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Islanders Fever Is Spreading, Quickly Becoming A Pandemic

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 83

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How can we say goodbye to a building like this? For those of you, who like me, were at the game last night against the Penguins know that that atmosphere, those decibels, that home-ice advantage will never be replicated at the Barclays Center.

While it feels like Kyle Okposo has scored 83 goals on Marc-Andre Fleury in his career, with 83 days left until the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum, we take a look at 1983 and the cap on a dynasty.

Islander Goalie Prospects Save the Night

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Friday night was a pretty good evening for the New York Islander prospects from a performance standpoint but not a good one in terms of wins. The 2013 goalie draft picks Eamon McAdam (2013 third rd.) of Penn State and Stephon Williams (2013 fourth rd.) of Minnesota State both played well sending a message that the Islanders have more than the two goalie prospects from the 2014 draft class.

Come With Me Now: Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 1/17/15

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At the New York Islanders 2014-15 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, the final one of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s great existence, a fantastic video was played on the center ice scoreboard commemorating the final season. It included the above song by a band called the Kongos, ‘Come with me now’. It certainly caught my attention, not only for its catchy melody, but the lyrics as well.

I was born without this fear
Now only this seems clear
I need to move, I need to fight
I need to lose myself tonight

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Okposo, Islanders Punish Penguins; Possess Top Spot in Metro

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Coming off the heels of Tuesday night’s resounding 3-0 victory at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, the Islanders found themselves in unfamiliar territory: defending a one-point hold of the top spot in the Metropolitan Division against the second place powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins.

The teams have met three times earlier this season, most recently involving a home-at-home series win by New York back on Nov. 21st and 22nd.

Suffice to say that tempers and nerves were at critical mass at the onset, as the opening frame was overshadowed by the man-advantage; both teams taking a pair of penalties, but only Pittsburgh capitalizing on both.

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs New York Islanders: Pregame Report

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When: Saturday, January 16, 2015
Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
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

Tuesday night was the biggest rivalry game for the Islanders and Rangers in more than 30 years. Tonight, is even bigger.

Islanders Fans Should Be Rooting For THIS Penguin

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Life has certainly not been easy for Kelsey DiClaudio, but that has not stopped her from pursuing her lifelong goal to play competitive hockey, and show that gender, like her disability, should never be an obstacle.

The 17-year-old, Pittsburgh native suffers from Tethered Cord Syndrome. She was believed to be a healthy baby, until doctors discovered a tumor tethered to her spinal cord. She has had five surgeries in total. Each procedure paralyzed her a little bit more from the waist down.

DiClaudio fell in love with Sled, or Sledge Hockey as it is often called, from a young age, when her friend Hadley Dean introduced her to the sport.

“The moment she got on the ice it was natural,” Kelsey’s mother, Karian told Islanders Insight. “It was like walking for her again. You could see the passion in her eyes since the moment she got on the ice.”

Islanders Win The Battle, But Larger War Looms

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The Islanders deserve all the accolades after Tuesday night’s decisive victory. They outplayed, outworked and outscored the Rangers.

However, the time for celebration is over. The Isles still have work to do before the All-Star Break, and after for that matter. The Isles currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference. They are one point ahead of Pittsburgh, with one more game played. They are one behind Tampa Bay, but have three less games played. Montreal cannot be discounted either, as they sit just two points back, with a game in hand.  In fact, the difference between 1st and 8th in the conference is just eight points.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 1/16/15

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New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak was announced as an injury replacement for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game yesterday afternoon, but it’s hard to say whether or not fans are excited about the honor.

Halak’s selection, the first of his career, seems to be shrouded with extreme paranoia by Islanders fans, who look back to seven years ago and remember one name: Rick DiPietro.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 84

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Talk about a Friday night heavyweight tilt. Tonight’s game at the Coliseum between the Islanders and Penguins will be an absolute barn burner. Those in attendance will surely have some kind of hearing loss and there will be approximately zero complaints about it when you wake up tomorrow morning with your ears still ringing.

