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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 91

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How could we choose between the two?

From two different eras, these two 91’s have had an ever-lasting impact on the Nassau Coliseum and its residents.

Robert Thomas “Butch” Goring started his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1969. In almost 12 seasons with the team, he built a reputation of being a smart, composed hockey player. Scoring 20+ goals in nine of those seasons, he set a career-high in 1978-79 when he recorded 87 points (36 goals, 51 assists). He won the Lady Byng Trophy that season.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 1/9/15

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The New York Islanders return to the East Coast, and their next four games are to be played against Metropolitan Division rivals. Thirteen straight games will be played against Eastern Conference opponents. With the Islanders only three points ahead of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, has their been any stretch as crucial as this one in 2014-15?

Anyways, the 10 things I think I think heading into the weekend…

Do The Islanders Have The Cure For What Ails Them?

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The new year has not been kind to the Islanders thus far. They look a lot like 2013 Islanders, rather than the 2014 version. But, as we reach the halfway point of the season tonight, how can the Isles snap out of the 2015 funk they’re in?

Exorcising The Demon: Islanders At Devils Pregame

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When: Friday, January 9, 2015
Where:  Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
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 more important weekend series for the New York Islanders as they hit the half-way mark of the 2014-15 season tonight, I can’t recall over the first 40 games.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/9/15- Rest In Peace JP Parise

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Yesterday, the world lost a great hockey player, a great father, and a great man. Former Islander JP Parise passed away at the age of 73 after a hard-fought battle against lung cancer.

It doesn’t matter whom you ask, anyone will attest to the class and integrity of the Ontario native. Off the ice, JP was as much of a gentleman as there ever was. As any good man would, he saw the importance of conducting himself as a moral human being, and never failed to reach that standard.

JP’s son Zach, who plays on the Minnesota Wild, was absent from his team’s latest game in order to spend time with his father. That alone shows how great and impactful JP was, and goes to show how important he was to those he came in contact with.

Frans Nielsen, Not Mikhail Grabovski, Should Skate with Top Line

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Despite the success of the 2014-15 campaign thus far for the New York Islanders, the team’s first line has been in flux for the majority of the season, with no player being able to lock down the wing opposite Kyle Okposo on John Tavares‘ left. Ultimately this is a problem I would like to see […]

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 92

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Only one Islander has worn the number 92, and he did so in just 26 games. Drafted in the tenth round, 191st overall in the 1989 draft, defenseman Vladimir Malakhov had to wait four years before making an impact with the Islanders. Playing with KHL club CSKA Moscow Four, Malakhov made his NHL debut in 1992, after winning Olympic gold with the Unified Team (formerly Soviet Union). He starred in his rookie campaign, scoring 14 goals and 38 assists, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honors.

J.P. Parise Has Passed Away At The Age of 73

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The NHL has lost a good one today. J.P. Parise has died from lung cancer at the age of 73.

Jean-Paul Joseph-Louis (J.P.) Parise was born December 11, 1941 in Smooth Rock Falls, ON.  He was signed by the Boston Bruins after a scout sitting in the stands saw him score four goals and have two assists in a men’s league. He eventually made it to the big club in 1966, where he played a total of 21games over two seasons, scoring four points.

He would later be selected by Oakland in the 1967 expansion draft. He was traded to Toronto before he ever played for Oakland. He would play just one NHL game for the Leafs before being dealt to the Minnesota North Stars two seasons later.

Parise would become a star in Minnesota. He played for eight seasons with the North Stars, and was named to the NHL All-Star team twice. His best season came 1972-73, when he scored 27 goals and had 75 points.

Dump And Chase Podcast Turns 40

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The New York Islanders placed Lubomir Visnovsky on the injured reserve list, activated speedy winger Michael Grabner and lost Josh Bailey to a day to day injury.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/8/15

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It was quiet on all fronts yesterday for the New York Islanders. There was no news to speak of, not even a single tweet from Arthur Staple. On Jan. 7, it was eerily quiet the day after a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, New York’s second defeat in as many games.

But we wake up today, and it’s business as usual. The Islanders are back in New York, and will be practicing on Long Island today in preparation for their games against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night. There’s no understating the importance of taking away at least one point in this divisional matchup.

With an overtime loss yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled ahead of the Islanders for the Metropolitan-Division lead, but that’s not all Long Island’s hockey team needs to keep pace with. The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers each rolled off wins last night, putting them four and five points behind the Islanders, respectively.

