2015 Eastern Conference Predictions

April 15, 2015

It’s that time of year once again where everyone gets to prepare and write up their playoff predictions. Last year I went perfect in the Eastern Conference and bombed in the West (Thanks San Jose!). Yes, that meant I did have the Rangers going to the Cup, but not this year. I already have my picks set in, but I’m just doing the first round of each Conference. Each winner…


Blog: Eastern Conference Stronger Than Ever

February 3, 2015

I’ve been going on twitter or Facebook or some other Islanders chat room and there’s always the select few who believe that if the Islanders lose tonight against the Florida Panthers that the sky is falling. Granted a three game losing streak is not good and yes, the NHL trade deadline is coming, but how far are the Islanders? Should changes be made? How are the rest of the teams…


22 Skidoo – Escape Detroit with the W

December 19, 2014

As Travis Hamonic said to Shannon Hogan after the game, he (Anders Lee) likes to score those “GREASY” goals. That second goal, confirmed by video review, gave the Islanders the 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.  The victory, the 22nd of the season for the Islanders (Tied with Anaheim and Chicago for the most in the NHL), pushed them to within two points of idle Pittsburgh in the Metro…


Isles & Wings Pregame 12.19.14

December 19, 2014

View image | gettyimages.com The New York Islanders (21-10-0) will take on the Detroit Red Wings (17-7-8) this evening at the Joe Louis Arena. Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic return to the line-up after seeing some time on the Injured Reserve. The forward lines remain the same, so that means Josh Bailey will be on the first line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Jaroslav Halak will be…


Isles Talk Eastern Conference Preview

October 8, 2014

#488019167 / gettyimages.com The final preseason write up is here as Isles Talk concludes with the Eastern Conference preview. As I did last year, I do things a little different. I will categorize teams into certain groups and make a quick analysis on each team. I have to admit, this one was tough to predict because it is wide open this year. Having said that, here are the teams in…


Isles Talk 2014-15 Season Preview: Detroit Red Wings

October 5, 2014

#486874969 / gettyimages.com Isles Talk continues its 2014-15 season preview with a team that lost so many man games to injury and they still made the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year, the Detroit Red Wings. There was no doubt that last year was a learning process for the Wings. That’s because many of the learning came from the young players who stepped up from the minors, having won the…


Islanders Need To Make The Right Choice

October 3, 2014

#484279683 / gettyimages.com As this final pre-season game comes to a conclusion tonight in Bridgeport, the New York Islanders will be making tough player decisions that will undoubtedly make a few fans scratch their heads and probably lash out in utter frustration. Anything short of not trading Josh Bailey for a any kind of defenceman will be unacceptable. Well, you’re gonna burn me at the stake for this article. What…


Isles Talk Draft Preview: William Nylander

June 22, 2014

Add another son to this draft preview. Michael Nylander, former NHL player, most notably on the Washington Capitals now has his son, William entering the NHL draft. If you take a look at William’s numbers, don’t be deceived because he was a 17 year old playing against men. Like his father, he has the potential to play for a long time in the NHL, but like some of the others…


Boyle To Give Isles Answer

June 10, 2014

From Art Staple of Newsday via Twitter George Bazos, Dan Boyle’s agent, says Boyle will let #Isles know by end of this week whether he’s interested in starting contract talks. My take: That would give Islanders General Manager Garth Snow 2 weeks to either get a contract done or trade his rights, say to Detroit or Tampa Bay (hint, hint) who are looking for the same kind of qualities from…


Merry Christmas Everyone! – Thanks Nabby – The Game and Other Things to be Happy About for Christmas

Merry Christmas Islander fans! Well at least the finally played that 60 minute game that we all have been looking for. It was a complete solid game all around.  Those who believe that Evgeni Nabokov is not a calming and solid influence for this young defensive corps, is HIGHLY mistaken.  He did not have to play a stellar game, against a rapidly depleted Red Wing lineup, but did what he…

December 24, 2013