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Eastern Conferance Playoff Predictions from Behind The Stove

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Well I have The Kings playing for the Cup who will they play.  Here are my predictions for the first round of the Eastern Conference.

Boston vs Detroit- Boston in seven-  I love the way the Bruins play hockey very old school, and have great goaltending with that being said they have played a ton of games over the last 4 years and I think it will catch up to them eventually.  Detroit is full of young speedsters and grizzled vets and just through sheer will and great coaching will push the Big Bad Bruins to seven games

Tampa Bay vs Montreal- Montreal in six - If Ben Bishop plays it changes things and will be a seven game set.  Montreal has a great first line, yes with our friend Thomas Vanek.  Good depth, dynamic defense and good goaltending.  I think experience, both players and coaches will cost Tampa in the end.

Playoff Predictions from behind the Stove

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Well it’s that time of year and here I sit again planning tee times rather than where to watch my playoff hockey.  Here are my predictions for the first round and for my finals.  When I am completely wrong on all of them I will redo them for the second round. First the west

Chicago vs St Louis - Chicago in six.  Playoff tested team in Chicago against a team that in the last month forgot how to play winning hockey.  Chicago’s depth, experience and the fact that Ryan Miller has one foot out the door to Anaheim spells doom for the Blues plus they simply just don’t score enough goals

PLAYOFFS!!! [Wednesday Night Watch Thread]

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I am of two minds about the NHL playoffs -- well, maybe three:

1. They are awesome. I can't get enough.

2. When my team(s) is in it, I am both giddy and nervous, overwhelmed with alliances and excitement.

3. When my team(s) isn't in it, there is a certain peace in not facing the anxiety of their inevitable failure. That said, the anxiety of hated rivals advances fills the void.

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

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The Stars left the Pacific, but the Pacific keeps pulling them back.

We've run polls for the first two series that begin tonight, the opening night of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now here's one for the third.

The Dallas Stars moved to the Central and their home time zone to reduce Western travel and the number of West Coast playoff trips like they experienced in the days of the old Pacific. So naturally, their first playoff series back in the Central is against Anaheim.

Move to Brooklyn Bad or Good?

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Recently I had to a article for my magazine class at school and I decided to do it on the move to Brooklyn.  Thanks to everyone who helped me with the article!

Here is the final product:

2014 Stanley Cup Odds: Which Teams Have The Best Chance To Win?

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The 2014 NHL playoffs are upon us, which is a true statement and also the surest indicator that spring has arrived. (Because The Masters, while idyllic, has too few hip checks and slap shots to truly announce the arrival of the warm months ahead.)

Like any other rational person living on the east coast, I’m currently devising ways to watch every single postseason game in real time and planning out a playoff sleep schedule involving plenty of Western Conference hockey and little to no sleep.

Florida jumps Buffalo to select 1st at 2014 NHL entry draft. Islanders stay at 5.

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Playoff Preview: Wednesday Night

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Who gets out of the first round?

Who gets out of the first round?

The first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs begin tonight and to be honest, there’s nothing like it. For myself, it’s not just watching the best hockey, it’s also a chance to look at some future free agents who may have a good fit in with the Islanders. I’ll say this now, with the first three matchups this evening, I’m so far not impressed with the crop of free agents this year. I’m hoping tomorrow looks better. So without further delay let’s talk playoffs and make some picks!

First game: Montreal Vs. Tampa Bay

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/16/14

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The National Hockey League playoffs begin this evening without the New York Islanders participation but that does not mean all is quiet in Long Island.

With the annual draft lottery being held last night and the Isles holding onto the fifth selection in the June entry draft, it remains to be seen just what general manager Garth Snow will do. Many pundits believe that this year’s crop is just about five deep with the 2015 crop of amateurs being extremely sexy and packed with difference makers.

Islanders News: Still picking 5th at the draft; MacDonald gets his payday

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No lottery surprise, but OH MY THE HOCKEY starts tonight.

