Isles Talk 2014-15 Season Preview: Philadelphia Flyers

September 17, 2014

Over the next few weeks, Isles Talk will be previewing the NHL before we drop the puck on this 2014-15 season.  I have the assignment of covering the Philadelphia Flyers.  Here is my preview.  Please comment on this, and let me know what you think…. Philadelphia Flyers 2013-14 Record – 42-30-10 (94pts) – 3rd in Metro Division, 6th in Eastern Conference Playoffs – Lost to Rangers in first round of…


Pre Game Notes: Islanders @ Blackhawks (Game 4)

Capuano on Tonight’s Game:  Poulin to start it net. Clutterbuck to make Isles debut. Moulson is a game time decision.   Cal is ready, Are you? Tylers Take: Smart move by Capuano to start Poulin on the front end of the back to back this weekend. Tomorrow is the more favorable game to pick up 2 points so why not start the stronger goaltender in that game and give your…

October 11, 2013

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

2013-2014 Isles Season Preview Continues: Defense

All great ice hockey teams are built from back to front, from goaltender on outward.  Stan Bowman would agree, as would Ken Holland, Lou Lamoriello, Peter Chiarelli, and many other successful GM’s and coaches. Bill Torrey and Al Arbour sure as hell knew as much and built a team with an outstanding defensive corps that would win 4 straight Stanley Cups and a record 19 consecutive NHL playoff series. So…

August 31, 2013

Hockey from the Blind Side, And Then There Were Two

Boston and Chicago …. it is an interesting match up for sure. More so because the east and west didn’t meet at all this season. It is, for all intents and purposes, new territory for both teams. So far, it has been as entertaining as one might expect. I have enjoyed the games and the coverage NBC is providing. I expect this thing to go the distance, and I would…

June 19, 2013

Mark Streit Traded To Philly

The New York Islanders have stated that former Islanders captain Mark Striet was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 4th round pick in the 2014 draft and forward Shane Harper. Just when I finish with a write up on building a team through the draft, the Islanders do this. Great move on Snow’s part getting something from a player who was not going to resign with the Islanders. I…

June 12, 2013

Isles May Look To Improve From Within

As Arthur Staple has pointed out on Newsday that the Islanders are pretty set in their decisions with the three big unrestricted free agents: Brad Boys, Evgeni  Nabokov and now former Islanders captain, Mark Streit as it has been stated that Boyes and Striet will not resign and that there’s a good chance Nabokov will resign before July 5th. So, with that knowledge, especially coming from Staple, we can do…

June 5, 2013

Hockey from the Blind Side, Respect and Islander Pride

Let me first congratulate the Penguin fans, our friends at PenguinPoop, and the Penguin organization. It was a great, entertaining series. It wasn’t, of course, how I would have wanted it to turn out, but as a hockey fan, I understand that good teams find ways to win, and as Al Arbour once said, you have to lose to learn how to win. Overall, though, I cannot describe how proud…

May 12, 2013

Hockey from the Blind Side, Playoff Observations

I don’t think I’ve had the opportunity to write about the Islanders in regard to discussing the playoffs. It’s been twenty years since they have won a playoff round and it’s been over five years since they made the playoffs at all. So here we are. It isn’t exactly the best scenario I would have desired as a fan. Playing the Pittsburgh Penguins right off the bat will not be…

April 29, 2013