The Islanders have 6 games remaining, and after a somewhat impressive March, going 6-6-2, the Islanders (13th place, 72 pts.) are only 10 points behind the no. 8 Boston Bruins, and albeit unlikely, the Isles mathematically have a shot.
Now, how legitimate is that shot?
The remaining 6 games include the dreaded Philadelphia Flyers on home ice tomorrow night; against whom the Islanders have lost all five games to this season. In fact, in those five match-ups, the Isles averaged 1.4 goals per game, and averaged 3 goals allowed per game. Not impressive to say the least...
Next are the Senators in a 2pm Saturday matinee at the Coliseum; and in three games so far this season against them, the Islanders are 0-1-2. The odds don't look too good for that one either...
On Tuesday the Habs roll into town; and in three matchups against Montreal, the Isles went 0-2-1, and averaged ONE goal per game, while on average allowing almost FOUR... Ole! Ole!!
Then next Thursday, the Islanders visit Olympic Gold Medalist Sid the Kid and the Pens; and in 4 games against them we are 1-2-1...
On Saturday, the Isles cross the Hudson to play the Devils, although in five match-ups we have a losing record of 2-3 against New Jersey, our chances don't look as bleak in this one; I have seen some pretty well played games against the Devils...
And then finally, to round out the season, the Islanders come home to again, play Pittsburgh in a 5:00 afternoon meet.
This is probably one of the most nightmarish schedules an Islanders fan could ask for, especially when the team is trying to keep up in the race for 8th. And all we can hope for now is that the hockey gods have something up their sleeves, and the Islanders can overcome the odds and slip into the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs before the door slams shut and possibly be hockey's 2006 St Louis Cardinals, who slipped in at the last moment and won the World Series.
Speaking of Baseball, if things don't work out for our beloved Islanders...Opening Day is right around the corner!]]>
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First off, I think the top three forwards this season are Kyle Okposo who has done a great job all around the ice but his stats may not show for it. Next, is Blake Comeau. He has improved alot over the past two seasons. It seems that he is more comfortable on the ice and is taking more shots. Last, Matt Moulson who I award the Isles MVP. Without him, the Isles would have big scoring troubles. With his stats, he will most likely be sticking around for another few seasons.
As you know, Garth Snow signed both Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron to share time in net until the return of Rick DiPietro. Roloson signed a two year deal while Biron signed a one year deal. Snow's plan was to trade Biron at the trade deadline. Well, there was a change in plans. DiPietro did make a return but only played a few games. There was great interest in both Roloson and Biron at the March 3rd trade deadline, but Snow couldn't get a good offer for any goaltender. Plus, Snow didn't want to gamble his chances of DP getting injured again and then just having one experienced goaltender.
On Defense, I think Mark Streit has been great this season and also last season. He is a great offensive defensemen and can make some great plays and even score some goals. He is definitely going to be sticking around for a while the way he has been playing. He has a goal in tonight's game and almost had two goals but his shot hit the crossbar.
The Islanders need to make some changes if they want to make a playoff run next season. I'm not saying major changes because I like the players now and they are certainly developing, but a few changes can be made in the off season.
The Islanders will host the Rangers for the final time tonight at Nassau Coliseum, with the Rangers looking to keep their playoff hopes alive. Atlanta and Boston helped the Rangers out last night as both teams lost their respective games keeping the Rangers with four points of out the eight spot in the East.
The Rangers will be without Ryan Callahan and NHL pest, Sean Avery, along with them in the press box will be Matt Gilroy, who is a healthy scratch for tonight's game. On the Flip side the Isles will get back up and coming defenseman, Andrew MacDonald, who was projected to be out four to six weeks with a broken foot.
In net for the Islanders will be Dwayne Roloson, who is 3-2 verse the Rangers this season and 1-1 on home ice verse them.
Scott Gordon believes that a win tonight would keep the long shot Islanders very much in the playoff race. "If we win tonight, we're six points out of the last playoff spot. It's a long shot, but we're still alive in the playoff race," Scott Gordon Told Islanders Point Blank. Seeing as how inconsistent the four teams ahead of the Islanders are right now I don't whether to pray for a miracle or hoping for a top draft pick.
Stan Fishler and Chico Resh at Book Review for hockey Q & A Thursday
Stan Fischler aka MSG's "Hockey Maven" and former Islanders goalie, Glenn "Chico" Resch , will be at Book Review in Huntington village this Thursday night. Out promoting their new book, Who's Better: Rangers, Devils, Islanders, or the Flyers, Stan and Chico will be holding a Q & A session talking about their book and hockey in general followed by them signing copies of their books (but only if you purchased it at Book Review). The event begins at 7pm and is free and open to the public. Definitely worth going to if you have some free time on Thursday and the book is a good read for any hockey fan.]]>
Every year there are 270 games between one Western team and one Eastern team. As of today, only five are left to be played in the final two weeks of the season, and the records are staggering. After 265 games against the East, Western Conference teams have compiled a record of 152-85-28; nearly a winning record of 60%. The East against the West holds a record of 113-117-35. Western teams have earned a total of 1,291 points overall while Eastern teams have earned just 1,229. When you're dealing with that many points, 62 isn't a big difference, the more telling number is the West has 39 more wins head to head against the East.
13 out of 15 teams in the Western Conference have a winning record against Eastern teams compared to just six teams in the East above .500 against the West.
Let's look at the standings to cross-examine the numbers. ]]>
The Isles will face the New York Rangers again. This time, it will be at the Coliseum. The Isles lost 5-0 last week to the Rangers. So, this one should be an exciting one with a mix of Islander and Ranger fans making noise at the rink.
Last night, the Isles beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT. The Isles regulation goals were scored by Okposo(his 17th) and Sim(his 11th). Then, in overtime, Josh Bailey put it home for his 15th goal of the season.
The Isles are now standing in 11th place with a record of 31-34-10. They still have a slim chance at the playoffs, in my opinion. We will see what goes on in these upcoming games. Maybe its time to call in Wade Dubielewicz, who led us to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2007. But then again, Biron and Roloson possibly could do the same.
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It started quickly for the Islanders scoring a goal 4:32 into the game. Kyle Okposo was able to blast a sharp angle shot passed Mathieu Garon. A minute later Sean Bergenheim redirected a shot from Tim Jackman passed Garon to make it 2-0 Islanders.
Starting the second Columbus was on the power play and just 51 seconds in RJ Umberger cut the Islanders lead to one as he netted his 21st goal of the season. The second period would also begin Columbus's comeback. In the second the Islanders were out shot 15-8.
Another early goal (33 seconds into the third) would tie the game up and give Rick Nash his 31st goal of season. A minute later, Grant Clitsome would score his first goal of NHL career to give the Jackets their first lead of the night (3-2). But the Islanders would respond three minutes later thanks to team pest and new father, Jon Sim.
The game would be forced to overtime, but didn't take long for a hero to emerge. 2:58 into OT Josh Bailey buried the game winner with the help of John Tavares and Mark Streit.
-Mark Streit lead the team in playing time with 32:29, while on the other end of the spectrum rookie Anton Klementyev was only on the ice for 6:20.
-Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves and won his 23rd game of the season.
-The Islanders beat the Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena for the first time in franchise history.
-The Islanders jump from 14th to 11th in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the Rangers (Isles next opponent) and eight points out of the eighth spot.]]>