Isles Defeat The Hurricanes 4-3 In The Last Home Opener At Nassau Coliseum

Entering Nassau Coliseum tonight was very different than every other season; there was a vibe circulating around the concourse that was unlike the previous years. Tonight’s home opener marked the beginning of the end for the 43-year old Nassau Coliseum, the only building that the Islanders have ever called home.

The game opened up with a raucous crowd welcoming back the orange and blue to the ice. Unlike previous years, the Islanders came out all at once and stood around the logo at center ice as opposed to one by one, signifying that this year is all about the team and what it has meant to Long Island since 1972.

Grinder Threads

The Last Hurrah at Nassau Coliseum Begins

Well Islander fans, this is it. This is the last time the Islanders will ever be opening up at Nassau Coliseum.

Islanders Topple Hurricanes 5-3 to Open Season

After a summer of new acquisitions throughout the lineup, it was second-year player Brock Nelson who delivered the biggest moments for the Islanders in their 5-3 opening night victory in Carolina.

Game Preview: Islanders Begin the Season in Carolina

FINALLY.

The New York Islanders begin their 2014-15 season tonight against their Metropolitan Division rival, Carolina Hurricanes, in the first of a back to back home-and-home. Tonight’s contest ends the 6 month slumber for Islander fans and begins the 43rd, and final, season of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. But tonight isn’t about that. Tonight is about the present and the commencement of New York Islanders quest for a 5th Stanley Cup Championship.

Žigmund Pálffy: Honor the Knight of the Dark Ages

In the final season at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders are looking to honor the great history within the Barn’s confines. A building that opened its doors in 1972 has seen a plethora of great moments but unfortunately for fans younger than 40, they failed to duplicate that success at any point since the Drive for Five stalled.

As the Barn closes its doors for good, the Islanders need to honor the few bright spots from the dark days. We all love the dynasty but there are a few players that were great but just born in the wrong era of Islanders’ hockey.

Don’t forget some of the overlooked heroes that seemed to be the only ones competing at a high level during the down years.

For fans in their early and mid-20s, success was a fairy tale; a pipe dream. The majority of our memories of the Nassau Coliseum will unfortunately wind up being predominantly negative. There is no way to sugar coat the facts. Since 1993, the Coliseum has soaked up more tears of sorrow than joy.

Islanders Officially Announce 23-Man Roster

The New York Islanders officially announced there 23-man roster for the 2015 season. Per the Isles official press-release:

Isles Acquire Defenseman Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk

It appeared that this rainy Saturday would be nothing but a dreary day on Long Island with every resident hoping for a few rays of sunshine to brighten up the day. Well, the sun may not have appeared from behind the clouds, but things are certainly shining bright after the New York Islanders made some bold trades that have drastically improved their roster.

The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Should Joshua Ho-Sang be on the 2014-15 Isles?

The New York Islanders were able to pull arguably the biggest steal in the 2014 NHL Draft. They took Joshua Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick. His talent is heralded and lauded unanimously throughout the ranks of hockey scouts but the jury is still out on ‘character’ issues.(Credit: Flickr/5of7)

Most teams decided that the inevitable headache waiting with his brash nature far outweighed his skill level.

For the Islanders, this was the perfect pick. A damaged draft stock with a player that felt beyond offended that he was passed up on created an immediate bond between a rejected franchise and rejected prospect.

This perceived disrespect from other teams will create a love for the Islanders logo on his jersey. Reason being, they were the only ones that gave him a chance.

Isles Look For Their First Win In Brooklyn

The New York Islanders will take to the ice for the second time tonight at the Barclays Center, looking to achieve their first win on Brooklyn ice.

Although it is only a preseason contest, a win at the Barclays Center over a division rival will bode well for fans as well as management, considering whom the Isles have dressed tonight.

Brooklyn Bound; Isles vs Devils Preview

The Islanders and Devils return to Barclays Center tonight for the second time in as many years. Game time is at 7:30 and will be broadcast locally on MSG+.