Year in Review. Thoughts from behind the Stove

Well it really didn’t go as planned.  I expected to write at least one entry a week.  I mean its only writing. Well life got in the way and that didn’t happen.  I also expected to have a much more positive spin on things in Isles land. Well, that didn’t happen either.  Nor did a playoff appearance happen for the Isles.  So this will be my year end grades for…

May 24, 2014
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Class of 2014: Isles Season Review

After the NHL regular season ended and I had made my first round playoff predictions, I’ve been wanting to do my season review of the New York Islanders, but I needed this past weekend to reflect. I do pride myself when it comes to preseason predictions and when something goes horribly wrong, like it did with the Isles, I want to know what went wrong. So I went back to the beginning…

April 22, 2014
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New York Islanders Week Ahead:

This week the New York Islanders will play 4 games all on the road thanks to the arrival of Disney on Ice to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this week. The Islanders will play Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. With the game on Sunday being at 6pm instead of the usual 7. Tuesday, November 5th: New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals 7pm Thursday, November 7th: New York Islanders @ Carolina…

November 5, 2013
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Thoughts and Observations for the Coming Season – the Goaltending Factor

Yes, I am a few days behind. I meant to have all four parts of my series on factors that will/might effect the level of the Islanders success this season, but it didn’t work out that way. So, continuing on with the final part, I will discuss the impact goaltending might have on the current season and its overall importance. I will go as far as to say that this…

October 7, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Metro Division Preview: Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES OUT: D JOE CORVO; C JUSSI JOKINEN IN: D ANDREI SEKERA; C NATHAN GERBE; G ANTON KHUDOBIN LAST YEARS RECORD: 19-25-4 42 POINTS; 13TH IN CONFERENCE For me and probably others, the Hurricanes are probably the most difficult team to figure out at every start of the season. They seemed to look good on paper or have a legit chance for the playoffs then poof! they’re gone before you know…

September 21, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Metro Division Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

  COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS   OUT: NONE!!   IN: W NATHAN HORTON; C  JACK SKILLE   LAST YEARS RECORD: 24-17-7 55 POINTS 9TH IN WEST If there is one team that scares me in this new division, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets. Why? No one is really treating them as a threat and they should be. This team did very well despite missing the playoffs and they did not lose…

September 21, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-2014 Metro Division Preview – Washington Capitals

Last season: 27-18-3, first in Southeast Division, lost in seven games to Rangers in Eastern Conference quarterfinal round Notable off-season additions: F Mikhail Grabovski (free agency via Toronto) Notable off-season subtractions: F Mike Ribeiro (free agency to Phoenix), F Matt Hendricks (free agency to Nashville) This past season was a tale of two halves.  New Coach Adam Oates struggled out of the gate.  At one point they were 2-8-1 and…

September 13, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Preseason Review: Metro Division- Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS   2013-14 ROSTER CHANGES OUT: C Daniel Briere; L Simon Gagne; R Mike Knuble; G Ilya Bryzgalov IN: D Mark Streit; G Ray Emery; C Vincent Lacavalier LAST YEARS RECORD: 23-22-3 49 points 10th in the Conference; 4th in Atlantic Division   Being in Pennsylvania gives me a slight advantage over my colleagues of getting more press about both the Penguins and Flyers. However, to their advantage, they…

September 12, 2013
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