Islanders Top Shelf 10/10/14: We Have Arrived

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We. Made. It. Rejoice!

This is the night we’ve been waiting for, Isles fans! In just a few short hours, the New York Islanders’ 2014-15 season begins. And oh, how nice it is to say that!

The Isles are in Raleigh, NC, preparing for a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Isles will then travel back to good ol’ Long Island where they’ll take on the Hurricanes again tomorrow night on Coliseum ice. So now, and we really mean it this time: Islanders hockey has arrived, and it’s not leaving any time soon.

However, it’s not all fun and games as we head into the middle of October. Yesterday, Newsday’s Arthur Staple confirmed reports that Michael Grabner will need sports hernia surgery, and that the speedy forward is “out indefinitely.”

That’s definitely not good news, but with all the forward depth the Islanders have accumulated, the loss of Grabner shouldn’t seriously hurt the team. While it obviously would be better to have him in the lineup tonight, they can manage without the NHL’s fastest winger for a little while. After all, they’ve survived without better players before.

So don’t let that injury (or anything on this day!) bring you down. The Islanders will be okay, and we’ll be able to see that tonight for the first time since April. They’re back, they’re strong, and they are ready to fill this season with memories. Let’s go Islanders!

-Peter (@PJMcEntee)

 

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In Case You Missed It

Eric Bordin briefs us with Travis Hamonic’s emotional story before ESPN has a special on the young defenseman (Islanders Insight)

The Islanders sale was finalized yesterday, and Eric Bordin was on the scene for us (Islanders Insight)

Eric Bordin writes on the media’s continuous snubbing of the Islanders. See a pattern here? (Islanders Insight)

Here is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ 2014-15 roster, courtesy of Dominik from LHH (Lighthouse Hockey)

Cory Conacher is excited for his chance to play on the top line (Islanders Point Blank)

Arthur Staple’s three keys to success this season (Newsday)

 

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Around the NHL

The Flyers continue to get the short end of the stick with injuries, this time it’s Braydon Coburn (NJ.com)

Willie Mitchell wants to prove the critics wrong in Florida this season (Sun Sentinel)

Why the desert and hockey go well together (AZCentral)

This isn’t the year for the Edmonton Oilers. Again. (Too Many Men on the Site)

1st round pick Sam Bennett is out 4-6 months (Canoe.ca)

The Bruins will be Stanley Cup Champions, writes Nik Bonaddio (Huffington Post)

 

Islanders Top Shelf 10/10/14: We Have Arrived
Peter McEntee