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NY Islanders Open 5 Game Road Trip With a Big Win in Toronto

NY Islanders Open 5 Game Road Trip With a Big Win in Toronto (Photo Credit: earth to ilyse)

New York Islanders Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Islanders face off against The Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 1 p.m.

The Islanders look to rebound from Saturday's opening night loss on home ice to the New Jersey Devils. The Devils beat the Islanders 2-1 behind strong goaltending from Martin Brodeur and some timely offense from Illya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac and David Clarkson.

Devils vs. Islanders 1/19/13: Isles Open Up At Home

The 2012-13 NHL season commences today, with 13 games in total taking place. More importantly, the New York Islanders will have their fourth consecutive home-opener against last season's Eastern Conference Champions, the New Jersey Devils.

Unfortunately, the Isles haven't won on opening night since 2007. Last October, they gave the new Winnipeg Jets their first win in 2-0 shutout. (Photo Credit: IslesPunkFan/Flickr)

Matt Carkner: Cult Hero in the making?

Lost in the flurry of what fans are referring affectionately as "Lubo Gate", the Islanders became a whole lot tougher in the off season. They did this by signing a man who has no problem dropping the gloves in defense of his teammates.

Matt Carkner quietly signed a three year deal worth $4.5 million dollars. Carkner is not what you would call an offensive defenseman but he does come with a grittiness that leaves a mark.

Just ask the players that had to be scraped off of the boards from his bone crunching hits.

In his unofficial initiation to Islanders fans' hearts, he became public enemy number one during the Senators' playoff series where they pushed the Rangers to the limit. Who can forget his assault on Brian Boyle which earned him a one game suspension?

Isles Training Camp News & Notes

Day one of training camp for The New York Islanders has been completed as plenty of familiar faces took to the ice today to either look to impress the coaching staff, or get back into game shape.

However, one player who was not at camp was defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

Visnovsky has made it clear that he wants to remain with his team in the KHL, which is unsettling for Isles fans as well as his teammates. Arthur Staple of Newsday's recent report from camp today had quotes from some of the Islanders, including general manager Garth Snow, that indicated their displeasure with his actions (Photo Credit: bridgetds/Flick).

Isles Fall Out Of First Place; Grabner Catches Fire

Isles drop three out of four and have fallen out of first place in the Atlantic Division

Isles Move Into 2nd Place in Eastern Conference; Lose Okposo For Three Weeks

In this weeks NHL 2013 the standings are released and the Islanders sit in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.

Isles Lose Streit; Promote Ness

Islanders Captain Mark Streit Goes Down With Second Major Injury Of The Season

Simulation: Nabokov Continues Winning Ways On West Coast

The Islanders head to the West coast in this weeks simulation of the Islanders season

Simulation: Boyes Continues Great Season; Captain Streit Returns

Brad Boyes continues to light the lamp in this week's Islanders Simulation Season