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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 four of the last five meetings there, including a 4-0 victory Feb. 23.
The Islanders (24-17-6) played excellent hockey for most of the last month, going 11-1-2 from March 24-April 20 to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. But some may wonder if they're getting complacent with the last two games ending in defeats against non-playoff teams.
New York followed a shootout loss at Carolina on Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat at Philadelphia on Thursday. John Tavares was perhaps the lone positive for the Islanders, scoring his fourth goal in four games and 28th of the season.
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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:
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...
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
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...
Here at PDL we rarely stray into the world of personal rumors and gossip. We thoroughly enjoy breaking down hockey trade rumors when they seem credible, but when it comes to crossing into the pop culture and TMZ side of the sport, we try to keep our distance.
However, this story about Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller putting his condo up for sale was a bit too juicy to pass up...
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 [...]
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has acknowledged his future is uncertain now that Buffalo's season has ended.
Though, he has one year left on his contract, Miller's unsure whether he's part of the long-term plans of a team that's suddenly in transition. In missing the playoffs for a second straight year, the Sabres (21-21-6) are coming off a tumultuous NHL lockout-shortened...
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.
On the day he is scheduled to play his 500th game as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, news has been circulating that Ryan Mil…