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UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 16:  Colin McDonald #13 of the New York Islanders falls as he collides with Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers in the second period on February 16, 2015 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale,New York.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Our own Andy Graziano summed it up best in last night’s postgame recap here at Insight: the New York Rangers made one less mistake.

With their 6-5 victory on Coliseum ice, the Blueshirts are now two points behind the Metro division leading New York Islanders who stand at 75 points, and tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 73, who were idle Monday night.

Rangers Make One Less Mistake, Defeat Isles 6-5

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on February 16, 2015 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale,New York.


In what was set up to be a grudge match between two of the most fierce rivals in the National Hockey League turned out to be just that. The New York Rangers came marching into Uniondale with both teams playing extremely well (Isles winners of 4 straight and Rangers 9 wins in last 13 games) and a chance to cut into a four point deficit at the top of the Metropolitan division.

Earlier in the day, both teams attempted to downplay the rivalry, saying it was more for the fans and besides it being an important division game, wasn’t more than that. It certainly was not indicative in the play.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 53

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I’m starting to get this feeling of repetitiveness during the 2014-15 hockey season for ever time the Islanders play the Rangers, I find myself saying, “this is the biggest match-up between the two in quite some time.”

Well, it is true. And while it’s a wonderful thought that these two now-heavyweights will be slugging it out at the Coliseum, and who knows? Maybe in the playoffs, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been robbed of this kind of dynamic rivalry for most of my life.

Yes, this rivalry has been extremely entertaining despite the Islanders’ lack of success in the standings, but it’s amazing to see how this tilt plays out when both teams are at the top of the division.

New York Islanders Vs New York Rangers: Pregame Report

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New York Rangers at New York Islanders: Pregame Report

When: Monday, February 16th, 2015
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum , Uniondale, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

Going Full Tilt Over Islanders-Rangers Matchup

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NHL: New York Islanders at New York Rangers

The New York Islanders and New York Rangers get ready to renew their rivalry on ice as the two teams prepare to battle for the fourth time this season tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

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UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 27:  The New York Islanders skate against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As successful as the New York Islanders have been this season, they have yet to pull away from the rest of the Metropolitan Division. Tonight, they will get a chance to add a tiny-bit of cushion in their bid for first place.

Despite Rivalry Success, Islanders Still The Underdog

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New York Islanders v New York Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers face off for the fourth time Monday night. The Isles have owned the Rangers this season going 3-0 against them in three games played. But, with just 26 games remaining in the season, and the Islanders clinging to a two-point lead on Pittsburgh, and a four-point lead on the Rangers, every single game is important, especially inside the division.

Happy Days Are Here Again – Red’s Rewind: Volume XV

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Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders

Welcome to Red’s Rewind: a weekly look at the New York Islanders through the eyes of a redhead…

Looking Back

It’s that time in the season when grabbing as many points as possible is a top priority, so to say the Islanders had a perfect week is certainly valid in that aspect.

Even though the opponents at made the week seem like a breeze before it began, the Islanders faced fierce competition in each game, making each win seem like a big one.

Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Edmonton, Thursday’s 3-2 win over Toronto and Saturday’s 6-3 win over Columbus were all on home ice, improving the Islanders’ record to 20-6-0 at home this season.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Another Four Game Winning Streak!

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At the NVMC last night, the New York Islanders made it four wins in a row by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets by the score of 6-3. After having dropped 3 in a row, the Isles have gotten back on track. It hasn’t been “pretty” at times, yet they continue to find ways to win games and collect valuable 2 points.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 54

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Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

Nothing like a third period explosion and a first line clinic to help build confidence going into Monday against the Rangers.

Columbus had always been a team that the Islanders had not played necessarily well against, but their recent run against them…and the entire Metropolitan Division for that matter has been extremely impressive.

Four points apiece for John Tavares and Anders Lee and this is the best hockey the first line has been playing all season. The captain’s two goals and two assists puts him at 55 points on the season. With 26 games to go, he’s five goals away from a career high.

