Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4/15/15- It Is Time

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at Verizon Center on February 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.

We have arrived. This is it.The crusade begins now.

With all clichés aside, today does mark the start of the most important stretch of the season thus far. The Islanders will be in Washington for Game 1 of the first round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The game starts at seven o’clock tonight, and can be seen on MSG+.

Leddy Leading The Way For Islanders

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UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 13: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders moves the puck past Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 13, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

On October 4th, when Islanders general manger Garth Snow acquired defenseman Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, he knew that these guys would not only bring stability to the blue line, but playoff experience to a young locker room.

Now that the postseason is upon us, the Islanders locker room, filled with players who have limited playoff experience, will rely heavily on these two to maintain an emotional balance.

Islanders & Capitals Then & Now: A Playoff Perspective

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Islanders V Canadiens

In a matter of just hours the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals will renew hostilities, as they face off against each other to kick off the 2015 NHL Playoffs. The division foes are more than familiar with each other both now, and in the past. This will be the seventh time the teams meet in a playoff series. The Islanders have dominated the match up overall, taking five of the six meetings.

While every team is different, these two franchises have combined for some of the most exciting playoff games in recent memory.

Let’s step back for a minute and look at where it began with some factoids:

Halak and Holtby Hold Keys to Round One

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Washington Capitals v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders will begin pursuit of their fifth Stanley Cup tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals in our nations capital. If you look at the two team’s stat sheets, John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin will be the players to watch, but if playoff history repeats itself, when the series is all said and done, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak and Capitals goalie Braden Holtby wil

Islanders Insight’s ‘Top Shelf': The Calm-Before-the-Storm Edition

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 11:02 of the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The final day of respite before the NHL unleashes sixteen teams onto its viewing public, and the frenetic energy that is the Stanley Cup playoffs invades fans’ personal space.

New York Islanders: Jack Capuano Is Aware Of His Fate Should They Falter

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Jack Capuano knows what his ultimate fate will be should his New York Islanders go one and done in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Islanders v Capitals: Preliminary Glance

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Tyson Strachan #23 of the Washington Capitals fights Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Verizon Center on February 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals will square off in the first round of the 2014-15 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, starting Wednesday evening in our nation’s capital.

This series is a tale of two cities, of sorts. Turnarounds that vary greatly and for a number of distinct reasons and whose success aren’t necessarily parallel.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Blow Their Chance for Home Ice Advantage in the 1st Round and Close Out the Final Regular Season at the Old Barn on a Disappointing Note

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Here is my latest audio podcast. In this recording, I talk about last night’s final regular season home game at the “Old Barn” and my thoughts about the playoffs.

Nassau Coliseum Reflections: A Different Perspective

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: The New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets take the opening faceoff in their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Growing up on Long Island as a hockey fan but not an Islanders fan, I never developed the appreciation for Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum that it deserved.

Greats Relive Memories Of Nassau Coliseum

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11:  The New York Islanders fans chant their signature

There have been so many memories made at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which closed its doors to regular season hockey last night.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Audio Version: 4/12/15

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders looks at commemmorative player plaques prior to warmups at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Always looking to try something new, it’s an audio only version of Top Shelf for this Sunday morning as the New York Islanders start preparations for the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

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The National Hockey League announced, late last night, the schedule for the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.

The New York Islanders, after their best regular season since 1983-84, will open on the road against the Washington Capitals after closing out the regular season at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with last night’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

You can find the complete schedule of all series below, courtesy of the NHL.

New York Islanders: Capitals, Ovechkin Become The Enemy

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The New York Islanders need to pack their bags get to Washington and get themselves ready for war. It is NHL playoff time. Accept your fate and play.

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Islanders Accidentally Press Self Destruct Button

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at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.

Tonight’s Recap

Well…things could not have been any crazier to close out the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to regular season hockey.

A day that started with so much hope and contained a moving and well thought out pregame presentation to remember the old barn one last time ended with just about everything the Islanders had going for them squashed.

Time To Reflect On What Will Always Be Home

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New York Islanders Blue v White Game

The routine is always the same. Get up, grab a hot cup of coffee made out one of the most simple yet ingenious inventions, the Keurig coffee maker and head to the laptop after wiping the sleep out of my eyes and making a quick stop to the restroom.

It’s there where a day of hockey journalism gets underway. Top Shelf, a column that we repeat daily to keep Islanders fans in the know on what transpired last night and some of the latest and greatest links from around the internet, gets crafted. When completed, it’s back to the bedroom for a change of clothes and to the car by 8:30am for my 72 mile trek out to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the morning skate.

Isle See You Later: Coliseum Closing Regular Season Doors

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders - Game Six

Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Islanders: Pregame Report

When: Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+, NHLN (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

The Barn. The Coli. Fort Neverlose.

Home.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: The Last Day

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Nassau Collisium

This is it. We made it.

Our countdown to the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum is complete. A 100-point New York Islanders side closes out the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets as day one, the last day, will be represented by the one building the Islanders have ever had and we’ve ever known.

I grew up in the mid-’90s listening to a lot Queen. My childhood was filled with winter nights of dad making my sister and I dinner while we listened to Freddie Mercury serenade us on the band’s ‘Greatest Hits’ CD. Rachel (my sister) and I used to run around the table during ‘Bicycle Race’, sway to the power of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and pretend to save the world when ‘Flash’ shot through the speakers.

Islanders Ice Penguins, Reach 100 Points

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New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins

Tonight’s Recap

The New York Islanders skated tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins having already clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, with two games remaining on the schedule, the Islanders still were playing for second place in the Metropolitan Division and the possibility of home ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins, in contrast, weren’t skating for position. They still needed a victory to secure their playoff ticket.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: The Night Before

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Anaheim Ducks v New York Islanders

Okay, folks, NOW you can breathe a little easier. The Islanders have clinched a playoff spot thanks to the Florida Panthers and still have an opportunity to gain home ice advantage. That’s if they win their last two games and the Capitals lose to the Rangers.

All signs though are pointing to a 4/5 match-up with the Capitals getting home ice.

But that’s another conversation for another well-written article on this wonderful site. Let’s talk about your home today.

We’re almost at the end of our countdown to the last regular season home game at the Nassau Coliseum and it’s been quite the ride. Let’s keep today short so we can properly send this old barn out with a bang tomorrow night.

New York Islanders Were Saved By Hockey Gods From Living A Hockey Nightmare

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The New York Islanders backed themselves into a corner but the hockey gods saved them from what may have been the ultimate collapse.

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