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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, blocks a shot by the Kings’ Tanner Pearson during a preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2013-14 NHL Regular Season & Stanley Cup Predictions

The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.

10/01/2013

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Why Did Islanders Bounce Strome To Bridgeport?

It became obvious to me that both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson deserved to make the cut. However, the better player didn’t get the job, as far as I’m concerned.

10/01/2013

Kyle Okposo (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Okposo, Isles Win Split Squad Game Over Senators

Kyle Okposo opened the scoring as the Islanders’ split squad defeated the Senators on Sunday. Johan Sundstrom scored twice.

09/29/2013

The Islanders’ Colin McDonald, right, celebrates his second-period goal against the Predators along with teammate Brock Nelson during a preseason game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 27, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Jump-Starts Islanders, Kids Help Do The Rest In Win Over Preds

John Tavares scored two first-period goals, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-4 preseason victory against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

09/27/2013

The Islanders’ Josh Bailey, left, celebrates his shorthanded goal against the Devils with Kyle Okposo at the Prudential Center on Sept. 19, 2013 in Newark. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Bailey Poised To Take Himself And Islanders To The Next Level

Islanders forward Josh Bailey is entering his sixth NHL season. The 23-year-old from Bowmanville, Ontario is working his tail off to ensure it’ll be better than the previous five.

09/25/2013

Islanders captain John Tavares watches the action against the Devils during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Expectations Way Up For Tavares-Led Islanders In 2013-14

With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.

09/24/2013

Anders Nilsson, left, ((Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Kevin Poulin (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Western Canada Experience Shows There’s Work To Do

Since the start of training camp, we’ve learned a lot about this team. We’ll learn even more in the days and weeks to come, especially about who will be Evgeni Nabokov’s understudy.

09/18/2013

Evgeni Nabokov #20 is congratulated by John Tavares #91 and Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Friedman: New York Islanders Training Camp Preview

The Isles need to have someone else to lean on besides Evgeni Nabokov. That’s where Kevin Poulin comes in.

09/11/2013

John Tavares (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images, FILE)

Islanders Name John Tavares New Team Captain

Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four NHL seasons. He had 28 goals — third most in the league.

09/09/2013

John Tavares (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images, FILE)

Friedman: An Islanders Chat With Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek

The New York Islanders are coming off an impressive year, one they’ll be looking to build on in 2013-14. However, there are still plenty of questions and concerns.

09/03/2013

New York Islanders players Matt Moulson and John Tavares pose for a photo during the 2014 NHL Stadium Series Media Availabilty at Yankee Stadium on August 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Tavares Won’t Rest Until He Becomes NHL’s Signature Star

The 22-year-old is a well-known “nice guy” off the ice, but he’s probably the last player any goalie wants to see hanging around the crease.

08/09/2013

John Tavares (file/credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Hart Trophy Finalist Tavares Will Bring Award Home This Season

He is the MVP favorite going into the season because no player means more to his team than Tavares. This team would be a bottom-dweller without him.

08/02/2013

John Tavares (file/credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: Sochi Rosters Set; Islanders Boast 6 Olympic Hopefuls

The New York Islanders are fortunate to have six hopeful Olympians, five of which will probably make the final cut to represent their respective countries. What impact does that have and what are their odds?

07/26/2013

John Tavares

Capellini: Islanders Are Building A Team To Last The Test Of Time

You may not be in love with what the Isles have done so far this offseason, but you have to give them credit for remaining disciplined. There has been something righteous about their approach.

07/15/2013

Travis Hamonic (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Employing Slow And Steady Wins The Race Approach

The Islanders have been active this offseason, but maybe not in the way you had hoped. Don’t sweat it. They are improved and could get better as the summer progresses.

07/08/2013

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