Blog: Isles Must Throw Out The Under Dog Role

November 21, 2017

With the NHL moving forward beyond the quarter mark and the New York Islanders playing tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers, it’s time to take a deeper look into the Isles and see where things could be headed for over the next quarter mark. In the preseason, I went for the Isles finishing anywhere between 100-105 points and making the playoffs. I also stated that the second half of last season,…

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Blog: Isles Late Bloomers Begin To Shine

December 2, 2016

What a difference a week makes, especially when the New York Islanders win three in a row. The Islanders had to beat the Calgary Flames if they wanted to even dream about making the playoffs. It was a dream come true for them when they beat both the Penguins and Capitals Wednesday and yesterday, respectably. Hoping that the Islanders do not lose another three straight, you can make a string…

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Thoughts Before The Sharks Game

October 18, 2016

Heading into tonight’s game against the San José Sharks, I just wanted to bring up a few thoughts as the season gets longer and we start to see the team materialize so fans have an idea of what to expect in the upcoming games. Josh Bailey looks different this year and that’s a good thing. Bailey played in over 23 minutes against Anaheim and was not a detriment on the…

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Anders Lee: Fantasy Dark Horse

September 17, 2016

From NHL.com: Lee took a big step back from a goal-scoring standpoint in his second full NHL season; he had 15 on 183 SOG after having 25 on 197 SOG playing mostly with John Tavares as a rookie. Veteran Andrew Ladd has the inside track on the top-line LW spot after signing a seven-year contract with the Islanders, but Lee remains a threat to regain his old spot or build…

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Blog: What To Do With Mikhail Grabovski

July 5, 2016

As the New York Islanders offseason continues, fans have seen changes on the roster with the possibility of more moves to come. With the Islanders projected cap hit of $67,428,976 and the NHL cap ceiling at 73 million, the Islanders are left with roughly 5.5 million dollars. There are still a few restricted free agents that need to be resigned and that will decrease the cap space even more. Can…

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The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

May 4, 2016

I did not notice it when it happened. Being in my office was one reason, and was not seriously looking at the monitor as much as I could.  Also the play happened so fast and was literally out of ‘camera shot’. However, the hit on Thomas Hickey by Brian Boyle was a brutal hit to the head, keeping a defenseman out of the play, as the puck was shot in…

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The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

April 29, 2016

Throughout my three decades of following this team, fans have always seem to find guys to hate, no matter what their performance was: Mikko Makela Jeff Norton Alan Kerr Derek King Sean Bates (minus penalty shot goal) Oleg Kvasha Andrew MacDonald Brian Strait The list can go on and on. The one for the last couple of seasons that really comes to the top of the list, is on Josh…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Nothing is Set in Stone

At the moment with the All Star Break upon us, the New York Islanders are still in the playoff picture, though a look at the standings indicates that their position is a bit precarious. In fact, I think that pretty much 2nd to 8th may be a revolving door situation as it seems only the Washington Capitals have a comfortable spot atop the East. Let me first say that I…

January 31, 2016
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Isles Continue To Slide, Recall Pelech

November 9, 2015

Just a few quick thoughts about the game: I didn’t think the Islanders played bad, but it felt like I going back to 1995 when the neutral zone trap was in style. This game had some real boring moments and it was happening quite often. The goaltending was solid, but Halak really wasn’t tested all that often. When your team is top five on the powerplay and your opponent is…

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