Blog: Leddy, Isles Could Take That Next Step

May 2, 2016

So far in this second round playoff series between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning it’s been a battle of 2009 draft picks. John Tavares, the first overall pick in 2009 scored two points in the Islanders game one victory. Victor Hedman, the number two overall pick in 2009, also scored two points in the second game to lead the Lightning to a 4-1 victory. Both teams…

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Key to Game 1 – Stop the Triplets

April 27, 2016

Tonight is the start of the second round (doesn’t that have a great ring to it?) The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a great deal of time to relax and wait for the winner of the Isles/Panthers series.  They had a good 5 game victory against the Wings, with their top forward and top defensemen on the shelf. And with Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman still out of the lineup,…

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For the Isles – What to do About Tampa?

April 25, 2016

It is so nice to get to talk about ROUND 2. When I last could talk about it – I wasn’t even 30 years old…. (Guess my age!?) Now – the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the horizon.  Games 1 and 2 will be in Tampa probably on Thursday and Saturday.  With Justin Bieber in concert at the Barclay’s, it would look like Monday and Thursday in Brooklyn.  For this…

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Blog: Playoff Bracket Is All About Momentum

April 13, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! When you live in my neck of the woods, this is my hunting season. This is every nerds Comic-Con. This time of year not to think about baseball until it’s absolutely necessary. Basketball playoffs don’t matter until the NBA Finals, and by then Golden State should win it all anyways. This time of year brings out all the trash talkers from every…

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Blog: Depth, Greiss Help Isles Into Playoffs

April 11, 2016

The New York Islanders ended their 2015-16 season yesterday with a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, but still managed to accumulate 100 points. For most who like to predict a season’s outcome like myself, I had the Isles finishing between 98-103 points and one of my “Core” teams that even with injuries should have made the playoffs. Mission accomplished. During the season however, we witnessed teams like Tampa Bay and…

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Eastern Conference Preseason Rankings: By The Numbers

September 1, 2015

Welcome to September everyone! The month where, when you’re a hockey fan, you want to skip like Thanksgiving and move right into Christmas, or in this case the month of October. What September does give hockey fans are training camps and preseason games to watch as a teaser, a chance to start predicting where your favorite team will finish a the end of the season or determine how much blood…

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2015 Eastern Conference Predictions

April 15, 2015

It’s that time of year once again where everyone gets to prepare and write up their playoff predictions. Last year I went perfect in the Eastern Conference and bombed in the West (Thanks San Jose!). Yes, that meant I did have the Rangers going to the Cup, but not this year. I already have my picks set in, but I’m just doing the first round of each Conference. Each winner…

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Blog: Islanders Penalty Kill Improves; Thoughts On Jagr

February 26, 2015

When I was looking at the trade deadline yesterday and what Islanders players could be available to add to a third round pick, I looked at what the Isles might need and who might be available. The only issue I looked at was the penalty killing unit. Now when I think of the Isles PK, I think of three players: Frans Nielsen, Nikolay Kulemin, and Michael Grabner. Nielsen and Kulemin…

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Blog: Eastern Conference Stronger Than Ever

February 3, 2015

I’ve been going on twitter or Facebook or some other Islanders chat room and there’s always the select few who believe that if the Islanders lose tonight against the Florida Panthers that the sky is falling. Granted a three game losing streak is not good and yes, the NHL trade deadline is coming, but how far are the Islanders? Should changes be made? How are the rest of the teams…

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