Isles Staring at Playoffs Door

I hear you knocking… but you can’t come in. That is a lyric from a Dave Edmonds song from 1970.  It has been the message to the folks playing in Uniondale for the past five years. In this author’s opinion, NOT THIS YEAR! Right now – the Isles are sitting in the 7th position, one point behind 6th, and one point ahead of 8th.  Four teams sit within four points…

April 15, 2013

Big Game for Isles and Big Man for Boston Probably Out

Normally, you do not like to see guys get injured the way that Brad Marchand did last night in Newark. Anton Volchenkov nailed him in the head with his elbow, and subsequently received a 5 and a game misconduct for the hit.  He (Volchenkov) will also have a phone call into the NHL office today for possible supplemental discipline for the hit. Brad Marchand is definitely the kind of player that if…

April 11, 2013

Hockey From the Blind Side, Isles Beat Flyers, Win Another Big Game!

Amazing …. that is one of a few words that come to mind. Not three weeks ago, it seemed that the New York Islanders were going to sputter out and fall short of the playoffs again. Yes, it really did look like we, the fans, were going to be in for yet another disappointing playoff picture without our Islanders. However, here we are with 8 games to go and a…

April 10, 2013

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

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

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

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 *** 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

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