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Blog: Analysis Of The First Half New York Islanders

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Guest contributor Thomas Vitkowski shares his thoughts of the Islanders half way into the season.

If at the beginning of the season someone told you the Islanders would have 63 points and a Metro division lead at the All Star Break, I think all of us would have taken that immediately. What’s even more impressive is HOW the Islanders got there.

What to Expect

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As you go on twitter and other social media websites, you could see what everyone opinions of the Islanders season so far is.

As the All-Star break is in progress, the Islanders are in first place in the Metropolitan Conference by 3 points.  There are many things that I think that the Islanders did right during the season so far, and what they can improve on in the second half.

What I think the Islanders as a team did right so far are as follows:

Hockey from The Blind Side, Time to Start Believing

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Blog: “You Can’t Beat Us!”

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Why New York Needs Hockey & A Rivalry

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Gary’s Audio Blog – January 12, 2015

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Greetings from Big D.

I have been here for a family function this weekend.  Unfortunately, I am stuck here a few extra hours, because my flight home was cancelled.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Snap 2 Game Losing Streak In New Jersey

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The New York Islanders came back twice last night in New Jersey to defeat the New Jersey Devils in overtime. It was, without a doubt, 2 big points earned by the Isles. Make no mistakes about that.

Isles Giveaway Game To The Canucks

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There’s not much to write about this game after the Matt Martin goal that gave the New York Islanders a 1-0 lead against the Vancouver Canucks. The Islanders had too many giveaways that the Canucks capitalized on. Truthfully after what I saw in Edmonton, which again wasn’t much, I turned off the TV once the score was 3-1.

The penalty kill was decent but the power play was non existent going 0-3.

Matt Donovan, Thomas Hickey and Brock Nelson were on the ice for all three Vancouver goals.

The Islanders split the western Canada road trip by going 2-2, a record that could have been different had the Isles actually showed up for the final two games.

Michael Grabner returned from the IR and was put on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

Next up for the Islanders are the New Jersey Devils at the Rock.

Hockey from the Blind Side, The Islanders give up Another 3 Goal Lead in the Third, but Manage to Win in OT

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Hockey From the Blind Side – Who is John Panarese

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What makes John Panarese tick?  Check the video link below...

What makes John Panarese tick? Check the video link below…

People have seen his articles over the past few years on Eyes on Isles, and here on Isles Talk.  They have heard his voice on WGBB radio…

But who is John Panarese?  I have actually had people ask me, is he REALLY blind?

The answer is YES, but believe me – when I tell you – read his articles and listen to him talk about the team he loves so much, and it will make you wonder how he does it.

Johnny Rockets Blasts Isles to Victory

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I think one word describes this..... YES  (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

I think one word describes this….. YES (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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Islander Nation – The WORLD IS NOT ENDING….

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) controls the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) as Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) defends the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) controls the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) as Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) defends the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NBC deal with Isles?

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My dad recently showed me an article that was in the Newsday about how NBC will be airing Islanders games in the future.

There are many things I could say about what I think about this whole idea of airing games on NBC.

One thing I could say about NBC airing Islanders games now is how disrespectful they are about how they didn’t even think about airing them last season or the season before that. I get that they are doing well this season, but what stopped them for airing them when they got into the playoffs.

“We are plotting as we speak.”

So NBC expects the Islanders to maintain their hot start?

Hockey From the Blind Side, Isles Win Back to Back and Continue to Roll

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23 on the season (Photo by Claire Harding)

23 on the season (Photo by Claire Harding)

The New York Islanders continue to roll! It was another impressive comeback win. After outshooting the Lightning badly and then falling behind 1-0, John Tavares ties the game with just under 3 minutes left. Then, 12 seconds later, Anders Lee got the game winner.

It was the 4th win in a row for the Isles and wins on back to back nights. Friday night, they beat the Redwings 2-1 to earn all four points on the weekend. With 46 total points, they keep pace with the Penguins to stay in the top group of teams in the Eastern Conference.

Win Number 23 – Audio Blog 12/21/14

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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12), defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (11) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrate a goal by center John Tavares as Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brenden Morrow (10) reacts in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12), defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (11) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrate a goal by center John Tavares as Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brenden Morrow (10) reacts in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y.

22 Skidoo – Escape Detroit with the W

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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) shoots against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) shoots against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

As Travis Hamonic said to Shannon Hogan after the game, he (Anders Lee) likes to score those “GREASY” goals.

Welcome Back Johnny Rockets – and Other Things

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Welcome Back #55

Welcome Back #55

He was missing for nine games.  Thank goodness, that the team did well without him in the lineup.  Kudos to ANDREI VASILEVSKIY for having a deep team.

He and Travis Hamonic returned to the lineup tonight, as Matt Donovan returned to the sidelines.  #46 played admirably with the others being out of the lineup.

Michael Grabner is on the IR retroactive to Dec. 13.  Do not expect him back before the New Year.

Isles & Wings Pregame 12.19.14

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Josh Bailey?

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Yes, Josh Bailey won the game for the Islanders on December 15th against the Devils, but doesn’t take away the fact that he is still not the greatest player the Islanders though out to be.

Going onto the Islanders website I noticed that when you compared Bailey to let say Strome, they don’t look good for Bailey.

Josh Bailey, who has played 20 games this season, has only average up to 5 goals in 20 games.  The other reasons why I think Josh Bailey isn’t as good as everyone thinks he is because compared to Strome his honestly on paper not good.

Bailey has only 4 assists and only 9 points in over 20 games. Strome on the other hand has 15 assists and 21 points in the last 31 games.

Isles Got 21 – Defeat Devs in Shootout

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Bailes slides the winner home

Bailes slides the winner home

This was a testament to the level of character and a testament to the intestinal fortitude of this hockey club.

This was a game that the Islanders should have LOST.

No doubt about it – last year’s team would have suffered a defeat, and the fans like us would be screaming bloody murder.

Not this time.  The Isles salvaged another one.  Hey – but a W is a W.

JT lost his cool, but the PK saved his bacon.  Guess he does own Cal and Casey and Frans a dinner.

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