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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

MTS Centre

 

NEW YORK WINNIPEG

ISLANDERS 5 2 JETS

25-11-1 19-12-7

 

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New York Islanders At Winnipeg Jets-Pregame Report

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS AT WINNIPEG JETS

PREGAME REPORT

When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Where:  MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Jiggs McDonald, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

New Year’s Resolutions For Islanders In 2015

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It’s been some year for the New York Islanders.

One year ago tonight, Long Island’s hockey team staged a comeback win against the Boston Bruins to enter 2014 with only 13 wins on the season. The year began just as unkind as 2013 ended, as the Islanders would lose their captain, John Tavares, for the remainder of the season to a knee injury suffered in the Olympics, trade Thomas Vanek for a seemingly low return and finish the 2013-14 season last in the Metropolitan Division.

A lot has happened since then.

Howe Do You Do – Insight Talks to Defensive Great

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Mark Howe is currently the Director of Pro Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings. In a career that spanned 16 seasons in the NHL and 6 seasons in the WHA, Mark stood out as one of the best two-way defensemen of his era, earning three Norris Trophy nominations. Upon his retirement as a player, Howe worked in the Red Wing’s hockey operations department as a video coach and then as a pro scout, earning Stanley Cup rings when the Wings captured championships in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008. Howe was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and was part of the 2011 induction class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Islanders Insight recently had a chance to catch up with Mr. Howe for a quick chat.

 

Islanders: Prospect Hockey Plus

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The return from the holiday break has meant that New York Islander prospects have been playing games almost every day this week. Tuesday was a quiet day with just three prospects seeing action and one prospect being a healthy scratch. It was not a busy day either at the World Under-20 Championships with the teams having Islander prospects getting the day off but the outcomes of the games that were played did set up possible scenarios for the medal round.

Michael Dal Colle (2014 first rd.) and his Oshawa Generals were in Kingston to play the Kingston Frontenacs looking increase their lead in the race for the best record in the OHL. The Generals entered the game with the OHL’s best record and have the advantage of holding games in hand over the two main teams chasing them. The Frontenacs were looking to increase their hold on one of the OHL Eastern Conference playoff spots along with possibly moving up in the standings.

Islanders Top Shelf: 12/31/14

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As another year goes in the books, Islanders fans have something to look forward to in the new year: a winning hockey team. With the Islanders heading into their final game of 2014 later today against the Winnipeg Jets, they currently sit tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division and look to extend the Coliseum’s life passed 24 more games.

What’s been a pleasant change for the Isles has been the amount of fans flooding into the Old Barn. With just two sellouts all of last season, there has already been nine capacity crowds in Uniondale. Of course, the final season may play a role in that number, but winning plays an even larger role. With the team annoyn

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Coach Jack Capuano Sees Isles Success Through Gestalt-Tinted Glasses

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The New York Islanders added another victory last night to their surging record (24-11-1, 49 pts), this time against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, even if it resulted from another blown three-goal lead late in the game.

The Isles captured three out of a possible four points these past few days, tied for the top-spot in the Metro division alongside the Pittsburgh Penguins, and playing some of the best home ice hockey (14 W) in quite some time. The pangs of past failures, one may say, are all but overshadowed by this season’s scintillating success. Wouldn’t you agree? A crowd of over 16K fans last night seem to think so.

Islanders Fans Suffering From The Insanity of Success

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Islanders fans have a lot to be thankful for as this year comes to a close. This has been an incredible season thus far for the Islanders. The league’s second highest win total, five points behind the NHL leader in points (Anaheim), and tied with Pittsburgh for first, all have led to some very happy fans on Long Island. Deservedly so we must say. Fans of this team have been waiting a long time for things to come together.

To Alex: From Johnny Rocket

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Here is the GIF everyone is talking about today. After Johnny Boychuk fired home a laser over the shoulder of Braden Holtby, giving the Islanders a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals, the Islanders defender dropped to his knees ‘Ovie-Style’ to celebrate prior to his teammates coming over to join him.

The win sends the Islanders on their seven game road trip on a positive note, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Metropolitan division lead and two points shy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Eastern conference.

 

Islanders Goaltending Prospects Go Head To Head

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Some rare Monday hockey for New York Islander prospects and what an entertaining day they made of it for us. The main event was at the World Under-20 Championship as 2014 third round pick goalie Ilya Sorokin of Russia was in net in a key game against 2014 fourth round pick goalie Linus Soderstrom and his Team Sweden. At stake was the first seed out of group B for the medal round and the chance to play the fourth seed out of group A.

