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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

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

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium, August 8, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Yankee Stadium To Host First-Ever NHL Games This Winter

Baseballs will be replaced by pucks when the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders battle it out in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

08/08/2013

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 of the New York Islanders skates against Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Lose Game 3 Thriller In Overtime, Penguins Take 2-1 Series Advantage

The Isles battled the Penguins hard, but Chris Kunitz scored the overtime winner as Pittsburgh gained a 2-1 series advantage.

05/05/2013

The Islanders celebrate after scoring during the second period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on May 3, 2013. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Islanders Grow Up In A Hurry, Smack Penguins Upside Helmet And Even Series

Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.

05/03/2013

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Josh Bailey Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tavares, Islanders Look To Solve Penguins’ Pesky ‘D’ In Game 2

Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away. He never thought it would disappear entirely.

05/03/2013

The New York Islanders celebrate a power-play goal by Mark Streit #2 (3rd from left). (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Have Opportunity To Make Name For Themselves Again

No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.

04/25/2013

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Tavares Steps Up Big As Islanders Roar Back, Steamroll Maple Leafs

John Tavares had two goals and an assist Thursday as the New York Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 on Thursday and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

04/19/2013

The New York Islanders celebrate a power-play goal by Mark Streit #2 (3rd from left) at 8:59 of the first period against the Florida Panthers. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Gallof: Islanders Take Big Step, But Still Have Issues To Overcome

The Islanders got a big home win against the Panthers on Tuesday night, yet there are still concerns and issues to overcome.

04/18/2013

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, left, blocks the net against Florida’s Tomas Kopecky at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 16, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Close Home Portion Of Schedule With Win They Had To Have

Michael Grabner scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders moved closer to a playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

04/17/2013

Michael Grabner is mobbed by teammates after scoring the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period of the Islanders’ 4-1 victory over the visiting Flyers on April 9, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Unstoppable, Beat Up Flyers And Grab 7th Alone In The East

The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season. Not anymore.

04/09/2013

Matt Martin, right, congratulates Evgeni Nabokov after the Islanders’ victory over the Lightning at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Are On A Righteous Path To A Future With No Floor

Is this a coming-of-age story? You’re damn right it is. What the Islanders have done over the last six weeks is basically force the rest of the NHL to open its eyes and pay attention.

04/09/2013

Playing in his first NHL game, the Islanders’ Anders Lee, left, scores his first NHL goal, against the Winnipeg Jets at 16:13 of the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 2, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Rip Jets, Vault Into Tie For 7th Place In Eastern Conference

The New York Islanders took a lead into the third period against the struggling Winnipeg Jets and finished strong for an important win.

04/02/2013

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