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Backup Goaltenders the New York Islanders Should Target

January 4th, 2015
The New York Islanders are a team with few glaring weaknesses this year, but there is one—goaltending. We're not talking about Jaroslav Halak as a starter. He's performed as well as management could've expected, with a 21-6-0 record, three shutouts, .918 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.  No, rather Chad Johnson ...

New York Islanders Most Likely to Be Traded in 2014-15

January 3rd, 2015
The New York Islanders' ascent to the top has rejuvenated interest among fans across Long Island and in many cases has shocked the rest of the league, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't consider some moves to prepare for a Stanley Cup run in 2014-15. Their skill at the front of the ...

New York Rangers’ 5 Biggest Games Remaining in the 2013-14 Season

February 24th, 2014
With or without Ryan Callahan—and without Mats Zuccarello for three weeks—the New York Rangers need to match their pre-Olympic break competition level for the remainder of the 2013-14 season if they want to be in position to make a strong playoff push. At first glance, it may look like a favorable ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: Five Bold Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

September 30th, 2013
The Columbus Blue Jackets will attempt to get acclimated to their new Eastern Conference home on the fly in 2013-14, something that will be far from simple and easy given the talent level of all of their new foes. In the east, with Detroit moving over as well, there are nine ...

New York Rangers: What’s Brian Boyle’s Role in the 2013-14 Season?

September 23rd, 2013
The 2013-14 season is going to determine Brian Boyle's career path. Is he a legitimate third-line player, or is he simply a good penalty killer who belongs on the fourth line? Can he produce anything close to his career-high 21 goals in 2011-12, or was that just a fluke performance that he'll ...

Columbus Blue Jackets: An Outdoor Game Is a No Brainer

September 21st, 2013
Outdoor hockey—the game in its purest form—could be exactly what ailing small or non-traditional NHL hockey markets need to get a much-needed boost in attendance. Until this upcoming season, the games have been mostly reserved for successful teams in good hockey markets. However, with the upcoming season expanding to five games ...

EA Sports’ NHL 14: Brainstorming Improvements for NHL 15

September 20th, 2013
NHL 14 is great. As usual, EA Sports has—for the most part—put out a solid game that's likely destroyed healthy relationships, rendered social lives nonexistent and cut the average gamer's real-life productivity by at least 200 percent. That's not to say the game doesn't have its flaws or features that leave the ...

Realistic 2013-14 Expectations for New York Islanders’ Top Rookies

September 19th, 2013
Dropping both games of a split-squad scrimmage against the Calgary Flames isn't how the New York Islanders wanted to start the 2013 preseason, but their special teams came up huge against the New Jersey Devils in a gritty 5-3 win Thursday night. Anders Lee, on an all-rookie line with Brock Nelson and ...

Predicting the 2013-14 New York Islanders Final Roster

September 17th, 2013
Heightened expectations and a plethora of near NHL-ready rookies will be cause to tune in to New York Islanders preseason games as the final roster shapes up. After years of rebuilding and player development, this season could be pivotal in the Islanders' steps toward being a Cup contender in the near ...

New York Rangers: Takeaways from the 2013 Traverse City Prospects Tournament

September 10th, 2013
The results weren't there all tournament, but the New York Rangers' prospects finished strong against the Minnesota Wild's entry in the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament on Monday. Jesper Fast joined in on the fun that linemates Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg had all tournament long on the scoresheet, according to Matt ...