It’s good to root for the New York Islanders now. The team is humming along at 19-7-0, atop the Metropolitan Division, one point off the top of the league. Even the most optimistic of Islander fans could not have predicted this tear the team has been on. It’s been a fun two-month ride to start the season, a feeling that has been absent all too often in recent years.
While people have (rightfully) given large amounts of credit for their success to new-comers like Jaroslav Halak, Nick Leddy, and Johnny Boychuk, is it time to finally give coach Jack Capuano a little love?
This game is the first of a home and home series between the two talented Eastern Conference teams. They will skate again in Uniondale on Tuesday 11/18/14. Tampa Bay and New York’s statistical lines throughout the 2014-15 look extremely similar.
After a long summer it was time for Islanders fans to dust off their jerseys, and come out to support there team one last time at the old barn. My brother and fellow blogger Andrew and I were fortunate enough to nab tickets over the summer and attend this weekend.
The atmosphere inside of the Coliseum was truly something else. As for outside, the fans did not disappoint. As a fan that typically loves to be early for and Islanders games, I was blown back by the amount of tailgaters and early-comers at the arena. I mean let's face it. This was the last home opener at the old barn, so that was expected. But what made this day even better, was the play of the team which I believe is inspiring this fan base to continuing looking towards the future, but even more importantly, THE NOW!
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.
With training camp starting in a few days, the Islanders finally have solid competition up and down their roster. New additions on offense, an influx of youth on defense and two new goaltenders means there will be battles everywhere in camp from start to finish.
After beating the Blue Jackets soundly on Thursday, the Hawks traveled from Chicago to Patrick Kane’s hometown of Buffalo, where they defeated the Sabres 2-1. Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago took the win.
The Hawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and jumped to an early lead on a goal by Kane, who sped through all the Buffalo defenders to put one past Enroth.
Despite rattling off victories in 12 of their last 13 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to look completely flat against an Ottawa Senators team that wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire.
Pittsburgh came into the game skating well. They looked as though they were ready to play.
At 6:54 of the first period, Ottawa Senators forward Zach Smith scored the game winning goal off of a tough, gritty backhand. The following goals by Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris, and Cory Conacher were not necessary, but each were a great display of individual talent excelling through team effort.
Erik Karlsson finished the game with a goal and two as...
The Hawks faced the Senators in the second game of a back to back trip, but the pace was far from sluggish as the two teams traded chances in a high scoring affair en route to a wild 6-5 win. Jonathan Toews scored his 3rd career hat trick and collected an assist while Corey Crawford made 13 saves in relief of Nikolai Khabibulin after the backup netminder let in 4 goals in 22 shots.
The Hawks scored their first goal of the night on the power play off of a hard sho...
If a player's offensive production includes two goals and three assists in 14 games, it's easily assumed that is the stat line of a fourth line forward.
For the Flyers, it was top-liner Scott Hartnell.
The struggles continued for Hartnell, who found himself demoted in the third period of a frustrating 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It's safe to say the demotion was a long time coming for Hartnell, who hasn't been the same player that led the Flyers with 37 goals.
(Pictured: Scott Hartnell battles with Matt Carle. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)