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Islanders vs. Predators: Trotz returns to Nashville, Varly ready, Parise pending

The Isles resume their 13-game season-opening road saga.

New York Islanders v Chicago Blackhawks
Life on the road continues...
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After an insanely long break, which featured three off days (two scheduled, one apparently granted as a bonus for a double-shutout finish to the first leg of this 13-game trip), the Islanders are finally back in game action tonight early afternoon today in Nashville.

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NOTE: Depending on activity and, um, editor availability, we may toss up a separate game thread or may just consider this post the game thread. You’ll know when we know. Surely the beloved new commenting system will keep you in suspense.

Islanders News

  • Barry Trotz talked with media before the Isles headed to Nashville, addressing lineup availability and his many, many years there, and piling on praise for Roman Josi:
  • Here’s the official site preview for today’s 1:30 p.m. EDT start. [Isles]
  • Zach Parise did a full practice, but with his recent back stiffness he’s technically a gametime decision. (Aren’t we all...) [Isles]
  • Semyon Varlamov will be dressed today for the first time this season, and he’s “skinny” now and ready to resume being part of the NHL’s top tandem. [Athletic | Post]
  • The Isles are rested and ready to continued their points streak. [Newsday]
  • Ross Johnston’s contract is Identity Line insurance, maybe. [Newsday]
  • In Bridgeport, Arnaud Durandeau is using his speed and digging into the details of the game. [CT Post]
  • Maven’s Memories: How Chico Resch became a goalie. [Isles]
  • Your daily arena hype. We’re just about three weeks away:

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Hurricanes and Panthers remaining undefeated. Damn it. The Rangers and Capitals also won, damn it.

  • The Kings suddenly have two major injuries on defense and will be looking for help. (Thomas Hickey, anyone? #freeHickey) [TSN]
  • Upon reflection, Jordan Binnington agrees that swinging his goalie stick toward an opponent’s head is probably a bad idea. His coach calls it stupid. [Sportsnet]
  • The Leafs and Morgan Rielly have joined the eight-year-defenseman-extension party, as Taranna goes all in on him being part of the solution. [PPP | Sportsnet]
  • An assortment of topics, including: Now that he’s off to a healthy and productive start, is Vladimir Tarasenko still trade bait? (Yes, but the Blues don’t care.) [Sportsnet]
  • Blackhawks ownership is requesting that their former video coach/sex offender’s name be X’d off the 2010 Stanley Cup engraving, citing precedent when Peter Pocklington snuck his father’s name on to the Cup before the league X’d it out. [ESPN] The Hockey Hall of Fame is “moving forward” with that request. [NHL | Sportsnet]
  • Panthers GM Bill Zito discussed how they decided to let Joel Quenneville coach his final game with the Panthers. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL has decided not to hold Kevin Cheveldayoff accountable for the neglect of the Kyle Beach case, but perhaps he still owes Beach an apology. [Sportsnet]
  • The father of the late Steve Montador has filed a new wrongful death suit against the NHL. [TSN]