The Day After the INJURY

February 20, 2014

The news is slamming on this team like a huge GONG! It looks like the season is over for the Captain. From an article written by Newsday’s Arthur Staple: John Tavares will miss the remainder of the NHL season, according to a league source, after suffering a knee injury while playing for Canada in the Olympics. The source said Tavares may need surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament…


Isles Lose To Rangers 4-1 – Streak Now at Five

January 31, 2014

  Through two periods tonight, the Islanders looked like they were obtaining the upper hand on the Rangers.  They were outshooting and outchancing the home team, and you thought the momentum of the game was starting to switch to the team wearing blue tonight. However, Mats Zuccarello was apparently hooking the stick of Cal Clutterbuck which should have been called, and soon after he started the play that gave Derek Brassard…


The Last Islander Ranger Game

January 31, 2014

Three games in 11 days with the crosstown folk end tonight with a tilt in the Garden. After the pomp and circumstance on Wednesday, what do we expect tonight? At least for the fan of EITHER team, at least they won’t be cold. The Isles need to be in extreme DESPERATE mode, as points will become a priority.  7 points from a playoff spot, with the number of games remaining…


Prepping for Yankee Stadium

January 28, 2014

  Not a lot of momentum as we get to the outdoor game in about 31 hours or so. Losing to Boston was a tough one to swallow.  Despite the 16-2 shot disadvantage early, the Isles played strong up to the end of the second period.  At the point, Thomas Hickey, who was playing quite well for the team of late, makes a gaffe and loses his edge, which causes…


30,000 Above The Earth, A Pair of Isles Fans are Happy

January 13, 2014

Somewhere over Arkansas – 13 Jan 2013 – First of all, if you are flying, I highly recommend getting an Internet package so you never get ‘lost without your Wifi’.  I don’t know what I would ever do without it. As usual, these ‘comeback kids’ seem to be playing like the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.  They give up a lead to start the game, and for some strange reason,…


Grabby Nets Isles a Six Pack

January 11, 2014

My second idea for a picture was a shot of Mel Gibson in the movie “Road Warrior”.  Michael Grabner finished up a breakaway with a strong follow up to give the Islanders a 2-1 victory in Colorado last night.  With that win – the Isles improve to 17-22-7.  Three points outside of the rest of the Metro Division. Brock Nelson would get up after making a pass from his butt,…


Isles 5 Keys to Season: REVISITED

January 9, 2014

Prior to the start of the 2013-2014 season, I focused on 5 key areas where the New York Islanders would need to be successful in order to make a consecutive trip to the playoffs.  Goaltending, secondary scoring, youth development, & schedule were the main areas of concern.  Let’s revisit and see how the Isles performed through the first half of the season. 1 – .915 – The save percentage that…


Hockey from the Blind Side, What a Night!

January 7, 2014

For me, personally, last night was one I will never forget and not simply because of the fact that the New York Islanders scored 7 goals and defeated the Dallas Stars 7-3. That was enjoyable enough, but it was also my first game covering the game in the press box with Gary for WGBB radio. First, I want to take the opportunity to thank Jesse Eisenberg and the New York…


Ness Returned To Bridgeport

From Multiple media outlets: The New York Islanders have assigned defender Aaron Ness to Bridgeport. Ness scored three points in 20 games and played in two out of the last six games. With Ness sent down, that leaves Matt Carkner the regular defenseman. My Take: This was coming and most saw it happening. Many (including Gary) would love to see Matt Donovan return and this could be a precursor to…

January 1, 2014

Hockey from the Blind Side, Evaluating the Isles Through Half the Season, Part II

Now that I have given my overall thoughts on the team and its components, it’s time to focus on each of the guys on the roster. Obviously, it is the guys who play the game who effect the current state of things. So, here is yet another task I have found quite difficult. I will say up front that some might say that the sum of the parts don’t correlate…

December 26, 2013