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Blog: New York Islanders Preseason Review

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Welcome back to another season of New York Islanders hockey here at Isles Talk everyone. To say it was a summer to remember is a complete understatement, but I’m here to write about what’s in front of us and that’s the preseason, which begins on Sunday. Entering the preseason, many have the Islanders finishing out of the playoffs but not as bad as they were last year. To be more specific, most have the Isles finishing anywhere between 80-85 points which would, for now, put them into my “Sophomore class” in a regular season preview. After what has transpired, I can’t really blame them and I can understand where they’re coming from but I just can’t put the Islanders that low. Why? There are a few factors for this that will be a part of the preseason edition here today so let’s get started.

Blog: 2018-19 Western Conference Predictions By The Numbers

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Gotta win this one first before the grand prize.
Can’t have one without the other. It’s the same format as the Eastern Conference and so now, here are my predictions (expectations) for the West.

The Core Teams:
These are the teams that should make the playoffs: Winnipeg, Nashville, St. Louis, Vegas, San José and Los Angeles. The Central will remain the strongest division in the league and thanks in part to a few injuries, one team falls out and makes this a little easier.

Barry Trotz – What to Expect from our New Coach – from a new writer for Isles Talk

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*** Editor’s Note – This article was written by Sophie Flink.  She is a new found Islanders fan – and I will say she did a great job.  You will be seeing her on Isles Talk in the future. ***

By Sophie Flink

Blog: 2018-19 Eastern Conference Predictions By The Numbers

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Every year I write up a different kind of preseason prediction because the upcoming season really is unpredictable. To be honest, this should really be more like an expectation piece than a prediction, but like all kinds of writings like these, take with a grain of salt. What I tend to do is I take info from the last three years of each player and after some simple math and statistical research is done, I try to classify each team into four different categories: The Core, Bubble, Sophomore, and Lottery. Now this isn’t necessarily where I think each team will end up, but it’s the expectations and where they SHOULD end up by the end of the season. This also gives you a better understanding of where I’m coming from and how I interpret other teams. So going by the numbers, let’s check out the first category.

The Core Teams:

Blog: If The Playoffs Ended Today Because Numbers Never Lie

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He’s holding his own. Photo courtesy of Flipboard.com
You’ve heard of this phrase: “If the playoffs ended today…..” It’s annoying for a lot of people throughout the season when this begins. Another phrase the people don’t like is: “The numbers don’t lie….” I’m about to make it worse. I started this last year for fun and it’s why I’m doing it again, but for some teams after the 10 game mark, the playoffs have already ended.

Blog: Isles Have More Time To Evaluate

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Lou may be more patient than we like. Photo courtesy of sportstalkflorida.com
So we’ve reached the quarter mark of the NHL season and for many (including myself this early in the year), the New York Islanders are exceeding everyone’s expectations with a 12-9-2 record. Many have asked what should the Isles do at this point of the year? Do/Can they make a trade for more veteran experience to improve the team now? Is bringing up a prospect a good idea after 20+ games?

Blog: What Happened To The Loyalty?

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Occam’s Razor: When presented with two or more competing hypotheses the simplest of the set tends to be the right one.

Blog: Lou Must Trade To Earn My Trust

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**This is a complete conspiracy theory on my part. It’s filled with rumors based off of one news report with the foundation of evidence that amounts to nothing. I’m simply testing out how well I have studied Lou’s professional behavior over the years.**

In Lou We Trust

Blog: With A Long Summer Ahead, Three Questions Remain

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Well, that was completely unexpected, but when you’ve been a fan for as long as some have it’s not shocking, but it is (to put it nicely) disappointing. The New York Islanders will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive year and there’s some very obvious reasons why they’ll miss. I’m not going to write about what happened ( I will later) or why the Isles missed and just regurgitate what many others in the media have already written and said. You don’t need to be reminded, nor do I need to bore myself about it. The best thing for this fan base to do now is move beyond this season. So I’m putting myself in the hot seat and I’m going to pretend that I got asked the three biggest questions on every Islanders fans minds because this will encompass most of the spring and early summer: Will Doug Weight be back as coach? Will Garth Snow be fired? Will John Tavares resign with the Islanders?

