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The Emergence of Josh Bailey

Josh Bailey has been an incredibly inconsistent contributor for the New York Islanders. Bailey is playing in his fourth season with the Islanders, he played his first game back in 2008-09. He missed the first fourteen games of his rookie season with a lower-body injury; he would play his first NHL game on November 11, 2008 at home versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Josh recorded his first NHL point just one game later on November 13 in Ottawa when he assisted on Kyle Okposo’s game tying goal. The Islanders went on to win the game 3-1. Bailey recorded eight more assists on the road to his first goal, which came on January 2, 2009, in the same game as Doug Weight’s 1,000 point, against the Phoenix Coyotes. The game was bittersweet for Bailey, who was enthusiastic about his first goal, but disheartened by the 5-4 loss. He went on to record 25 points in his rookie campaign finishing with 7 goals and 18 assists. (Photo Credit: thehockeyjunkies.blogspot.com)

The Islanders Look to Put the Struggles of March Behind Them, Play Host to the Philadelphia Flyers

The Islanders, who have been struggling more than usual as of late, will play host tonight for their sixth and final meeting of the season with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders go into tonight's game on a four game skid, blowing leads in the three most recent losses, the Flyers however come to Long Island with a 6-1 record in March, the first of those wins came against the Islanders on March 1st. Philadelphia leads the season series 3-2, including wins in both previous trips to the Coliseum. (Photo Credit: CSN Philly/Sarah Baicker)

Playoff Implications

The Islanders are 11 points out of eighth place with only twelve games left to play meaning that a playoff bid is looking highly improbable for the young squad. They lack a key component to being a playoff caliber team, consistency. That was evident in their last three losses, they had the lead in all three games and only managed two points, losing once in overtime and once in a shootout.

Flyers and Wings Injury Ridden: Which Team Will Come Out On Top?

Both the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are racking up the injuries. Absences on both teams are taking their toll. The Wings have fell out of first place in the league and in the Central Division, so it is very important for the Wings to rack up the points.

The Wings are missing many defensemen, including star Nicklas Lidstrӧm. Jonathan Ericsson is still out from a fractured wrist. Jakub Kindl left the game against Chicago early due to an upper body injury. Pavel Datsyuk is still missing from the line up. Jimmy Howard and Todd Bertuzzi both have groin strains. Danny Cleary did not practice due to some issues with his knees, but is said to be fine to play against the Flye...

One-on-One With Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan is currently in the second half of his first full season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 50 games played, the 6 foot, 202 pound defenseman has registered six goals and 25 assists for 31 points while maintaining a +11 rating.

Donovan has quickly become one of the Sound Tigers most reliable and contributing defenseman, playing with others such as Aaron Ness, Calvin de Haan and Ty Wishart. Selected 96th overall in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Donovan has been developing nicely. He had spent two seasons with the University of Denver before making his transition from college life to that of a professional hockey player. His best year with Denver came in 2011 where he scored 32 points from the blue line in 42 games.

On the depth charts, Donovan looks as if to be one of the most well polished blue liners that the Islanders organization has groomed through their farm system. If he continues his play, this could be the last time Connecticut locals will see him in a Sound Tigers jersey.

He and I talked about that possibility this afternoon over the phone.

Can Wings Overcome Flyers To Tie NHL Record?

The Red Wings are looking to tie the NHL record tonight at 20 consecutive home game wins against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Detroit faces Philadelphia for the first of two meetings this season, the next being in Philadelphia on March 6th. The Flyers (31-17-7) are only 7 points behind the Red Wings, which means it would probably be safe to say they will really want the two points and the Wings obviously desire to stay on top of the league. But, if any team would be likely to beat the Wings tonight, it would be the Flyers. The Flyers have the best away record in the NHL, standing at 18-8-2.

The Wings star goalie Jimmy Howard is still out with a broken finger and Cleary will not be...

NHL's Concussion Protocol

After receiving a concussion attempting to watch the premiere of HBO's 24/7 last night, I decided to take a closer look at the NHL's concussion protocol that we got a glimpse of in last night's show.

The following procedures are taken when a player suffers a blow to the head.

After receiving a blow to the head, the team's medical staff will immediately check on the player. The player is asked to give an answer to specific questions. For example, one of the questions usually asked is, "Who's your Daddy?" If the player answers "Dion Phaneuf," then that player is done for the night and is sent to the locke...

Two In A Row: Habs Avenge Themselves In Beantown

So, how has your week been so far?

In what can only be described as another week in Habs-land, the fans in this city have gone from having to be talked off the ledge, to pure elation, to a real glass cage of emotions that can't really be explained, in the process of no less than four days.

Backtrack to Monday night. The Canadiens had just lost their fifth game in a row, and were looking at one of, if not the worst start in the history of their organization. The Florida Panthers were hitting the Bell Centre ice, and the coaching and management staff was starting to feel the pressure around their necks. The end result? A 2-1 loss, thanks t...

Game Day : Flyers @ Habs

The Montreal Canadiens look to end their six game losing streak tonight as they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Center.  

It seems home games are no advantage to the Habs this season, they have yet to win any of them.  Fans, media and the players themselves can't seem to stop their heads from spinning.  

There is a pile of reasons that can contribute to their lack of success, but it seems that the coaching staff is taking most of the heat.  I won't go on to much about that but take a look at what George Prax had to say about it.

The Flyers have chemistry.  What's chemistry you ask? Well, its when 3 players on a line lear...

Stealing Signs: Hockey Artwork At Its Finest

It's not often that the sports and art worlds mix, but you have to admit that there is a certain "art" to playing sports at their highest level, especially hockey. Guy Lafleur flying down the ice, with their hair flowing through the air, the infamous picture of Bobby Orr leaping like superman, the examples are surely endless.

Hockey and art are a better fit than you might think.

Artist Mark Penxa is on a quest to link the two together even further, with his most recent exhibition, titled "Stealing Signs II: Memories From My Last Life; Saskatewan, 1934" (part one was a set of baseball paintings), where he takes his passion for the sport of hockey and com...

The Captain Returns

Mike Richards is back at the Wells Fargo Center, but wearing a different sweater. How will a rowdy Philly crowd greet their former captain?