Islanders Top Shelf: 12/30/14

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Last night’s victory was in no way a pretty win; but for the Islanders, it’s another two points picked up against a divisional opponent. The team blew another three-goal lead late in the game, but yesterday’s win had a different outcome. Johnny Boychuk was the hero in overtime with his third goal of the season.

Islanders Blow Another Three Goal Lead, Escape With Two Points

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

CAPITALS 3 ISLANDERS 4 (OT)

18-11-7              24-11-1

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New York Islanders Defeat Washington 4-3 (OT)

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Tonight the New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. The two points moved the Isles into a tie for first place with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 49 points. This is how the game looked from section 304: Despite the win, this may be the least fulfilling victory of the season. The Isles […]

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Islanders Must Avoid Dany Heatley

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Today, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they have placed the aging Dany Heatley on waivers. The 33-year-old winger was signed by the Ducks this offseason to a one-year, $1-million contract. He immediately received a golden opportunity to play on a star-studded line alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Heatley started off strong with the Ducks […]

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New York Islanders Vs Washington Capitals: Pre-Game Report

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT NEW YORK ISLANDERS

PREGAME REPORT

 

When: Monday, December 29, 2014
Where:  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

 

If there was ever a need for a bigger bounce back game than tonight for the New York Islanders, I would love to hear about it.

Islanders Sunday Prospect Report

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The Sunday report for the New York Islander prospects is quietly a good one as while there is not any headline grabbing performances, the prospects for the most part played well. Leading the charge is Michael Dal Colle (2014 fifth rd.) in his first game back from the holiday break led hos Oshawa Generals to a win.

Dal Colle had a 1-1-2 effort as the Generals defeated the Peterborough Petes 5-4. Dal Colle had a primary assist on Oshawa’s second goal a power play goal which gave the Generals a 2-0 lead. In the second period, the Petes scored twice to tie the game which led Dal Colle scoring his twenty-second goal at 7:36 which was an even strength goal and a 3-2 Generals lead. The Generals would score twice more to take a 5-3 when Dal Colle took an interference penalty that the Petes cashed in to cut the Generals lead to just 5-4 but the Petes would get no closer.

Dal Colle improves to 22-26-48 in just twenty-four games giving him a two points per game average.

Islanders Fourth Line Sparks Early Drive

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“All guts, no glory” is a quote often used to describe an unsung hero, a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution, a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged.

As the New York Islanders have propelled themselves towards the top of the standings before the start of 2015, former critics and the media (so…) have given New York a heap of praise and respect, deservedly so.

Of course, the stars get all the credit. It will always be the names that grab the headlines. When the Islanders are put under the spotlight, the big names get the attention; however, the Islanders have needed more than their usual stars to accomplish what they have leading up to this point of the season.

Islanders Top Shelf: Moving On…12/29/14

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Jarsolav Halak could start for the New York Islanders when they take on the Washington Capitals on home ice tonight. That’s some big news for Long Island’s hockey team, which has lost its last two games in his absence, including one Saturday night after taking a 3-0 lead into the third period.

Let me touch upon that loss with a few words.

There was a lot of frustration amongst Islanders fans following the 4-3 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, as there should have been, as there still should be. There was also a lot of blame going around, but most of it was geared towards Kevin Poulin, who earned the loss in his first NHL start of the 2014-15 season.

Islanders Face Daunting January Schedule

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After the abbreviated 2012-13 season ended with a riveting playoff match-up against the Penguins, a lot was expected of the Islanders last year. Unfortunately, they failed to live up to expectations and regressed.

Holiday Woes – Red’s Rewind: Volume IX

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Welcome to Red’s Rewind: a weekly look at the New York Islanders through the eyes of a redhead…

 

Looking Back

With a shortened week due to the holiday break, the Islanders were far less than perfect. However they still sit with a record of 23-11-1 and are currently sixth in the league.

Tuesday’s home loss to Montreal featured a blown one-goal lead that the Islanders established in the first period. The Canadiens’ three following unanswered goals sealed the deal in regulation at the Coliseum.

Speaking of blown leads, the Islanders entered the third period in Buffalo on Saturday with a 3-0 lead, only to end up losing 4-3 in a shootout, giving the Islanders their first non-regulation loss of the season.

The poor performance this week can be attributed to:

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