Islanders: D&C Podcast 3 Stars of the Week

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Each week, to coincide with The Dump and Chase Podcast, I will post my three stars of the previous week. To hear Andy Graziano (@Tazman19) and Rich Dias (@RDNHL) make their picks and criticize my selections make sure you tune in this evening to the podcast on our hosting site. There is even an IRC chat window so you can yell at the hosts while they are on the air!!

If you would like to comment on my selections or choose stars yourself, you can also post below in the discussion section or join our live Google hangout at 8:30 this evening. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @DumpAndChase80.

Practice Audio: Islanders Prepare for Pens: 1-15-15

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The New York Islanders returned to the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time in over two weeks this morning as they prepare for yet another huge divisional test tomorrow night when the Pittsburgh Penguins come waddling into town.

Winners of three straight against the New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, the Islanders look to put even the smallest of margins between themselves the the team right on their heels for the Metropolitan division lead.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 85

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There were a few moments in which I was awoken from my slumber in a bit of a panic. See, I was rocked by this dream. Almost like a hallucination of sorts. So vivid, so real, that I had to scramble to my phone and check the standings.

To my surprise, and with a bit of relief, the glowing screen told me what I had thought was just an illusion: The Islanders sit atop the Eastern Conference.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/15/15 – Fixing The All-Star Game

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With the New York Islanders off yesterday and today, this is as good of a time as any to discuss the NHL All-Star Game, set to be played in Columbus, Ohio next weekend.

For the first time since 2012, the NHL will be hosting its midseason exhibition game, along with other All-Star festivities including the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. For the third straight All-Star game, teams will not be decided by the ‘East vs. West’ format, but a player draft conducted by team captains – this year, it will be Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews – to determine the roster of both teams.

New York Islanders Midseason Awards

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Well, we made it Islanders fans. The All-Star break is right around the corner and we’ve reached, and just slightly passed, the midpoint of the season. What were you all expecting at this point back in October? I bet it was not the lead in the Eastern Conference. Strange how things like that happen, huh? […]

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Islanders Making Statement…To Themselves

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The New York Islanders are 16 games above .500 (29-13-1), and first in the National Hockey League’s Eastern conference standings. Do not refresh your browser or clear out your cache and cookies. This is not an old message from 30+ years ago, but very much from January 14, 2015.

After last night’s 3-0 victory over a red-hot New York Rangers team (14 wins in 15 games) at Madison Square Garden, their most competitive rival in the conference, some wonder when the questions like ‘Is this team for real?’, ‘Can the Islanders keep this up?’ or ‘Are they just a flash in the pan?’ will end. 43 games? 60 games? 82 games? Stanley Cup playoffs?

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 86

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Do me a favor, Islanders fans. Just take a deep, deep breath. Doesn’t feel the same as usual, does it? That’s because you’re breathing in rare air. The air of a team that is in first place in the Eastern Conference.

With 86 days to go until the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum, we salute the only Islander to wear 86 and one of the heroes from last night’s triumph at Madison Square Garden: Nikolay Kulemin.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/14/15- Top of the Conference Edition

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In case you were wondering, last night seriously happened. The New York Islanders went into Madison Square Garden and beat their biggest rival by a score of 3-0, and with a Tampa Bay Lightning loss, have climbed to the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference.

With a (little) bit of early-minute luck, the Islanders managed to escape the first period without giving up a goal. The second period was the Isles’ offensive outburst, as Anders Lee, Nikolay Kulemin, and Frans Nielsen scored three straight goals to give their team a cushioned lead, Nielsen’s goal coming as on the penalty kill with less than a minute to play in the period.

Islanders Turn “King” Into Jester, Shutout Rangers At MSG

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Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good. Most of the time, it’s better to be both.That is exactly what the Islanders were tonight, as they, and the goalposts, defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 at MSG.

This was the biggest game the two teams have played in roughly 31 years. That is the last time the two teams met with first place on the line. While you can’t definitively say the pressure was more squarely on one team or the other, the Islanders are the ones trying to hold off the surging Rangers. It’s a position the team is not used to, and they clearly could have folded under the pressure. Tonight, they showed they are not here to be anyone’s doormat.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 87

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Ah, rivalry night in New York.

Feels a bit different this year doesn’t it?

