The Islanders and Rangers — and their fans — have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry lost some luster over the last decade, but it now appears to be back and healthier than ever.
If their offseason activity is any indication, the Islanders fully intend to leave Nassau Coliseum on a high note.
There is nothing new about the New York Islanders heading into a new season trying to improve on the one before. Yet, this one has a different feel even though last season ended again without a trip to the playoffs.
With training camp around the corner, there are a number of questions surrounding the Islanders. A while back, I sat down with Chris Peters, who writes for Eye on Hockey at CBSSports.com, to ask him a few.
New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.
“I don’t think we’re far off at all,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “I certainly believe in the group we have.”
The only thing missing from Sunday’s outdoor NHL game at Yankee Stadium was true animosity on the ice. That shouldn’t be a problem on Wednesday night when the Islanders get their crack at the Rangers.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift the St. Louis Blues to 4-3 win over the New York Islanders following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.
Sooner or later, Garth Snow is going to have to make a decision, which likely will be the only decision he can make if things don’t change. Thomas Vanek is the only person who can alter that decision.
It might be snowing and freezing outside, but the atmosphere will almost certainly be heated Tuesday night inside Madison Square Garden.
Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout for the New York Islanders, who rallied past the Flyers 4-3 Monday.
According to a report, Lubomir Visnovsky, who has missed all but eight games this season due to a concussion, has been skating on Long Island while the Islanders have been on their current six-game road trip.
Hot-scoring winger Kyle Okposo had two goals in the Isles’ fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games.
What’s done is done. Kyle Okposo isn’t going to Sochi and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. That being said, it’s a blessing in disguise as far as the Islanders are concerned.
Kyle Okposo scored 58 seconds into overtime, and the New York Islanders beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 after blowing a two-goal lead on Thursday night.