Live Blog From Nassau Coliseum: Isles vs. Blackhawks (Plus Possible Trade Rumors)

With the exception of the Stanley Cup playoffs, this time of year is without a doubt the most fun time of the season for any hockey fan and/or blogger. Although those games are intense and fun to watch, the anticipation involved in deadline deals and rumor swapping on the web is filled up with so much hype and intrigue that many fans consider it a personal holiday. So far the Islanders have dealt the 6'6 defenseman, Andy Sutton to the Ottawa Senators for a 2nd round pick. Like the Comrie/Campoli deal, the pick involved was originally San Jose's, making this a late second round selection. However, fellow blogger B.D. Gallof has been on the ball today, tweeting updates all afternoon th...
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DP With Yet Another Injury

Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely with swelling of his left knee and was unable to practice this morning at Syosset as a result. Check out my article at The Hockey Writers to read up all about it! http://thehockeywriters.com/rick-is-out-once-again/ Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/RoMac76

USA - (DP + KO)

I purposely did not put an "equals" sign at the end of that equation for two reasons. One - I was never good at math and definitely do not plan on solving it or using any algorithm's where I can substitute numbers to come up with an answer; Two - because the end result is yet to be determined, and although DP and KO are not part of this year's winter Olympics, I still hope to see USA achieve gold. Many Islander fans were hoping to see Kyle Okposo make the USA Olympic roster this year. In his second full season in the NHL, Kyle has amassed 40 points in 61 games played (13 goals, 27 assists). He's been having a career season; game in and game out he has been the Islanders best forward sinc...

Offense An Issue As Isles Head Into Break

The Islanders have gone 2-9-0 in their past 11 games heading into the Olympic break, lowering their spot in the standings to a disappointing 13th seed with 58 points, trailing the 8th place Montreal Canadiens by 6 points while only maintaining 3-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes. "It would have definitely been more enjoyable if we had a bunch of wins before the break," said defenseman Andy Sutton after the Valentine's Day show-down with the Ottawa Senators. Although he has been a subject of trade rumors recently, he is still focused on what his team can do to make the playoffs. "It's gonna take us being one of the best teams in the league for twenty games," he said. "We've done ...

Live Blog From Nassau Coliseum: Isles vs. Senators

Hello everyone, Today I will be doing another live blog from the NYI Blog Box in section 201 at Nassau Coliseum as the Islanders play host to the Ottawa Senators. The Isles will be playing after an exciting 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday afternoon in which they trailed twice, both in the first and second periods. The Senators had a rough start to the season but suddenly went on fire and are now 5th in the East, one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. They too played yesterday, having lost on the road to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Although both teams played yesterday, the Isles should have a slight advantage being that they haven't had to travel, but they cannot focus on...

Live Blog From Nassau Coliseum: Isles vs. Lightning

Hey everyone! Today I will be doing my first live blog from the NYI Blog Box for The Checking Line. This afternoon at 2PM the Islanders will be hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that has been climbing the Eastern Conference standings while the Islanders are fighting for a chance to survive to the end of the season for their first playoff berth in years. Check back a little before 2PM and feel free to leave questions and comments throughout the game! First Period: 18:03 - First period has started. Sorry for the delay folks. I got here in time for puck draft despite the traffic on the Southern State Parkway but didn't get my lap top in time. Currently the Isles are working the ...

Matt Martin Makes Most Of Opportunity In Isles Win

An Islander forward last night, making his NHL debut, had an immediate impact with each shift he took in the Islanders first win in the past 8 games. Could it have been a case of first-time nerves and adrenaline working it's magic to help the youngster provide the spark this team needs? Possibly. But what we might also be seeing is the toughness and grit this team has lacked all season long, and if his game stays at the same level of intensity that it was played at last night, he may stick around for a while. Matt Martin, 20 years old, was drafted by the Islanders in the 5th round (148th overall) in the 2008 NHL entry draft. You may remember him holding out for a bit of a contract disput...

As Isles Start To Sink, Joensuu and Martin Get The Call

Seven losses in a row, folks. That's how many consecutive games the Islanders have surrendered to their opponents in a stretch where they have only scored nine goals. Secondary scoring has always been an issue with this team, but when the top guys of Tavares, Okposo and Moulson aren't getting the job done, and Josh Bailey is on the Injured Reserve, this team will really struggle to find the back of the net. And you can add to the fact that Rick DiPietro is still several games away from returning to old form. That doesn't mean Ricky is responsible for the Islanders recent struggles. Believe it or not, I have heard some fans exclaim that this is all of Rick's fault and that we should do eve...

Catching Up With John Tavares

As a member of the NYI Blog Box, I have the privilege of attending Islander home games with media credentials that grant me access to the post-game press-conferences and interviews. Here I am allowed to ask the coach a question as well as interviewing any player in the locker room. However, today I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with John Tavares after the morning skate at Nassau Coliseum with some questions I had prepared ahead of time. If you would like to read up on this interview, head over to this link here: http://thehockeywriters.com/one-on-one-with-john-tavares/ Feel free to leave comments and send me feed back. Thanks! -Rob McGowan Follow me on...

Are The Isles Pursuing Kovalchuk?

Every Islander fan has seen that Garth Snow is capable of making a shake-up when the time is right. Last year he moved from the bottom of the first round all the way up to the 12th overall pick to select defenseman, Calvin de Haan. The year before that he moved down from the 5th overall pick to the 9th to take Josh Bailey. And in his first year as General Manager, Garth Snow made his most memorable trade by dealing his first-round pick, Ryan O'Marra and Robert Nilsson to the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Smyth. He was an exciting addition to a team fighting to make the playoffs but was not enough to advance them past the Buffalo Sabres in the first round. So what happened as a result? The ...