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Islanders Gameday News: Please Hammer, don’t hurt ‘em; Full Nelson; Rumors heating up

Hockey news and notes for Islanders fans.

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The Islanders are back on the ice tonight against the visiting Calgary Flames. Let’s see if our guys can give up less than three goals in the first period and not have to mount a furious comeback just to make the game interesting.

FIG picks go here. Lineup to be announced later.

Islanders Reads

  • Friday’s game was a wild affair. The Islanders hope it leads to more wins. [Newsday | Islanders]
  • Eric Hornick has the Skinny on some other crazy power play performances in Islanders history.
  • Don Cherry loves BC BOY Mathew Barzal (and Matt Moulson...?). [Twitter]
  • Brock Nelson has awakened from his slumber and is on one of his patented and usually short-lived hot streaks [Newsday]
  • Travis Hamonic returns to New York for the first time since his trade to Calgary, and Sportsnet’s Eric Francis wonders how Islanders fans will react. I don’t know what he expects people to do (throw tomatoes? throw batteries? stay home because it’s raining. actually, wait. that last one might happen), but I guess it makes for an easy story to write. Travis, as usual, has only good things to say about the Islanders, but that’s never been a way to sell stories to Canadian readers. [Calgary Sun, too]
  • You can hear me and the great Hurricanes fans of Section 328 talk about the Islanders, Tavares, Barzal and a few other things.
  • Throwing around a few Islanders that might (or might not) be traded. [Newsday]
  • InGoal Magazine compares and contrasts the styles of Ilya Sorokin and Rangers goalie prospect Igor Shestyorkin.
  • Community member Morgan Frey talks about the frustration we’re all feeling. [FanPost]
  • The Sound Tigers were down 3-0 after one last night (no way!) but couldn’t complete any comeback against Providence. [Soundin’ Off]
  • The Railers avenged a loss on Friday by beating Brampton 5-3 last night. [Telegram]
  • David Quenneville is now the highest scoring defenseman in Medicine Hat Tigers history with a goal in their 4-0 win over Calgary on Friday. [Chat News]

Around the NHL

  • Last night’s NHL scores. Bad night for the Islanders. The Blue Jackets put a hurting on the Devils and the Flyers won in a shootout. So the Islanders are back below the playoff line.
  • Lars Eller re-ups with the Caps for five more years. [Japers]
  • The Lightning retired the number of Vincent Lecavalier last night, a very good player with a very cool name that played on some very bad Tampa teams and at least one excellent one. I’ll always think of him as “The Michael Jordan of Hockey.” Google it. [Raw Charge]
  • Max Domi might be available for trade, but the Coyotes might be playing with fire there. [Sportsnet]
  • Doesn’t sound like Brendan Gallagher was happy to see P.K. Subban return to Montreal last night with the Predators. [Sportsnet]

The HNIC Headlines crew drops a bunch of trade rumors as the deadline creeps up.