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The Ancient Rivalry Resurrected: Flyers-Rangers Preview

The Ancient Rivalry Resurrected: Flyers-Rangers Preview

First playoff  meetup between these two ancient rivals since 1997 and it can use a boost. The edge has been off a little and there’s nothing like a heated post season series to fire things up. A Flyer diehard missing Avery and Tortorella? Yeah! This series should fix that. The two clubs have been similar [...]

Eriksson, B’s Push Toward Playoffs with 5-2 Win Against Flyers

Eriksson, B’s Push Toward Playoffs with 5-2 Win Against Flyers

BOSTON, MA– For just the third time this season — and the second time in the past week — the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers were on the ice Saturday afternoon at TD Garden for their final showdown of the 2013-14 campaign. Thanks to a freshly reformed NHL scheduling system that involves visits to every city [...]

Bruins Strike Out on High Impact Trade Targets, Add Depth to Blueline

Bruins Strike Out on High Impact Trade Targets, Add Depth to Blueline

– Ever since Dennis Seidenberg went down with a torn ACL and MCL back on December 27, there has been rampant speculation as to how the Boston Bruins would replace their veteran stalwart of a No. 2 defenseman. Now, as a required precursor to this piece; the Bruins were never going to find the perfect [...]

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

Half Empty….that’s too optimistic. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, right? We mean, after the last ten games we had nowhere to go but up, right? Nope. Now, depending who you ask, the last ten games could be considered good or they could be considered bad. For example, if you ask coach [...]

Two States of New York

Two States of New York

Ever wonder how someone who is completely incompetent keeps their job? Gosh, we do. A lot. Out loud. In fact, very recently someone lost their job who was part of the Islander family at one point in his career. That guy is Darcy Reiger. We’ve never been fans of Darcy Reiger. He has been the [...]

While playing with the Penguins, McClelland learned a number of tips on how to fight better from Paul Baxter, a fellow southpaw, who went on to become his adversary. McClelland had several highlight-reel bouts with the scrappy Flame, including a dominant knockout victory over his former mentor.

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

  By Brian D’Ambrosio, Kevin McClelland joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981 assuming that he would be a ‘mucker’ and a ‘grinder’. Two seasons later, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers and his role changed from ‘grinder’ to guardian. Overflowing with the skillful likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey, the team [...]

For the true believers...of awfulness

One Eighth of the Way in…Pros and Cons

We figure a nice recap every ten games would be a nice way to track the Isles “progress” over the course of the season. So far, sans for a couple players stats, it has been exactly as predicted; more of the same. The Isles are hovering around .500, and if the playoffs started this week, [...]

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

With the announcement of the “newcomers” that made the team, we felt that we needed to address the whys and hows of such, as well as the questions that are popping up as the new season approaches. By their standards, the Islanders certainly had a successful season last year. Ideally, this year should show more [...]

Garth Snow’s Top Ten Draft Failures

Garth Snow’s Top Ten Draft Failures

Drafting is hardly a science. You’re looking at a bunch of teenagers and are trying to figure in your mind which will be NHL ready today, in a year, in two years, three years, etc. Islander fans like to talk about Garth Snow’s vaunted drafting ability, specifically pointing to the 2008 draft which produced 9 [...]

Hey fans- the joke's on us!

Guess We Now Know Snow’s Blueprint for 8th

This is a piece that we’ve been dying to write, which is what happens when the “I told you so” stuff comes to life. Let’s take a review of the first day of unrestricted free agency and see what the Islanders situation looks like, with needs and how they were filled. Understand that this is [...]

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

By Brian D’Ambrosio It’s often said that simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. Jamie Huscroft’s formula as a hockey player was simple – and reliable. Play laboriously. Lead by example. Answer the bell. That recipe secured him a spot on the rosters of seven teams, guided him through three hundred and fifty two regular season National [...]

Well, That Was Fun. Now Back to Work!

Well, That Was Fun. Now Back to Work!

We know it’s been a while since we posted, but we wanted to bask in the rare light of an Islanders playoff appearance by taking in the games, atmosphere, and enjoyment that came with a series that ran one game longer than we predicted which included two embarrassing shutouts, yet somehow left Islander fans with the feeling that [...]

“I knew that if I played a tough game – and not many guys did – that would only help in their decision of whether or not to keep me,” says Odgers, who played 12 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Atlanta Thrashers. “So I erred on the side of scrapping more.”

Rink Recollections: Jeff Odgers, NHL, 1991-2003

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He never took a game for granted –scared that his career could fade away at any moment.  Odgers scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster and he made sure he never provided his coaches with a sufficient reason to [...]

Can They Pull This Off?

Can They Pull This Off?

Here we stand, in relative disbelief. As previously noted, we expected this team to miss the playoffs by a fairly wide margin. We expected that 53 points made a playoff team, and we expected the Islanders to be limping in at the end at the 46 point level. So bully for them, they shut us [...]

HOW Did We Get Here?

HOW Did We Get Here?

It all seems surreal. At the halfway point, the Islanders were playing one point better than our midterm predictions. The scorers were all pretty much on pace to hit the benchmarks we expected. Okposo we mentioned was failing in ways we never imagined, as was Hamonic. Roughly 12 games later, and they’re in 8th place, [...]

One Bright Spot For The Flyers . . . .

One Bright Spot For The Flyers . . . .

One bright spot for the Flyers . . . . A number of Flyers have been secretly testing these suits out this season and they really work! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9902307/Invisibility-cloak-unveiled-at-TED-conference.html One bright spot for the Flyers . . . . A terrible 48 game season is much better than a terrible 82 game season! One bright spot [...]

Time for the War Face!

Is This Their War Face?

Before we take a look at are what may be considered success by some- and more of the same by others-  let us state this:  We very much want to see this team win.  We have been fans of this team for as long as we have been alive.  We have seen this team win, [...]

Bruins Score Three in First Period to Bury Struggling Flyers

Bruins Score Three in First Period to Bury Struggling Flyers

BOSTON, MA – For the first time in nearly a full calendar year (March 17, 2012 was the last time these two teams met), the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers took the ice against one another on Saturday for a matinee contest at the TD Garden. After taking nearly half the period to register their first [...]

Brendan Witt: A Life of Old-Time Hockey, New Beginnings

Brendan Witt: A Life of Old-Time Hockey, New Beginnings

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Brendan Witt knew one of the Philadelphia Flyers would approach. After all, the bruising fourth line tended to drop the gloves. Slightly after the six-minute mark of the first period, the “Dan Line” -consisting of Dan Kordic, Daniel Lacroix and Scott Daniels - hoped to send a message. “Philly put these guys [...]

EAST COAST BIAS Presents: NHL Goes To The OSCARS

EAST COAST BIAS Presents: NHL Goes To The OSCARS

Coming up soon will be a troupe of bloggers who are the creme of the NHL blogosphere to provide expertise, humor, observation and more. We are  coining the project: East Coast Bias. As a bit of a taster to the effort we present to you an image tribute for Oscar night…   PRESENTS   NHL [...]