Well, that’s what happens when the New York Islanders are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and the crosstown Rangers are one of the hottest teams on the planet at the moment (cringe all you want, Islanders fans, it’s true).

For day 87, we’re going to take a trip back to the year of 1987 when Ronald Reagan was President, the New York Giants were Super Bowl Champions and Terry Simpson was behind the bench for the New York Islanders for an October 31 clash against the Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum.

New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Pregame Report

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New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Pregame Report

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Where: Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

Tonight starts a week of hockey games the Islanders have had marked on their calendars for some time now. And though most Islander-Ranger games are exciting, this one has a bit more flavor to it. Both teams are playing exceptionally well this season; challenging not only for a playoff spot, but for the top seed in the Metropolitan Division.

Rivalry at MSG! Are You Ready?

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Can we wear our jerseys to work even if it isn't a Friday?  I don't think so, but I can definitely wear my colors!  Surely there will be some good natures (not really) poking by fellow co-workers who just happen to root for the wrong team, but Oh Well!  That's what it's all about isn't it?

Bright Lights, Big City


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Still searching for statistical analysis to help ground your argument: why your New York team is better than the other New York team? You have that fancy stat handy, do you? One that shows who the better goalie is these past several weeks? Who has the better defense? Who has the veteran presence? Which team is faster, stronger, tougher?

At puck drop, stats, predictions, claims, and all points in between shall evaporate, and in its stead marked anticipation and concerted tension, coming together to create nothing short of high-octane hockey at Madison Square Garden come 7pm this evening.

It’s not even that it’s an Islanders-Rangers game and a chance to ridicule your rival|friend|co-worker|son|wife with an opposing chant, gibe, and|or offensive tweet. No. Tonight’s matchup actually means something for a change, something tangible and worthwhile.

Islanders Prepare For Biggest Games of the Season

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It’s official, we can stop calling the Islanders’ record “a start.”

“The Islanders have gotten off to a great start.”
“What a great start for the Islanders, can they keep it up?”

We are now more than halfway through the season; 42 games to be exact. This is no start, the Isles are for real.

Islanders-Rangers Rivalry Renewed: Q&A With Steve Zipay

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The New York Islanders and New York Rangers, long time rivals in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference, meet five times this season as part of an 82-game annual schedule. Yet here we sit, January 12, 2015, and the two have only met once this season–a 6-3 Islanders victory back on October 14, 2014 at Madison Square Garden.

When do you remember the last time both of these teams being this good at the midway point of a season? For the younger generation of passionate Islander and Ranger fans, the answer to that question is more than likely ‘never’. At least that was my son’s answer when I posed the same question to him this past Sunday afternoon.

Poll: New York Islanders’ Position Most in Need of an Upgrade

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The New York Islanders have moved into the second half of their 2014-15 schedule and have performed as well as even the most optimistic fan could have projected to this point.  They are currently perched atop the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division with a 28-13-1 record. The team have shown themselves to be an extremely deep and talented […]

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Why New York Needs Hockey & A Rivalry

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Locker: Beginnings: John Tavares Airing On MSG

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New York, NY (January 12, 2015) – MSG Network continues season four of “Beginnings” with a glimpse into the childhood of Islanders star John Tavares. The half-hour episode goes home to Oakville, Canada with the Islanders captain who grew up with one thing on his mind: hockey. At 14, he was the youngest player ever drafted into the Ontario Hockey League and by the time his junior career was done, he had broken the OHL career scoring record. Last year he was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, winning a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Gary’s Audio Blog – January 12, 2015

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Greetings from Big D.

I have been here for a family function this weekend.  Unfortunately, I am stuck here a few extra hours, because my flight home was cancelled.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 88

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It’s odd administering this countdown. Sure, 88 days seems like it’s far away. Technically it is. Three months is not exactly a sprint. But watch how quick this goes as we count down to the regular season finale at Nassau Coliseum.

Today we take a look back at battlin’ Billy Smith and a fantastic streak that he was a part of during his time as an Islander. Out of 18 years he was in the NHL, Smith was in the playoffs 13 times. It was a streak that started in his fourth season in the league. At 24-years old, he made his postseason debut as a part of the magical 1975 playoff run. One that almost shocked the world.

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