THE MORNING SKATE FOR NOV 26 Islanders at Devils, 1PM

Your morning news round up and pre-game report before the Islanders and Devils face off at the Prudential Center.

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH NINO?
I’ll elaborate more on this topic on Sunday if Nino Niederreiter is scratched for a fourth consecutive game today, but here’s a brief synopsis. Katie Strang had a nice write up on the situation last night including the exclusive quotes from Garth Snow that were unfortunately similar to the murky quotes he usually provides. He responded to questions about Nino being returned to juniors or having a potential injury with denial, so we’re not left with much clarity.

Snow addressed the situation as a typical “healthy scratch.” But when it’s a 19-year old top prospect who missed the first month of the season with a groin tweak the situation isn’t typical. Either Nino is hurting or something is in the works (for my personal choose-your-own-conspiracy-theory story I choose the former). There’s no message to be sent to a 19-year old, although a step back to reflect on a few games isn’t a terrible idea. That being said, if Nino does not play today there will be serious reason to assume something is up. The Islanders will have played four games this week including a back-to-back. One would think that there’s no reason Niederreiter can’t be rotated in to give someone else a breather. Unless he can’t go.

NHL FINES JOHN TAVARES A JOHN TAVARES JERSEY SHIRT (IN NORMAL PERSON MONEY)
The NHL fined John Tavares $2,500 for a two-handed slash on Zach Parise during yesterday’s second period. Tavares wasn’t assessed a penalty on the play, so the fine is probably the equivalent of such. It was the maximum allowable fine under the current CBA.

$2,500 is .00066% of Tavares’ $3,750,000 salary this year. To put that in non-athlete uber money terms, the equivalent fine for someone making $40,000 a year is $26.66. That’s just enough money to buy a Tavares jersey-shirt on NHL.com — excluding shipping.


IT’S LIKE COKE SUING COKE ZERO
The Sound Tigers debuted their third jerseys last night. Wait a minute… They look familiar… Call the lawyers! There’s a lawsuit for jersey infringement to be had here.

Photo credit – Official Sound Tigers

OTHER SOUND TIGER NOTES
Calvin De Haan returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder on November 12th. He scored a goal and was +1 in the Sound Tigers 6-2 stomping of the CT Whale.

Fornabaio on DiBo’s status:

The coach said again that DiBenedetto will come along to Manchester and get a good test in the morning, and if all breaks right, he could play Sunday.