Potential Trade Deadline Targets For Islanders

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With the NHL trade deadline just weeks away, some teams will be looking to make moves to better themselves while others will be looking to rid themselves of veterans they don’t intend on re-signing next year. The Islanders are expected to be quiet during the deadline, but if the team decides to make some moves, […]

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New York Islanders Must Re-Insert Regulars Into Line-up

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Last week, injuries forced the new York Islanders to shuffle their lineup and the results were fantastic. The team skated to four victories in four tries coming off the heels of a stretch where they had lost four out of five games. Colin McDonald and Brian Strait featured in all four of the Isles wins and […]

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 55

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Washington Capitals v New York Islanders

*EDITORS NOTE: This was due to run yesterday, but due to previous commitments, is running Sunday instead.

With the Columbus Blue Jackets in town, we make the harsh realization that the next time they’ll be playing at the Nassau Coliseum, it will be April 11. It will be the final regular season home game and there will not be a lot of dry eyes in the barn.

I’d also like to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy, safe Valentine’s Day. My amazingly brilliant girlfriend got me tickets to the final game on that April 11. To say that I’m a lucky man to have her in my life is an understatement and I can only hope that you folks can experience a fraction of the love I feel for this woman.

Odd Saturday Night Off For Islanders Prospects

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It was not a good evening for the New York Islanders prospects as eight took to the ice in seven games but only one win in seven games with a combined 1-2-3 in terms of production. These days happen but you have to hope that they do not happen very often and when they do happen that the prospects bounce back in their next game.

Robbie Russo (2011 fourth rd) was the only Islander prospect to earn a star in his game tonight after a 1-1-2 performance earned him the second star. What it did not lead to was for Russo’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost to the Providence Friars 3-2. Russo did his best to keep Notre Dame in the game but he did not get much support from his teammates.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 2/15/15

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UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 12:  (EDITORS NOTE: An infrared camera was used to create this image.) The New York Islanders walk out for warmups prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 12, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders continue to bounce back from losing streaks unlike anything we have seen in the past. Last night, they won their fourth straight game, 6-3 over the Columbus Blue Jackets, on the heels of a strong three goal third period. This all coming after they dropped four out of five.

Islanders Blitz Blue Jackets In Third, Win 4th Straight

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When this team needs to turn it on, they somehow have a switch they can just flip. The Isles used a dominating third period, in which they found another gear, to defeat the Blue Jackets 6-3.

Islanders Look to Fire Back Against Blue Jackets

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 23: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 23, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Blue Jackets 2-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders: Pregame Report

Dal Colle Continues To Produce Big Numbers

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A mixture of results for Friday night for the New York Islanders prospects as their teams are jockeying for playoff positioning or for a couple, the hope of an ATO (Amateur Tryout) contract in the hopes of earning a professional contract from the Islanders. But before we get to the results how about a fun fact that Islander fans will like to see?

The Islanders have six prospects playing on teams that either lead their league/division or are in second. Best way to build a long-term winner is to draft players who play on winning teams. If league playoffs were to begin tomorrow then 11 out of 12 Islander prospects would be taking part in playoff games. That is how your change a franchise’s culture from losing to winning.

LOCKER: Corsi & Fenwick Ready To Debut For NHL

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The National Hockey League is getting ready to unleash the beast that is advanced statistics onto the world as Corsi and Fenwick will be making their debuts on the league’s official website with an official press conference the morning prior to the outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, February 21, 2015.

The world of statistics have taken on a life of their own in recent years with some of the best even being hired for positions within NHL organizations to track the metrics for their new employer. Whether you believe in the old tried and true ‘eye-test’ or like the use of the new way to track hockey possession, it’s worth a peek.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 2/14/15

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at the Prudential Center on January 9, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.

The New York Islanders continue their long stretch of home play as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets during what will be yet another winter storm with wind-driven snow expected to hit the area this evening into tomorrow morning.

Good thing the team does not have to leave the friendly confines of home just yet as they remain in their local zip code for a match with the charging New York Rangers on Monday, President’s Day.

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