Pre-Game Notes, Regular Season Game 5: Oilers @ Islanders

3:30 PM — OK, so here’s what to expect from what I got this morning.  I spoke to Josh Bailey and Thomas Hickey on the Islanders side.  For the Oilers, it was chats with Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, David Perron and Mark Arcobello.

You’ll see the Bailey, Hickey, Eberle and RNH stuff in a story in Saturday’s Trentonian.  The Perron piece, much like one you’ll see on Loui Eriksson soon, will be a player feature in the paper down the road.  And you can read the Arcobello story now on ECHL.com

2:50 PM — I’ve been impossibly busy. But, in case you missed my tweets, it’s Evgeni Nabokov in goal for the Islanders and Devan Dubnyk between the pipes for the Oilers.

Nassau Coliseum, still standing after all these years.  (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

Nassau Coliseum, still standing after all these years. (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

10:00 AM — Nassau Coliseum.  Ah, how I missed thee.  Any potential sarcasm aside, it’s been two years since I’ve been here, and it is genuinely nice to get back.  I haven’t seen the Oilers since the 2008-09 season, so basically I haven’t seen the Oilers.  Think about the massive overhaul that organization has undergone since then, and the massive influx of talent they’ve been infused with thanks to top picks in the Draft.

Not entirely sure what I’ll be getting out of their end of the morning skate, but I’ll be sure to update you either way.

As for the Islanders, well…I’ve got a few ideas for what I want to get out of their portion of the skate, and a lot of that will likely go towards a feature I have in mind.  So, you might not see much of that here just yet.  Regardless, I’ll try to have as many game-related updates as I can from both sides of things once everything gets going at 10:30.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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