So the bad news is that you did not win the lottery last night. The good news is neither did any team ahead of the Islanders, and thus they keep the fifth overall pick. Florida, which won the lottery, picks first.

The other good news is that the NHL playoffs start tonight. Yay, hockey!

As Andrew MacDonald Signs for 6 Years with Flyers, Islanders Pump-and-Dump is Complete

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For all that went wrong in 2013-14, this hand was played right.

Andrew MacDonald is an NHL defenseman, though his caliber is very much in debate. He is one with the age and service to command unrestricted free agent leverage and its inherent inflated salary, but not for that much, and that long.

The Philadelphia Flyers, as they are wont to do, signed MacDonald for much more and much longer than many others would advise, curiously announcing a 6-year, $30 million contract on the eve of the playoffs, after 19 games spent wearing the "other" orange.

What Should Isles Do At Number 5?

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What will the Isles do?

What will the Isles do?

The Islanders have retained the fifth overall pick in this years draft. They have the option on June 1st whether to keep the pick or give it to Buffalo to complete the Thomas Vanek trade. Craig Button, who has correctly picked former top 5 picks for the Islanders, selected Michael Dal Colle in his mock draft.

Isles Stay at #5

7th Woman's picture - Dee Karl - Isles Stay at #5

No surprises and no fistfights for the first overall.

And the only one that moved up was the Florida Panthers.

How boring!

New York Islanders : Introspection On 2013-14 Season

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The New York Islanders have completed a disappointing 2013-14 season with a road victory over the Buffalo Sabres in what truly defined their season as a whole. Road warriors once again with a mind-boggling below .500 home record and another November/December swoon dooming them to another summer of not being able to take part in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

As we take a look back at what transpired, we are reminded that nothing ever comes easy in the National Hockey League. With New York coming off their first playoff appearance since what seemed like the last time our government was actually responsible, the Islanders proceeded to take what could only be described as a step backwards.

2014 NHL Draft Lottery Thread

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After a one-year hiatus, your April tradition is back!

UPDATE: From the 2nd position, the Florida Panthers have won the lottery and now hold the 1st overall pick. The Islanders hang on to the fifth overall pick.

The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery is tonight, televised live at 8 p.m. EDT followed by awkward interviews with top draft-eligible prospects.

The magic formula will determine the order for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The TSN TV coverage will also air in the U.S. on NBCSN and will re-air on NHL Network (U.S.) at 8:30 p.m., ET.

World Championships 2014: Brock Nelson, Matt Donovan true American heroes

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The season is over, but it's not over yet for some Islanders.

USA Hockey has named its first slate of players for this spring's IIHF World Championship in Belarus, and since that tournament is (mostly) made of players whose NHL teams didn't make or are quickly eliminated from the playoffs, the New York Islanders are well represented with two homegrown youngsters.

Donovan & Nelson Make World Championship Roster

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Congrats Matt & Brock!

Congrats Matt & Brock!


Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson of the new York Islanders have been selected to play in this years World Championships May 9th through the 25th in Minsk, Belarus.

For now the roster looks like this:

Goalie: Connor Hellebuyck


Matt Donovan: New York Islanders

Jake Gardiner: Toronto Maple Leafs

Seth Jones: Nashville Predators

Jake McCabe: Buffalo Sabres

Jeff Petry: Edmonton Oilers

Islanders F Brock Nelson and D Matt Donovan named to Team USA for World Championships

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Catching Up With News

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He's back!

He’s back!

Since Gary and John are going to be busy for a while (and rightfully so) I guess you’ll be stuck with me for a little while. Sorry. So let’s get caught up shall we?

Capuano Is Back As Head Coach

Islanders GM Snow's Admission Of Failure Has One Of Two Outcomes

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It's a safe assumption that yesterday's news regarding Jack Capuano's job status wasn't popular among New York Islanders fans.

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