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A Feel Good Islander Story

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Jake Lotocki of Winnipeg, MB with his gifts from the NY Islanders Booster Club

Jake Lotocki of Winnipeg, MB with his gifts from the NY Islanders Booster Club

Despite the tough season in Islander country, there was a story that despite what happened to start the story, a great ending came about.

In early March, the Islanders were playing at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, as they took on the Winnipeg Jets.  In the stands, an 11 year old young man named Jake Lotocki got his chance to see his team, the Islanders take on his home town team.  According to his mother, Sue, he has been an Islander fan since he was a very young boy.

Class of 2014: Isles Season Review

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That's me after rereading my preseason predictions.

That’s me after rereading my preseason predictions.

Garth Snow on SportsTalk1240 on Sunday May 4th

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Garth05042014For the next SportsTalk 1240 show for John and I, on Sunday, May 4th, we will have Garth Snow, as our guest.

We will talk about the season just ended, and his thoughts on free-agency, the draft (will he – or wont he keep the pick this season), and other questions on the minds of you, Islander nation.

We will NOT take calls, but for this show, we will take questions via twitter, using hashtag #AskGarth, or on our Facebook page or you can e-mail me (gharding14@gmail.com)

Playoff Preview: Thursday Night

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Who gets out of the first round?

Who gets out of the first round?

If last night’s games were anything but a preview of what’s to come in these playoffs in 2014, I can’t wait to see what’s in store tonight. Let’s get right into it with my picks for the series winners and a look at a few possible free agents for the Islanders.

Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions from Behind The Stove

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Well, I have The Kings playing for the Cup; who will they play?  Here are my predictions for the first round of the Eastern Conference.

Boston vs Detroit- Boston in seven-  I love the way the Bruins play hockey: very old school and great goaltending.  With that being said, they have played a ton of games over the last 4 years and I think it will catch up to them eventually.  Detroit is full of young speedsters and grizzled vets.  Just through sheer will and great coaching they will push the Big Bad Bruins to seven games.

Tampa Bay vs Montreal- Montreal in six - If Ben Bishop plays it changes things and will be a seven game set.  Montreal has a great first line, yes with our friend Thomas Vanek.  Good depth, dynamic defense and good goaltending.  I think experience, or lack thereof, for both players and coaches will cost Tampa in the end.

Western Conference Playoff Predictions from Behind the Stove

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Well it’s that time of year and here I sit again planning tee times rather than where to watch my playoff hockey.  Here are my predictions for the first round and for my finals.  When I am completely wrong on all of them I will redo them for the second round. First the west

Chicago vs St Louis - Chicago in six.  Playoff tested team in Chicago against a team that in the last month forgot how to play winning hockey.  Chicago’s depth, experience and the fact that Ryan Miller has one foot out the door to Anaheim spells doom for the Blues.  Plus, they simply just don’t score enough goals.

Move to Brooklyn Bad or Good?

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BC

Recently I had to a article for my magazine class at school and I decided to do it on the move to Brooklyn.  Thanks to everyone who helped me with the article!

Here is the final product:

Playoff Preview: Wednesday Night

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Who gets out of the first round?

Who gets out of the first round?

The first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs begin tonight and to be honest, there’s nothing like it. For myself, it’s not just watching the best hockey, it’s also a chance to look at some future free agents who may have a good fit in with the Islanders. I’ll say this now, with the first three matchups this evening, I’m so far not impressed with the crop of free agents this year. I’m hoping tomorrow looks better. So without further delay let’s talk playoffs and make some picks!

First game: Montreal Vs. Tampa Bay

What Should Isles Do At Number 5?

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What will the Isles do?

What will the Isles do?

The Islanders have retained the fifth overall pick in this years draft. They have the option on June 1st whether to keep the pick or give it to Buffalo to complete the Thomas Vanek trade. Craig Button, who has correctly picked former top 5 picks for the Islanders, selected Michael Dal Colle in his mock draft.

Donovan & Nelson Make World Championship Roster

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Congrats Matt & Brock!

Congrats Matt & Brock!

By USAHockey.com

Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson of the new York Islanders have been selected to play in this years World Championships May 9th through the 25th in Minsk, Belarus.

For now the roster looks like this:

Goalie: Connor Hellebuyck

Defenseman:

Matt Donovan: New York Islanders

Jake Gardiner: Toronto Maple Leafs

Seth Jones: Nashville Predators

Jake McCabe: Buffalo Sabres

Jeff Petry: Edmonton Oilers

Catching Up With News

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He's back!

He’s back!

Since Gary and John are going to be busy for a while (and rightfully so) I guess you’ll be stuck with me for a little while. Sorry. So let’s get caught up shall we?

Capuano Is Back As Head Coach

Gary’s On Assignment….

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A Josh Bailey buyout? Not likely.

For me – I have been away for a while, and I need to take some time.

When I write on this site, I write from the perspective of talking to friends.  People that read “Isles Talk” are our friends; whether you support what we say or not – whether you believe us or not – we still consider you friends.

And especially when the guy that owns the site, has not been writing for a while, he should provide an explanation as to why.

Well – Gary is job hunting….

The Bridge Report: Who’s Left?

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I recognized Pedan....

I recognized Pedan….

Youth Will Be Served

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The youth gave fans something to look forward to.

The youth gave fans something to look forward to.

Runnin With The Devils

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Ryan is looking for some job security.

Ryan is looking for some job security.

This should just be another segment of the Bridge Report because any name left on this Islanders roster either started in Bridgeport this year or their time is running out and they’ll eventually be injured, maybe even tonight as the Islanders travel to “The Rock” to face the New Jersey Devils for the final time of the year.

Johnson Recalled

The Bridge Report: Strome Named To AHL All-Rookie Team

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IMG_0818From the New York Islanders:

The American Hockey League announced today that former Bridgeport Sound Tigers and current New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome has been named to the 2013-14 All-Rookie Team. The All-Rookie Team was voted on by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the AHL’s 30 member cities.

Home Not So Sweet Home

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You have your work cut out for you sir.

You have your work cut out for you sir.

As the Islanders finished their home schedule last night with a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Isles finish their home record with a 13-19-9 record. It’s the fourth year in a row that the Isles have a losing record. In the last four years the Islanders have a combined home record of 57-66-24. Why is there so much losing at home?

We had some problems here at home. It’s something we have to straighten out if we want to make the playoffs – Coach Capuano

More Injuries, More Callups

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Let's just hope he doesn't get injured.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t get injured.

Can’t Stop The Pain

Hockey from the Blind Side, It Is a Big Deal …

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My brain is actually in vacation mode at the moment. I’ll be out of the loop for a week starting tomorrow, but I wanted to write one last article that has been inspired by conversations I have had with a few friends and I have read online as far as fan opinions go. I know myself, Paul, Gary and others have basically expressed what I am going to write as it is, but it is worth repeating.

The subject is just how important seeing the Islanders win happens to be at this stage of the season. The Isles were “officially” or “mathematically” eliminated from the playoff race a few days ago, which, of course, we pretty much figured was going to be the reality for a while now. However, since the Olympic break, the tam has been playing well and I believe they are 5-0-1 in their last 6 games since a 6-0 loss at home to the Wild.

Should Griffin Reinhart Make The Isles

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Reinhart could help fix this mess.

Reinhart could help fix this mess.

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