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Talk From The 300 Section – WOW!

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Well – I wonder how #8 feels today?

Did he hear the crowd?  I hope he did!

Here is what I had to say about it.  I also talked about some of the other series, including the game tonight in Pittsburgh.

Have a great day, Islander nation!  Get ready for tomorrow.

Talk From the 300 Section – An Almost Complete Effort

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As Mike Bossy so eloquently put it last night.

One down, 15 to go….  A great effort by the Isles last night.  They accomplished what the needed already – get to even when they are home on Sunday.

2015 Western Conference Predictions

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Continuing on with the 2015 Stanley Cup first round predictions, it’s time for the Western Conference. Again I have my picks all set, but I’m just going to do the first round. Here we go!

Anaheim Ducks & Winnipeg Jets

Winner: Anaheim

Anaheim has everything going for them and they should take this series. As a hockey fan, to see the fans in Winnipeg participate in the playoffs once again will be a treat. Anaheim may just be too much for the NHL Jets.

St. Louis Blues & Minnesota Wild

Winner: St. Louis

I’m going against the grain here and my theory is that all hot streaks must come to an end and so will Minnesota’s run. Other than that, brace yourselves for one heck of a series.

Nashville Predators & Chicago Blackhawks

Winner: Chicago

2015 Eastern Conference Predictions

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It’s that time of year once again where everyone gets to prepare and write up their playoff predictions. Last year I went perfect in the Eastern Conference and bombed in the West (Thanks San Jose!). Yes, that meant I did have the Rangers going to the Cup, but not this year. I already have my picks set in, but I’m just doing the first round of each Conference. Each winner is based of the question: Who would win a full 7 game series? So without further stalling, here’s the Eastern Conference:

Detroit Red Wings & Tampa Bay Lightning

Winner: Tampa Bay

Tampa has enough tools, and depth and most importantly, a healthy starting goaltender. Unless Jimmy Howard wants to win the Conn Smythe trophy and upset the Lightning, it’s Tampa in the next round.

Ottawa Senators & Montreal Canadiens

Winner: Montreal

Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Blow Their Chance for Home Ice Advantage in the 1st Round and Close Out the Final Regular Season at the Old Barn on a Disappointing Note

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Here is my latest audio podcast. In this recording, I talk about last night’s final regular season home game at the “Old Barn” and my thoughts about the playoffs.

Talk From the 300 Section – Looks Like We Made It!

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It is happening…

For those of you my age or older, you know the song that I used in the title.  Barry Manilow, in the 70s wrote a song called “Looks LIke We Made It”.

 

Blog: Islanders Will Turn Things Around

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Many or all of the Islanders fans out there are pissed off with last night’s performance. If this is still the case, then allow me to be the calming influence. Even after last night’s game, I’m still confident that the Isles can pull through this. If you’re one of those fans that has season tickets and see no hope in sight, I would truly be indebted to you if you could use Ticketmaster exchange and give them to me when the Islanders do in fact make it. It’s not just about last night, it’s about going 3-7-2 in their last 12 games and at a time when the Islanders were fighting for the division and one of the top teams in the NHL, they simply tired out, collapsed and slumped. Islanders fans are no longer looking for answers. They want to shoot first and ask questions later, or they may not even care anymore and whisk the Islanders away to Brooklyn and be done with them.

Talk From the 300 Section – Time to Put Up And Stop the Useless Talk

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And Then There Were Five

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Happy April Fools Day everyone! Luckily for New York Islanders fans, the jokes are not going to be on them. There are five games remaining in this regular season and many fans are eager to just see the Islanders make the playoffs, while some would like to see home ice advantage. Let me ease some of the nerves. As of this writing, with the Boston Bruins defeating the Florida Panthers, you can take the Panthers out of playoff contention. If this were any other year, the Panthers would still be in it. But as I had written a while back, the Eastern Conference will have close to 7 teams ending their seasons with at least 100 points. That has never happened and the closest comparison is the 2005-06 season when the Eastern Conference had 6 teams with 100+ points.

Hockey from the Blind Side, It’s Starting to Become Concerning to Me

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The New York Islanders were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks yesterday by the score of 3-2. After the Ducks took a 3-1 lead in the later stages of the second period, the Islanders got one back from Casey Cizikas in the third. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and the Islanders dropped their seventh straight at home.

Talk From the 300 Section – A Point is a Point

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It may not have been the ultimate result; but a point is better than nothing.

It was the first time all season that the Isles did not get two points once they crossed 60 minutes.  Can you believe that?

Hockey from the Blind Side, Four Game Losing Streak is Snapped in New Jersey

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In New Jersey last night, the New York Islanders snapped their four game losing streak with a solid 3-0 win. Jaroslav Halak faced 26 shots and was tested a bit in the second period with the goal post coming up as his best friend at one point.

The Isles took a 1-0 lead about 8 minutes into the opening period when Ryan Strome, who also had an assist in the game, got back onto the scoring sheet with his 15th goal of the season. There was no scoring in the second period, though there was that close call by Travis Zajac, who rang the iron.

Then, in the third period, after an Islander power play expired, Travis Hamonic scored on a slap shot to put the visitors up by 2 goals. Then, Kyle Okposo finished things with his 15th goal of the season into an empty net. John Tavares assisted on the goal, and is back in a tie for the points lead in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin.

Blog: Time For Isles To Prepare For The Playoffs

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The New York Islanders, having tied a few teams with the most games played this season at 71, get a much needed break this week when they face off against the Chicago Black Hawks and the New Jersey Devils this week, giving the team some much needed rest and practice time. For fans, it’s all about the standings. Can the Islanders still win the Metropolitan Division? Some are still asking if the Islanders will make the playoffs due to the recent struggles. Well, let’s take a look and go from there.

Talk From the 300 Section – Tough Loss

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No matter how you slice it – it was a difficult 3rd period to watch.  The Isles were the completely dominant team in the first 20, but somehow forgot the last 40.

The last regular season game at NVMC of Islanders-Rangers will not go down as a classic in the history books.  It will be a complete disappointment.

Talk from the 300 Section – JT – WOW, and Let’s Get Ready for Tonight

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That was a highlight reel moment…..

How can you top that?  Maybe tonight we will see some more magic from the number 1 scorer in the league?

Hockey from the Blind Side, A Loss in Florida, but Still a Point in the Standings

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What is the REAL DEAL With Number 46?

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I have been quiet on this for a long time, but it is finally time to ask the question:

WHAT DID MATT DONOVAN DO TO BE STUCK ON THE BENCH ALL THIS TIME????

I have been a little biased on Matt for the past few years.  It started when I got a re-tweet from a lady named Kathryn Donovan.  Yes, she is Matt’s Mom.

I became quick friends with her from the minute we started talking.  She is such a PROUD hockey mom.  Her and her husband Larry are huge hockey parents, who spent many an early morning driving their son to practices and games all throughout Oklahoma and the neighboring states.  Matt went into the US hockey development program, and then went to the University of Denver.  Matt then won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan.

Blog: Depth Over Trade Deadline

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As the trade deadline approaches, many Islanders fans would love to see defenseman Johnny Boychuk sign a long term deal. I myself have suggested getting a two-way face off specialist to improve on a team that values puck possession. Some would also like to see the Islanders make a move to improve the special teams, especially the penalty kill that continues to plague the Islanders, such as their 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Talk from the 300 Section – Thoughts on Last Night and Tonight

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Thinking about the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice.  I wanted to share this You Tube Video from the young man that impersonates Herb Brooks to a T.  Check it out…

 

Hockey from the Blind Side, Jaro Wins His 33rd Game of the Season and Sets An Islander Franchise Record

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