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New York Islanders: Can This Team Recover In Time For Playoffs?

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The past month and more has been a downright nightmare for the New York Islanders. Can and will they recover in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

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A one-stop shop app that merges sports, entertainment and leisure together, the newest FanSided app is now available for iOS users. FanSided and Eyes On Isles are excited to announce the release of the updated FanSided App for iOS. Available now, the FanSided App offers users a way to get all of the latest news […]

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Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 3/27/15

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 26: Nick Shore #37 of the Los Angeles Kings checks John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 26, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Admittedly, the play of the New York Islanders should be a little bit concerning.

No, I didn’t say “panic.” I never say “panic,” but the Islanders aren’t looking like the same team that was so dominant through February. They look lost, like they’re in dire need of somebody, anybody, to step up and right the ship.

And let’s face it. The Islanders could start by putting the (a) puck in the net.

Islanders Low Risk – High Reward On Motte

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Forgive me but I have had quite the laugh watching how so many are making such a big deal over the New York Islanders signing one Connor James Motte, who until last week, was playing goal at Ferris State of the WCHA. Please just relax and realize that this is smart signing by the Islanders regardless if Motte even suits up for the Islanders or not.

You want to talk about Motte the player than let us get started by saying how he was tied for most games played (40) and he led the NCAAs in minutes play with 2436. He is durable as well as dependable. Want the hockey numbers then? Yes, he was 18-20-2 which might scare you, but his 2.07 goals against is very respectable as is his save percentage of .922.

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The Islanders were outplayed for two periods, and those two periods proved to be enough for the Los Angeles Kings to defeat the Islanders by a score of 3-2 last night. The Isles had flashes of dominance, but the team ultimately failed to establish any consistent pressure outside of the second period.

Jaroslav Halak played a solid game once again, but he didn’t get a win for his efforts. He has been their best player since his return from injury, and if there is something to feel optimistic about right now, it’s the play of the goaltender.

Islanders Inability To Clear Puck Costs Them Win

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Los Angeles Kings v New York Islanders

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If the Islanders want to show they can play with the best, they have a funny way of showing it. After a playoff-like second period, featuring hitting and nastiness, as well as scoring by both teams, the Isles did not show up for the third. Their lethargic and lazy play led to a 3-2 loss on Thursday night, as the Isles continue to limp toward the finish line.

Islanders Travis Hamonic: Defenseman Evolved

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Oct 10, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) scores on his 3rd period shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Hamonic has been having the best season of his career this year for the New York Islanders, but his play has indicated he is much more than that. Hamonic has blossomed into a two-way defender for the organization, contributing on both ends of the ice.

For Once, The Islanders Need To Look Behind Them

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Sports is about winning and being the best. It’s about competition, camaraderie and enjoyment, but most of all it’s about winning and being número uno. For the Islanders however, perhaps finishing second is not all that bad.

Usually this time of year you want your team to look up in the standings. You want them to catch whomever is in front of them. With just eight games left for the Islanders, they sit six points behind the Rangers for first place in the Metro. While anything is possible, and no one will ever say fans should root for the Rangers, finishing second in the division could actually be the money spot.

Islanders Look To Dethrone Kings: Game Preview

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 24: John Tavares #91 and the New York Islanders leave the ice following a 2-1 shoot out loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 24, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Wild defeated the Islanders 2-1 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)

New York Islanders: Best Potential First-Round Playoff Matchup Is Who?

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As the 2014-15 dwindles down, the potential first-round playoff matchup discussions start to hit us hard. Which team would the Islanders rather to see?

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 19

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As the offense continues to sputter, the Islanders have quite the home test tonight against the defending Stanley Cup Champions who, like they normally do, are getting awfully hot at the right time of year. I’ll be in section 331 with the missus and a dear college friend who will be experiencing his FIRST Islanders game tonight. Ever.

Hopefully those in attendance help make it a memorable night for him.

We actually have about 16 days left until that April 11, but we’ve had some catching up to do, so you’ll have to check in sometime tonight for days 18 and 17. But when it comes to day 19, like day 22, this player needed his own piece.

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The New York Islanders made an interesting move yesterday, adding some goaltending depth to the organization with the signing of C.J. Motte, a Ferris State standout and collegiate free agent.

Motte, 23, is the school’s all-time wins leader (66 wins) after spending the last four years with Ferris. A two-time Richter Award and 2013-14 Hobey Baker Award finalist, Motte posted a .922 save percentage and a 2.07 goals against average as a senior this season. He is also the first Ferris State goaltender to serve as captain.

Islanders All Bark and No Bite at the Moment

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 24: Thomas Hickey #14 of the New York Islanders is hit into the boards by Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 24, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders offense is on the downtick. You don’t have to look very far to establish that fact and you needn’t fear reproach from those who watch hockey diligently. The Islanders offense has dried up and it’s time to ask some questions as to why.

New York Islanders: Tavares Aside, Who Is Team MVP?

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There have many heroes during the 2014-15 season for the New York Islanders. Who is the team MVP when John Tavares is taken out of the equation?

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 21 & 20

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It seems the Islanders are running into some of the hottest goaltenders in the league at the moment, but getting a point against the likes of Devan Dubnyk last night is more valuable than one would think.

While the schedule calls for four games in six days, it is comforting to see that the team seems to have their legs back, it just might be an issue of confidence at the moment. Once a few goals are nabbed on any given night, expect the floodgates to open.

Representing day 21 is a center who was not afraid to light the lamp on any given night and one of the more vital players drafted to help keep the dynasty alive.

LOCKER: NHL Playoffs If Season Ended Today

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The NHL playoffs are coming…barreling down the tracks like a freight train heading right for your living room.

The New York Islanders look to be contenders for the Stanley Cup as one of 16 when the tournament kicks off on April 15, marking their second visit to sport’s most difficult and glorious tournament in three seasons.

How far they will go will ultimately depend on various factors that even we cannot predict, so why even try? Just enjoy the pandemonium that is sure to ensue no matter what the results.

Islanders Drop Point To Wild, Keep Pace.

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Minnesota Wild v New York Islanders

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The New York Islanders (44-25-4) looked to build on a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils against the Minnesota Wild (41-25-7) last night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Pat LaFontaine was honored by the team prior to the game and the speedster seemed to rub off on the Isles early as they came out and quickly took the first seven shots of the game.

Talk From the 300 Section – A Point is a Point

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It may not have been the ultimate result; but a point is better than nothing.

It was the first time all season that the Isles did not get two points once they crossed 60 minutes.  Can you believe that?

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In a game that saw a dramatic change of momentum, the Minnesota Wild managed to come back from a deficit and defeat the Islanders 2-1 in a shootout. The Isles greatly outplayed Minnesota in the opening stanza, but as the game went on, the Wild played with more energy (despite having played two games in the previous three nights), and that energy got them to the extra frame, where they went on to win in the skills competition.

The loss by no means falls on Jaroslav Halak, who has been dominant in his last two games, allowing just one goal in that time. He has been aggressive in net, and it has helped New York greatly in the defensive zone.

New York Islanders: Fall To Wild In Shootout

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The New York Islanders could not take full advantage of the Rangers losing tonight as they only grabbed one point against the Minnesota Wild tonight. With nine games left in the regular season the Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum was buzzing with a playoff like atmosphere. The New York Islanders knew that it was going to […]

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