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Lessons Learned From Pittsburgh

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Islanders Look To Clip The Pens

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The New York Islanders (4-0-0; 8 points) take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0; 4 points) tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Forget about the idea that these two teams will be fighting for a first place spot, this is a battle between the two worst penalty killing teams in the League. The Islanders are currently ranked 29th with 61.9% while Pittsburgh is 30th with a 60% “effective” rating. Once again, if the Islanders can just stay out of penalty trouble and get in the sin bin, they have as good a chance as anybody to beat the Pens. The key for the Isles is to play like they did against the Pens in the 2013 playoffs. Hello Kyle Okposo!

Grabovski Out; No One Called Up

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My take: After going 4-0 to start the season, the amount of injuries piling up will eventually take it’s toll, but that’s why having this much depth is so important. Colin McDonald should see action against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but how the lines will look will be determined at a later time. Having said that, Enjoy this little gem from last night.

Reinhart Sent Down

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Isles Look To Go 4-0

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My take: Two undefeated teams go at it tonight at 7:00pm at the Nassau Coliseum. In my opinion, the key for an Isles victory will be staying out of the penalty box. San Jose usually has a very good power play unit, but are only 13% with the man advantage. The last thing the Isles want to do is reignite that part of their arsenal. They’re a fast team and will play the 200 foot game all night with the Isles. San Jose has a record of 12-3-1-2 in their last 18 games against the Islanders, so asking for a 2 goal game from Halak and the defense may be stretching it a bit, but if Kevin Poulin can do it, so can they.

According to Capuano, same forward lines and Halak in net. Defense is a to be determined.

Hockey from the Blind Side, 3-0, but still 79 games to play

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As an New York Islander fan, beating the New York Rangers is always something that brings a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment to me. It’s a rivalry I enjoy quit ea bit, and one that has brought me both pleasure and torture ever since I’ve been a kid. The Isles defeating the Rangers at MSG is only icing on the cake and doing so in explosive fashion with a 4 goal third period was simply Beautiful.

However, despite being 3-0 out of the gate, 3 games does not a season make. I am certainly quite happy with the start to the season, but I look at this with a great deal of cautious optimism. There is still a lot of hockey to play and the beginning of the season is going to be a tough test for this team. Every point they can get now is definitely important, but let us not put the cart before the horse.

M, I, C, K, MICK, MICK, MICK on SportsTalk1240 Sunday

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MICK is coming to SportsTalk1240 on Sunday.  Make sure you check out the show...

MICK is coming to SportsTalk1240 on Sunday. Make sure you check out the show…

Yes Isles nation, Mick is coming for a visit (well – a phone call…)

Mick Vukota, that loveable Isles enforcer of the late 80s and 90s will be one of our guests on SPORTSTALK1240 on Sunday night.

John Panarese and I will be talking about Mick’s days on Long Island, some of the many battles he had over the years, his life after hockey, and talk about the current team.

It Is Way Too Early To Drink The Champagne Right Now, But BE HAPPY!

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, misses a save on a goal by New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo, not pictured, during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in New York. The Islanders won 6-3. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, misses a save on a goal by New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo, not pictured, during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in New York. The Islanders won 6-3. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Real Test For The Islanders Comes Tomorrow

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Johnny Boychuk for President!!!

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Johnny Boychuk for President

Johnny Boychuk for President

I know that he is from Edmonton, but I would vote for him…

If there ever was a storybook beginning, this was IT!

A PP marker on his first shot as an Islanders, and assisting on two others.  It usually takes our defensemen at least 3 or 4 games to get 3 points.  He did that in less than half a game.

Not only was he contributing offensively, but on the back end, he was making his presence known.  Everything that we expected from number 55 and so much more.

Let’s Get It On!!!! Isles @ Canes – Game 1

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OK – here we go…

Game 1 of 82 tonight – hitting the BBQ pit in Raleigh to play the WhalerCanes.

What to expect

Would be surprised if Halak does NOT play both games this weekend. You made the deal to make him the number one man – now is his time to shine.  He has all the rust off of him, now is the time to show your wares to Islander nation.

The Defense has been fortified highly with the acquisitions of Boychuk and Leddy.  With all of the other injuries (deHaan, Visnovsky and Carkner), it has made the coaching decision quite easy.

For now.

Grabner Out Indefinitely

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One More Day

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Roberto Longo Guards The Net

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Isles Talk Eastern Conference Preview

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Isles Talk Western Conference Preview

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Isles Talk 2014-15 Season Preview: New York Islanders

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2 Days And Counting

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We are just about 48 hours away from the first game of the season, and for its final presentation, the Nassau Coliseum is going to have probably its best product to show in quite a long time. There is a feeling in the air that has not been seen in October in many years, and the faithful are ready to go.

Are you?

With some disappointments surrounding a playoff run of two years ago, Garth Snow knew that he had to pull a huge rabbit out of that proverbial General Manager’s hat. Last Saturday, he did just that.  The coup that landed Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy away from Boston and Chicago respectively, proved two things:

Isles To Bring Back The Fisherman For One Warmup Game

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GARY IS ALL SET!! JUST LOOK AT THE ENTHUSIASM ON HIS FACE!!!

Islanders Complete 23-Man Roster

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Grabner & de Haan Put On IR; Czuczman Sent To Bridgeport

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