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Islanders Gameday News: Tapping the Oil

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New York welcomes its blue-and-orange doppelgänger for their annual visit to Long Island.

Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders
Despite all their storied history, this is still one of my favorite pics.
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In the words of Hannibal, the Islanders are having an old friend for dinner tonight. We hope. The third of their three-game opening home stand is tonight,

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Islanders News

  • Very excited about some new podcasts in our lineup this season, and here’s one of them: Islanders Award Winners, which will post on the first Monday of the month during the season. First one was Denis Potvin, with lots of assorted stories. Thanks for listening (and also thanks to Denis for being the greatest). [LHH]
  • Anthony Beauvillier has been all over the lineup in his young career, but he’s finding comfort in a bit of a hot start to the season. [Newsday]
  • Arthur Staple has eight thoughts on the opening weekend, including a tidbit about Beauvillier no longer having to decipher his linemates’ Finnish. [Athletic]
  • Prospect Report: Red hot action for Cole Coskey and Felix Bibeau. [Isles]
  • Maven’s Memories: Stan Fischler looks back at the Islanders’ first game in 1972, a riveting expansion-on-expansion affair with Bill Torrey and Jiggs McDonald connections. [Isles]

Elsewhere

Here are last night’s NHL scores. This gamewinner was pretty neat, by the current Cup champion founded in 1967, a year of some relevance to the opponent for some reason:

  • Connor McDavid is fine after a season-ending injury last year but the Oilers are still in a recalibration. Writes one fan: “The Oilers are historically the worst team in the NHL for rushing prospects. The Wings are historically the worst team in the NHL for over ripening them. Both our former GM and our current GM also have very poor histories of using cap space to reward aging veterans.” [Copper n Blue]
  • When will the Oilers play Mikko Koskinen, James Neal scores again, and other thoughts from Oilers Nation.
  • Mika Zibanejad and the Maple Leafs’ power play look lethal, while Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are already carrying a huge minutes burden in Edmonton.” [TSN]
  • Big Penguins injuries: Both Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad are out long term. [PensBurgh | NHL]
  • That didn’t last long: The Rangers traded Vladislav Namestnikov to the Senators. [NHL | Blueshirt Banter]
  • Playing in front of hometown fans, Jordan Binnington is still chill. [NHL]
  • Why are seemingly useful/promising players not getting claimed on waivers this time of year? Here are the annual organ-I-zational reasons. [Athletic]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is set to play his first game after a three-game suspension for drugs of some sort. [NHL]
  • Apparently Brady Tkachuk and Drew Doughty still hate each other and this is a pro wrestling-like feud we should care about. [TSN | Sportsnet]
  • Jaccob Slavin is adapting just fine to fatherhood and assistant/alternate captainship. [NHL]
  • Stop me if you’ve already heard the one about the Flyers finally finding their long-sought answer to a franchise goalie. (But for real this time, it seems.) [NHL]
  • Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek now...sells...energy drinks. [NHL]