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2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings [Friday watch thread]

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So you wasted your winter Friday nights watching the Islanders, and now you think you are free. Wrong.

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings haven't met in the playoffs since Eisenhower was president. I don't care much for Original Six mythology, but I do love a league that can offer a curiosity like that.

Of course the chief reason they are meeting is because now they're in the same conference and division. Bruins-Wings playoff matchups are suddenly much more likely (as is the specter, like in the '50s, of a Cold War).

IIHF World Championship: Colin McDonald Joins Nelson, Donovan for Team USA

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File this under "Surprise."

USA Hockey announced today that New York Islanders winger Colin McDonald has been named to the Team USA roster for the IIHF World Championship that will take place May 9-25 in Belarus.

This follows the tax day announcement that his Islanders teammates Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson would be on the team.

New York Islanders Sale Talks: Multiple buyers showing interest

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The lease in Brooklyn has reportedly attracted new bidders besides Andrew Barroway.

Andrew Barroway is "no longer alone in his pursuit of the New York Islanders," according to the Sports Business Journal's Chris Botta.

Citing a financial industry source, Botta reports there are at least two additional parties pursuing a purchase from owner Charles Wang -- a logical outcome given the team's pending 2015 move to Brooklyn and the widespread news that Barroway, a Philadelphia lawyer and hedge fund alchemist, has been assembling a bid in discussions with Wang.

2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Red Wings vs. Bruins

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Detroit Red Wings (39-28-15, 93 pts)


Boston Bruins (54-19-9, 117 pts)


Islanders : Triantaphilisms – 10 Things I Think I Think 4/18/14

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Every year, it’s the same old story. Outsiders and fans of the New York Islanders seem to find ways to manipulate their own heads into thinking that John Tavares, who has four years remaining on his contract, will find his way off of Long Island immediately. I want to say it’s as silly as it sounds, but there are so many people that are actually convinced at this “possibility.”

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/18/14

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News on the New York Islanders front is very quiet right now, with the exception of a town hall style meeting that was had last night at the Westbury Manor in Long Island.

Islanders News: Bridgeport prepares for final weekend; sad Frans; NHL playoff bits

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Last night's playoffs were more high-scoring madness. Alas, no Islanders.

Not much new about the Isles -- here are some practice updates as Bridgeport enters its final weekend with a new Swede line, and here is an official site bit about John Tavares' career year -- so maybe enjoy a video of a very sad Frans Nielsen (despite a career year of his own) in his season-ending scrum:

Garth Snow on SportsTalk1240 on Sunday May 4th

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Garth05042014For the next SportsTalk 1240 show for John and I, on Sunday, May 4th, we will have Garth Snow, as our guest.

We will talk about the season just ended, and his thoughts on free-agency, the draft (will he – or wont he keep the pick this season), and other questions on the minds of you, Islander nation.

We will NOT take calls, but for this show, we will take questions via twitter, using hashtag #AskGarth, or on our Facebook page or you can e-mail me (

2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Wild vs Avalanche

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Minnesota Wild (43-27-12, 98 pts)


Colorado Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 pts)

2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Kings Vs Sharks

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The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are about to get underway and there are some great match-ups in round one from both the Eastern and Western conferences.

One of the most intriguing matchups has the Los Angeles Kings taking on the San Jose Sharks in the 6 seed vs 4 seed series.



Playoff Poll: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings [Thursday Playoff Watch Thread]

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There is hockey, some more hockey, and then yet more hockey. Bring it.

Are you stocked in beer and junk food? Got your remote thumb ready? You better. Four series kick off tonight.

This posts doubles as our Thursday night playoff-watching thread, as well as our poll for the Sharks-Kings series.

Postseason Fodder: On Matt Donovan and Jake Gardiner

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A summer series of tying on-going NHL topics to the Islanders.

Jake Gardiner has been a higher offensive producer than Matt Donovan in the NCAA, AHL and the NHL, but both are 23-year-old offensive-oriented defensemen who experienced a similar phenomenon for young players: Being leashed, fearing mistakes, and having to "earn" the trust of coaches to fully pursue their roving ways.

Playoff Preview: Thursday Night

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Who gets out of the first round?

Who gets out of the first round?

If last night’s games were anything but a preview of what’s to come in these playoffs in 2014, I can’t wait to see what’s in store tonight. Let’s get right into it with my picks for the series winners and a look at a few possible free agents for the Islanders.

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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Just look at these Proven Winner coaches.

Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville are among the winningest active NHL coaches. They've met in the playoffs before. Oddly, each time the outcome reflected not so much their coaching as the quality of their rosters.

The Deke Squad v. 2.0 Issue No. 3: Capuano, Isles Bright Spots, Cup Champs

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Welcome to the Deke Squad  ver. 2.0 – Issue #3

Rich Dias-Rodrigues and Chris Triantafilis take a quick pulse of NHL social media outlets to bring you a concise (and somewhat) precise account of hockey news and reports, speculations and aberrations.

Comments are highly encouraged.

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/17/14

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“You looking at me, Mr.Snow?”


He just might be. With the 5th selection in the June 2014 entry draft to be held in Philadelphia, Garth Snow has tons of options.

1 – Keep the pick and make the selection. Dal Colle could be very available at that slot.

2 – Trade the pick in a package deal for immediate assets.

3 – Send the pick (decision by June 1) to Buffalo to complete the Thomas Vanek trade.

Personally, I am a big fan of the second option but do think Dal Colle is a very good hockey player who would look great on the wing of captain John Tavares.

From future considerations, here is the scouting report on the young winger…

2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Stars Vs Ducks

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The Western Conference’s best side, the Anaheim Ducks, encounters its first test of legitimacy with a first-round match-up in the NHL playoffs against a scrappy Dallas Stars side hungry to show that they are no pushover.



Islanders News: John Tavares talks linemates, coaching, Brock Nelson

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John Tavares likes the logjam at center.

The New York Islanders completed "cleanout" earlier this week [insert your own quip about cleaning out your scapegoats here], and there are lots of media scrum videos on the official site you can sift through.

At the Newsday Isles Files blog, Arthur Staple captured a range of topics from the captain John Tavares, including:

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Short Island Smurfs vs. Philadelphia Fl-whatevers

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No good can come of this.

Continuing our annual polls for each playoff series, we come to a matchup between Beelzebub and the Princes of Darkness.

For a New York Islanders fan, there is no winner here without carnage, ruin, and tears among the fans of our hated rivals.

Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions from Behind The Stove

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Well, I have The Kings playing for the Cup; who will they play?  Here are my predictions for the first round of the Eastern Conference.

Boston vs Detroit- Boston in seven-  I love the way the Bruins play hockey: very old school and great goaltending.  With that being said, they have played a ton of games over the last 4 years and I think it will catch up to them eventually.  Detroit is full of young speedsters and grizzled vets.  Just through sheer will and great coaching they will push the Big Bad Bruins to seven games.

Tampa Bay vs Montreal- Montreal in six - If Ben Bishop plays it changes things and will be a seven game set.  Montreal has a great first line, yes with our friend Thomas Vanek.  Good depth, dynamic defense and good goaltending.  I think experience, or lack thereof, for both players and coaches will cost Tampa in the end.

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