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Pregame 10/17: Islanders vs. Oilers

The New York Islanders are in the midst of a four game home stand. The first of these four did not go as planned, as the Islanders surrendered a third period lead. They were eventually defeated in a shootout.

Isles Home Stand Starts With 4-3 SO Loss To The Buffalo Sabres

The New York Islanders returned home after a disappointing road trip, losing back-to-back games to the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators. But their losing ways would follow them back home as they fell 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres after being defeated in the shootout.

The first period opened with the Isles controlling the play for the entire period. Although both teams had plenty of shots, the Isles led the way with a 16-11 advantage. Evgeni Nabokov had to make some key saves, but the fore-check that the Isles put on in the offensive zone eventually led to a goal from Frans Nielsen.

The Danish center-man toe dragged the puck in the high slot and let go of a wicked wrister that beat Ryan Miller just over his glove and inside the far post. The assists went to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, his first as an Islanders forward, and Josh Bailey.

10/15/13 Pregame: Islanders look to extend lowly Sabres skid to 8

The Islanders are welcomed home after coming up empty on their miniature road trip. After losing two highly competitive games to Chicago and Nashville, they look to rebound in front of their loyal fans. As inspiring as the Islanders play has been in the beginning of the year, the Sabres have been on the opposite side of respectable.

The winless Sabres sit at 0-6-1 and that could be a good or bad thing for the Isles. The optimistic fan can hope and expect the Islanders to extend that skid to 8 games. However, the pessimistic camp that most Isles’ fans reside in, have to be wondering if it is a matter of time before the Sabres' offense explode for their first win.

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)