Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov Foreshadowing Future

The new future in goaltending is tandems. Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov are a main reason why. The old concept of where the starter plays 75% of the games and the backup gets the other 25% is dying in the NHL. The future in the NHL is split starts between goaltenders. It is challenging for … Continue reading Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov Foreshadowing Future

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Mat Barzal Puts on a Show Every Night He Plays

"Go get it."  Without context those three words can mean so many different things.  When Adam Pelech launched a puck towards the middle of the ice, those words came to embody the season that Mat Barzal is having so far.   During his first two seasons, Barzal was best defined as a playmaker.  His speed … Continue reading Mat Barzal Puts on a Show Every Night He Plays

Semyon Varlamov: A Welcomed Addition to Long Island

After Robin Lehner left the Islanders following an electric year last season, a hole was left for the Islanders. Dreams of Ilya Sorokin coming over for this season were bleak, however, Lou Lamoriello knows a thing or two about getting goalies for teams that need them. The Isles big goaltender acquisition was signing former Colorado … Continue reading Semyon Varlamov: A Welcomed Addition to Long Island

Kyle Turris and Two Other Players Islanders Should Target

The New York Islanders have been one of the most exciting and successful teams early in the 2019-20 NHL season, but there always will be room for improvement especially for a team looking to make a deep run this April. The Islanders aren't a bad team or necessarily in need of anything at this exact moment, but here are … Continue reading Kyle Turris and Two Other Players Islanders Should Target

Islanders Are More Than John Tavares’ Old Team

The underdog role is no stranger to the Islanders, as for the past two years expectations were minimal after losing John Tavares to the Maple Leafs in free agency. Even after last year, when the Islanders surprised fans alike when they made the playoffs, going into this year, again, nothing was expected. The Islanders were … Continue reading Islanders Are More Than John Tavares’ Old Team

Should the Islanders Pursue Taylor Hall?

Taylor Hall is available and the Islanders are reportedly interested. But should they be? The Islanders would be an attractive destination for Hall. He has familiarity with the Islanders playing close by in Newark. He has his good buddy in Jordan Eberle locked up for multiple years. And the biggest attraction, the new arena at … Continue reading Should the Islanders Pursue Taylor Hall?

Ryan Pulock Continues Early Season Islanders Dominance

With one Jonathan Marchessault goal, a 2-1 Islanders lead vanished. But Ryan Pulock and New York responded with persistence and perseverance, escaping with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, Dec. 5 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Pulock recorded the game-winning goal 3:20 into the extra … Continue reading Ryan Pulock Continues Early Season Islanders Dominance

Sound Tigers Win Four Games In A Row Last Week

It has not been a great start for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Coming into last Saturday, they were 4-11-3-1 to open the season. Nonetheless, they persisted and won four straight games in a row. Bridgeport has been led by the reemergence of Kieffer Bellows who had two goals in the streak, Oliver Wahlstrom who had … Continue reading Sound Tigers Win Four Games In A Row Last Week

Drive 4 Five Podcast: Episode 1 with Bill Skehan

We have returned. In the age of podcasts, Drive 4 Five is back with a newly-revamped show made by the fans, for the fans called the Drive 4 Five Podcast. Hosted by Will Wiegelman, this show will feature appearances from Drive 4 Five writers and exclusive interviews with special guests. For the first episode, Will … Continue reading Drive 4 Five Podcast: Episode 1 with Bill Skehan

November New York Islanders Monthly Report

Thanksgiving is gone and so is November. This month, the New York Islanders extended their point streak to historic lengths before losing it on a California road trip. Brocktober was extended while Beauvember was in full swing as Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier led the offense. New York went 9-2-2 this month and sits second … Continue reading November New York Islanders Monthly Report