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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Team Austria hockey preview: Thanks for playing

Thomas Vanek

This is Austria’s first Winter Olympics hockey tournament since 2002, where they finished 12th. Needless to say, they’re just happy to be here. Surprisingly, the Eagles have at least notable and current NHL players. Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner also play together for the New York Islanders.

Forwards

Vanek and Grabner are the only two forwards with NHL experience, as the rest play in leagues throughout Europe including Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and the Swiss National League . Michael Raffl, a rookie with the Philadelphia Flyers, is earning praise from management and should add to what little depth Austria has.

Scoring will be limited especially since Team Austria’s best players will be lined up together. [Read more…]