Sunday, December 21, 2014

Late Game Rally Powers Isles Over Lightning

photo by zimbio

Tonight, our Islanders had one of their most exciting finishes of the year to this point as they rallied for three goals in the final three minutes to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-1.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Anders Lee is really feeling it right now with his second straight game winning goal.  It was an impressive tip by him this time around instead of crashing the net like last night in Detroit.  It is nice to see him starting to emerge much how Strome and Nelson have thus far this season. 

-While Tavares may not be himself yet this season, that doesn't matter because one thing that is always certain with him is that in crunch time he always comes through and he did again tonight with the tying goal.  Also, good to hear post game that he was fine after taking a puck to the ear late in the game.

-I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't mention Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who played an unbelievable game tonight.  It's still early for him in his career but Tampa seems to have a special player there.

-One negative to come out of tonight is the teams sloppy play in their own zone.  That is one thing they absolutely have to improve on, especially when going against teams like the Lightning.

The Islanders were on the back end of a back to back tonight, but you wouldn't know it by their effort.  On offense, they were firing on all cylinders all night, and on defense they were solid as well, really limiting the Lightnings shots on net.  Halak put the stats to rest and had a solid game in his second start in two days leading the Islanders to victory.  Jack Capuano mentions it nearly every post game press conference now, but enough can't be said about the crowd.  The Nassau Coliseum right now is an unbelievable place to be to watch a hockey game and that is due in large part to the atmosphere created by the fans.

Next Game: Tuesday @ Home Vs Montreal

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pre Game: Lightning @ Islanders

Tonight, our Islanders look to win their fourth consecutive game as they play host to Steven Stamkos and the Lightning.

The goalie match up tonight features Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Lightning.  Vasilevskiy will be making his second career NHL start.  Meanwhile, in a surprising move, Jaroslav Halak will be back between the pipes for the Islanders after backstopping the team to a victory in Detroit last night.

The Islanders will ice the same lineup tonight as they did in last nights 2-1 victory over the Red Wings.

Lee Game Winner Powers Isles Over Wings

photo by zimbio

Tonight, our Islanders continued their hot streak both recently and against the Red Wings as they defeated them by a score of 2-1.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Solid effort from Halak tonight.  Some may say he should go tomorrow, but the stats say otherwise and Capuano usually goes by those.  In his time here, Capuano has hardly ever started the number one goalie in both games of a back to back.

-Great net front presence from Nelson on his goal.

-Like Nelson, great presence and awareness as well by Lee to put in the eventual game winner.

-The difference Boychuk and Hamonic have on this lineup can't be stated enough.  After a shaky first period, the team really settled down and controlled the game effectively.  That was something we really hadn't seen them do since both Boychuk and Hamonic went down.

-The power play was up and down tonight.  At time it looked very good, but at times it looked just awful.

With this game being the first of a tough 3 game stretch heading to the Christmas break, you couldn't ask for a better outcome.  The team really controlled a majority of the game and it took it to the Wings in their own arena.  Tomorrow, with the Lightning without Ben Bishop, the Coliseum crowd is going to have to do what they have been doing all year to this point and get in the head of Lightning rookie goalie Andrei Vasilevski who will likely be making his second career NHL start tomorrow.  If they are successful in doing that, it will go a long way in helping the Islanders get a sweep of this back to back and their 4th straight win overall.

Next Game: Tomorrow night @ home versus Tampa Bay 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pre Game: Islanders @ Detroit

photo by gopixpic

Tonight, our Islanders travel to Detroit to start yet another set of back to back games as they faceoff against Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings. 

The goalie match up tonight features Jaroslav Halak back between the pipes for the Islanders.  Meanwhile, Jimmy Howard will be in net for the Red Wings.

The Islanders will get two significant additions to the lineup tonight as Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic will both be returning from injury.  Michael Grabner was placed on IR with a lower body injury, and Griffin Reinhart was sent back down to Bridgeport to make room for these two on the roster.  Matt Donovan will return to the press box alongside Strait with the two of them returning.  With the Islanders, winners of a couple straight, getting these two guys back should only enhance their chances of coming out of tonight victorious.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Isles Pricing People Out of Last Game?

Update: Here is the chart showing prices:

Last night, I came into contact with the Islanders ticket prices for the last regular season game at Nassau Coliseum on April 11th against Columbus.

These prices are an attempt by the Islanders to really make people pay for their emotions and that is a shame.  The cheapest tickets for this game will start at $120 per ticket and go up to a staggering $350 per ticket.

Right now, the cheapest tickets for this game on stubhub are $100.  This is backwards, as traditionally the secondary market is more expensive then "face value" for marquee games like this rather than less expensive like it is in this situation.

With these prices for the last game, I can't imagine what playoff tickets for this season are going to cost.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Islanders Announce Second Half Promotions

On Monday, the Islanders announced their promotions for the second half of the season.  The dates fans should remember are:

January 16-Bryan Trottier mini locker night against the Penguins

January 29-Mike Bossy mini locker night against the Bruins

February 14-Kyle Okposo bobblehead day

February 28-Matt Martin bobblehead day

March 24-Pat LaFontaine returns to the Coliseum

March 29-John Tavares bobblehead day

Additionally, it was reported by Newsday that a night where multiple potential Islanders including John Tonelli would be welcomed back is in the works but nothing is done quite yet.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Isles Comeback Again in Shootout Victory

photo by flickr

Tonight, our Islanders defeated the rival Devils by a score of 3-2 in a shootout.  The Islanders mounted a come back victory again for the second consecutive game.  Here are some of my notes:

-While I am sure he would like to have the second goal back, Jaroslav Halak played a pretty good game tonight.  He gave the Islanders a chance to win which is all you can ask for from your goalie.

-How about Josh Bailey?  While he didn't have a great game, he did have his best game in about two months tonight.  The thing is, is this a sign of things to come?  Or is it just going to be a flash in the pan like it normally is with Bailey?

-I understand being frustrated, but a horrible job by Tavares taking a penalty late in the game like he did.  He has to be more disciplined then that.

-While they have had their struggles this year, the penalty kill came up big when it mattered tonight.

-Nice goal by Matt Martin tonight.  He really seemed to have an extra jump in his step in the third period, especially after that goal.

This was a game the Islanders had to win, especially with their tough weekend schedule looming.  While they might not have deserved the 2 points, they were able to gut it out and get them.  This game is another sign of the differences between this Islander team and teams of the past.

Next Game: Friday 7:30 @ Detroit