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Looking Forward: The Trade Deadline

The Islanders are having themselves a season like no other in recent memory. They sit atop the division with a 3 point cushion. They are within a point of the Conference lead and don't look to be slowing down at all. With all of this coming together at the right time, their trade deadline mentality could be completely different than what we're used to.

Blackhawks beat Wild; play vs improving Oilers on Friday

The Avalanche had a "goalie win" versus the Blackhawks earlier this week; last night, Chicago did the same versus the Wild.

There's been few games this season where the Blackhawks have been held under 25 SOG; last night, they had just 20 - but 4 of them were goals, including one empty-netter.

Chicago broke the streak they were on by scoring first, for the first time in seven games, a Patrick Sharp goal 5:08 into the opening period. Patrick Kane would stretch the lead to 2-0 by the end of the period with a power play goal on Thomas Vanek's 5-minute penalty.

Jason Zucker put the Wild on the board just 1:03 into the second.

But de...

Hawks top Wild late

Amid potential goalie controversies and whispers of a possible case of mumps, the Blackhawks managed to pull out a win against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. After a three period outburst in the second from Chicago, the Wild came back to tie it in the third before a late power play goal by Patrick Kane gave the Hawks the lead for the rest of the game. Antti Raanta, who made his second straight start, made 26 saves in the victory.

 

The Wild got on the board first wi...

One Year At TCL Isles For John Santamaria

It has been one year since I joined The Checking Line-Isles Edition. I wanted to take a trip down memory lane as I present my Top 10 TCL Highlights from the past year writing for this website.

Vanek Has To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

The former Buffalo Sabre, New York Islander, Montreal Canadien and current Minnesota Wild winger, is reportedly in some hot water with the U.S. Federal Government. According to an NBC affiliate in Rochester, Vanek was summoned to the Federal Court House in Western New York because of his “involvement” in money laundering and illegal gambling activity charges stemming from The Marina Restaurant and Bar in Rochester, NY.

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.

Moulson and Vanek Are Not The Answer

Heading into the Islanders' final season at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, they have many holes to fill, but an over paid winger that doesn't play both ways is not something they should be in the market for.

A Vanek Reunion?

Islander fans, if someone told you the team could add a dynamic winger this summer, one with a history of producing on a top line and with solid chemistry with your best two offensive players, would you say yes? Better yet, how quickly would you say yes?

Nassau Coliseum to Host Annual Islanders Draft Party

The NHL Draft takes place on June 27th and Islanders fans can attend the team draft party at Nassau Coliseum.

"Center" of Debate

Amid all of the problems facing the Isles and their need to acquire a lot of talent, one place they are set is at center.