Found April 26, 2013 on
NHLTags: Danny BriereNew York IslandersOliver LauridsenPeter LavioletteYou watch a game unfold like that between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders tonight and wonder, “Where was this team three months ago?”
Many Flyers fans were probably quietly hoping- alright, let’s not kid ourselves, vocally and belligerently pleading- that the team would lose to help improve their draft position in June.
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from Steven Marcus of Newsday,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, echoing Islanders owner Charles Wang's comments last week, said he would like the Islanders to leave for their new home in Brooklyn "as soon as possible," but said the team is prepared to play out its lease, which expires after the 2014-2015 season.
"I'd like to see them in the newer...
For the first time since 2007, there will be playoff hockey at the Nassau Coliseum this spring.
After finishing dead last in the Atlantic Division, the Islanders clinched a playoff spot last week and currently have a hold the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games to play. The Isles are young and talented up front — John Tavares ranks third in the NHL with 27 goals...
With the Islanders (55 pts.) picking up a point in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres last night they moved into the 6th seed ahead of the Rangers (54 pts.) and Senators (54 pts.). The Rangers now need a minimum of one point today to clinch at least the 7th seed.
The sixth seed is also a real possibility but there's a lot of scenarios that need to playout:
Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings)
From the Edmonton Oil Kings:
The Edmonton Oil Kings announced today that they will be without their Captain for possibly 6 weeks. Veteran defenceman Griffin Reinhart sustained a foot injury in Game 3 of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship in Calgary against the Hitmen. The first round pick of the New York Islanders underwent...
Say it ain't so -- the NY Post is reporting that the Barclay's Center has been conducting focus groups and the New York Islanders may lose their colors in their upcoming move to Brooklyn.
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
The previously surging New York Islanders are hitting the skids at the worst possible time.
If they don't find their game quickly, their first playoff appearance in six years might be a short one.
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in the shootout and Ryan Miller made 30 saves before the tiebreaker to lead the Sabres in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Friday...
Michael St. Croix (Edmonton Oil Kings)
It was a very wild Wednesday evening of prospect hockey as New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects went a bit crazy as we have a little of everything for everybody. The biggest game was out west as the prospect I like to call "The Predator" was so good Wednesday that Michael St. Croix was named the "Buzzing the Net"...
The Islanders have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since April of 2007. I am happy for them. Very. But I remain guardedly optimistic as I have been through this before. Five games in 2007 and in 2004, when I was positive I would be heading to Tampa to see a playoff game, I watched the Isles playoff dream and my own come crashing to the ground in Overtime on April 16...
Though the New York Islanders have ensured the end of their playoff drought, they don't exactly appear to be heading into the postseason on a roll.
They'll get once more chance to pick up some momentum Friday night as they finish a five-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres in both teams' regular-season finale.
New York has fared well recently in Buffalo, winning...
Tonight the New York Islanders regular season comes to a close, as does their 5-game road trip, which they are 2-1-1 on currently. They are playing the Buffalo Sabres at 7 PM. There are many scenarios that could still play out as the season winds down, but the Islanders do not hold their seeding fate [...]
Six years have passed since the New York Islanders last made the playoffs or the Philadelphia Flyers failed to qualify.
Both of those runs are now over.
Two days after their postseason drought officially ended, the Islanders look to maintain their April point streak Thursday night and beat a Flyers team in the midst of a solid stretch that's coming far too late.
The Sabres haven't made it official yet, however, you can take it to the bank that Ryan Millr will be manning his crease tomorrow night on "fan Appreciation Night" when John Tavares and the playoff-bound NY islanders come calling.
When he leads his team onto the ice for the final game of the disappointing lockout-shortened season, Miller will become the 62nd goaltender...