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Bringing The Thunder On The Lightning

It's becoming more evident that the games the Islanders play against elite teams are ones they should usually win, which was the exact opposite case last year.

Cappy's Battle Level Week 2

The Islanders have had quite a week and a half. Minus the loss against Tampa to end the 5 game winning streak, I haven't seen a better stretch of hockey in quite a long time.

Cappy's Battle Level Winners Week 1

Here at The Checking Line sometimes when things start to go south for the Islanders we try our best to lighten everyone's moods.

Capuano Is Staying Put, But For How Long?

The Islanders are on a losing streak to start off the month of November and every Islanders fan is clutching their forehead in a panicked frenzy expecting this team to drop to last place in the Eastern Conference standings overnight.

Two words everyone: calm down.

It cannot be denied that seeing the Islanders drop three games in a row is not a good thing. Nor is it good to see a team that started 4-0 suddenly hovering one game above .500. But it is a very long season and it is still very early.

And despite their recent struggles, the Islanders currently sit at third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Frans Nielsen's Hat Trick Leads Isles To 7-5 Win Over Dallas

The New York Islanders hosted the visiting Dallas Stars tonight at Nassau Coliseum, hoping to take advantage of a team that played on the road last night. They may not be able to say that they did just that, but Frans Nielsen's hat trick helped propel the Islanders to a 7-5 win on home ice.

The first period started with a quick tempo pace from both teams, as they both got plenty of chances early in the game. Chad Johnson was forced to make a sprawling save on a breakaway, and Anders Lindback had plenty of traffic in front for the first twenty.

The traffic in his crease would eventually lead to the first goal by the Isles. Brock Nelson fed the puck to Calvin de Haan at the far side of the Stars’ blue line before letting go of a wrist-shot that was redirected behind Lindback by Anders Lee for his first goal of the year.

Bailey out, Lee in, Roster Changes Galore

That's right, the injury bug has already taken its toll on the New York Islanders

It's a Long Season, "Challenge Accepted"

2 Down, 80 more to go, and another 16 W's after that! This past weekend has seen a whirlwind of emotions carry from Raleigh to Long Island, like... well, a hurricane. The Isles have gotten themselves off to a 2-0 start, their best in a decade, but now the real challenge begins. Can the team carry the momentum from the final home opener into the next few weeks?

Game Preview: Isles v. Rangers

After sweeping the Hurricanes over the weekend the Isles look ahead to tonight where they face off at MSG against Rangers who are trying to avoid losing 3 in a row.

Though the Isles came out of the weekend victorious, I am sure the staff and players know that there are plenty of problems that still need to be addressed before this team can really make a run.

Game Preview: Islanders Begin the Season in Carolina

FINALLY.

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.

Islanders Officially Announce 23-Man Roster

The New York Islanders officially announced there 23-man roster for the 2015 season. Per the Isles official press-release: