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Ranting on the Couch with Erol Bal

Just when you think they have a chance they completely fall flat on there face and break your heart, yes boys and girls these are our New York Islanders. Here is my weekly edition on all thing Islanders related. I am sitting on the couch with my iPad and with my house under going serious renovations; that's why this is not a video edition. But that doesn't mean we can't talk Islanders hockey!

So with the Islanders playing a pre-season game in Brooklyn, is it becoming clearer that Wang is smartening up and saying "Screw Nassau County?" Or Is this the boy who cried wolf again and Charles wants to work with Nassau County and the same people who have screwed him over since 2006? I personally would love to see something happen in Queens and maybe build in the old Shea Stadium or go to Bloomberg and propose your Lighthouse idea to the Iron Triangle (Flushing section). In the end I hope that this pre-season game becomes a sell out.

With the trade deadline approaching, how fitting is it that Mark Eaton scores a game winner? That means we now get a 3rd round pick instead of a 5th rounder for him. Many teams will be scouring for a bottom 6th dman veteran with playoff experience and Garth should seriously consider trading Eaton.

Exhausted Stars fall to Avalanche

It was a crucial encounter at the American Airlines Center in Texas as the Stars welcomed the Colorado Avalanche. Just a point separated the 2 sides going into the game, both sat just outside the very tight playoff picture.

The Stars landed in Dallas on the morning of the Avs game after travelling out West to face the Ducks and the Kings, where they took 1 win away. Luckily for the Stars, Colorado’s star centre Matt Duchene, who caused a lot of problems earlier in the season, was out of the line-up.

You could tell that the Stars had landed in Dallas several hours prior to face-off as they showed poor puck control and retention, and struggled to match up to the Avs' p...

Islanders Prepare for Avalanche

“And with the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders are proud to select John Tavares.” 

After months of speculation leading up to the 2009 NHL draft, the Islanders rewarded their fan base after a long and painful season by using the first pick to select the longtime #1 ranked player in the draft.  It has been said that when top prospects remain at the top of a draft board for a long period of time, analysts tend to search so hard for their flaws that when they finally find one, it becomes significantly over exaggerated. 

So it was with Tavares, who was ranked at the top of his draft class since about age 14. ...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche

In one of three games on the Wednesday night schedule, the Colorado Avalanche host the Phoenix Coyotes at 7:30 MST.  Sitting just two points apart, the Avs currently hold the fifth spot in the Western Conference while the Coyotes sit in ninth.  Phoenix won three of four games between the two last season, including two occasions where the opposition failed to come up with a single goal.

Tonight, Phoenix looks to take their winning streak to three games whereas Colorado will try to make it two in a row.  The Avs are 7-4-0, but only got their first home win on Sunday against the Kings, as Matt Duchene scored the game winner in the early moments of the third per...