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IslesBlog Podcast: MSG Network’s and Ex-Islanders/Rangers Goaltender Steve Valiquette on Isles/Rangers, His Career and Advanced Stats


In the latest edition of the IslesBlog Podcast, we get ready for Tuesday Night’s battle at MSG with former Islanders/Rangers Goaltender Steve Valiquette. Steve explains why the MSG Hockey Night Live crew has the Isles outside their top eight and why he would pick John Tavares over Rick Nash. Later, he breaks down why the Islanders are so good in shootouts, remembers his first NHL moments and explains the concept of the “Royal Road.” Plus, Tom de Luca makes an exception in “It Was Seen At The Coliseum” as he highlights J.P. Parise’s MSG moment.

Joe, Tom and Steve discuss:

  • The Islanders being outside EJ Hradek’s Top Eight Teams
  • If Jaroslav Halak is capable of taking the Isles on a long playoff run
  • The challenges facing Chad Johnson as a backup with long layoffs
  • Why the Islanders excel in the shootout
  • John Tavares vs Rick Nash
  • His odd NHL debut for the Islanders vs the Phoenix Coyotes
  • The Pros and Cons of being a 6’6 goaltender
  • Red Shots, Green Shots and the “Royal Road”
  • His passion for coaching and the Stephen Valiquette Goaltending School


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