Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The All Aboard Edition 8/4/15

The LIRR and Barclays announced yesterday that two additional eastbound trains will leave the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn twenty minutes after weekday home games this season. The lines will run to Farmingdale and Babylon. Fans needing all other lines will have to transfer at Jamaica. Two additional west bound trains will be available on days of weekend home games for eastern Long...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Affairs of the Hart (Trophy)

End-of-season awards, regardless of sport, engender quite a bit of debate, from well-groomed TV analysts to grizzled couch-dwellers. Deciding which player is the best at something is difficult when there is no perfect, catch-all statistic. Sure, there are awards that represent a certain milestone—the batting title in baseball, the Golden Boot in soccer—but awards like Most Valuable...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Throwback Thursday (7/30/15)

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Throwback Thursday   This wasn’t originally intended to be a throwback Thursday post. I had something else written and then I found the second link listed below about the 1993 Playoff Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. I skipped down to game six and watched as an unlikely group of players forced a Pittsburgh Penguins team to a game seven. This...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Summer Report Card: Nikolay Kulemin

Nikolay Kulemin Season: 72 GP – 15 G – 16 A – 31 PTS — 21 PIM — plus-7 Career: 503 GP – 99 G – 127 A – 226 PTS — 133 PIM — minus-1 Contract: 4.18MM cap hit through 2018-19 (UFA) 2014-2015 Season Recap: Ask yourself this question: Who are the most visible players on a given team? Answer: those who are either incredibly proficient (Player A), or devastatingly...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: July 23rd, 2015

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  It’s more fun than discussing hockey analytics in summer. THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – IS SIDNEY CROSBY STILL THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYER($)?????? Usually the posts on are pretty solid, and the ones on Insider are doubly so.  This one…not so much. My criticism does not come...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Summer Report Card: Johnny Boychuk

Johnny Boychuk Season: 72 GP – 9 G – 26 A – 35 PTS — 14 PIM — plus-15 Career: 393 GP – 28 G – 82 A – 110 PTS — 212 PIM — plus-104 Contract: 6MM cap hit through 2022-23 (UFA) 2014-2015 Season Recap: Johnny Boychuk is the most important New York Islanders hockey player who isn’t named John Tavares. And he is as much presence as he is prowess. Last October...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tavares on McDavid: 'He's going to do some special things'

One of the lasting images of Connor McDavid from the NHL Draft was of him nervously fidgeting in his seat before the Edmonton Oilers officially made him the first overall pick of the draft. But McDavid did not look nervous when he took the ice at the Oilers' prospect development camp this week and scored five goals in a single scrimmage. Former No. 1 pick John Tavares of the New...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Calm Down Rook: 7|8|15

Rookie mini-camp began yesterday in Brooklyn, making it the first to be held in the Islanders’ new home. Prospects were showcased in front of the media in their practice yesterday, and while the event should not be used to evaluate who will be making the team, there are always players who stand out on the ice. Josh Ho-Sang, as usual, had the media’s attention yesterday with his...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Summer Report Card: John Tavares

John Tavares Season: 82 GP – 38 G – 48 A – 86 PTS – 46 PIM – +5 Career: 432 GP – 174 G – 227 A – 401 PTS – 205 PIM Contract: $5.5 million cap hit through 2017-18 – UFA 2014-2015 Season Recap: There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding New York Islanders captain John Tavares heading into the 2014-15 season. Tavares was coming off a knee injury, suffered...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

NY Islanders Most Expensive Game For 2015-16 Season Is Home Opener At Barclays Center

The New York Islanders enter the 2015-16 NHL season with high expectations. Last year, the Islanders finished with an overall record of 47-28-7, even in a tough Metropolitan Division, and were led by standout John Tavares, who had his most productive season of his career. Tavares, also the club’s captain, found the net 38 times and contributed 48 assists, helping propel the Islanders...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The 3 On 3 Edition: 6|25|15

A change to the NHL’s overtime format was approved on Wednesday. The change will see the league go to a 3 on 3 format, for a five minute period in games that are tied after regulation. If the game remains tied after the overtime period, the winner will continue to be determined by a shootout. The purpose of the change is to open up the ice and create more scoring chances so that...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Changes Abound As Islanders Announce Home Opener

