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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 13 & 12

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New York Rangers v New York Islanders

Five games left. Washington nipping at New York’s heels for third place in the Metropolitan Division and Pittsburgh tied at 95 points with a game in hand. Nothing like March Madness, right?

Wait…April Insanity?

Oh well. Into the last two weeks of the regular season at the Nassau Coliseum and only two days remain. Two days to catch the Islanders at home until playoff tickets go through the roof. I’ve already come to terms that I probably will not be seeing the Islanders after April 11 at the Coliseum. I don’t have any extra legs or arms to part with to swap for a pair of tickets.

With the countdown chugging along, a former captain and NHL journeyman represents day 13 for the Islanders.

And Then There Were Five

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Happy April Fools Day everyone! Luckily for New York Islanders fans, the jokes are not going to be on them. There are five games remaining in this regular season and many fans are eager to just see the Islanders make the playoffs, while some would like to see home ice advantage. Let me ease some of the nerves. As of this writing, with the Boston Bruins defeating the Florida Panthers, you can take the Panthers out of playoff contention. If this were any other year, the Panthers would still be in it. But as I had written a while back, the Eastern Conference will have close to 7 teams ending their seasons with at least 100 points. That has never happened and the closest comparison is the 2005-06 season when the Eastern Conference had 6 teams with 100+ points.

Islanders Schedule Much Tougher Than It Looks

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UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 16: Christian Ehrhoff #10 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 16, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have the good fortune of only playing twice over the course of the next six days (in addition to not playing the previous two days either). At this point of the 2014-15 National Hockey League season that can only be viewed as a luxury. Having done some hard work over the course of their first 75 games affords them more practice time and more importantly, a time to heal and rest injuries and illness.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4|1|15

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Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders

While the Blue and Orange  have not played a game since Sunday, there was a bit of excitement and happiness for Lubomir Visnovsky, who was nominated as the Islanders’ representative for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, dedication, and perseverance both on and off the ice. The award is often given to the “character guys” on a team, and the 38-year-old defenseman has quietly served as that type of presence in the locker room for New York.

New York Islanders: A Playoff Berth Is Just Not Enough

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The New York Islanders and Jack Capuano are well aware a they need to go deep into the NHL playoffs. An early exit may send Capuano packing..

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NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.4

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With only several regular season games remaining in the NHL season, sorting out where the Isles fit into the Eastern Conference is a must.

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Islanders Leadership Guides Team Through Adversity

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 29:  The New York Islanders celebrate their 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Recent struggles have tested the Islanders resiliency, as the offense struggled to score despite generating opportunities, the power play was disastrous, and yet, surprisingly enough, the penalty kill remained quite strong.

Nassau Politicians Finally Realizing Islanders Are Leaving

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No one wanted the Islanders to leave. No one except politicians of Nassau County that did not seem to care. Now, after years of ignoring the glaring issue that is a dilapidated Nassau Coliseum, and months of pretending the Isles were not really leaving, Nassau County politicians are trying to fix their error. Might it be too late? That is highly likely, but they are not going down without a fight.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 15 & 14

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Washington Capitals v New York Islanders

Fans and players alike can rest for a few days. After a rough stretch that saw the Islanders play three games in four nights, they are rewarded with three nights off.

As we continue to get down to the nitty-gritty, fans only have two more chances to get to the Nassau Coliseum during regular season play. Saturday night against Buffalo will surely be raucous before the season finale against Columbus the following week.

So while we await the end, let’s take a look back to the beginning. Representing day 15 is the first Islander. One of the original members to ever step foot on the Coliseum ice while becoming the team’s first up-and-coming star.

Islanders’ Ideal Playoff Lineup

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All season long there have been many discussions over what the ideal New York Islanders‘ lineup should look like. There has been two main staples in this argument; put Ryan Strome with John Tavares and of course the opposition who would say, “don’t put all of your eggs in the same basket.”

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The-Waiting-Period Edition 03|31|15

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 29: Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Red Wings 5-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Much of the Eastern Conference was quiet last night, save for the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning, with the Floridians being the third team to clinch a playoff spot when it was all over, standing pat with the idle New York Rangers at 101 points.

New York Islanders: Can John Tavares Be The Next Face Of The NHL?

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Can New York Islanders centerman John Tavares be the next face of the NHL? Why not? He's on the verge of a Hart Trophy and a possible playoffs run.

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New York Islanders: 3 Keys To A Successful Postseason

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The New York Islanders have been here before. Doubters, haters, and everyone in between runs their mouth now but come playoffs aren't sure to how to feel.

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 17 & 16

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Minnesota Wild v New York Islanders

Two large points earned after a bizarre game of hockey on Sunday afternoon and the Islanders can breathe a little easier in their playoff quest.

We’re inching ever closer to the regular season finale at the Nassau Coliseum and with every passing game, it just seems to get a little louder, a little more raucous and a little more nostalgic.

Representing day 17 is a current Islander, one who is a part of one of the best fourth lines in hockey. I won’t say best, for I don’t want to tread on Don Cherry’s exclamations.

Islanders Gain Traction in Exciting Playoff Race

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TORONTO, ON - MARCH 9:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders skates after a puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 9, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

As the season winds down, many fans are refreshing the NHL standings furiously to find out their team’s positioning in the playoff race (By the way, we have you covered daily right here).

Hockey from the Blind Side, It’s Starting to Become Concerning to Me

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The New York Islanders were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks yesterday by the score of 3-2. After the Ducks took a 3-1 lead in the later stages of the second period, the Islanders got one back from Casey Cizikas in the third. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and the Islanders dropped their seventh straight at home.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 3/30/15

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Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders collected points in 7 out of 13 games played in March. Of the six regulation losses, only two were by more than a one goal margin. Although they are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, they have the same point total as the second place Penguins and play them one more time. If they can finish ahead of the Penguins, they can have home ice advantage in the playoffs for the first time since the 1987-’88 season. With five games remaining, four against teams not fighting for playoff spots, they need five points for their first 100 point season since Bossy, Trottier, Gillies, Bobby, Tonelli, Goring, Potvin, Morrow, Duane, Brent and Billy put one together in 1983-‘84.

Islanders Prospects Play Two Heart Stopping Games

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Sunday was supposed to be a quiet day with just two Islanders prospects seeing action. To say that both games would not have been good for those with bad hearts would be a huge understatement. An overtime game in the WHL while an eighth seed giving a one seed everything they could handle and more.

Kyle Burroughs (2013 seventh rd.) and his Medicine Hat Tigers were taking on the Red Deer Rebels in the second game of the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoff series featuring the second and third place teams in the Central Division. Game one was a 2-1 Tiger win and game two needed an extra 10:05 before Medicine Hat could skate off with a 1-0 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Islanders Clip Wings, Snap Home Losing Streak

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Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

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What else can you say after that one than wow!? The Islanders overcame an early, and I mean early, two-goal-deficit to escape with a 5-4 victory on Sunday evening.

Something about this game felt different, even before it started. The Islanders are not the team we have seen for most of March. You can blame anything you want, but the good teams find a way to overcome adversity, the Islanders simply have not. The Isles just were not playing up to their capability. Did anyone expect 60 wins? No, of course not. But, they didn’t expect to go 0-6-1 at home either.

Mike Bossy’s 1982 Conn Smythe Performance One of NHL’s All-Time Best

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1982 Stanley Cup Finals - Game Four: New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

Today, Mike Bossy will be announced as the winner of the GEICO fan voting for the All-Time greatest Islander. You never know what might happen with fan polls, but it’s tough to argue with the conclusion of this one.

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