Hockey from the Blind Side, The Sting hasn’t Quite Left Me

Yes, the sting of having witnessed the New York Islanders eliminated from the 2016 playoffs a week ago still has not completely subsided in me as of yet. I don’t know exactly why, but I think this time was even sharper a hit to me than the game 7 lackluster effort that ended the Isles playoff run in the first round last season. I have been asked by a few…

May 15, 2016

Hockey from the Blind Side, “You’re Never Out of a Fight”

If there is a simple reason why the New York Islanders are facing elimination Sunday afternoon when they travel to Tampa for the 5th game of this series, they need only look collectively in the mirror to find that reason. This series has become one of lost opportunities and one team cashing in on theirs like a playoff ready, battle tested team does in such situations. I really don’t like…

May 7, 2016

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

Hockey from the Blind Side, on the Edge of Concern

How many Islander fans had to be shaken back to consciousness after the completely lackluster effort against the Philadelphia Flyers in their 4-0 loss yesterday? For the halfway point in the season, I don’t want to go as far as using the word, “disgrace” to describe yesterday’s 60 minutes of hockey demonstrated by the New York Islanders, but my personal feelings are that it was pretty darn close. How does…

January 10, 2016

Hockey from the Blind Side, Another 2 Points in the Standings, but the Isles Need to Play Better

It took overtime, but the New York Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3 to 2 on a Kyle Okposo goal. It was his 2nd goal of the game and 3rd point, as he also assisted on Frans Nielsen’s power play goal in the 2nd period. The 2 points collected by New York puts them at 39 points in the standings, which is good for 4th place in the Eastern…

December 13, 2015

Hockey from the Blind Side, Winning 2 Out of 3 Out West and Turning the Ship Around

The New York Islanders come back home after winning 2 out of 3 on the road. A lot of fans had their concerns about this road trip, and I won’t deny I was one of them. However, with a 4-2 win in San Jose and a 4-1 victory over the Ducks sandwiched around a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles, they have been playing much better. Realistically, they surely played well…

November 15, 2015

Hockey From the Blind Side, Isles Win Back to Back and Continue to Roll

December 21, 2014

The New York Islanders continue to roll! It was another impressive comeback win. After outshooting the Lightning badly and then falling behind 1-0, John Tavares ties the game with just under 3 minutes left. Then, 12 seconds later, Anders Lee got the game winner. It was the 4th win in a row for the Isles and wins on back to back nights. Friday night, they beat the Redwings 2-1 to…


Hockey from the Blind Side, A November to Remember … Isles Keep on Rolling

So here we are at the end of November and the New York Islanders have not taken their nose dive in the standings as we had seen for too many seasons of late. In fact, they tied a franchise record with 11 wins and simply Dominated during this month on the calendar. I have been able to catch a lot of the most recent games, and as I have said…

November 30, 2014

Hockey from the Blind Side, Some Thoughts from the West Coast

As some are aware, I am currently out in California on business. I have been fortunate enough to have gotten contracted to do some work directly with Apple and have spent the last few weeks out here in Sunnyval earning my pay. This situation has effected my ability to write, and I am going to have stretches in the future in which my contributions will be infrequent. It can’t be…

August 23, 2014

Hockey from the Blind Side, Random Observations and Other Ramblings

Yeah, it’s been a bit since my last post. I find myself apologizing to my colleagues and our readers quite a bit of late, but it has honestly been tough to write with my schedule. This week, I’m away for most of it, so I will not be writing until my return later in the week, at the very least. It’s nice to be really busy and to be making…

May 25, 2014