Hockey From the Blind Side, Keeping Pace and Earning Points

From the long time fan’s perspective, it is a very nice and exciting feeling to know that the New York Islanders are, at the beginning of April, IN the playoff race. Shortened season aside, with 10 games left to play on the schedule, the Isles are knocking at the door and keeping pace with the 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Of course, the question remains IF the boys can…

April 6, 2013
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Beginning of the End for Captain Mark?

Just saw this on the TSN wire.  Looks like our Captain will not be getting a new contract from the Islanders. New York Islanders defenceman Mark Streit is unlikely to agree to extension with the club. The Islanders may decide to keep him for playoff race, but unless there’s change, Streit will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. With the Streit negotiation stalled, teams are likely to make a…

April 2, 2013
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Big Win in DC

I have often made the point after bad home losses that the New York Islanders squandered valuable points. In this case, they came away from Washington stealing 2 big points, and keeping their playoff hopes alive. The Isles came out of the opening period with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey, and, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. The Caps had been playing…

March 27, 2013
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Tough to Watch, but Two Points

My colleague and I in the press box were making a great deal of comparisons for this game, but many of them would be unprintable. *** For a Florida take of this game – check out www.pantherparkway.com *** I’ll take the two points however. A-Mac blasts a power play goal early in the first, and that holds up until the 59 minute mark. Many fans were waiting for the third…

March 25, 2013
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Approaching Boiling Point

I am usually an optimistic person, or at least I try to find some good in things. Right now – there is NOTHING! This team right now is disgusting me to no end.  10 Third Period Goals in the last three games.  They had a chance, ONCE AGAIN, to make their mark.  A chance to give them some realistic shot to make a name for themselves.   You would think that…

March 22, 2013
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4 Big Games This Week

A critical week in Islander Country is upon us. Four home games in six days; three in four, against three clubs that are currently in playoff position.  This will test the mettle of this young club, and will let the rest of the league know that they mean business. Tonight – is the first of two straight against Canadian clubs, when Ottawa comes a calling.  This team, decimated by the…

March 19, 2013
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Great Expectations: Islanders Find Themselves in Familiar Situation

It has happened a couple times so far this season. The Islanders won some games that some folks expected them not to. They strung some wins together and found themselves in position to take the proverbial ‘next step’ forward. Up until now, all those instances have resulted in maddeningly familiar results, usually with message boards, fan sites, your text message inbox, and Twitter ablaze with rage, fury, and frustration.

February 23, 2013
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Idle Thoughts

Sunday morning (very early), I was a happy camper.  The Isles came off their best effort of the season against the Devils.  Despite the fact that they played the night before, the Devils were the top team in the Eastern Conference.  They were strong in all aspects of their game, and in many instances, were not the 1-3-1 trapping team that most opponents know and hate. The effort that the…

February 19, 2013
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