With training camp starting in a few days, the Islanders finally have solid competition up and down their roster. New additions on offense, an influx of youth on defense and two new goaltenders means there will be battles everywhere in camp from start to finish.
The New York Islanders announced this morning this morning that they will be hosting their annual Blue & White Prospects Scrimmage on July 10th at Nassau Coliseum. In addition to the scrimmage and skills competition, fans will have an opportunity to obtain autographs from the participants as well.
Regardless of their unexpected success taking them into the playoffs last year, there were many areas that the Islanders needed to improve coming into the current season. The core of the team was established, but among many other things the defensive corps was a major concern and the departure of captain Mark Streit only made things worse.
The New York Islanders return home to the Nassau Coliseum for a 7p.m. puck drop Saturday to take on their longtime rival the New Jersey Devils. This will be the fourth of five meetings between the two this year. The Devils a have won two of the three previous matchups, including the most recent, a 6-1 triumph on Coliseum ice back on March 1st. (Photo credit: paul.hadsall/flickr).
The Islanders look to finish up their homestand Sunday afternoon on a high note as they take on their Metropolitan rival Columbus Blue Jackets 1pm at the Nassau Coliseum. It will be the third of four matchups as Columbus has taken the first two, including the Islanders’ home opener. In what was a sign for things to come, the Islanders blew a 2-0 third period lead before falling to Columbus in the shootout 3-2. The two met again in Columbus in November where the Blue Jackets scored three times in the third period to win 5-2. (Photo credit: paul.hadsall/flickr).
The Minnesota Wild visit the New York Islanders tonight in their second and final meeting of the season. The game will feature the first game back on Lon Island for former Islanders Matt Moulson and Nino Niederreiter. Puck drop is 7:00pm EST.
The next day, the Isles acquired Sebastian Collberg from Montreal in the much debated Thomas Vanek trade. A lot of Isles fans are down on Collberg, a bi-product of being included in the deal, but Collberg is an interesting prospect.
Collberg, who currently plays for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League, is a high risk high reward prospect. Hockey’s Future has him rated with the same grade as high end Isles prospect Ryan Strome. While Collberg might have Strome’s upside, he might flounder as well.
The New York Islanders square off with the Buffalo Sabres in a battle of last place teams Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum as the Islanders try to rebound from their latest home ice defeat, 4 to 3 to the San Jose Sharks. The Islanders own the worst record on home ice this year, a far cry from the days of “Fort Neverlose.” (Photo credit: paul.hadsall/flickr)
Standing in their way are the Buffalo Sabres whose 46 points (19-39-8 record) have it comfortably “ahead” of the 29th place Edmonton Oilers in the race for worst record overall in the NHL and coveted top position in June’s draft lottery.