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Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 4/3/15

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New York Islanders v Columbus Blue Jackets

The New York Islanders have been the least-bit convincing during the final quarter of the 2014-15 season, so it should be discouraging for the organization and the fans to watch what this team has done since the last rendition of this column.

On paper, a 1-1-1 record over three games is exactly what it looks like. It’s not good or bad, but alright. Three points out of a possible six is “OK,” but its hard to feel OK following the ups-and-downs ridden by Long Island’s hockey team on the way to those three, and only three points.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 9

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Chicago Blackhawks v New York Islanders

If you are new to the New York Islanders organization, allow me to let you in on a little secret that has held true for the past 30 years: Nothing comes easy.

Wins do not come easy, leads are not held, postseason berths are not clinched. I have never seen such dread out of a fan base after such a successful season than I do this year.

And to think there might be a damper on celebrating the Nassau Coliseum’s final weeks.

We’re just nine days away from the final regular season home game against as fans and players alike are preparing to say their goodbyes.

It will take a pretty simple guess to know who will be representing day nine.

Former Islanders To Tell Tales At Coliseum Event

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 24:  Hall of Fame member Pat Lafontaine is honored prior to the game between the New York Islanders and the Minnesota Wild at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 24, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the final season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum comes to an end, Nassau County politicians and the fans are starting to realize that the Islanders are actually moving to Brooklyn.

Williams Signs His Entry Level Contract With Islanders

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Stephon Williams (Minnesota State)

If you have been a regular reader of this space, then the news that Stephon Williams choosing to give up his senior season at Minnesota State to sign with the New York Islanders was no surprise. For most of the season as Williams was dominating the WCHA and posting numbers that had him at the top of NCAA goalie ranking, it was becoming clear that Williams was proving that he was ready to move on to the next level.

Low Ticket Prices For Islanders Remaining Home Games, Starting at $38 Against Buffalo

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The high-flying New York Islanders enter the month of April in second place in the Metropolitan Division. With 95 points they are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the highest number in the Eastern Conference without officially securing a playoff spot. Lead by John Tavares, a player who is second in the NHL overall in points, the Islanders are the fourth-best goal-scoring team in the entire NHL. Averaging three goals per game, this has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL in the offensive zone. However, many of their games have been shootouts, allowing 2.7 goals per game. In addition, they have also struggled killing penalties, as they are ranked 27th in the NHL only killing 77.5% of their penalties. April is an important month for the Islanders if they are to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are tied for the fourth-highest point total in the Eastern Conference.

Islanders Feeling Blue After Losing Shootout to Columbus

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New York Islanders v Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Strome scored at 00:55 of the third period tonight to give the New York Islanders a 3-1 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

At that precise moment there was so much for the Islanders and their fans to feel good about. Strome had been looking strong since being benched for one game by Coach Jack Capuano and had just collected a point in his fourth consecutive game. He was working well on a line with John Tavares and  Tavares had scored his 35th goal of the season at 2:03 of the second period to give the Isles a 2-1 lead.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 11 & 10

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Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

Grab the bar of soap, you are about to say something you never thought you would say.

Last night, you were rooting for Philadelphia and you were happy when they won.

How’d that feel?

The Islanders test does not get any easier tonight. Playing a Columbus Blue Jackets side that has won seven straight, the Islanders will be visiting Nationwide Arena; A place that is not friendly to its visitors.

Back here on Long Island though the Islanders have a place of their own just like that and as the countdown continues to the final regular season home game against these very Blue Jackets on April 11, we take a look at two forwards that were members of the dynasty.

Rested Islanders Look To Cool Down Scorching Jackets

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 05: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders in action against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on February 5, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The New York Islanders won, 3-2, in a shootout. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

New York Islanders: Five Things To Watch Down the Stretch

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The New York Islanders have five games remaining in their season. What are some things to look out for as we come down the home stretch in 2014-15?

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Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: A Little Help, But Not From Their Friends Edition: 4|2|15

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New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers

The New York Islanders did not play last night, however they moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division. It’s a coveted spot as it guarantees home ice in the NHL playoff’s opening round.

The Isles remained even with the Penguins in points (95) and ROW’s (38), however the shift in the standings occurred as a result of the Flyers 4-1 victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Despite being the inferior Pennsylvania team since the Consol Energy Center opened in 2010-11, the Flyers are now 13-2-1 in the team’s 16 meetings over the last five seasons at the arena.

We Want YOU For Our Big Nassau Coliseum Article!

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We are composing a compilation of memories of the Nassau Coliseum, and we want YOURS!

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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.

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.”

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