Blog: “You Can’t Beat Us!”

View image | During the last week and a half, the New York Islanders basically took control of the Metropolitan Division by beating the Devils, Blue Jackets, Rangers and Penguins by a combined score of 17-7. Indeed, the Islanders came alive in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins and went on a scoring spree to beat the Pens 6-3. What gave me chills watching this game on TV…

January 18, 2015

Isles Have Turned Another Corner

November 23, 2014

#459427642 / The New York Islanders embraced their past and gave hope of their future all in one night. Last night’s game saw the Isles honoring the greatest “Money goalie” of all time and Hall of Famer, Billy Smith before beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum had a playoff-like atmosphere that is now getting contagious as the place gets fuller by the…


Pens Isles – 11/22/2014

November 22, 2014

Went to pregame skate this morning. Was an optional skate, due to the late arrival of both teams. Matt Donoval, Brian Strait, Chad Johnson and Cory Conacher were the only Isles out on the ice.  The rest of the team were treated to some time with Billy Smith.  He apparently talked about some of the superstitions he had playing the game, as well as the meaning of playing at the…


Round 2: Isles Vs Pens

November 21, 2014

#464854801 / The last time the New York Islanders squared off against the Pittsburgh Penguins, They had started the season 4-0 and were on top of the Metropolitan Division, but it were the Pens who showed them who was still the team to beat. Since that 3-1 loss on October 8th, the Isles have gone 8-5 and are now in second place behind Pittsburgh. This even went on during…


Lessons Learned From Pittsburgh

October 20, 2014

#143185301 / In reviewing that intense game in Pittsburgh that saw the Penguins defeat the New York Islanders on Saturday night, there were a few lessons that took place that I think should be taken as a learning experience. If the Islanders can adjust and take that humbling experience with them and apply it to the rest of their games, they’ll be better prepared to play Pittsburgh and any…


Islanders Look To Clip The Pens

October 18, 2014

The New York Islanders (4-0-0; 8 points) take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0; 4 points) tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Forget about the idea that these two teams will be fighting for a first place spot, this is a battle between the two worst penalty killing teams in the League. The Islanders are currently ranked 29th with 61.9% while Pittsburgh is 30th with a 60% “effective” rating….


Isles Talk Eastern Conference Preview

October 8, 2014

#488019167 / 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: Pittsburgh Penguins

October 6, 2014

#457220397 / Isles Talk continues it’s 2014-15 season preview with the reigning Metropolitan Division Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last year was a good regular season year for the Pens as Sydney Crosby played healthy and brought back a ton of hardware at the NHL awards ceremony. Unfortunately they let the New York Rangers make history as they came back from a 3-1 deficit and beat the Pens in game…


Do The Islanders Have Their Number 2?

August 28, 2014

For most of the summer I enjoy reading the playoff predictions by other major hockey websites, such as (for example) the NHL, TSN or the Sporting News for the entertainment value and because it does give me an idea of how I will “predict” come late September. I’ve also gone on and read many fans blogs and their playoff predictions and for the most part, except for the major hockey websites, many of…