Blog: Isles Have No Choice But To Go Up

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The “Second Half” of the season begins for the Islanders tonight against the Florida Panthers after the completion of this past weekend’s All-Star festivities. With the Isles completion of the their 50th game a few days ago, we’ll go through the pro-rated standings, talk a little bit about what the Isles may do at the trade deadline (which is now less than a month away) and I’ll give a few more thoughts on the team moving forward. So let’s get on with the pro-rated standings:

1. Tampa 119 Pace
2. Bruins 115 Pace
3. Caps 105 Pace
4. Leafs 98
5. Devils 96
6. Columbus 95
7. Phil 94
8. Pitt 92

9. Isles 90
10. Rangers 90
11. Canes 87
12. Wings 79
13. Habs 77
14. Panthers 77
15. Sens OUT
16. Sabres OUT

Blog: Welcome To The Trade Deadline Season

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Welcome to the second half of the NHL hockey season folks! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, but there is a new season upon us. It’s called the NHL trade deadline. For me, the trade deadline season begins usually after the World Junior Championships and lasts up until the actual trade deadline date which is February 26th. This is also where you’ll start to begin to see teams fall our of the playoff race (if they haven’t already) and that’s when you see the free agents of those teams being thrown into the rumor mill. So before I get into the Isles, I wanted to show you the pro-rated standings of the Eastern Conference as of January 11, 2018 or roughly 43 games in for most teams.

1. Tampa 31-9-3 124 point pace
2. Caps 27-13-3 109
3. Bruins 23-10-7 109
4. Devils 22-11-8 104
5. Columbus 25-16-3 99
6. Leafs 25-17-3 97
7. Rangers 22-15-5 96
8. Carolina 19-15-8 90

Belmont – Here we Come! YES YES YES

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Finally – News that every Islander fan should feel as GOOD NEWS!

As Larry Brooks said, this may have been the best day in 34 years, as an Islanders fan.

 

He is close, but it is right up there.

Blog: Isles With A Chance To Separate From The Pack

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So the new York Islanders have reached the thirty game mark and once again I’ll be looking at the standings from a percentage standpoint or pro-rated view to give you an idea about what will pan out for the Islanders for the duration of the season. So The standings for the Eastern Conference as of December 13th, 2017 look like this:

1. Tampa Bay Pace:126
2. Toronto 105
3. New Jersey 104
4. Columbus 103
5. Isles 101
6. Caps 100
7. Bruins 97
8. Rangers 96

9. Pens 90
10. Carolina 85
11. Philly 85
12. Montreal 79
13. Detroit 77
14. Florida 77
15. Ottawa 71
16. Sabres 58

Blog: Isles Must Throw Out The Under Dog Role

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With the NHL moving forward beyond the quarter mark and the New York Islanders playing tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers, it’s time to take a deeper look into the Isles and see where things could be headed for over the next quarter mark. In the preseason, I went for the Isles finishing anywhere between 100-105 points and making the playoffs. I also stated that the second half of last season, where the Isles finished at a 107 point pace under Islanders head coach, Doug Weight was not a fluke. So far I believe the Isles are on a good pace and that the isles are in fact the real deal. However, I do think they could be better than what their record stands at.

Blog: The NHL Rankings At the Quarter Mark

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Welcome to the first quarter mark of the NHL where I will not only go over the NHL’s top 10 teams, but the current lottery teams as well as a brief look at where the New York Islanders current are. If you’re a first time reader, welcome! If not, then you already know that I’m a writer who looks at the percentages or point pace of each teams instead of looking at just the points. The reason I do this is for two reasons: First, not every team plays on the same day and when it’s this early in the season. I do take into consideration the amount of games played by each team. Second, I’m not a big fan of drama (yet here I am on an Islanders blog, go figure). With that said, let’s take a look at the Top 10 NHL teams after the Islanders completed their 20th game last night.

