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Islanders Gameday News: People are starting to notice what’s going on around here

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The Islanders are turning heads in a way I’ve never seen before.

New York Islanders v San Jose Sharks
Back at the Shark Tank.
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The Islanders are out west until Thanksgiving, making their California swing as they start in San Jose and move south.

They’ll take on the Sharks tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, so take a nap or make some coffee or something because this team is appointment-viewing, even that late.

FIGs go here. You should have plenty of time to get them in!

Islanders News

  • Let’s preview the damn thing, shall we?
  • This west coast trip is set up rather favorably for the Islanders, since they had a day to adjust to the time change and they aren’t playing any back-to-backs after long travels. They also don’t have to fly an extra time, since they’ll play the Ducks and Kings in consecutive games. [Newsday]
  • It’s still early in the season, but you’re permitted to enjoy this streak. [Newsday]

And they’re getting a lot of recognition around the league.

They’re even getting some attention on ESPN, courtesy of new fan Damien Woody.

  • Thomas Greiss is on the radar of the Trophy Tracker as a leading candidate for the Vezina at the quarter pole. [NHL]
  • The city of Pittsburgh looks on fondly as Derick Brassard, who struggled with the Penguins, is producing for their rival. [TribLIVE]
  • Hockey players play through injuries all the time, but should they? [Newsday]
  • The Sound Tigers began a three-in-three last night in Providence as the Bruins whooped them 5-0. They’re home for the next two nights. [Soundin’ Off pregame | CT Post-game | Sound Tigers recap]
  • Andrew Ladd is hanging out down in Bridgeport. [CT Insider]
  • And Simon Holmstrom is adapting live there, as well. [Islanders]
  • LISTEN: On the latest No Sleep ‘Til Belmont, Arthur Staple and Mark Parrish discuss what Garth Snow was like as a teammate, as a GM, and as a person. [The Athletic]
  • WATCH: The players’ wives and girlfriends visited a soup kitchen to help out as the holidays roll around. [Islanders]

Elsewhere

Last night saw only two NHL games: the Penguins and the Senators beat the Devils and Rangers, respectively, each by a score of 4-1.

  • Brendan Shanahan has managed to stay out of the public eye as President of the Maple Leafs, but he had to show his face this week with the coaching change. [Sportsnet]
  • The Stars could get back both John Klingberg and Roope Hintz tonight against the Blackhawks. [NHL]
  • And Mikko Rantanen got back on the ice to practice with the Avalanche for the first time in a month or so. [NHL]
  • Old friend Frans Nielsen is declining sharply this season and the Red Wings are in a pickle. [Wings Nation]
  • Jordan Binnington channeled Curtis Joseph on Throwback Night for the Blues and earned a shutout. [NHL]
  • The Predators are struggling and a lot of people are looking at Matt Duchene, but he can’t save them from the declining play of some of its stars. [On the Forecheck]
  • Nicklas Backstrom shared the touching story of his mother overcoming cancer. [NHL]