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Isles Shutout Sabres, Inch Closer To Playoff Berth

The New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Saturday night for their second to last home game of the regular season at Nassau Coliseum. In honor of the fact that the Islanders will soon be leaving Nassau County for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the franchise dedicated this evening’s game to a few select players that have played major roles for this team over the past four decades.

Such players included Ed Westfall, Gary Howatt, Bobby Nystrom, Butch Goring, Ken Morrow, Pierre Turgeon, Steve Webb, Eric Cairns and Shawn Bates.

Each player was honored with a video tribute highlighting their contributions to the franchise during their respective decades.

Islanders Move Johnson, Acquire Kennedy and Neuvirth At Trade Deadline

The New York Islanders weren’t anticipated by many to be busy today during the NHL’s annual trade deadline. But to the contrary, Garth Snow’s phone was ringing plenty today as the Islanders GM made a handful of moves.

Are The Isles Coming Back Down To Earth?

After having an incredible first half of the season, the New York Islanders find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar position. The Isles are losers of four of their past five, and barely scraped away with a shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Tonight the Isles will face the Buffalo Sabres, a team that is dwelling at the very bottom of the NHL standings and is also 2-8-0 in their last ten games played.

By all standards, this is a game that the Islanders should absolutely win. However, the Isles need to make sure history does not repeat itself.

Filling The Gap On The Top Line

As of now, the New York Islanders do not have a forward that is undeniably the top line winger to play alongside of Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Last year, the Islanders started the season with Matt Moulson on JT’s wing, who was soon exchanged for Thomas Vanek.

Both Moulson and Vanek fit perfectly on the top line. But with Moulson staying in Buffalo and Vanek currently preparing to wear a Minnesota Wild jersey in 2015, the top spot is once again vacated.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Mar. 31-Apr. 5

With eight games remaining, the Flyers look to solidify their playoff position.

Lecavalier's Winner Snaps Goalless Drought

Vincent Lecavalier's scoring drought reached 13 games heading into Tuesday's game against Buffalo.

Snapping it in the final 15 seconds of the game not only got the monkey off his back but proved to be the game-winner. The Flyers snapped a two-game skid in the process, beating the Sabres 4-3.

It was the 10th goal on the season for Lecavalier, who has battled consistently staying healthy. Prior to the back injury, Lecavalier had been consistently one of the Flyers' best offensive players.

(Photo: Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth desperately attempts to stop Vincent Lecavalier's (no shown) game-winning goal. Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Weekly Flyers Preview: January 13-16

After a disappointing 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Flyers will be itching to get back out onto the ice with a couple big divisional games.

Checking Line Becomes The Scoring Line; Flyers Win 4-1

When things are going right offensively for the Flyers, their depth in the front nine really shows.

Matt Read, Sean Couturier and Steve Downie - The Checking Line - provided some much needed fire power at the end of the second period to give the Flyers a boost en route to a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday.

Read scored two goals in the span of 1 minute, 40 seconds, and Steve Downie and Sean Couturier had the primary and secondary assists respectively on both goals. The goals came in the final six minutes of the second, erasing a 1-0 Buffalo lead.

(Photo: Matt Read [middle celebrates with [left to right] Steve Downie, Sean Couturier, Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen after Read's second goal late in the second period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Weekly Flyers Preview: Nov. 18-24

This week presents a great opportunity for the Flyers.

After getting five of six points on their recent road trip, the Flyers head home for three games against struggling teams. All three teams have had trouble keeping pucks out of their net and, with a few wins, the Flyers can start to make their climb on the Metropolitan Division standings.

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?