The East After 10 Games; Isles Thoughts

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In my usual custom, I rarely look at the standings until at least the 15th game and sometimes if there’s still some congestion, I won’t really look until most teams finish around the 20th game. It has always been important and emphasized by teams to get off to a good start, but there was always that one team that just flopped before the season really began. The prime example this year are the Arizona Coyotes who currently sit at 1-10-1. Most in the hockey world did not have them making the playoffs, but they’re better than this current record indicates. The Buffalo Sabres of a few years ago come to my mind and the Columbus Blue Jackets two years ago are also in this class of never really getting a good start to a season and miss the playoffs. But my curiosity kicked in and since the Islanders are in the eastern conference I wondered if there were teams that just got off to a slow start and even though they would rebound during the season, they still missed the playoffs.

Blog: Isles Must Keep “Misery Loves Company” Door Closed

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The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres and to an extent, the Edmonton Oilers are in a room with the door closed and there’s a sign in front of the door that says “Misery Loves Company.” These are the bottom five teams in the entire NHL and the New York Islanders have a chance to make two of those teams feel utterly demoralized within a weeks time. I’m not going to delve into the Oilers as I feel they will eventually get things back on track and I had the Buffalo Sabres as one of the least likeliest teams to make the playoffs this year.
After last night’s loss to the Kings, some fans are already trying to trade Carey Price, so there’s no need to even go near that team. The Rangers, Sharks and Coyotes are the next three teams the Islanders must face and there could be some major implications, especially for the Rangers should the Islanders win tonight.

Isles Talk 2017-18 Eastern Conference Predeictions

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So we’re just about two weeks away from the start of the regular season and it’s time for my predictions segment. Now unlike many, I love doing predictions. It gives me a chance to really look into researching other teams (It’s also part of my regular job) and I pride/curse at myself on how that research comes to fruition/destruction. As always I will break down each conference into four categories: The Core; Bubble, Sophomores, and Lottery. When it comes to predicting where I put each team, I had to decide how many points will be needed to make it to the middle of April. As far as the East goes, I believe that 97 points will be the minimum requirement. From there I’ll determine if each team has a shot at reaching that point total. Where each team will land in the standings will be anyone’s guess, but if a team mentioned in the Core or Bubble sustain enough injuries, the points total could slightly drop and of course, the standings would change.

Isles Talk 2017-18 Western Conference Predictions

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So we’re just about two weeks away from the start of the regular season and it’s time for my predictions segment. Now unlike many, I love doing predictions. It gives me a chance to really look into researching other teams and I pride myself on how that research comes to fruition. As always I will break down each conference into four categories: The Core; Bubble, Sophomores, and Lottery. When it comes to predicting where I put each team, I had to decide how many points will be needed to make it to the middle of April. As far as the West goes, I believe that 95 points will be the minimum requirement. Where each team will land in the standings will be anyone’s guess, but if a team mentioned in the Core or Bubble sustain enough injuries, the points total could slightly drop. I’m also adding another element to the prediction piece, each teams projected end of year total which will roughly have a span of five points. So without further hesitation, let’s start with the Core.

Blog: 2017-18 New York Islanders Season Preview

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This is not going to be the usual Islanders prediction preview where I spill the addition and subtraction of players and take a guess as to where the Islanders will land either in the Metro division or the Eastern Conference. Despite how I had warned you in the beginning of August about the drama-filled articles and the lower expectations from basically every hockey media and Vegas betting outlet, I will continue to write that the Islanders are not as bad as many are predicting them to be. I’m hoping that this is the completion of a transitional phase that started last year in the organization and everyone now simply don’t know where to put the Islanders in their predictions.

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