NY Islanders: early season dominance fading away


All good things come to an end.

It’s a little dramatic but I’m purposely exaggerating what’s been going on with the Islanders since the second period of last Saturday’s home matinee against the St. Louis Blues. By the end of the first period, the Islanders were up 3-0 and it appeared their November dominance was not going to be halted in December. I mean, the Blues are one of the best teams in a western conference that looks unbeatable right now. But that’s exactly it-

the Islanders became complacent and the final 40 minutes was all Blues, all the time in a 6-4 loss.

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Islanders Look To Make Another Statement

John Tavares

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s November and that the New York Islanders should be in the midst of some sort of record-setting losing streak. Well thanks to the additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on October fourth, plus the recently stellar play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and secondary scoring that has been there all season, the Islanders are playing like the best team in all of New York.

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time featuring the Central Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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St.Louis Blues Start Singing the Blues

Just when it started looking like the Blues were ready to move on up to the big boys table, reality brings them crashing down to 11th in the Western Conference.

One month ago, they were tied for first with the Kings, with twenty points in twelve games and only one regulation defeat. Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak held a pretty decent 8-1-1 record with a 1.42 GAA, .944 save percentage and three shutouts in just 10 appearances.

Although they were lacking in style points, they were scoring just enough to keep them on top and were consistent in play. So, how does a team that was seeded first in the league at one point end up scraping the bottom of the barrel in a matter of less than a month?

By Harrini Krishnan

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NHL Eastern Conference Finals Scorecard

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

It’s not often we delve into the Eastern Conference of the NHL. We figure since most major media outlets ONLY give the Eastern Conference coverage that we don’t need to waste our bandwidth. However, with the #7 Seed Philadelphia Flyers taking on the #8 Seed Montreal Canadiens for the chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, our resident hockey nuts Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy couldn’t resist to talk about these two storied franchises pairing up for a dance. Bryan takes the Flyers for this one, Peter’s got the Habs.

If you’d like to read our Western Conference Scorecard click here

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