I’ll be in Section 337 with the missus. If you need help finding me, I’ll be the guy with the beard wearing the fisherman jersey next to the pretty girl in the orange alternate. Be sure to drop by and say hello.

Islanders-Penguins Q&A With The Pens Blog

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The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins get set to relight their newly heated rivalry this evening at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as the two top teams in the Metropolitan division square off at 7 pm.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1|16|15

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The New York Islanders return to the Nassau Coliseum tonight, this time for a 7 pm matchup against the Penguins of Pittsburgh. Tonight’s contest pins two of the Metro’s finest, both teams rested and both arriving fresh off the heels of victories this past Tuesday. And what remains is a showdown to determine who’ll take sole position of first place at evening’s end.

The Islanders find themselves in what is arguably their toughest stretch of games this season, as they are scheduled to face Montreal, Philadelphia, the Rangers (again) and the streaking Boston Bruins, consecutively. With competition in the Metropolitan Division at an all-time high, the Islanders will need to play some of the best hockey they’ve played all year. Despite how well this team is playing, the Isles top spot in the division is far from secure, as they’ll need to defend their position with great effort, sprinkled with some luck, in the coming weeks.

Preview: Islanders Battle Penguins

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Coming off a thrilling 3-0 victory against their in-state rival New York Rangers on Tuesday, the Islanders will play yet another crucial division game when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town on Friday night. In what will continue to be a huge week for the Islanders, they face off against a Penguins’ team that has […]

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The Return Of The New York Rivalry

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For the last 10 years, the rivalry between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders was dormant and only known in the media for being overrated as the Islanders floundered in mediocrity. Yet the build up to the Islanders 3-0 win over the Rangers at MSG the other night was one of the biggest […]

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Jaroslav Halak Named to NHL All-Star Game

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Earlier today (much, much earlier) the NHL announced that New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak will be headed to the All-Star game as a replacement for the injured Pekka Rinne. Halak will be joining his captain, John Tavares who will also represent the Isles in Columbus. This is Halak’s first ever selection to play in […]

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Islanders Goalie Halak Joins Tavares At NHL All-Star Game

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The NHL acted swiftly this week to fill in the voids left behind at goaltending for the 2015 All-Star game in Columbus, as sudden injuries to both Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Detroit’s Jimmy Howard presented serious roster challenges.

Islanders: D&C Podcast 3 Stars of the Week

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Each week, to coincide with The Dump and Chase Podcast, I will post my three stars of the previous week. To hear Andy Graziano (@Tazman19) and Rich Dias (@RDNHL) make their picks and criticize my selections make sure you tune in this evening to the podcast on our hosting site. There is even an IRC chat window so you can yell at the hosts while they are on the air!!

If you would like to comment on my selections or choose stars yourself, you can also post below in the discussion section or join our live Google hangout at 8:30 this evening. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @DumpAndChase80.

Practice Audio: Islanders Prepare for Pens: 1-15-15

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The New York Islanders returned to the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time in over two weeks this morning as they prepare for yet another huge divisional test tomorrow night when the Pittsburgh Penguins come waddling into town.

Winners of three straight against the New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, the Islanders look to put even the smallest of margins between themselves the the team right on their heels for the Metropolitan division lead.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 85

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There were a few moments in which I was awoken from my slumber in a bit of a panic. See, I was rocked by this dream. Almost like a hallucination of sorts. So vivid, so real, that I had to scramble to my phone and check the standings.

To my surprise, and with a bit of relief, the glowing screen told me what I had thought was just an illusion: The Islanders sit atop the Eastern Conference.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/15/15 – Fixing The All-Star Game

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With the New York Islanders off yesterday and today, this is as good of a time as any to discuss the NHL All-Star Game, set to be played in Columbus, Ohio next weekend.

For the first time since 2012, the NHL will be hosting its midseason exhibition game, along with other All-Star festivities including the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. For the third straight All-Star game, teams will not be decided by the ‘East vs. West’ format, but a player draft conducted by team captains – this year, it will be Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews – to determine the roster of both teams.

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