Blog: Zero Expectations

January 8, 2019

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations The New York Islanders have suffered. Some fans more than others, but have suffered together as a family. They’ve been bent, broken and yet both players and fans are still…

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Blog: Isles Have More Time To Evaluate

November 27, 2018

So we’ve reached the quarter mark of the NHL season and for many (including myself this early in the year), the New York Islanders are exceeding everyone’s expectations with a 12-9-2 record. Many have asked what should the Isles do at this point of the year? Do/Can they make a trade for more veteran experience to improve the team now? Is bringing up a prospect a good idea after 20+…

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Blog: If The Playoffs Ended Today Because Numbers Never Lie

October 30, 2018

You’ve heard of this phrase: “If the playoffs ended today…..” It’s annoying for a lot of people throughout the season when this begins. Another phrase the people don’t like is: “The numbers don’t lie….” I’m about to make it worse. I started this last year for fun and it’s why I’m doing it again, but for some teams after the 10 game mark, the playoffs have already ended. Over the…

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Blog: 2018-19 Western Conference Predictions By The Numbers

October 3, 2018

Can’t have one without the other. It’s the same format as the Eastern Conference and so now, here are my predictions (expectations) for the West. The Core Teams: These are the teams that should make the playoffs: Winnipeg, Nashville, St. Louis, Vegas, San José and Los Angeles. The Central will remain the strongest division in the league and thanks in part to a few injuries, one team falls out and…

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Blog: 2018-19 Eastern Conference Predictions By The Numbers

September 27, 2018

Every year I write up a different kind of preseason prediction because the upcoming season really is unpredictable. To be honest, this should really be more like an expectation piece than a prediction, but like all kinds of writings like these, take with a grain of salt. What I tend to do is I take info from the last three years of each player and after some simple math and…

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Barry Trotz – What to Expect from our New Coach – from a new writer for Isles Talk

*** Editor’s Note – This article was written by Sophie Flink.  She is a new found Islanders fan – and I will say she did a great job.  You will be seeing her on Isles Talk in the future. *** By Sophie Flink As the Islanders head into the new season with a new head staff and without their star player, all eyes are on Barry Trotz, the new head…

September 14, 2018
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Blog: New York Islanders Preseason Review

September 12, 2018

Welcome back to another season of New York Islanders hockey here at Isles Talk everyone. To say it was a summer to remember is a complete understatement, but I’m here to write about what’s in front of us and that’s the preseason, which begins on Sunday. Entering the preseason, many have the Islanders finishing out of the playoffs but not as bad as they were last year. To be more…

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