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Ben Mandell

My name is Ben Mandell and I currently reside in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. I work at a local newspaper called the Times Leader, where I cover the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Wilkes University men's ice hockey, and other local high school and college sports. Here at Isles Blog, I will be providing Bridgeport Sound Tigers coverage, prospect coverage and other Islanders opinion pieces.

Mandell: Josh Bailey seems like the top option for Seattle in expansion draft

The protected lists are in for the 2021 Expansion Draft, and the time to speculate has finally come. The biggest names left off the New York Islanders’ protected list are arguably Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle. Both players’ contracts are very similar based on the length and AAV. For Eberle, ...

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IslesBlog Says Goodbye to the Coliseum: Part 3

It’s still hard to believe that the New York Islanders playoff run is over, and it’s even harder to fathom that Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted its final game. This year’s team brought back a lot of memories for the Isles fanbase. For the younger generation, it finally gave ...

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IslesBlog Says Goodbye to the Coliseum: Part 2

It’s still hard to believe that the New York Islanders playoff run is over, and it’s even harder to fathom that Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted its final game. This year’s team brought back a lot of memories for the Isles fanbase. For the younger generation, it finally gave ...

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IslesBlog Says Goodbye to the Coliseum: Part 1

It’s still hard to believe that the New York Islanders playoff run is over, and it’s even harder to fathom that Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted its final game. This year’s team brought back a lot of memories for the Isles fanbase. For the younger generation, it finally gave ...

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Mandell: Game 6 was a defining moment for Mathew Barzal

Heading into Wednesday night, the New York Islanders had a lot of questions, but none of them loomed as large as the ones surrounding Mathew Barzal. The Islanders star was coming off an ejection in Game 5 for a poor decision cross-checking Jan Rutta’s in the face. For Barzal, the ...

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Mandell: Islanders were a different team in game two

A team’s energy will normally dictate the way a team plays, and that has held true for the New York Islanders through the first two games of their second round series with the Boston Bruins. The Islanders felt lifeless in game one, despite scoring the game’s first goal. The Bruins ...

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Mandell: Palmieri could be the key again in Round Two for the Isles

It seems safe to say that Kyle Palmieri was everything the New York Islanders could’ve hoped for in the first round. He looked like a more motivated player with something to prove. Palmeri was one of the Isles’ best forwards against the Penguins beyond scoring three goals in six games. ...

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Mandell: Islanders second line carries offense in Game Six

Despite multiple lead changes in the first half of game six, the New York Islanders punched their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders offense had a few moments in this series where the offense scored a ...

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Mandell: Examining Zajac/MDC as likely replacements for game six

Monday night’s double-overtime win for the New York Islanders didn’t come without cost as rookie forward Oliver Wahlstrom went down late in the third period. Wahlstrom was unable to put any weight on his leg following the injury after his knee bent in an awkward direction. But the scariest part ...

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Mandell: The Islanders’ style helped steal them Game 5

Game five of the New York Islanders series with the Pittsburgh Penguins was dominated by the latter, especially in the shots on goal department, but it was the Islanders who emerged victorious thanks to some terrific play by rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin and Barry Trotz’s bend but don’t break system. ...

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