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It's Time To Buy On The Island

This is the year that the New York Islanders should look to be buyers at the trade deadline.

It is only just eight days away, and the Islanders presently sit with 31 points, just two shy from tying the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot with only 16 games remaining in the regular season.

Typically at this juncture, the Isles are on the verge of collapsing into the final three spots of the Eastern Conference and increasing their chances of winning the draft lottery. Although that is still a frightening scenario that can still play out for Garth Snow's squad, it is time for the Isles GM to make a statement that the rebuild is over.

Isles 5-3 Loss A Result Of Four Goal Period For The Senators

The New York Islanders controlled about forty minutes of hockey tonight against the visiting Ottawa Senators but surrendered four unanswered goals in the final period of the game to lose 5-3 in regulation.

Matt Kassian would get the scoring started with a redirection just 6:23 into the first period after Sergei Gonchar let go of a wrister from the point to give the Sens the early lead, but Keith Aucoin would answer with his fifth goal of the year just before the end of the period.

Kyle Okposo made a nice spin around pass from behind the Sens net to find Aucoin to bury the puck through Ben Bishop's five hole. Josh Bailey had the secondary assist.

Despite the tie score, the Islanders created several turnovers in the Senators end of the ice - most notably during shifts from the Okposo-Nielsen-Bailey line.

Colin McDonald Inks Two-Year Extension

The New York Islanders announced today that the club will retain the services of forward Colin McDonald with a two-year contract extension.

McDonald has performed as one of the Islanders most consistent checking wingers on the "energy line" which also consists of Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.

New NHL Realignment Inherently Flawed

Say goodbye to some of the longest-standing rivalries in the game, and say hello to some of the most manufactured rivalries in the game. The NHL, NHLPA and NHL Board of Governors approved the new realignment to be put into service starting next year, lasting a minimum of three seasons.

The new plan is contingent on some ridiculous rotation because of lopsided divisions of eight teams in the east, and seven teams in the west. Thanks to the strange geographical landscape that the NHL has employed, teams have had to be at the mercy of some wide open swaths of the United States and Canada that are uninhabited by NHL clubs.

The poor Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. Now the...

Danny Briere's Upside not Much of an Upside Anymore

Philadelphia is currently under the realization that a lot is going to be changing for the Flyers.

The team is struggling mightily, and chances of making the playoffs are very slim. This all will eventually lead to presumed roster changes.

A handful of questions are also being asked -- Will last year’s big three rookies stick around? Which defensemen will be added? And will Danny Briere still be in orange and black?

I am here to touch on that last point. I do not have an answer of course, but I stand strongly by what the answer should be.

(Pictured: Danny Briere. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Can the Leafs Sustain Their Success?

*This article was originally published at thehockeywriters.com/mapleleafscentral

If the underlying statistics are any indication, the Toronto Maple Leafs may soon crash back down to Earth.

The Maple Leafs have had difficulties this season limiting their opponents’ shots against, ranking 28th in the National Hockey League in shots for percentage at even strength. Moreover, their Fenwick for percentage (the accumulation of saves, goals and missed shots) at even-strength ranks 29th.

The league standings of the 2011-12 season can attest to the importance of puck possession as the top ten teams generally had a strong FF%:

Teams StandingsFenwick For %Vancouver Ca...

Isles Struggles: Why Are Back-To-Back Games A Problem?

There really was not much to say after the Isles were blown out 6-1 last night by the Pittsburgh Penguins. But there is a glaring stat that can be taken away from this loss. Over the past two seasons, the Islanders have only won consecutive back-to-back games once (Photo Credit: theseoduke/Flickr).

There have been a total of 28 back-to-back games from the start of the 2011-2012 season to the last two games played this past Saturday and Sunday. Of those 28, the Islanders only pair of wins that came two days in a row included a 3-2 victory in Boston on March 3, 2012 and a 1-0 win at home versus New Jersey on March 4, 2012.

The Isles overall back-to-back record in the 2012 season was 8-10-2-2. Presently, they are 3-3-0-0 in back to back games. However, they have yet to win the second game of a back-to-back pairing this year and only accomplished that task five of 11 times last season.

Why the Leafs Shouldn't Re-Sign Bozak

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That tweet is from the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran on Mar. 8 after Ryan Getzlaf re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks on an eight-year contract extension. It’s also a representation of the misconception that Tyler Bozak is a capable first-line centre.

It should be noted from the outset that Bozak is not to blame. It’s not his fault he’s been miscast as a top line player, and one certainly can’t fault him for doing his best in a role beyond his capabilities. There are enough underlying statistics to prove that Bozak is probably better-suited on the third-line (which we’ll get to), but it e...

Reeling Flyers Take On Streaking Bruins

The Philadelphia Flyers have one mission: beat a contender. The Boston Bruins host the Flyers this afternoon in perhaps one of the most critical games of the lockout shortened season.

Philadelphia Flyers Not a Playoff Team

Now 5-9-0 in games against the current playoff set, acrimoniously booed off the Wells Fargo Center ice after a sadsack performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves at a crux. Are they a playoff team?

Is this team, that needs to be bailed out by magical timeouts on a daily basis, that can only play 20 minutes on any given night, that cannot get the big save when they need it, a playoff team?

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