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Score Effects And The 2013-14 New York Islanders

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They say that the two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey. And as hackneyed an expression as that is, it makes sense. A team leading by two is more likely to sit back and protect its goal rather than push forward to generate scoring chances. Killing clock is seen as more important than scoring another goal, especially late in a game. Plus, it’s human nature to relax a little in that situation, whether the players will admit it or not.

This is one example of ‘score effects.’ (The flip side would be a team selling out to score a goal when they’re trailing late in a game.)

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/26/14

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With news on the Islanders front quiet, the NHL playoffs got a whole lot of interesting last night as some teams garnered a small advantage while others ran into a brick wall of goaltending.

It is what makes the playoffs so interesting and compelling as the story lines seem to change minute to minute and we get to witness the toughest athletes in professional sports laying it all out on the line to fulfill childhood dreams.

Let’s get right into the links before doing a recap of what we witnessed last night around the league.


Advanced Stats Paint a Bigger Picture

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They’re buzzwords everyone has been hearing around the hockey world: corsi and fenwick. You may be sick of hearing about them or maybe don’t have a clue as to what these words mean.

For starters, they’re not simply words, they’re names. Corsi comes from Jim Corsi: former professional hockey player and current Buffalo Sabres goaltending coach. Fenwick, named for Calgary Flames blogger Matt Fenwick, who is credited for creating the stat.

Islanders : Triantaphilisms – 10 Things I Think I Think 4/25/14

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The Deke Squad V 2.0 Issue #4: Matt Cooke, Safety, 1st Round Surprises

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Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 4/25/14

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Charles Wang still hasn’t come to the decision as to whether or not he should sell his hockey team, but reports say that talks are intensifying. Commissioner Gary Bettman has released a statement in which he expresses his belief that the Barclays Center and the move to Brooklyn has made the Islanders a team people are looking to purchase.

NHL Playoffs Halfway Through Round One : What Have We Learned?

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The NHL playoffs end with the most beautiful trophy in all of sports being presented to the victor. It is the primary reason players play with broken legs, punctured lungs, broken jaws, missing teeth and a variety of other maladies that would put the normal man on his couch with a warm blanket if not the hospital.

It is also the time of year when referees suddenly forget how to do their job at times and the league opens itself up for criticism in how it handles player safety issues. The players are so charged up and filled with emotion, respect for your fellow NHLPA brethren goes right out the window.

Addressing The New York Islanders’ Ownership Situation

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Charles Wang, the computer salesman-turned-billionare-turned-NHL owner, has had an interesting tenure thus far with his team, the New York Islanders. He came in as a man without any hockey knowledge (literally carrying his ‘Hockey For Dummies’ book), and purchased a portion of the team in 2000. Wang didn’t come to the Islanders alone, however, since his business partner Sanjay Kumar bought a stake of the team with him.

In the early years, Wang and Kumar were able to help put together a team that made the playoffs in four-of-five seasons between 2001-02 and 2006-07. (The 2004-05 season is, of course, excluded due to lockout that cancelled the NHL calendar that year).

Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 4/23/14

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No major news regarding the New York Islanders has manifested recently, but their have been some activity for the playoff-less team. It was made official that the Islanders will be playing another pre-season game in the Barclays Center in the 2014-15 season.

The game is set to tae place on Friday September 26th, and the boys in blue and orange will be taking on a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils.

The view on Brooklyn Hockey wasn’t overwhelmingly positive a few months ago when the Islanders played their first game in their (nearly) new home. Fans had to deal with obstructed views at certain places in the seats, and many people felt commuting to the game was quite a hassle.

New York Islanders Should Trade This Year’s 1st Rounder

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It’s a sight we have grown used to seeing: the New York Islanders are in control of yet another lottery pick in the NHL Entry Draft. The team currently holds the fifth overall selection in the first round of this year’s draft, a slot which is certainly desirable despite this year’s relatively weak draft class.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 4/21/14

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This isn’t quite as fun as last season.

At this time in 2013, the New York Islanders were making a push for the playoffs. This time around, the Islanders – and their fans – are sitting on the outside looking in. Don’t get me wrong – there has been some great hockey played since the start of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it’s not exactly what many Long Island hockey fans wanted, or expected, in October.

Next season – the last in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – is going to be a big one for this hockey team, and it all starts with the summer.

Larry Brooks Has It All Wrong About The NHL Draft

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I don’t know if you have had a chance to read the latest piece of drivel written by unabashed Rangers homer Larry Brooks. The man has written some absolutely laughable articles in the past, but this may take the cake. We know he doesn’t root for the Islanders. It’s abundantly clear. But, this article may be his most ridiculous of all time.

In his column in Sunday’s Post, Brooks suggests penalizing teams that are perennially in the draft lottery. He believes that teams that finish in the lottery for 3 consecutive years should not be allowed to pick below 8th. If it becomes 5 years in a row, then that pick drops to no better than 11th.

What Islanders Should Do With 5th Overall Pick

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The New York Islanders were awarded the 5th pick in the 2014 NHL draft following Tuesday nights draft lottery. Coming into the lottery the Islanders had a slim 8.1% chance to land the first pick in the draft but instead received what they were projected, which was the 5th pick.  To complete the Thomas Vanek […]

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2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Red Wings vs. Bruins

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Detroit Red Wings (39-28-15, 93 pts)


Boston Bruins (54-19-9, 117 pts)


Islanders : Triantaphilisms – 10 Things I Think I Think 4/18/14

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Every year, it’s the same old story. Outsiders and fans of the New York Islanders seem to find ways to manipulate their own heads into thinking that John Tavares, who has four years remaining on his contract, will find his way off of Long Island immediately. I want to say it’s as silly as it sounds, but there are so many people that are actually convinced at this “possibility.”

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/18/14

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News on the New York Islanders front is very quiet right now, with the exception of a town hall style meeting that was had last night at the Westbury Manor in Long Island.

2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Wild vs Avalanche

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Minnesota Wild (43-27-12, 98 pts)


Colorado Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 pts)

2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Kings Vs Sharks

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The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are about to get underway and there are some great match-ups in round one from both the Eastern and Western conferences.

One of the most intriguing matchups has the Los Angeles Kings taking on the San Jose Sharks in the 6 seed vs 4 seed series.



The Deke Squad v. 2.0 Issue No. 3: Capuano, Isles Bright Spots, Cup Champs

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Welcome to the Deke Squad  ver. 2.0 – Issue #3

Rich Dias-Rodrigues and Chris Triantafilis take a quick pulse of NHL social media outlets to bring you a concise (and somewhat) precise account of hockey news and reports, speculations and aberrations.

Comments are highly encouraged.

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/17/14

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“You looking at me, Mr.Snow?”


He just might be. With the 5th selection in the June 2014 entry draft to be held in Philadelphia, Garth Snow has tons of options.

1 – Keep the pick and make the selection. Dal Colle could be very available at that slot.

2 – Trade the pick in a package deal for immediate assets.

3 – Send the pick (decision by June 1) to Buffalo to complete the Thomas Vanek trade.

Personally, I am a big fan of the second option but do think Dal Colle is a very good hockey player who would look great on the wing of captain John Tavares.

From future considerations, here is the scouting report on the young winger…

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