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Getting Defensive: The Isles Have Some Holes To Fill

...But this trade signifies that GM Garth Snow is ready to strike a deal that can be made in order to benefit his team. He's no longer building for the future. He's looking to win right now (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).

And he should be. The rebuild has been over for at least a year now. The Islanders made the playoffs last year and played a series against a much better Pittsburgh Penguins team that could have gone either way had there been better goaltending.

The expectations deserve to be raised, and Snow has to make moves for the present. But at what cost?

Isles Return Home To Face The Philadelphia Flyers

The New York Islanders return home to host the Philadelphia Flyers after playing the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road last night, which resulted in a 4-3 win.

The Flyers arrival on Coliseum ice tonight also means the return of former Islanders captain Mark Streit. The puck-moving defenseman was let go over the summer and signed with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent. He currently has two assists and is a -4 on a struggling Flyers team that is 2-7-0, sitting in last place for the entire league.

On the other hand, the Islanders have continued to find ways to earn points and win hockey games, currently holding a 4-3-3 record on the year. They sit 7th in the Eastern Conference and are in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Gameday VS. New York Rangers: Homestanding Flyers Face Critical Contest

In a battle of two struggling teams coming off of extended layoffs, this critical game will decide plenty. Will an offensively challenged Flyers team recover against their huge rivals from New York City?

TCL Flyers Podcast #7

Episode seven is here. Tonight (10/16), the TCL Flyers crew will dissect the latest losses, try and fix the Flyers, and go behind enemy lines with Penguins expert Joey Delsandro.

Strap in. It's gonna be fun.

Islanders Look To Rebound Against The Nashville Predators

The Islanders will look to rebound from their first regulation loss of the season with a match-up tonight against the Nashville Predators.

The Isles fell 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in what was a somewhat sloppy game that saw a few of the team's defenseman out of position, leading to multiple scoring opportunities for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Tonight, the Isles will look to rectify these mistakes and get back to their winning ways.

TCL Flyers Podcast #6

Hosted by Jordan Kuhns, and his right-hand man Dan MacNeal, the coaching change, the Flyers first win as well as recent games and upcoming games will be the topics of choice.

Reinhart Sent Back To Juniors With Clutterbuck Set To Make His Return

Griffin Reinhart's early tenure with the New York Islanders was so short lived that most fans probably didn't even notice him on the ice.

Well, that's because he never dressed.

While the Isles went 2-0-1 to start the season, Reinhart remained with the team after training camp but never left the press-box. The possibility that Reinhart could have dressed was always there, but head coach Jack Capuano elected to continue each game with a winning (or close to it) line-up.

Where are they Now? Ted Nolan

Today we profile the head coach who took Islanders to the playoffs prior to last season’s team. The last playoff berth was in the 2006-2007 season with Ted Nolan as head coach.

TCL Flyers Makes Its Preseason Picks

It's October 1 and hockey is back!

With the 2013-14 NHL season kicking off tonight with three games - the highlight being Washington at Chicago on NBCSN at 8 p.m. Eastern - it's that time of year where a bunch of writers, bloggers and fans pretend like they know it all and will make their picks.

And guess what! TCL Flyers is filled with a bunch of know-it-all's too!

Replacing Mark Streit's Offense Will Not Be Easy For The Isles

Mark Streit was a very serviceable captain of this New York Islanders squad for the past two years, but his defensive prowess was fading just like his time spent with the team. His -27 and -14 rating over the past two respective seasons might not be missed on the Isles blue line, but his ability to power play the quarterback has certainly left a void (Photo Credit: Dan4th/Flickr).

Of his 27 points last season, 11 of them were scored with the man advantage. The previous season, Streit scored 47 points as the Isles top defenseman with 23 of them coming on the power play.