Jan 7, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates on the ice during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Islanders won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 1/11/2014


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The New York Islanders continue to roll and confidence seems to be growing by leaps and bounds within the locker room.

Still without Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov, the kids have been stepping up in a big way to lead the charge as they give us a glimpse into the future at just how touted this developmental system that Garth Snow built was and still is.

Ryan Strome, Calvin deHaan, Matt Donovan, Kevin Poulin and especially Brock Nelson all have played major roles lately in the Islanders not only winning six of seven and seven of nine, but doing so beating teams such as the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Bruins and most recently, the Avalanche.

The bad news? Everyone in the Eastern conference’s Metropolitan division have finally found their game at the same time. New York still sits in last place in the division with 41 points, 9 off the last guaranteed playoff spot and with 5 teams to jump over.

At this point, will just playing good consistent hockey for the rest of the season appease a fickle fanbase? Only time will tell.

But one thing for certain is this…..the kids are all-right. And proving that they have a future in the National Hockey League for years to come. We are seeing a glimpse into the system that Garth built, and why so many hockey experts still proclaim that the Islanders are going to be a very good hockey team in the coming years and built to last.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

46

32

12

2

66

28

150

111

2

PHILADELPHIA

44

23

17

4

50

20

117

119

3

WASHINGTON

44

22

16

6

50

14

135

133

4

NY RANGERS

46

23

20

3

49

20

114

123

5

CAROLINA

45

19

17

9

47

18

111

128

6

NEW JERSEY

45

18

18

9

45

18

104

113

7

COLUMBUS

44

20

20

4

44

17

120

126

8

NY ISLANDERS

46

17

22

7

41

13

126

150

 

Across The Sound

The Sound Tigers fall again, this time to the Manchester Monartchs 4-1 on Friday night. Continuing to struggle without top scorer Ryan Strome and defenseman Calvin deHaan and Matt Donovan, not to mention goaltender Anders Nilsson, there really are no easy answers for Scott Pellerin other than to just grind it out. The official recap can be found right here.

The Sound Tigers return home for two more games this weekend. They will faceoff against the Portland Pirates Saturday night before a Sunday afternoon contest against the Hartford Wolf Pack. (courtesy Soundtigers.com)

 

 

 

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  • FitzWilly

    Love my new Islanders :)
    not sure what happened, but keep this train a rollin
    I agree Andy, our future looks bright for many years to come :)