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Blackhawks face Islanders at the United Center tonight

Tonight, the Blackhawks welcome the Islanders to the United Center for the first game between these teams in nearly two years.

After several seasons of rebuilding, the Islanders are poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, led by newly-appointed team captain John Tavares. During those three games, the line of Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey, and Frans Nielsen has been particularly dangerous, contributing 4 goals and 11 assists.

The Islanders are 2-0-1 so far on their season, outscoring their opponents 14-9, and taking two of those games to shootouts. They are coming off Tuesday night's 6-1 romp over the Coyotes. It is the Islanders' best start since ...

3 out of 4 ain't bad (but Isles want more)

The New York Islanders collected three out of four possible points in their first two games of the 2013-14 season. Although the team relinquished a 2-0 third period lead, the Isles have to feel great about themselves going into Tuesday’s match up with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Following the pomp and circumstance of the home opener, the Islanders took the ice with business as usual in mind. The mission: to build on their short lived playoff experience and move further, both literally and figuratively.

Coming out on Saturday, the team looked fast and explosive. They also looked like a confident bunch. Confidence is an integral part of their success this year and that could be the key to this whole equation.The New York Islanders collected three out of four possible points in their first two games of the 2013-14 season. Although the team relinquished a 2-0 third period lead, the Isles have to feel great about themselves going into Tuesday’s match up with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Following the pomp and circumstance of the home opener, the Islanders took the ice with business as usual in mind. The mission: to build on their short lived playoff experience and move further, both literally and figuratively.

Coming out on Saturday, the team looked fast and explosive. They also looked like a confident bunch. Confidence is an integral part of their success this year and that could be the key to this whole equation.

Early Start Allows For Optimism On The Island

The 2014 season is only two games old for the New York Islanders, but there is already reason for cautious optimism.

Out of a possible four points, the Islanders have started off the year by taking three of them, tying them with the Carolina Hurricanes for second place in the Metropolitan Division, and putting them good enough for seventh place in the Eastern Conference (Photo credit: spotboslow/Flickr).

Post Game Report 10/4/13: Islanders Win Season Opener in Shootout 4-3

A new season, a new beginning as the Islanders began the 2013-2014 season. This is their first as a member of the new Metropolitan Division begun in Newark, NJ against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center Friday night. This was the first game of the season for the Islanders while the Devils were playing the back end of a back to back coming off a 3-0 loss last night on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Islanders Begin 2013-14 Season in Newark Against Their Division Foe Devils

It’s like Christmas morning for the Isles faithful. After 5 long months of no meaningful hockey games for the New York Islanders the wait is over. The Islanders begin the 2013-14 season tonight at a sold out Prudential Center against the new look New Jersey Devils.

Final Thoughts On Camp And The Sound Tigers Release 25 Man Roster

With the preseason now behind us, Isles fans everywhere can collectively breathe a sigh of relief as the moment we have all been waiting for is upon us. The Isles are on the verge of playing the first meaningful games since the heart breaking game 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last May. We have all been eager to pick up right where we left off after exceeding all expectations last season. With all of this in mind, we can only hope for the success to continue so the Islanders can take their place among the elite teams of the NHL. Although the outcome of this coming season is yet to be determined, I think I speak for Islander fans everywhere when I say this is the most confident we have been in the last 20 years.

Islanders Bring Youngster Reinhart Up For the Start of the Season

Questions yielding no answers as of yet continues to be the theme of the New York Islanders defense and goalie situation for the beginning of the 2013-14 season. (flickr/IslesPunkFan)

Isles Fall To Devils In Brooklyn

The New York Islanders made history last night, playing the New Jersey Devils in the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn. Granted, it was only a preseason game, but the sporting event brought in many fans since this is the future home of the New York Islanders.

Unfortunately, the final result isn't exactly what everyone would have liked to see, a 3-0 loss to one of their top rivals in the Metropolitan Division. But as stated above, this was only a preseason game with rosters lacking regular skaters for two teams that are looking to shake off some rust and evaluate line combinations and prospects.

On Deck: Pierre Marc-Bouchard on top line with JT and Moulson?

The stars may be aligning perfectly for veteran Pierre Marc-Bouchard. Word has been circling around the Islanders that he will be joining John Tavares and Matt Moulson on the first line for the beginning of the 2013-14 season. While this is simply conjecture at this point, it has to Marc-Bouchard grinning from ear to ear. John Tavares and Matt Moulson have a tendency to find the net and their scoring prowess could leave him with many juicy opportunities. As a member of the Minnesota Wild, Bouchard has been uninspiring and mediocre scoring less than 20 goals in every season but the 06-07 campaign. This is likely to change if he flanks Moulson and Tavares on the top line.

What has history taught us about the lovable duo of Tavares and Moulson? Well, we have learned that they have the ability to make whoever plays as the third cog, an offensive threat. With the playmaking ability of John Tavares and Matt Moulson’s nose for the net, it is easy to see why P.A. Parenteau and Brad Boyes enjoyed decent offensive seasons in Islanders uniforms. There are some that believe that P.A. Parenteau can thank John Tavares alone for his 4 year, 16 million dollar contract with Colorado Avalanche. Good things tend to happen when 91 is on the ice.

Isles Flamed Out in Calgary, Regina & A Message To Isles Fans

Even though the Islanders dropped their first two split squad preseason games to the Calgary Flames, there was a lot to be happy about looking forward.