Mike Bossy’s Bid For 50 Goals in 50 Games

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Canadian ice hockey player Mike Bossy (center) of the New York Islanders on the ice during a game against the Quebec Nordiques at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, January 24, 1981. Later in the game, Bossy scored his 50th goal in 50 consecutive games. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

It was thirty-five years ago tonight at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum that Mike Bossy cashed in a cross ice pass from Bryan Trottier against the Quebec Nordiques and became only the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games. It came during the 1980-’81 NHL campaign while the New York Islanders were in pursuit of their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

Islanders Insights Top Shelf: 1/24/16

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The match-up between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers was one of three games postponed yesterday due to the major storm that hit the northeast. The Flyers held practice in Brooklyn:

Saturday’s Islanders Game Postponed, Makeup TBA

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Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

The National Hockey League announced Saturday morning that the New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers game, originally scheduled for January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center has been postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas.

No makeup date has been announced yet.

The Islanders are coming a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators Friday night. Travis Hamonic returned after missing five games with a fractured foot and notched a goal and an assist. John Tavares also had a goal and an assist while Jaroslav Halak had 28 saves for his 12th win of the season. The Flyers recently dropped a 4-3 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Defense, Tavares Key Victory: 1/23/16

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Leddy goal

The Islanders avenged a December 5th loss to the Ottawa Senators last night with a solid 5-2 victory in Ottawa. In his first game back from a lower body injury, Travis Hamonic scored the game winning goal in the third and had a helper on John Tavares’s insurance goal later in the period.

Coach Jack Capuano was quoted on the Islanders’ website.“He [Hamonic] had a great night tonight. I’m going to ride him. I don’t know how many minutes he played, but I’m going to play him in all key situations. He’s one of our best defensemen since I’ve been around. I was pretty pleased with those guys on the back end.”

Hamonic, Islanders Dominate Third Period

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Leddy goal

The New York Islanders’ last game left fans feeling optimistic about the offensive effort shown from all 18 skaters. The Islanders mercilessly outshot the Vancouver Canucks; 48-26, but lost 2-1 in the shootout. At the end of that game, the loser point the Islanders received put them ahead of the New York Rangers.

Unfortunately for the Islanders, their cross-town rival beat the Canucks in overtime earlier this week, to leapfrog the Islanders in the standings. The Isles are still a point behind the Rangers, but their 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators kept them nipping at the Rangers heels.

New York Islanders: Expected Goals Rankings

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This morning, @DTMAboutHeart and @asmae_t released expected goals (xG) data for every NHL season from 2007-2015 on Hockey-Graphs and in 2014-15 the New York Islanders lead the league. xG is a statistic that has been tested against goals for and score-adjusted Corsi for, and has proved to be the most predictive of the three. It […]

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New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators Game Preview

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Islanders hit the road in search of the two points needed to jump to 2nd place in the Metro Division The New York Islanders (24-15-6) are heading up to Ottawa to take on the Senators (22-19-6).  The Islanders are coming off of a short break and should be well rested heading into this game.  Conversely […]

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Islanders Back in Action Against Senators Tonight

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ISLANDERS (24-15-6) at SENATORS (22-19-6)

When: Friday, January 22, 2016
Where: Canadian Tire Centre,
Time: 7:30 PM EST
TV: MSG + (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM and WRCN 103.9 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker)

A well rested New York Islanders team is set to square off against the Senators tonight in Ottawa.

The Isles have gone 6-7-1 after an 8-0-2 run, yet in what is starting to feel like an episode out of the movie Groundhog Day, the team can move ahead of the New York Rangers and into second place in the Metropolitan Division with a victory this evening.

On the Rails – Peaceful Easy Feeling

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Sigh…

If you know me personally, you’ll know I’m a huge music fan and should probably be 20 years older than I already am. (If you guess my age right, you get a prize!) So that’s why to kick off On the Rails I need to recognize the passing of Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey.

