Top Shelf- Islanders Daily 10/5/13

By Peter McEntee

Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Night, a game that Islanders fans have been craving since Game 6 of the 2012-13 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals came and went with a thrilling Islanders win in a shootout via a goal by Matt Moulson in the sixth round.

Strong play by Michael Grabner, who scored twice last night, and Evgeni Nabokov, who made 25 saves on 28 shots propelled the Islanders to their first Opening Night victory since a 6-4 victory in 2007 against the Buffalo Sabres.

Today, the Islanders come back to home ice in a matinee against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Fellow Eyes writer Andy Graziano will attend the game representing Eyes on Isles, while many of the staff members will be attending the game as fans.

The Islanders are finally back, and an impressive win last night has established the prominence of this team. Can’t wait to get to the Coliseum tonight.

-Peter (@pjmcentee)

In Case You Missed it

A Recap of the Islanders’ Opening Night Win in New Jersey (Eyes on Isles)

A Q&A With Islanders Legend Butch Goring (Eyes on Isles)

Five Burning Questions for the 2013-14 Islanders (Islanders Op-Timism)

A Breakdown of the George Parros Incident and Its Potential Effects on the League (Eyes on Isles)

Two Minutes for Tweeting

8:20 in the morning, and Islanders Faithful sitting in Section 329 is all revved up for the game. And if you’re tailgating at the gamer tonight, stop by Section 329’s barbecue. Good stuff from the Islanders’ 7th man!

One of many great Islanders fans, Tyler, you surely won’t be alone. The Coliseum will be packed tonight, with a new era in Islanders hockey starting tonight.

As fellow Eyes writer Rich Dias Rodrigues put it, great things are in store for this team and this site. We’re beyond excited for this season, and keep it right here for the latest Islanders news.

As always, thanks for reading here at Eyes on Isles. Be sure to follow me on twitter, along with the rest of the Eyes on Isles staff. We’re on social media daily, and would love to talk hockey with you guys.

-Peter (@pjmcentee)