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Friedman: Regardless of Future Performance, Isles’ Season a Smashing Success

I’ve said this many times already, but will say it again: I really don’t care how the Islanders fare in the standings this year. Not because winning games isn’t important. Not because playing meaningful hockey throughout the season isn’t important. Not because gaining playoff experience isn’t important. All of those ...

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For Better or Worse, Real Islanders Showed Up to Game 2

The first game of the Eastern Conference Finals was a forgettable one for the New York Islanders and the prevailing sentiment was that the team would be ready for Game 2. They were. What we saw last night was Islanders hockey; the good and the bad associated with it. The ...

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Enjoying the Ride: Islanders’ 2020 Playoff Run Has Been Special and Foretelling

As of this column’s publication date, the Islanders hold a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s been a series of ups and downs (mostly ups) and in which the Islanders have demonstrated that they have as good of a shot to win the Stanley Cup as anyone does. ...

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The Trickle Down Effect: Why Islanders’ Defensive Woes Aren’t Depth-Related

January was a great month for the Dow and S&P 500. For the Islanders, however, it was a continuation of their downward spiral, even with the team’s announced return (sort of) to Nassau Coliseum while the new digs in Belmont are constructed. They won five games and lost eight, seven ...

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Islanders’ Recent Struggles Emblematic of a Bar Set Too Low

If you’ve watched the Islanders play over the past little while, you haven’t liked what you’ve seen. The team appears to have taken a nosedive, surrendering buckets of goals every night and losing ground to their divisional foes. Of even greater concern is miracle worker John Tavares’ future, and whether ...

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Ryan Pulock Was a Healthy Scratch Again, and That’s Okay

The Islanders engaged in a hard-fought skirmish with the Buffalo Sabres last night, an overtime win courtesy of Josh Bailey’s sublime assisting skills and a gorgeous goal by Mat Barzal. Ryan Pulock wasn’t part it. That his view of the game was from above ice level has seemingly usurped anything ...

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