I finally was lucky enough to catch Eagles a few years ago at Madison Square Garden on their last (and now final) tour and their overall musicianship just blew me away. The harmonies were perfect, the guitars were smooth – there wasn’t anything you could not like about them.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1/22/2016

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes the save on John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders in the final shootout round to defeat the Islanders 2-1 at the Barclays Center on January 17, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

When the Islanders hit the ice tonight in Ottawa (7:30pm on MSG+), they will be doing so for the first time since losing in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday afternoon.

Islanders at Crossroads Heading to All-Star Break

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Victory

The Washington Capitals are in complete control of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference, but the next best team is a subject of debate.

The New York Islanders made a name for themselves last season playing an aggressive, up tempo style which led the franchise to their best record in over 15 years. Without changing too many pieces, New York has not looked the same for much of 2015-16 until recently.

Islanders’ Prospects Flying Under the Radar

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White team goes for a line change (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Fans often put a majority of their focus on the bigger name, high prestige prospects. Early round picks of all teams carry a lot of pressure to develop into future stars and the New York Islanders organization is no different. In this column, I will shine some of the spotlight on those later round picks and lesser known Islanders prospects who are showing strong development and are contributing to their current teams’ successes.


Eamon McAdam G – 2013 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall (Penn State, NCAA)

New York Islanders Defenseman Travis Hamonic Set to Return to Lineup on Friday

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Travis Hamonic is going to be back in the lineup against the Ottawa Senators, but Islanders fans everywhere are wondering how much longer he has left in Brooklyn. Travis Hamonic’s absence from the lineup may be ending sooner rather than later.  Hamonic has missed time reccently due to a hairline fracture in his right foot […]

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New York Islanders Forward Anders Lee Struggling This Year

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The struggles of New York Islanders forward Anders Lee have been a real concern for Islanders fans this year.  As a rookie, Lee was the second leading goal scorer for the team with 25 goals last year. His production has dropped significantly so far this year and the Islanders need him to regain his mojo. […]

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Jivin’ With Jiggs: Volume 1, McDonald Steps On His Soapbox

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Jiggs McDonald is a name familiar to most hockey fans. He is a past winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, which is given to an individual of the radio and television industry who make make outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of hockey. To many Islanders fans, he is the voice of the glory years, the voice of our youth.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Good News, Bad News

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The Islanders will hold practice today before heading up to Ottawa for tomorrow evening’s game against the Senators.

Islanders Give and Takeaways – Week 3

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at the Barclays Center on October 15, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

After playing just two games over the past week, the Islanders entered a welcomed break in action as they don’t hit the ice again until Friday. This week, we’ll look at a couple of outliers in the hockey stats world and where to look instead to see how a team is performing.

“Hits” is a Terrible Stat

Despite what many hockey fans will tell you, how much a team hits does not matter. Additionally, it carries more negative weight than positive. There is no “grit” stat. There’s not a number that shows you how much heart a team has or how much they’re leaving on the ice with each shift. If there was, it’d likely be much better than simply “hits.”

Hamonic Nearing a Return for Islanders

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders skates against the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center on December 4, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Travis Hamonic took another step forward in his recovery on Wednesday and might be able to return to the lineup on Friday when the Islanders take on the Ottawa Senators. New York’s defenseman skated with the team during their first practice at Northwell Health Ice Center located in East Meadow

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1/20/16

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  The New York Islanders take part in their first practice at the Barclays Center on September 12, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders are due to move into the building at the start of the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After a bit of recent confusion as to where the Islanders will be practicing, the team officially announced yesterday that they will be practicing on Long Island for the rest of the season. The Isles are now slated to practice at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, which will likely be their permanent practice facility for years to come.

Islanders Insight: 10 Things I Think I Think 01/19/16

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Okposo

New York Islanders fans are still adjusting to the the team’s move to Brooklyn, but is it safe to say that Barclays Center is beginning to feel more like home?

A recent article from Sportsnet’s Thomas Drance gives a pretty fair perspective of the timeline from the beginning of this season to now; outlining how Brett Yormark and the Islanders have continued to work with the fanbase to build a true home-ice experience for Long Island’s hockey team.

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