Islanders O’Insight’s Top Shelf [Whiskey]: The Take-a-Chill-Pill Edition 3|17|15

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens is hit into the boards by Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 14, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Top o’ the morning to thee.

Rejoice, lads and lasses, for game night is fast approaching and nothing warms the heart of an Isles’ fan more than knowing their team’s a fixin’ to play a game of good ol’ hockey. Aye?

In the spirit of the Irish, a little James Joyce, yes? From his masterpiece, Ulysses:

Blog: Time For Isles To Prepare For The Playoffs

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The New York Islanders, having tied a few teams with the most games played this season at 71, get a much needed break this week when they face off against the Chicago Black Hawks and the New Jersey Devils this week, giving the team some much needed rest and practice time. For fans, it’s all about the standings. Can the Islanders still win the Metropolitan Division? Some are still asking if the Islanders will make the playoffs due to the recent struggles. Well, let’s take a look and go from there.

New York Islanders Have Now Legitimized Themselves As An NHL Powerhouse

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Through decades of misery, all New York Islanders fans can finally breathe easy and realize their team now stands with the big boys of the NHL.

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NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.2

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The second NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings are up. The Bruins are on the rise and some other top teams are falling a bit. Where does your team rank?

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Islanders Fans Need To Take A Chill Pill

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have lost three games in a row. You know what that makes me say? SO WHAT?

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 28 & 27

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Florida Panthers v New York Islanders

Ah, a slump. Not only does it test the true character of a team but it also tests the belief of a fan base.

From what I’m seeing on the internet, which is not a place for the weak-willed (and also not a valid enough sample size), the Islanders’ character is far better off than the belief of this fan base.

The countdown rolls on, however as we highlight days 28 and 27 until the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum.

For day 28, let’s take a look at an Islander who showed up to the NHL a bit later than others, but was one of the more skilled right wingers on a dynastic team.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf 3|16|15

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WINDSOR, ON - MARCH 06: Josh Ho-Sang #66 of the Windsor Spitfires moves the puck against the Saginaw Spirit on March 6, 2014 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

You have got to love New York Islanders prospect Joshua Ho-Sang.

Islander Prospects Show Their Winning Ways

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One of the ways that franchises try to change their direction is by drafting players from programs that have winning ways. Saturday night most of the Islander prospects showed their own winning ways in some key games played and it was good to see some of the prospects stepping up even if their efforts did not show up on the scoresheet.

Tonight’s Star Kyle Schempp Ferris State

Two weeks into the 2015 playoff season and multiple overtime playoff games seem to be the specialty of New York Islander prospects. Tonight sophomore Kyle Schempp (2014 fourth rd.) might have scored the biggest goals of young career when he scored at 6:40 of the third overtime to give his Ferris State Bulldogs a 3-2 victory over Bemidji State.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 3|15|15

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Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

Islanders Country wakes up this morning pondering another loss. This time in the form of a 3-1 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens. Again,it’s not fair to say the Islanders were dominated. It could have very easily been a 2-1 game, when you consider the Habs third goal was a late empty netter. The game could have also been tied had Matt Martin gotten a better handle on a pass he received in the 2nd period. The Islanders outshot their opponent, outhit their opponent, won more faceoffs, rallied late in the 3rd period and scored, but for the third game in a row and for the fourth consecutive time at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Islanders did just enough to lose, not win.

Islanders Pay the Price Against Canadiens

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Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

Tonight’s Recap

The Islanders took the ice against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum tonight. Both teams came into the game with over 90 points and competing for the top of their respective divisions, however they both were also coming off losses to the Ottawa Senators in their previous outings and have been struggling so far in March.

New York Islanders-Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price Steals The Show

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Saturday night was not a kind one to the New York Islanders as Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens have extended the Isles home ice misery, 3-1.

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New York Islanders Look To Wake Up Tonight Against Montreal

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It's been a rough stretch for the Isles. Tonight they'll welcome in one of the best in the NHL in the Canadiens and need to take advantage of the spotlight.

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Islanders Look to Get Back on Track Against Canadiens Tonight

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Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: NBCSN
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

The New York Islanders (43-23-4) will take on the Montreal Canadiens (42-19-7) for the final time during the regular season at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum tonight.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 3|14|15

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Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders

The Islanders rise this morning after suffering their third straight loss at home, 2-1, this time to the Ottawa Senators. Yes, it was another loss that doesn’t look bad on a scoresheet. The team only lost by one goal, the Isles outshot the Senators, outhit the Senators and won the faceoff battle, but the little things required to win a hockey game just didn’t get done. The Senators red hot goalie, Andrew Hammond, certainly had something to do with the loss,  but unfortunately, this pattern of losing close games isn’t new.

Islanders Fall 2-1 to Ottawa

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during their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 13, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.

Tonight’s Recap

After two consecutive days off the Islanders have now dropped three in a row at Nassau Coliseum falling to the Senators 2-1.

The Islanders started off strong generating the game’s first few opportunities but neither team was able to score in the first period. With approximately seven minutes remaining in the second period, Lubomir Visnovsky broke his stick that lead to an Ottawa rush. Matt Puempel fired a shot past Jaroslav Halak to unknot the tie.

Late in the second period the Senators doubled their lead as Erik Karlsson sent a fluttering puck towards the net and Kyle Turris redirected it in.

New York Islanders-Ottawa Senators Game Recap: Sens Edge Isles 2-1

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If there was ever a night the Islanders needed a tremendous bounce back effort it was tonight. The problem was they ran into the hot Senators.

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New York Islanders Look To Regain First Place Against Ottawa

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Now that the New York Rangers have officially leapfrogged them in the division, the Islanders must have that mindset to take back what's rightfully theirs.

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New York Islanders Should Be Looking To Make Big Offseason Splash

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The signings of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy should prompt New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow to be more aggressive this offseason.

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 30 & 29

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Islanders v Thrashers

We’re within a month of the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum. You always hear the term “time goes by way too fast,” but this is on another level.

It seems that the old barn is in the process of being romanticized. Even the big names in hockey analytics are using terms like “old-school,” with tons of “character.” Even though a year or so prior it was outdated and severely lacking modern day amenities (which it still is).  But I’ve always found it fascinating how we wait until the very end to endear ourselves to things that have been there for us all along.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 3/13/15

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TORONTO, ON - MARCH 9:  Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders waits for a puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 9, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders and defenseman Johnny Boychuk finally did it. They came to terms on a seven-year, $42 million extension [way] before July 1, leaving most Islanders fans ecstatic for the future.

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