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I see you playoffs….We’re coming for you! – Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Middletown, N. J. –  Seems as if every game over the previous two weeks has been huge or a ‘must-win’ for the New York Islanders hasn’t it? The fanbase would not have it any other way, as it means the team is competing into the season’s final weeks trying to secure a playoff berth. Today, in Winnipeg, the Islanders can pretty much come as close to sealing the deal as you can without actually completing the task. The results from around the NHL last night claimed two more victims in the race to finalize the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and as you wash and scrub the grime off that window, you can see more clearly now there really are only two teams to watch out for moving ahead.

 

Sitting On The Bridge

The Sound Tigers were officially eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs last night, falling to Portland 3-1. Ryan Strome had the lone Tigers tally, his 2nd since being promoted from Niagara in the Ontario Hockey League.

You have to wonder, as we at Eyes will in the coming months, what the Islanders goaltending picture will look like come September 2013. With workhorse Evgeni Nabokov, at the moment, unsigned and running the table for the big club, Kevin Poulin has been reduced to nothing more than a spectator. Ditto down at the Bridge, as Rick DiPietro was mandated to be allowed to attempt another rehabilitation comeback but in turn sent Anders Nilsson to the bench for the final month or so of the season. Just what do we have waiting in the wings? The truth is we just don’t know at this point.

The full recap from the Sound Tigers website can be found here.

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Floating Around The Twitter-sphere

  • As a writer, I understand and respect that almost everything we say and write is opinion based – with that being said, you have to wonder, however, if making baseless comments is responsible journalism. Jones has obviously not watched this team over the past three weeks as the first line has struggled and the secondary scoring has led the offense. Not to mention, allowing only 21 goals in their previous 13 games defensively. That is what playoff teams do.
  •  The true mark of being ‘road warriors’ as Matt Martin has aptly dubbed the team. Pretty incredible statistic against some very good hockey clubs.
  •  You would think, wouldnt you Joe? – But the realization is that nothing they do or say recently bears any resemblence to logic. The trolls have been out in full force, perhaps threatened by our revival and the re-birth of the rivalry. I know plenty of Rangers fans that I have logical, adult conversations with (disagreements?) – And I know plenty that I just can’t.  Nothing surprises me anymore.
  •  As a follow up to my comment in reply to Joe above, this is exactly what I am talking about. My belief is we can win the Stanley Cup and the illogical, blue colored glasses Rangers fan would point to the fact they defeated us in the season series. As you can see below in the standings update, they are still looking up at us, not the other way around.

Last Night In The NHL

  • Pittsburgh and Boston were postponed (not going to go into any discussion about why here) and rescheduled for today at 12:30pm
  • Rangers 8-4 thrashing over a Buffalo team apparently already on the 1st hole, eliminates the Sabres from playoff contention.
  • Chicago (34-5-4) continues to run amok over the entire Western Conference, defeating Nashville in overtime on a Marian Hossa winner.
  • Huge loss for Dallas last night at the Blues 2-1. They fail to pickup ground on 8th place Columbus with one of their two games in hand.
  • Is the luster finally worn off the Ducks? They dropped a 3-1 decision to Calgary last night and are 4-4-2 in their last 10.

Kane to Hossa….wow…..

Everyone has probably seen this but it has to be reposted. Truly inspiring and had me tearing up. America united.

 

Current Eastern Conference Standings

EASTERN DIV GP W L OT P ROW GF GA DIFF HOME AWAY S/O L10 STREAK
1  Y - PITTSBURGH ATL 43 33 10 0 66 30 147 106 +41 17-5-0 16-5-0 3-0 8-2-0 WON 5
2  X - MONTRÉAL NE 44 27 12 5 59 24 138 115 +23 14-6-3 13-6-2 3-2 5-5-0 WON 1
3  * - WASHINGTON SE 44 24 18 2 50 21 135 122 +13 13-8-0 11-10-2 3-0 8-1-1 LOST 1
4  X - BOSTON NE 42 26 11 5 57 22 118 94 +24 14-3-3 12-8-2 4-3 5-4-1 OT 1
5  TORONTO NE 44 24 15 5 53 24 134 123 +11 13-8-2 11-7-3 0-5 6-3-1 LOST 2
6  OTTAWA NE 43 23 14 6 52 19 107 92 +15 15-3-3 8-11-3 4-4 5-5-0 WON 4
7  NY ISLANDERS ATL 44 23 16 5 51 20 129 127 +2 10-11-3 13-5-2 3-1 7-1-2 WON 2
8  NY RANGERS ATL 44 23 17 4 50 19 116 105 +11 14-6-2 9-11-2 4-4 7-2-1 WON 2
9  WINNIPEG SE 44 23 19 2 48 21 117 129 -12 13-9-0 10-10-2 2-2 5-5-0 WON 5

 

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