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Loss Of Cal Clutterbuck Could Open Doors For Ryan Strome

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Already beloved by Islanders nation without playing a single regular season game, there’s some major disappointment around Uniondale with the news of Cal Clutterbuck’s injury on Tuesday night.

New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils : Notes

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It’s not quite the Barclays Center but it will do just fine.

The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils will get acquainted with each other tonight as they play the first of two pre-season games.

The first tilt will take place on the ice of Prudential Center in Newark at 7pm with both teams official websites offering streaming video feeds. No, this game is not on television. Yes, James Dolan owns MSG and yes, Dolan lost the bid to renovate the Nassau Coliseum. Take that for what you will…..

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/19/13

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IMG_0718New York Islanders fans received the news no one was hoping for yesterday, as Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that newly acquired winger Cal Clutterbuck suffered a laceration to his leg during Tuesday night’s preseason game and will miss extended time.

2013-14 NHL Preview : Predictions Sure To Go Wrong

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I chose the picture you are now fuming about specifically for this post.

Not to anger the Islanders fanbase, who have no love or sympathy for the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar. In fact, after his best Greg Louganis impersonation in last seasons opening round of the NHL playoffs, he just might be hated more than any Ranger player on the Island.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/18/13

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Dallas Stars v New York IslandersThe New York Islanders lost both of their split-squad preseason games to the Calgary Flames last night, in what amounted to glorified scrimmages north of the border. The Isles lost 5-3 in Calgary and 4-2 in Regina, but what mattered most about the games weren’t the final scores. The fact that many of the team’s prospects were offered a taste of NHL ice time was the key component of yesterday’s games.

Power Play Prowess: Ryan Strome Could Make Islanders via Man-Advantage

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Brock Nelson primed for season on Islanders third line

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As Islanders nation continues what seems like the excruciatingly slow count-down towards hockey season, fans are getting a better idea of what their starting lines are going to look like.

Most of the team can be pieced together at this point as the Islanders get ready for a full squad preseason game against the Devils on Thursday, however there is one center who is not only ready to make the team, but he’s ready to make a statement; and that’s Brock Nelson.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/17/13

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Photo by Rich Dias-Rodrigues

Photo by Rich Dias-Rodrigues

What you see is not always what you get….

That should be the prevailing thought as the New York Islanders open up their preseason slate with split squad contests against the Calgary Flames this evening.

John Keats Helps Explain Sports and the New York Islanders

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IMG_0750Before the season officially begins, take a moment to organize thought and allocate emotion. Consider potentiality and compare it to reality.

Weigh this team’s determination to improve. Ask to what degree their restlessness becomes proficiency; their struggles become success.

In this world of instant gratification, with sports embodying capitalism run amuck, ponder the importance of cultivating talent. Love the process not the product, per say.

Quell your need to see a championship and rejoice in the talent that is now apparent. See this team, this entire organization, as the response to others who spend millions and do nothing.

Cody Franson can add more than size to Islanders defense

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It’s been quiet on the Cody Franson front for a few days now. The defenseman has expressed his desire to sign a one-year extension with the Maple Leafs.

New York Islanders Preseason About To Begin

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Credit : Andy Graziano

Credit : Andy Graziano

Its time….summer is over, the air is crisp and the New York Islanders preseason slate is about to begin as the team boards an airplane for their first road trip of the 2013-14 season.

With some new acquisitions in tow and some roster spots to be won, not all the 51 players now in training camp are on the split squad rosters for tomorrow night’s match-up with the Calgary Flames.

Those left off the initial roster will skate and workout at the Nassau Coliseum before the official resumption of camp on Friday morning.

Alex Pietrangelo, Travis Hamonic, and Erik Karlsson: A New Line of Defense

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May 6 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) and Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) battle for the puck in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Staples Center.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/16/13

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Credit to : Andy Graziano

Credit to : Andy Graziano

New York Islanders fans should know better by now….With training camp in full swing, do not read too much into line combinations and defensive pairings. Head coach Jack Capuano is, as expected, experimenting with a number of different things as he gets a good long look comparative to last season in order to prepare his troops for a full-scale 82 game battle.

Top Shelf: 9/15/13

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IMG_0190Well, how about that? Hockey’s back!

On Saturday night, hockey fans [finally] got a taste of some NHL-action – three preseason games featuring the Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames (split-squad) and Edmonton Oilers (split-squad). The Capitals-Jets affair was aired on the NHL Network, a nice treat for us craving some puck.

For Long Island hockey fans, we have to wait just a little bit longer. Tuesday marks the first preseason game for the New York Islanders. In three more days, the Isles head across the northern-border to take on the Calgary Flames at the Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/14/2013

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Credit : Andy Graziano

Credit : Andy Graziano

You awake this Saturday morning to find the air crisp and cool with no hint of heat or humidity. That can only mean one thing……hockey is right around the corner.

The pre-season kicks off tonight with three games (two being split squads) and the New York Islanders are officially practicing, officially opening up their 2013-14 campaign at Barclays Center on Thursday morning.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/13/13

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Mandatory credit to AECOM

Mandatory credit to AECOM

Yesterday was a momentous occasion for the New York Islanders as a franchise, one echoed in statements to the media by team owner Charles Wang, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, and Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner.

During a guided tour of the Isles’ future home in Brooklyn, media members were given a look behind the curtain at what Barclays Center has to offer when the Islanders finally move in.

New York Islanders Training Camp Report : Day One

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Photo by Andy Graziano

Photo by Andy Graziano

Barclays Center welcomed the New York Islanders training camp opener today as the beautiful complex opened their doors to not only the team but the media as well. And what a show they carried out.

As the team made their way from the Long Island rail road and walked Atlantic Avenue towards the arena, New Jersey Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yomark was on hand front and center for a tremendous photo-op. Bruce Ratner and Yomark then greeted the Islanders and media contingent to a well designed and uplifting speech to set the tone of the day.

Barclays Center Opens Its Doors to the New York Islanders

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Brooklyn hosted its first NHL skate today, and showed all present that it can indeed host and maintain a professional hockey club, now and well into the future.

This state-of-the art facility will most certainly herald Islanders hockey into a new era, allowing for first-time visitors (to both arena and sport) and die-hard fans alike to feel as if hockey is the sport of the future, even if it’s been an established profession for quite some time.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/12/13

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Apr. 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Two officers of the NYPD stand outside the arena before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on the day of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Apr. 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Two officers of the NYPD stand outside the arena before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on the day of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Preseason Power Rankings

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The long and sweltering summer is over. With September comes cooler weather, NFL football and most importantly, NHL training camps open and preseason is finally upon us.

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