwhile, three Isles prospects still involved today for the WJC quarterfinals. [Isles]
  • Torgo’s 2017-ending power rankings — and before the disaster in Colorado — underline that even this Isles-friendly formula has caught up to the Isles’ continued struggles. [LHH Fanpost]
  • The Railers lost 4-2 to Manchester. [Mass Live]

Not Only But Also

Not hockey, but it’s our site so let us promote our other passions: Freezing temps is a good time for the “need to keep your thighs warm” episode to close out Season 2 of Dan’s Golden Girls Sports podcast. You didn’t even have to be there. [Golden Girls Sports]

Elsewhere in Hockey

  • Very cool feature asking 13 former linemates (including several former Isles, incidentally) about playing with the Sedin twins. [Sportsnet] (Incidentally, this completely different kind of feature on the Lundqvist twins is excellent.)
  • Brian Gionta was named captain of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team. Here’s the full roster, which Mike Rupp — during freezing post-Winter Classic live coverage — reacted to on NHL Network with hilariously unintentional faint praise: “I mean there are some players here...Noah Welch we, Jim Slater...” I’m paraphrasing but you get the idea. [NHL | SB Nation]
  • Here’s an AHLer getting to surprise his dad with news he made the Olympic team. [SB Nation]
  • Some great story lines for the NHL in 2018 — and get this: none of them are “will John Tavares___” [Puck Daddy]
  • The Winter Classic was held at CitiField, with the “home” Sabres losing in overtime to the “in this for some reason” Rangers. Here are 10 moments. [NHL]
  • Bright sun meant the shadows kind of sucked for viewers, especially in the first period. [SB Nation]
  • Sadly, Kyle Okposo did not keep these Adbul-Jabbar style goggles on for the game. [NHL]