The NHL Daily Fix is your morning wakeup call, with news and notes for the day's hockey action.
• The Islanders won't be in the Nassau Coliseum much longer, but that doesn't mean they can't skip out on the rent. The team reportedly owes the county $3.8 million in unpaid fees going back to 2011, including rent. Eek. (Newsday)
• The latest crazy idea from Kevin-Paul Dupont to increase scoring in the NHL? Make a defending team in the zone keep a player in the neutral zone, so it's 5-on-5 (with the goalie). At some point, you're changing the game. Dupont's ideas crossed that line too long ago. (Boston Globe)
• PETA got really angry with the Buffalo Sabres for handing out a fur coat with the team logo to the player of the game. They sent a letter demanding the Sabres find a new trinket. Only problem is the coat they're using is faux fur. Stand down, PETA. (SI)
• Somewhat predictably, the Tampa Bay Lightning aren't happy with the new realignment plan because like the old plan, it leaves them really far from their division rivals sans the Panthers. I don't see how you get over this issue. (TampaBay.com)
• Here is Don Cherry sitting in his ivory tower on Saturday night on the CBC.
Chicago at Detroit (12:30 ET, NBC)
St. Louis at Dallas (3 ET, NHL Network)
Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders (3 ET)
Colorado at Columbus (3 ET)
Carolina at Florida (6 ET)
Montreal at Boston (7:30 ET, NBC Sports Net)
Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers (7:30 ET)
Vancouver at Calgary (8 ET)
Edmonton at Minnesota (8 ET)