Due to recent Islanders’ news and developments during the first two days of training camp a previous Checking Line post had to be updated.
It has become apparent that Lubomir Visnovsky will not be reporting to the Islanders’ training camp after skipping a flight the team booked for him on Sunday. The NHL is waiting to see if the KHL will stick to their guns and not allow him to play on his current team, Slovan Bratislava, where he was playing due to the lockout. (Photo Credit: Anguscertified.com)
With the NHL 2012-13 lockout finally over and the players in the process of ratifying the new CBA as of yesterday it appears that the beginning of the 2012 - 2013 NHL season is only days away. The league is set to begin on Saturday January 19th, 2013 and although the official schedule is not out many reports have leaked that the New York Islanders will host the New Jersey Devils on opening day.
Here is what the Islanders' lineup could look like come the beginning of this shortened season. (Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)
Josh Bailey has been an incredibly inconsistent contributor for the New York Islanders. Bailey is playing in his fourth season with the Islanders, he played his first game back in 2008-09. He missed the first fourteen games of his rookie season with a lower-body injury; he would play his first NHL game on November 11, 2008 at home versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Josh recorded his first NHL point just one game later on November 13 in Ottawa when he assisted on Kyle Okposo’s game tying goal. The Islanders went on to win the game 3-1. Bailey recorded eight more assists on the road to his first goal, which came on January 2, 2009, in the same game as Doug Weight’s 1,000 point, against the Phoenix Coyotes. The game was bittersweet for Bailey, who was enthusiastic about his first goal, but disheartened by the 5-4 loss. He went on to record 25 points in his rookie campaign finishing with 7 goals and 18 assists. (Photo Credit: thehockeyjunkies.blogspot.com)
The Islanders, who have been struggling more than usual as of late, will play host tonight for their sixth and final meeting of the season with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders go into tonight's game on a four game skid, blowing leads in the three most recent losses, the Flyers however come to Long Island with a 6-1 record in March, the first of those wins came against the Islanders on March 1st. Philadelphia leads the season series 3-2, including wins in both previous trips to the Coliseum. (Photo Credit: CSN Philly/Sarah Baicker)
The Islanders are 11 points out of eighth place with only twelve games left to play meaning that a playoff bid is looking highly improbable for the young squad. They lack a key component to being a playoff caliber team, consistency. That was evident in their last three losses, they had the lead in all three games and only managed two points, losing once in overtime and once in a shootout.
Spitfires Owners, Hockey Canada representatives and Tecumseh and Windsor Mayors hold Team Canada jersey for the U-17 Championships hosted in Windsor
The Christmas season is around the corner, and that means it’s time for junior hockey! While most people watch the World Junior Championships every year, one tournament that is overlooked is the Under-17 World Championships. This year, they are being hosted by the town of Windsor, Ontario and will have games at the Spitfires home arena the WFCU Center as well as Tecumseh Arena and Lasalle’s Vollmer Complex. The Windsor region has successfully hosted a number of...
Throughout the season each team circles certain games on the schedule as rivalry tilts or games that have special meaning. On the other hand there are the games that have no extra motivation other than the points. Well the game last night was just that.
Over the past few years, playing the Carolina Hurricanes has become that. I would rank a game against the Hurricanes in Montreal the hardest ticket to sell. And then add the fact that the Habs have to fly out to Long Island to play the back end of two games in two nights, a lackluster performance would have...