Blog: Road To The Playoffs, Isles Need To Run Four Lines

January 24, 2020

The Bruins, Blues, Tampa Bay and yes, you can throw in the Capitals for good measure as well. They’re the best of the best. Other than the fact that these teams are built to win now, what separates them from the New York Islanders and everyone else? What is it that the Islanders don’t have that will keep them as a really good regular season team and not a perennial…

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Blog: Road To The Playoffs, A Look Back At 2019

January 23, 2020

As the New York Islanders are in the beginning days of their long break, many fans are looking for general manager, Lou Lamoriello, to make a move to improve the club because of the recent lackluster play and the belief that the Isles have hit their height and their is a fear that the Isles may not do well in the playoffs or worst yet, not make the playoffs at…

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Isles Talk Blog: Eastern Conference Predictions

October 2, 2019

Welcome back for another season with Isles Talk everyone! As customary I always begin the year with a different look than other traditional predictions. I will include what I think the teams potential could be, but I also try to give an idea as to where the teams are as organizations on a whole, especially with their depth. I haven’t used advanced stats for predictions over the past 13 years…

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Blog: Isles With A Chance To Separate From The Pack

December 13, 2017

So the new York Islanders have reached the thirty game mark and once again I’ll be looking at the standings from a percentage standpoint or pro-rated view to give you an idea about what will pan out for the Islanders for the duration of the season. So The standings for the Eastern Conference as of December 13th, 2017 look like this: 1. Tampa Bay Pace:126 2. Toronto 105 3. New…

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Blog: The NHL Rankings At the Quarter Mark

November 20, 2017

Welcome to the first quarter mark of the NHL where I will not only go over the NHL’s top 10 teams, but the current lottery teams as well as a brief look at where the New York Islanders current are. If you’re a first time reader, welcome! If not, then you already know that I’m a writer who looks at the percentages or point pace of each teams instead of…

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Isles Talk 2017-18 Eastern Conference Predeictions

September 27, 2017

So we’re just about two weeks away from the start of the regular season and it’s time for my predictions segment. Now unlike many, I love doing predictions. It gives me a chance to really look into researching other teams (It’s also part of my regular job) and I pride/curse at myself on how that research comes to fruition/destruction. As always I will break down each conference into four categories:…

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Isles Talk Eastern Conference Predictions 2016-17

October 12, 2016

It’s that time again where I try to take some pride in making my Eastern Conference predictions and finding out in 6 months whether I know what I’m writing about. Again, it is my opinion and not of the entire staff here at Isles Talk. I have my usual criteria where I place each team into four different categories: 6 Core teams, 4 bubble teams, 3 sophomore teams and 3…

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Blog: 10 Thoughts Before The Puck Drops

September 10, 2016

On behalf of myself, Gary, and John we’d like to welcome you back to another season of NHL hockey, and of course the New York Islanders. We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and hope that you are looking forward to another exciting season as much as we are. I know the regular season does not start for another month and training camp is even closer, but I wanted…

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Stamkos, Hall, Lucic Off Radar; Plan D/E/F

June 30, 2016

The Captain’s back.#Stammertime for eight more years: https://t.co/SK1LDFfUgD pic.twitter.com/OZ3CsnlDBM — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 30, 2016 My Take: At least the Stamkos signing comes a day before free agency begins and not for a week into it. I never thought Stamkos was coming to Long Island anyways due to the money situation with the Islanders, but this makes Tampa Bay as close to an Eastern Conference Dynasty as it…

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The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

May 4, 2016

I did not notice it when it happened. Being in my office was one reason, and was not seriously looking at the monitor as much as I could.  Also the play happened so fast and was literally out of ‘camera shot’. However, the hit on Thomas Hickey by Brian Boyle was a brutal hit to the head, keeping a defenseman out of the play, as the puck was shot in…

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