The New York Islanders today announced that they will open the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Friday, October 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Typically Saturday was the day of choice when the team hosted opponents at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum but times are changing. With the venue switch comes a new day, a new opponent and more importantly...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: A Hart For Tavares Edition: 6|24|2015

The National Hockey League will announce the winner of the Hart Trophy, the award given to the NHL player judged to be the “most valuable to his team” during the regular season, tonight in Las Vegas. As always, members of the Hockey Writer’s Association have three outstanding players to choose from; forward John Tavares from the New York Islanders, Alex Ovechkin from the...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 6|18|15

Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers are expected to part ways this summer. Naturally, the news made me wonder whether or not St. Louis would be a perfect fit for the New York Islanders during the 2015-16 season. I know. St. Louis underachieved in a Rangers uniform. The price the Rangers paid to acquire him wasn’t worth the results (not a Stanley Cup), but that isn’t...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 6/12/15

I feel you pain, Coyotes faithful. I truly do. The fear of losing your hockey team isn’t pleasant. When the New York Islanders were rumored to be moving out of town, it truly felt like every childhood memory and every second of investment in a team I truly love could be swept away at any given moment. The worst part was that I, along with many others, were truly helpless in the...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 6/5/15

The NHL-equivalent to a unicorn could finally be making his way to New York, as reports that Kirill Petrov, the New York Islanders’ third-round pick in 2008, is close to signing a deal to play in North America have run rampant this past week. For those who aren’t familiar with Petrov, flat-out never knew he existed, or never thought the day would come, Petrov was a top-five talent...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

CCM Hockey now sponsors Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid wasted no time obtaining a major sponsorship deal. CCM Hockey has brought McDavid into the fold, joining a lengthy list of NHL stars which includes Carey Price, John Tavares and several others. Here’s how CCM Hockey made the announcement: It's official. @CMcDavid97 is #MadeOfHockey and has joined the CCM Hockey family. — CCM Hockey (@CCMHockey...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Nassau Coliseum’s Greatest Moment: 27 to 23

Some moments win games, some moments win championships, but very few professional sports organizations have produced a moment that sports historians can qualify as a moment that influenced an entire culture. The New York Islanders have. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was or what exactly a crosstown rival is doing in the playoffs right now if you want to appreciate its significance...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Readers Best Nassau Coliseum Memories – Part I

We asked you, the loyal and fantastic readers of Islanders Insight, to submit your favorite photos and some memories of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which has now closed its doors to professional hockey. The last game was the New York Islanders 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in game six of the opening round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, a series New York would...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|6|15- Goodbye, Old Friend

The ice at the Nassau Coliseum was removed yesterday, obviously marking the final ice removal of the Long Island staple. This really hit home for many, as those who still had not felt the impact of Game 7 came to see a Coliseum with, save the banners in the rafters, no resemblance to the hockey team that played there for 43 seasons. Although the arena will be hosting concerts throughout...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|1|15

In not so surprising news, John Tavares was nominated as a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, as the league’s most valuable player. The 24-year-old was second in the league in points with 86, and set a career high in goals with 38. Despite getting off to a slow start for his standards, Tavares found his scoring touch as the season went on, and as the trophy he is contending...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders End Season Meetings: Day Three Audio

It’s day three of the New York Islanders end of season meetings and the last group of players are meeting with the coaching staff and front office before cleaning out their lockers for the final time at Nassau Coliseum. The players are still disappointed with the result in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs but do not want it to overshadow the success of the season. There...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4|30|15

For the second time in three seasons, New York Islanders captain John Tavares has been named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, annually awarded to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League, and it’s pretty remarkable when you think about it. Before the 2014-15 season began, many were uncertain on whether or not Tavares would be able...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares, Carey Price Finalists for NHL’s Hart Trophy

NEW YORK — Washington forward Alex Ovechkin, Montreal goalie Carey Price and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season with the top three designated finalists. The...
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Tavares Named Hart Trophy Finalist

New York Islanders captain John Tavares has been named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy for the second time in three seasons. The award is given to the player ‘who is judged to have been the most valuable to his team’ during the 2014-15 season. He will be going up against some stiff competition for sure as Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, who led the NHL in wins...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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