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Tim Ryder

Native of the South Shore of Long Island. Super fan. Family man. I'm also a baseball writer. Follow me on Twitter @TimothyRRyder

Islanders Have Nothing to Prove, But Advancing Would Speak Volumes

The New York Islanders buck the trend. No individual tendency in particular, just generally. Chemistry, intensity, and focus — as well as elite leadership corps on the bench — have carried this team to the brink of the National Hockey League’s final four.¬†That’s awfully impressive. This is an organization that’s ...

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This Islanders Run Is Absolutely Something Special

Well, look at what we have here? All that worrying over Lou Lamoriello’s inactive summer, for what? Sure, it’s still extremely early on in the 2019-2020 campaign, but these New York Islanders are absolutely something special. You can feel it. We all can. There’s an energy to it all. Even ...

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Islanders Riding High, Can’t Slow Down Now

The New York Islanders are playing a spirited, physical brand of hockey these days, riding the tone they’ve set to a 2-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins heading into Sunday’s pivotal Game 3 in Western Pennsylvania. Physicality has been a consistent part of playing “Islanders Hockey” since this new ...

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It’s Time To Go To Work, Boys

With Lord Stanley’s Cup a mere 16 wins away, the New York Islanders’ goal is set clearly in front of them. An unexpectedly successful regular season — 103 points and a second-place finish in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division, in fact — has them set to kick off their first-round series ...

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Islanders Making Most of Low Outside Expectations

When John Tavares left town, the New York Islanders were left for dead. That was unquestionably the vibe this past summer, and not just around here. It felt like the entire league had this team pegged as a “rebuilding team”, not ready to compete having lost an MVP-caliber player in ...

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Charles Wang’s Islanders Legacy is a Great One

When former New York Islanders majority owner Charles Wang passed away earlier this week at the incredibly tough-to-swallow age of 74, it brought about an outpouring of love and appreciation for a great man and terrific owner. Things didn’t all go to plan during his time with the Isles, but ...

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Cal Clutterbuck Back to Sparking Islanders

Although it’s come in an extremely small sample size, New York Islanders third-line forward Cal Clutterbuck has appeared to re-embrace the physical, agitational play he built his career on, which in turn reignited the rest of his game. Clutterbuck seemed to abandon his hallmark, “do something” attitude in favor of ...

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Islanders Lose to Preds; Recap & Random Thoughts

The New York Islanders lost their home opener, 4-3, to the Nashville Predators in front of over 12,000 fans at the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn. The Islanders controlled the puck for most of the game’s first few minutes but Viktor Arvidsson broke off toward the net, made a between-the-legs ...

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Random Thoughts from Islanders’ OT Opening Night Win

Valtteri Filppula scored the Islanders’ first goal of the season, Thomas Greiss stopped 45-of-46 shots in regulation, and the Isles beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime for their first win of the season. Mathew Barzal did an excellent job of drawing a tripping penalty to give the Isles a ...

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Islanders Are Sending Mixed Signals, Put Youth Movement On Hold

In a tweet from Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the New York Islanders’ expected opening night lineups were revealed. Needless to say, I think we were all a bit befuddled by the initial (and tentative) lines and defensive pairings for Thursday night’s opener against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, especially ...

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