Looking Outside To Fix Islanders First Line

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Perhaps it’s incorrect to say the New York Islanders’ first line is broken, but it’s definitely incomplete.

While Islanders captain John Tavares and his right winger, Kyle Okposo, have collected 36 points and 35 points, respectively, neither Tavares or Okposo have clicked with the left winger on their line, who is…?

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 93

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The countdown to the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum continues.

Only one Islander has worn the number 93 and he is one of the 14 men to ever captain the team.

Doug Weight joined the Islanders in the twilight of his career and over three seasons, actually only appeared in 107 games, but his veteran presence was needed on such a young, inexperienced roster.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/7/15

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That wasn’t exactly what the Islanders or their fans were hoping for after falling to the Oilers 5-2 on Sunday.

The Islanders fell 3-2 in what could be considered the worst game they’ve played through 40 games. It was an overall brutal game for the entire team, with several costly errors leading to all of the Canucks goals on the night. Whether it was the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky, who missed the game after being placed on IR with a lower-body injury, the lengthy road trip taking a toll on the team, or even Josh Bailey out of the lineup, it was an all-around poor showing by the Isles.

Islanders Can’t Steady The Ship

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After getting called out by their head coach in Edmonton, the New York Islanders failed to respond and lost 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks.

New York Islanders vs Vancouver Canucks: Pregame Report

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When: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Where:  Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Jiggs McDonald, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM


Islanders Welcome Back Grabner

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The New York Islanders get an injection of speed and new blood into their lineup as they take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight to close out their Western Canada road trip. Coming off a performance on Sunday in Edmonton that can only be classified as their worst game of the season thus far, now could be the perfect time for it.

Michael Grabner, extremely useful and dangerous on the Islanders newly invigorated penalty killing unit, has played only five games this season following off-season sports hernia surgery and a subsequent flare up as a result of the procedure but was removed from the injured reserve list today and will be in the lineup.

He has produced two goals on seven shots with a minus three rating in the games he has played, averaging just shy of 13 minutes per game. The former 30 goal scorer has amassed 89-55-144 in 288 career games, has made an all-star game appearance and been named the league’s fastest skater at its annual skills competition.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 94

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As we continue with our countdown to the regular season finale at Nassau Coliseum, Islander fans know exactly where this post is going in correlation with the number 94. I’ll give you all a moment to find the nearest door and run. For those who want to stomach this out, feel free to stick around.

A Roller Coaster of a Day for Islander Prospects

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Monday saw just two New York Islander prospects play but a third was involved in a head scratching trade making for a roller coaster of a day for those involved. Someone forgot to tell the hockey world that Mondays are supposed to be one of the quiet days for the sport.

Going to start with the gold medal game at the World Under-20 Championships as host Canada took on Russia. When the game started goalie Ilya Sorokin (2014 third rd.) was sitting the bench but after Canada scored goals on their first two shots, starting goalie Igor Shestyorkin was yanked and in went Sorokin at the 2:32 mark of the first period.

It was a very tough situation for Sorokin to enter the game under but his play helped to stabilize a Russian team that was in danger of getting blown out in the first period. Canada would not score any more in the frame and Russia would score once to send the game into the first intermission with a 2-1 score.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1|6|15

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Day 6 of 2015: the Isles are still one of the best teams in hockey and the best team in New York City. So, enjoy that bit of information with your stale bagel and burnt coffee courtesy of that cart on the corner near your job.

The loss to the Edmonton Oilers this past Sunday proves that the Isles, hockey, and sports in general, are anything but predictable, and if that cliche doesn’t quite grab you, consider this one: the Isles are “one of those teams” that always plays down to a bad team, and up to strong ones.

So, let’s see now, the Canucks of Vancouver, British Columbia (should be spelled Colombia, but I regress as I digress…ahem) are a solid 22-12-3, 47pts, which means that the Isles should win this game by two goals, after having blown another three-goal lead late in third.

That was a tongue-in-cheek moment, I might add, as I’m just trying to catch the spirit of the thing, as it were.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 95

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If you’re under the age of 23 or 24, then I’d invite you to gather around the magic carpet here because it’s story time, children.

Once upon a time, there was a hockey organization that was one of the most successful the game had ever seen. Their first 24 years of existence saw them win four Stanley Cups, being frequent visitors of the postseason in the process.

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