There has been a lot of drama involving the Islanders and the once highly-touted prospect, Joshua Ho-Sang. Currently, the 25-year-old has been loaned overseas to play with Linkoping HC in Sweden. Before that, he played five games with Orebro, another team in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Ho-Sang scored his first ...Read More »
Simpson: Opportunity and Challenge for the Islanders the next 11 games
It’s been an up-and-down season for the somewhat streaky New York Islanders. In their last five games they claimed three narrow victories over Buffalo, including surviving a mediocre showing in their last contest; they lost two games against Pittsburgh, although in one game they played well enough to secure at ...Read More »
Isles Check-In: One Third Done
With a third of the season gone, I decided to check in on some of the IslesBlog crew to see what they think the high point and low point of the season have been, as well as what they are pessimistic and optimistic about going forward. High Points: James Nichols ...Read More »
Second line struggles continue to plague the Islanders
With Anthony Beauvillier back in the lineup, there was an initial thought that head coach, Barry Trotz, would keep the forwards mixed up. This turned out to be true, for a game or so. Beauvillier was placed on the third line with J.G. Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom, with the other ...Read More »
Simpson: What have you done for me lately?
As the 2021 NHL season continues on its unusual course, remember that the structure of this season places even more emphasis on what is known as recency bias—that of giving far more weight to recent events than to events as a whole. Sports fans are among the people most vulnerable ...Read More »
Islanders Benefiting from Internal Reinforcements
For the first time in a long, long time, the Islanders have bolstered their lineup with players from within the organization. Even if it wasn’t general manager Lou Lamoriello’s intention heading into this season – he picked up Dymtro Timashov from the Detroit Red Wings before the beginning of the ...Read More »
Nichols: Wahlstrom should see first-line minutes for the Islanders soon
Rookie Oliver Wahlstrom continues to impress with every shift he takes for the Islanders. He’s only collected two points in eight contests thus far, but the underlying numbers suggest he’ll see an uptick in production with more minutes. That should come next to one guy — Mathew Barzal. If defense ...Read More »
Islanders Beauvillier returns to the lineup tonight vs. Sabres
Tonight marks the return of New York Islanders forward, Anthony Beauvillier. Beauvillier was injured on January 26th with a lower-body injury. Although Beauvillier was not off to a great start statistically, his missing presence has been a hole in the lineup. At times in the 2020 playoffs, Beauvillier carried the ...Read More »
What’s Next for Ilya Sorokin?
For years, Islanders fans have anxiously awaited the arrival of netminder Ilya Sorokin. They pinned their hopes on a 25-year-old goalie who they rarely saw in-game action outside of YouTube clips and the occasional Twitter or blog update. No matter. The accounts of his excellent play in Russia in the ...Read More »
Simpson: Has the time come for a change on the Island?
For Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz, the challenge is easy to explain, hard to address. With just over a fifth of the regular season gone, the Isles are fighting for a playoff spot in the very competitive MassMutual East Division. As Lamoriello and Trotz assess a roster averaging north of ...Read More »