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New York Islanders Announce 23 Man Roster

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The New York Islanders today decided upon the 23 man roster they will open 2013-14 with on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.

It is a core group of speedy, skilled players with a dose of youth infused in.

2013-14 Season Preview: The Forwards

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Sep 27, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) scores a goal on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/30/2013

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The New York Islanders finished off a split squad sweep of the Ottawa Senators last night and headed back home to Long Island but that is only a quarter of the story.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/29/2013

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This morning’s Top Shelf recaps an day filled with Islanders news from Saturday as the team trimmed its training camp roster by seven, announced an entry level signing and placed a new acquisition on the injured reserve list.

While none of the moves came as any surprise, the team clearly is getting ready to announce sometime this week their final 23 man roster for the Friday opener in New Jersey.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/28/2013

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Top Shelf is here on your Saturday morning to announce that the sky is not falling and the Islanders season is not lost after two consecutive shutouts in the preseason.

Of course, I jest as it never was in the first place but instead injecting a little humor as we react to the social media over-reaction of consecutive losses last week to the New Jersey Devils.

Hockey finally made its return to Nassau Coliseum last night as the New York Islanders defeated the Nashville Predators 6-4 in front of 9,338 fans.

Rants And Rumblings : New Rules for 2013-14

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In my first rants and rumblings of the new season, we take a closer look at the rule changes being implemented for the 2013-14 season and those being tested for approval by the NHLPA.

We have gotten a good look now that the preseason is drawing to a close and can make some valid observations on what we have seen thus far.

Some will be happy with the changes, others clearly will not. But, at the end of the day, the league feels the game will be better off for it and that is what matters the most.

Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hamonic Reunited on the Islanders Blue-Line?

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Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Florida Panthers center Shawn Matthias (18) crashes into New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) as New York Islanders defenseman

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/27/13

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Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders Chris Bruton (38) and Nashville Predators left wing Richard Clune (16) fight for possession at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders game day at Nassau Coliseum is finally here and we hope you can contain your excitement at work today. (We’re only half-kidding about the “containing yourself” part.) Yes, there will be NHL hockey played at the Coliseum tonight, and even though it’s only a preseason contest between the Isles and Nashville Predators, it’s still Islanders hockey in Uniondale, which is never not a good thing.

Islanders Scoreless in Last Six Periods: Don’t Worry! It’s Only Pre-season. Right?

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Sep 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Peter Harrold (10) and New York Islanders center Pierre-Marc Bouchard (96) battle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/26/13

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Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Pierre-Marc Bouchard (96) skates the puck against the Nashville Predators during the game at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re looking for ways to stay connected with the New York Islanders during the 2013-14 NHL season, the team has finally obliged you: the official Islanders iPhone app is now available via the App Store by searching “Islanders.”

The app offers real-time shift changes, advanced stats, post-game video clips, customized game alerts, player profiles and more.

Dear Isles Fans: A Derek Stepan Offer Sheet Won’t Happen

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Don’t expect to see Derek Stepan to wear any blue and orange any time soon. Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/25/13

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Sep 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders take the ice for the first time at Barclays Center against the New Jersey Devils. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders mixed up their practice groups Tuesday, shifting a few players between ‘Group A’ (the NHLers) and ‘Group B’ (the prospects) as the team moves ever closer to the start of the 2013-14 regular season.

Sound Off : Let Your Fingers Be Heard

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It is your time to sound off…..let your fingers do the talking.

As loyal readers to Eyes On Isles, we truly appreciate all the support you have shown us over the last six months. And we decided to try something a little different and fun.

If the response turns out positively, this could evolve into a monthly series where we recap the major issues surrounding not only the New York Islanders but the entire National Hockey League and allow you, the fan, to vote in our polls and sound off in the comments section.

Griffin Reinhart Could Be With Islanders On Opening Night

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Sep 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin (60) and defenseman Griffin Reinhart (8) defend the goal against New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres – Toronto Maple Leafs : Brawl Bad For The Game

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Sunday night the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in a meaningless pre-season tilt.

So what, right? The real fun doesn’t begin for a week and a half!

Well here’s the problem. A ridiculous, disgraceful, all out brawl in the middle of the third period took the game from so what to whoa, what the heck?

The teams were playing their second game in two nights, after the Leafs pulled out a victory in a 15 round shootout Saturday night.


Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/24/2013

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The Islanders had a well deserved day off yesterday.

It was a time for the coaching staff to reflect on two consecutive preseason shut-outs over the weekend and decide how they would like the groups to be split going into the final two weeks of training camp.

There are almost certain to be cuts coming, possibly being announced as early as today. The only news yesterday was Parker Milner, who had a great camp, being released from his NHL PTO and assigned officially to Bridgeport camp.

The Evolution of Casey Cizikas

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Nobody could ever make the assumption that being a professional athlete is easy. And that notion is especially true in the world of hockey.

The road from lacing up your first pair of skates and heading out to the local pond to play some pick-up with your friends to the National Hockey League, the journey is filled with ups and downs, peaks and valleys, and many people contribute along the way to any success that is found.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/23/2013

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The New York Islanders traveled to Nashville last night to take on the Predators in their second preseason game of the 2013-14 season in as many nights.

Results were not what the team or head coach Jack Capuano were looking for, as the ‘B’ team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Predators and in the process have now gone 120 minutes without scoring a goal.

Wang, Snow Are Old-School Architects; New-School Isles Poised to Reap Benefits

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Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Ryan Pulock poses for a photo with team officials after being introduced as the number fifteen overall pick to the New York Islanders during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Five years ago, it was difficult for New York Islanders fans to remain hopeful about the future of their team. The organization effectively blew up its structure—and its overall philosophy—when it announced it would embark on a full-scale, scorched-earth, tear-it-all-down rebuild after the 2008-09 season.

Is New Necessarily Better For Islanders Fans At The Barclays Center?

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There were plenty of Islanders fans going into Saturday night’s preseason game against the Devils at the Barclays Center with plenty of mixed emotions. A legion of fans practically grew up in the Nassau Coliseum.

That is home. So of course an Islanders home game anywhere else, especially in Brooklyn, was set to provide a bit of culture shock.

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