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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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Blog: Islanders Penalty Kill Improves; Thoughts On Jagr

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When I was looking at the trade deadline yesterday and what Islanders players could be available to add to a third round pick, I looked at what the Isles might need and who might be available. The only issue I looked at was the penalty killing unit. Now when I think of the Isles PK, I think of three players: Frans Nielsen, Nikolay Kulemin, and Michael Grabner. Nielsen and Kulemin have been playing for most of the season as the team’s percentage on the penalty kill for the year is 74.6. So I looked at the percentages when Grabner played, which is currently at 23 games and the percentage doesn’t change much as it currently sits at 74.3. To me, Grabner did not have a positive affect on the penalty kill? Would he be available? Then I noticed a recent streak that had me curious.

Blog: Islanders Options At The Trade Deadline

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With the trade deadline coming up in the beginning of March, many New York Islanders fans are hoping Islanders General Manager Garth Snow pulls the trigger on a move that could help with the special teams or possibly another backup for Jaroslav Halak. So before I talk about as to who is available and what it would take to get them, let’s take a look at what the Islanders have to offer.

First the draft picks. Assuming the Islanders do not trade Johnny Boychuk, the Islanders have two third round picks. They traded their 2014 third round pick to Florida for their 2015 third rounder. If the Islanders do trade Boychuk, then they give one of their two third rounder’s to Boston. The Islanders also have a fourth rounder that may have some value. But a lack of a first and second rounder means that if the Islanders are to make a deal, some players may be moved to a team looking to unload a future unrestricted free agent.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Another Four Game Winning Streak!

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At the NVMC last night, the New York Islanders made it four wins in a row by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets by the score of 6-3. After having dropped 3 in a row, the Isles have gotten back on track. It hasn’t been “pretty” at times, yet they continue to find ways to win games and collect valuable 2 points.

Gary’s Audio Blog – Good Teams Find Ways to Win… Thank Goodness

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Remember this phrase…..

GOOD TEAMS FIND WAYS TO WIN GAMES

This Islander team did just that.  First home game from a road trip – the play was SLOPPY.  There was not a lot of urgency, and players seemed to be lackluster.

Hockey from the Blind Side, I’m a Little Troubled …

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The New York Islanders went into Boston last night for the second game of a 3 game road swing. After beating the Flyers in the shootout on Thursday 3-2, they were defeated by the Bruins 2-1.

Blog: Chad Johnson Could Use Some Help

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After the acquisition and eventual signing of New York Islanders starting goalie Jaroslav Halak, the Islanders wasted no time in signing their backup Chad Johnson from the Boston Bruins to a two year contract. Even before the mega deals that got the Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuck, many Islanders fans were ecstatic at their new goalie tandem because it was better than the goalie carousel that had plagued the team in the past. However, with the trades made and the Islanders surprise and inspiring regular season run to date, only Halak has been able to shine while Johnson has been OK. Many were hoping to see a similar record that Johnson accumulated last year going 17-4-3 and possibly seeing a dominant one-two punch from their goalies. With Islanders fans expectations this year of nothing short of…well…everything, many have speculated what should be done with the “Struggling” Johnson.

Gary’s Audio Blog – Getting a Little Concerned

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Well – I am not going to jump off the ledge, but after THIS three game losing skid, I am beginning to get a little bit concerned.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Drop 2 in a Row

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The New Yorr Islanders lost in Detroit yesterday afternoon 4-1. After having lost in Boston on Thursday, they now have dropped two in a row.

Blog: Eastern Conference Stronger Than Ever

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I’ve been going on twitter or Facebook or some other Islanders chat room and there’s always the select few who believe that if the Islanders lose tonight against the Florida Panthers that the sky is falling. Granted a three game losing streak is not good and yes, the NHL trade deadline is coming, but how far are the Islanders? Should changes be made? How are the rest of the teams doing in comparison to the Islanders. I’ve written many times before, I always play the percentages and the NHL standings are no different. I don’t look at the amount of points, I look at the winning percentage. What struck me this year was the winning percentage of the top eight Eastern Conference teams. When I calculated the percentage to points, I get the pace each team is on pace for:

1. Montreal 112
2. Detroit 110
3. Tampa 109
4. Islanders 109
5. Rangers 106
6. Pittsburgh 105
7. Boston 100
8. Washington 98

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Well – another correction for this team to go through before the next game.

Please do not jump off the ledge.  BIG GAME TOMORROW…  Get excited for this one – forget about last night and move on…

Blog: NYIBC Got A Visit From Mike Bossy

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The New York Islanders Booster Club were delighted to have long time Islanders great Mike Bossy as their guest on January 28th. Mike was gracious enough to talk about his opinions on the current team, shared some stories from the dynasty years, giving the fans a quick update on the legendary Isles coach Al Arbour and why the Islanders and Rangers aren’t a rivalry yet. Mike also talked about who he has liked the most on this Islanders squad at the start of this season while in between questions had a great sense of humor with a few quick jokes. Here are a few questions that were asked that may interest Islanders fans:

Myself: This current team has similar standings and numbers to the 78-79 Islanders, but didn’t win it all because they didn’t have a Butch Goring type of player, who in your opinion could be this years Butch Goring to help the Islanders go deep in the playoffs?

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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