Isles Set to Kick Off Road Trip Starting in Denver

The Islanders are set to kick off the first game of their 5 game road trip tonight in Denver, against the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado is currently riding a four game point streak, and will look to extend it tonight.

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10/28/14 Postgame: Jets Soar, Isles Sore

The Islanders (6-2-0) have proved to be a confident bunch and the high scoring offense looked to flex their muscles early on against Winnipeg (3-5-0) at the Coliseum. The upstart Isles team has played well and beaten teams that were challenging cogs on their opening schedule but haven’t faced an inferior opponent since Carolina.

The Jets came into 2014-15 without any lofty expectations to burden them. Now they are expected to do even less with an injury sidelining premiere player Evander Kane. Struggling to score goals and without any reliable sources of sustainable offense, they should be dominated by the Isles on any given night. The Isles are clearly the better team at this junction of the season in every facet of their game.

But as every fan and analyst knows, projections and predictions mean nothing when the teams step on the ice. Hockey is a game with its ups and downs built on emotion, momentum and grit. On any given night, the NHL provides a stage for teams to upset supposed better teams.

Isles vs. Jets Pre-Game - A Trap Game?

The Islanders will probably need to improve their regular season points-performance (79 or less in each of the last five years-excluding the lockout) by at least 26 points if they are to make the post-season.

Defensive Woes Continue: New System or Same Problems?

While the Islanders’ 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars was a very exciting game to watch from an offensive standpoint, it was almost equally as unbearable to watch from a defensive standpoint.

Frans Nielsen's Hat Trick Leads Isles To 7-5 Win Over Dallas

The New York Islanders hosted the visiting Dallas Stars tonight at Nassau Coliseum, hoping to take advantage of a team that played on the road last night. They may not be able to say that they did just that, but Frans Nielsen's hat trick helped propel the Islanders to a 7-5 win on home ice.

The first period started with a quick tempo pace from both teams, as they both got plenty of chances early in the game. Chad Johnson was forced to make a sprawling save on a breakaway, and Anders Lindback had plenty of traffic in front for the first twenty.

The traffic in his crease would eventually lead to the first goal by the Isles. Brock Nelson fed the puck to Calvin de Haan at the far side of the Stars’ blue line before letting go of a wrist-shot that was redirected behind Lindback by Anders Lee for his first goal of the year.

Pregame: First Place Islanders Host Dallas Stars

The Islanders host the Dallas Stars Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum as they look to win their second game in a row coming off a thrilling victory Thursday night in Boston. (Image credit: flickr/ chiefx70)

Bailey out, Lee in, Roster Changes Galore

That's right, the injury bug has already taken its toll on the New York Islanders

Chad Johnson Plays Superman As Isles Escape With Win In Beantown

The Islanders came to Boston on a mission to win a physical game against a very good Boston team.

10/23/14 Pregame: Islanders & Boychuk ship up to Boston

With the Islanders (4-2-0) coming off of a 2 game losing streak, they look to rebound in Boston against the Bruins(4-4-0).

The NHL's Bearded Lady

On October 11, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Albany Devils played the first shoot-out under the new rule and like their parent club in 1983 they won. It was the perfect storm of what might happen under the new rule and thankfully both teams survived intact.