A lot has happened this summer to impact the Metro division. Here's a look at that and my thoughts on the passing of Ray Emery.
Queens - - The temperature at the 2018 Winter Classic will be somewhere in the high teens and low 20’s. The wind will make it seem colder. The average low in New York for this time of the year is 28 degrees. It was in the mid 40’s last year
Philadelphia - - The Islanders beat the Flyers in a rookie game. The results aren’t that important. Mitchell Vande Sompel scored the OT game-winner but that was just icing on the cake of an already solid night.
“It was a bit sloppy. It was our first high intensity game. Everything’s going
It hasn’t been the start Jaroslav Halak wanted. The Islanders goaltender has been shaky at best after being out for the season last year. It shouldn’t be surprising. He is still trying to get his legs back after missing time last year. It takes awhile for him to get into a groove.
The Islanders said their good-byes to each other in what was breakup day yesterday.
They are heading to the offseason with something to be proud of. They finally advanced past the first round for the first time since 1993. This is another step in their playoff development.
Advancing to the Eastern Conference
This isn’t surprising the Islanders lost in their elimination game yesterday.
What’s surprising is the way the Islanders and John Tavares played. They both laid down.
There was no fight by both of them in the Islanders’ 4-0 loss to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals yesterday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
It was déjà vu all over again for the Islanders.
Just like Game 3, the Islanders had a victory snatched from the Lightning when Nikita Kucherov (who else!) tied the game in the third period of Game 4 last night.
Just like Game 3, the Islanders lost in overtime last night
Game 3 loss was disappointing for the Islanders.
They had this game won with 38.4 seconds to go until Nikita Kucherov fired a shot that landed in the net that Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss had no chance of catching. That went to overtime, and the Islanders took a 4-3 loss
38.4 seconds left.
That was how much time was left in regulation. That was how close the Islanders were to a victory. That was how close the Islanders were to take a series lead against the Lightning.
Then, Nikita Kucherov fired a slap shot that Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss had no chance
Leslie Monteiro explores what makes the Islanders tick.
It’s been a long time.
It’s been a long time since the Islanders hoisted Lord Stanley. It was once a birthright when the Islanders would parade the ice with the Cup and have a parade of their own in Long Island back when they