I have said that I believe it would be better for the Islanders to finish between 10th and 12th place in the Eastern Conference as opposed to going the 'Fail for Nail' route and trying to get a top-five lottery pick for this summer's 2012 Entry Draft. But if the season ended today, the Isles would go into the lottery with the fifth pick in the draft. Although that is the least likely position to be in when hoping to move up to number one, the Islanders are almost guaranteed to at least have a selection in this year's top 10 class.
With the playoff picture painting itself out on a permanent canvas over the next two weeks, let's put ourselves in the shoes of some NHL scouts and take a quick glance at what the Islanders will be looking at in between game 82 and draft day.
Nail Yakupov is the clear choice for first overall, having a lot of Alexander Ovechkin comparisons made about his play. After Nail comes Mikhail Grigorenko, who has often been compared to Evgeni Malkin. Both of these Russian prospects will probably be out of the Islanders grasp barring a significant change on the day of the lottery. After these two goal-scoring forwards lie plenty of top-rated defenseman.
The NHL.com-esk headline is only deserving for the Pens as their highlights dominated the webpage this weekend. After a few back and forth games that featured tw big divisional wins and pathetic loss, the Pens put together two dominant home performances.
In two games this weekend the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to put up 12 goals and allowed just three. Evgeni Malkin, the league’s leading point scorer, had 4 goals and an assist in the two games, giving him 78 points on the season. The stats, while impressive, do not tell the entire story.
Heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos and Malk...
When you ask someone 'who is your favorite player?' you may get responses of such Sidney Crosby, Marian Gaborik, Evgeni Malkin, or even John Tavares on the Islanders front. If you ask my lovely wife the same question....
It truly boggles my mind how someone that has a great mind for the game and knows her hockey would find such a admiration for a 4th line player that doesn’t exactly do things that chicks dig.. like hit home-runs or score 40 goals.
For reasons unknown, she has a true affinity towards him, so much in fact that she made up a shirt that stated simply 'Bring Konopka Back!' and subsequently wore the shirt on Monday to his first game back on the Island as an Ottawa Senator.
After a season full of some defensive woes and a couple of weeks’ worth of trade discussions, the Philadelphia Flyers (32-18-7) made a move to improve on the blue line and acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars.
Grossman will make his Flyers debut on Saturday afternoon when the team faces off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-20-5) for the third time this season.
Based on Friday’s practice, Grossman will probably be paired with Andrej Meszaros on defense.
All eyes will be on him and on the Flyers’ defensive core as a whole, as their struggles have been greatly publicized so far this season.
The Montreal Canadiens paid a visit to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After finding themselves up 4-2 to start the third, the Canadiens had trouble holding the lead, and ended up with a 5-4 shootout loss.
The first period opened up with Lars Eller scoring his ninth of the season just 34 seconds into the first period, giving the Canadiens an early lead. The rough stuff started soon after as Max Paciorett...
Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Montreal CanadiensBell Centre
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens will both play their 24th games tonight. The season is over quarter of the way over. The newness of the season, the apprehension of how the new players will fit in and the tension of how each team will start is over. Now it’s time to honestly look at the team and see exactly where each stands.
I am sure you have heard this before but to start with we must remember that the Penguins have been without the league’s best player, Sidney Crosby, for most of the season. The Habs have been without Andrei Markov and a slew of secon...
After being shutout by the Penguins on Tuesday night in a brutal loss, the Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to tie up the home and home. Putting Tuesday night's loss far behind them, the Islanders seem to have some good news as defenseman Milan Jurcina could to be ready to go for tonight's game.
Although Jack Capuano has yet to announce tonight's starting goaltender, it is irrelevant if the Islanders' offense cannot do their job. The Penguins are too good of a team for the Isles to rely only on their goaltender to get them the win. Offense will most definitely be key in this matchup. But let's not forget the defense; The Penguins that faced the Islanders on Tuesday...