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The Battle Of The Broads

The Battle Of The Broads

If one of the goals of the NHL’s restructuring of the Stanley Cup playoff structure was to have more rivals go head-to-head, Gary Bettman and company must have been dancing down the Avenue Of The Americas when the Philadelphia Flyers secured the third seed in the Metro Division and a first-round date with the second-seeded [...]

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 [...]

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

I’m sure you all are thinking “Gee, what are these two going to say about the absolute disaster that Garth Snow delivered at the trade deadline?” And you want to know what? Garth Snow indeed delivered an absolute disaster at the trade deadline.   Let’s start with the player that Snow had to dangle- Thomas [...]

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 [...]

From the Horses As...Mouth

From the Horses As…Mouth

People that read this blog generally have a complaint that we are overly negative. While those folks ignore their own Panglossian outlook in this assessment, they may have a point. We do tend to pick on the down side- even as we do recognize the good of this team, such as their playoff berth, John [...]

Guess We Now Know Snow's Blueprint for 8th

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 [...]

The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

Josh Bailey was the first ever first round pick of Garth Snows master plan.  Even though there was a draft prior to the ’08 draft, and even though we are told Garth actually doesn’t draft, let’s just go with the premise that a rebuild started with Bailey.  One could argue that the Islanders made the [...]

Bruin Up Two Points in Boston: Nabby, Bailey Grind Isles to Victory

Bruin Up Two Points in Boston: Nabby, Bailey Grind Isles to Victory

This game was never about “escaping with one point” and getting out of dodge. The Islanders needed to come away with two points tonight, regardless of their opponent.  In what could be a potential first round playoff matchup, Islanders-Bruins was a game that the Isles needed to prove they could win. Last night, the Isles [...]

Upstart Isles Power Past B's for 2-1 Road Victory

Upstart Isles Power Past B’s for 2-1 Road Victory

BOSTON, MA – After losing Brad Marchand to a mild concussion during Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils, the Boston Bruins were back on the ice Thursday against the Islanders, minus two thirds of their top offensive unit. With both Marchand and Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup, B’s bench boss Claude Julien opted [...]

Here are your 2013-2014 New York Islanders!

Here are your 2013-2014 New York Islanders!

With the trade deadline over, fans can complain or cheer the Islanders easily predicted lack of involvement.  Regardless of your opinion on whether or not the Isles should have done something, this is now the team they will go to battle with for the remaining 12 games.  The talk has no shifted to playoffs and [...]

It's an Isles Trade Deadline Preview

It’s an Isles Trade Deadline Preview

This season’s flying by. Although it may feel like the lockout is long gone, the NHL season’s end is close and we have the lockout to blame. Under normal circumstances, the 30-game mark is just over one-third of the season, but instead we’re talking about the final third of the season. Don’t get me wrong. [...]

Doesn't Matter How They Win, As Long As The Isles Do

Doesn’t Matter How They Win, As Long As The Isles Do

I’m tired of it. It’s annoying. I don’t want to see it anymore. I’m not talking about the Islanders blowing leads either. When’s it going to stop? The “same old Islanders” comments. The “this is why the Islanders will never get out of the basement” comments. The “this team isn’t improving” comments. Stop it. The [...]

Mid Term Progress Report

Mid Term Progress Report

When we were younger, if we knew we were going to get a bad report card, we’d run home and try to intercept the mail so that our parents didn’t see it. If we were Bailey, Okposo, Reasoner, Aucoin, MacDonald, or Hamonic, we’d give the mailman the Bronx Tale treatment. Like every other blogger in [...]

Islanders Find Secondary Scoring, Bigger Problems in 5-4 Loss to the Maple Leafs

Islanders Find Secondary Scoring, Bigger Problems in 5-4 Loss to the Maple Leafs

Games like the game against Toronto last night are the types of games where us, the fans, become heart-broken. We watch this team do everything we have been asking for, but of course, it falls on the wrong night. Everything we wanted happened, but other problems became an Achilles ‘heel.  Let’s recap: The Islanders found [...]

Blown Away At Home: Isles Fall To Hurricanes, 2-7 on Coliseum Ice

Blown Away At Home: Isles Fall To Hurricanes, 2-7 on Coliseum Ice

How frustrating. The Islanders finally score a goal in the first period (first time in seven games), pull out to a 2-0 lead, and find a way to drop the sure-two-points in the standings to the Carolina Hurricanes. Yes, yesterday was a perfect example of what Islanders fans have been used to seeing: same bad [...]

Nabby Earns Shutout; Forwards Scoring Goals and Sharing Minutes

Nabby Earns Shutout; Forwards Scoring Goals and Sharing Minutes

That’s what I’ve been asking for. Thirty-five saves later, and I can finally say Nabby stole a hockey game for the New York Islanders in 2013. I’m not saying Nabby hasn’t had a few good performances this year, but most of them came on the losing side of things. A goalie duel, which lasted deep [...]

NY ISLANDERS TRADE DRAMA: Garth Makes a CBA Cap Trade with the Bruins

NY ISLANDERS TRADE DRAMA: Garth Makes a CBA Cap Trade with the Bruins

  Got to give it to Islanders fans, they are damn passionate bunch. They desperately want to have this team and fortunes turn a corner so quickly. It’s why that start got hyped and overrated to the gills, and a 3 game slide is now a virtual apocalypse.   It is why news of a [...]

Pros and, of course, Cons

Pros and, of course, Cons

We are not exactly sure how to react to the first couple weeks of this hockey season.  The Islanders certainly have turned a few heads.  Is it just because they are fielding a team with the most players who played during the lockout?  Are teams taking them lightly?  Are they really, finally a good team?  [...]

Islanders Fall to Bruins; Rick DiPietro Makes His Season Debut

Islanders Fall to Bruins; Rick DiPietro Makes His Season Debut

The Islanders played their first of seven back-to-back games, as they took on the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden last night. This one marked Rick DiPietro’s first NHL game in over 400 days, but the New York Islanders fell to Boston by the score of 4-2. Two third period goals sunk the Isles, who [...]

Strong Finish Leads Bruins to 4-2 Win Over Islanders

Strong Finish Leads Bruins to 4-2 Win Over Islanders

BOSTON, MA – After fighting back from multiple deficits, the Boston Bruins tasted defeat for the first time on Wednesday evening, falling 4-3 in overtime at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. On Friday, the B’s were back within the friendly confines of the TD Garden with a match-up against the New York Islanders on tap. [...]