It was another fun filled week in New York Islanders country, one that contained within it some real solid road victories over quality teams like the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars but ended with a loss to the Florida Panthers.
The loss leaves the Islanders nine points out of the last guaranteed playoff spot in the Metropolitan division and eight behind in the wild card chase. Hardly insurmountable but given all the attention paid to analysis and statistics, not likely. As it stands today, New York has a 3.2% chance of making the playoffs in 2014.
What we are seeing however is the infusion of youth with Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Kevin Poulin leading the way. It certainly has been exciting to see these players get the experience they need while performing up to the challenge of professional hockey at its highest level.
Social media was active this past week as well and to be expected, winning two of out three did not make for many ‘Fire Cappy, fire Garth, fire Charles, trade everyone’ tweets but that really did not matter. This Islanders nation is one witty, funny bunch and always keeps me entertained (well, for the most part anyway).
Let’s see who was highlighted this past week in New York Islanders tweets of the week:
Donovan takes a top honor this week for his gesture to not only spend quality time with his little girl but keeping her intrigued enough to watch the Isles with him. Well done sir.
Taking Twitter break to snuggle with my daughter and watch the #isles
— Donovan Brooks (@donovanbrooks) January 11, 2014
Steve responding to my tweet about Isles fans who were chastising the team just a month ago now claiming to ‘love them and always have’….:)
.@tazman19 The few; the proud; the logical.
— Steve Lafleur (@Steve_Lafleur) January 11, 2014
Kevin got me on this one. I actually laughed out loud for realz……:p
@tazman19 hey, I wasn’t saying anything on Twitter a month ago. Now my living room, well…..GUILTY
— Kevin Rogers (@KevinRogers98) January 11, 2014
Dan astutely points out what Twitter would have done to Matt Donovan had he committed the turnover that Nelson did, leading to a goal. You know what, it’s true.
If that was Donovan instead of Nelson twitter would be broken
— Dan Petriw (@DanDanNoodles78) January 12, 2014
Connor with the tweet of the week right here, responding to my comparison of Vanek to Robinson Cano, ex-Yankee second baseman. LOL
@tazman19 oh god, is he asking for $300Mil too?!
— Connor F Moire (@CMIslesBlog) January 15, 2014