The New York Islanders have played their home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial
Coliseum for the past 40 years. The team moved there in 1972 when they were formed and
it has been their home ever since. New York Islanders tickets always sell out for games,
especially ones against their local NY rivals. 16,250 fans can fit into the Coliseum for home
games. There are also basketball games and boxing events at this arena.
While many teams are proud of having individuals that made their hall of fame, the New
York Islanders tickets holders can be proud that some of their players have made the NHL
hall of fame. In fact, eight Islanders are in the NHL hall of fame. The likes of Mike Bossy, Pat
LaFontaine, Denis Potvin, and Billy Smith are among those who are fan favorites and hall of
The great thing about Islanders fans is that New York Islanders tickets sales have been good
over the past few years. Not all home games sell out, but those against rivals are always sell
outs. This shows that even a team devoid of recent success can continue to attract fans.
However, patience can only go so far and fans will be hoping that management can turn
around the team's fortunes in the coming seasons.
Seven new players will be with the Islanders for the 2012-2013 season. The likes of Matt
Carkner, Brady Boyes, and Eric Boulton will have pressure on them to deliver for Islanders
fans. After all, New York Islanders tickets holders will not tolerate losing seasons much
12-2-13: How is that Thomas Vanek experiment working out for the Islanders? Well not so good, as the Isles have gone into a complete free fall since acquiring Vanek from Buffalo in late October. The Isles have one regulation win in their last 13 games and had dropped six straight contests. Much of the Islanders poor play has come from their forwards, but goalie Kevin Poulin hasn’t been good either. He’s reached the .900 save-percentage mark in a game only three times this season and his numbers over the last two weeks are not good: 0-5-0, .850 save percentage.
11-25-13: The Islanders are another one of those teams who had high expectations to start the year and have failed to meet expectations so far. It was a miserable past week for the Isles as they dropped all three contests they played, including two games to their foes from Pennsylvania. The Thomas Vanek experiment hasn’t really worked out according to plan. Vanek has only three goals and three assists for six points in eight games as a member of the Islanders.
11-18-13: The Islanders entered last week losers of four straight games. They changed that last week as they had two wins in three contests. They beat Nashville in an evenly matched game and lost to Los Angeles. The Islanders penalty kill unit is dead last in the NHL. New York is clicking at a sorry 72.3 percent. The Islanders saver percentage when down a man is a horrendous .795. If New York wants to make the playoffs they must turn around the penalty kill.
11-12-13: This was a horrible week for the Islanders as they dropped four consecutive games to the Captials, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, and Canadiens. They were outscored by a 16-6 margin and were outplayed in all four games. Colin McDonald was a nice story last season for the Isles but his year he’s been awful. He has registered one point in 12 games and is minus-9. Newly acquired Thomas Vanek also got hurt this past week with an apparent wrist injury.
11-5-13: The Isles started off the week with a loss to the Rangers, but finished the week with a shootout win over the Senators and solid win over the Boston Bruins. The Islanders are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference. Thomas Vanek has three points in his first three games as a member of the New York Islanders. The Isles are outshooting their opponents 36-19 five-on-five with Vanek on the ice. Defense and goaltending are still questions marks for the Isles.
10-29-13: Garth Snow’s trade of Matt Mouslon and two picks for rental player Thomas Vanek is a head-scratcher. I guess the Isles are of the belief that they can win now with the team they have assembled. The problem is see with the trade is why do you trade for a player who is a UFA at year’s end? Unless the Isles can convince Vanek to stay with the team this trade is a stupid one the organization.
10-21-13: The Islanders just can’t seem to get things going. They have just one victory in their last five games played. The Isles have gotten contributions from their top players such as John Tavares, Josh Bailey, and Matt Mouslon. Besides them, the Islanders are weak throughout their lineup. The loss of defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to injury last Saturday will hurt. Everybody in the Metropolitan Division besides the Penguins has struggled. The Islanders are too talented and I expect them to be better as the year progresses.
10-14-13: The Islanders may not be the most skilled team in the entire league, but they have players who will burn you on the ice. John Tavares has established himself as one of the best players in the league. The Isles have much more to prove and show in this young season. They have some winnable games coming up against the struggling Sabres, Oilers, and Hurricanes. Cal Clutterbuck’s return to the New York lineup will be welcomed.
10-7-13: It’s been an okay start for the Islanders, who are trying to prove that they’re playoff worthy once again. Michael Grabner, John Tavares, and Lubomir Visnovsky have been good early on. Will Evgeni Nabokov prove to the Islanders brass that he’s the number one goalie? Or will the Islanders make a splash and trade for a goaltender?
8-22-13: Expectations have risen on Long Island for the 2013-14 season after the Islanders clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons last year. The Isles are a young team led by superstar center John Tavares. While defense still remains an issue, the Isles are expected to compete for a playoff spot in the east this year. On Dec. 3, the Islanders close out a four-game home stand with the team that sent them home for the summer, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders will participate in their first outdoor game in franchise history on Jan. 29 as they face the New York Rangers in Yankee Stadium as part of the Coors Light Stadium Series.
7-15-13: The Islanders have signed restricted free agent center Josh Bailey to a new five-year contract worth $16.5 million.
Islanders 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #15: Ryan Pulock, D
Pick #70: Eamon McAdam, G
Pick #76: Taylor Cammarata, C, LW
Pick #106: Stephon Williams, G
Pick #136: Viktor Crus Rydberg, C
Pick #166: Alan Quine, C
Pick #196: Kyle Burroughs, D