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Around The NHL In 30 Days: New York Islanders


The Fansided NHL Network, that SenShot is proud to be a member of, is embarking on its NHL preview. Each day in September, one of its members will be posting a preview for their club.  SenShot will look at their preview, and let you have a look.  After that, we will provide our own perspective.  Jared will handle the Western Conference teams while Tony will look at the East.

Today, we’ll preview the Atlantic division’s New York Islanders.

Here’s what Eyes On Isles‘s lead writer, Gary Harding had to say:

"It is going to be the culture of the team.  With the issues of the new arena, and the subsequent defeat at the polls in the summer, along with the constant rumors of the team going somewhere else, I can state with all certainty, that the Islanders WILL be on Long Island this year. They will be at the Coliseum for the next three years after that, and I know that they will be ready to commit themselves to take on the best of the NHL head on.  This team has every intention to prove to the pundits and naysayers that Long Island is NOT an inferior place to play and this team that is a solid hockey club, ready to move up the NHL ladder.When you look at the Islanders 2010-2011 Season, you see a tale of two halves.  The first involved lengthy trips to the disabled list to two key players. Mark Streit’s shoulder at the first team practice at last year’s training camp that lost him for the entire season and  Kyle Okposo’s shoulder issues, kept him out of the lineup for over half the year. Then, the most troublesome item was the ‘one win in 20’ scenario which led to the firing of Coach Scott Gordon.  This was a hockey team that, at times, appeared to just be going through the motions; looking listless and tired.Click here to read the entire Eyes on Isles’ Islanders preview."

You can follow Gary on Twitter here for all your Islanders’ news and info.

Here’s SenShot’s take on the upcoming Islanders’ season:

The perennial joke of the NHL, the Islanders under GM Garth Snow have built a amazing crop of young and up-and-coming forwards that are primed for a breakout year.

With a number of great signings this year that has locked in their young forward core for the foreseeable future, the Islanders seem to be set up front. Its on the back end that the Islanders have problems. With Mark Streit being the only legitimate defenseman on the blue line, the Islanders will have a tough time improving on their 27th ranked defense from last year.

Goal will be the Isles biggest question mark this season. Thinking they had their long-term solution in Rick DiPietro when they signed him to a 45 year contract, stability in nets has been hard to come by on the Island. With a mix of four possible starters in training camp this season, hopefully someone can end up running with the starter’s job and providing adequate goal tending.

The Isles are always a hard working team and seem to be stricken by horrible luck every season. Maybe this year the gods will shine on the Island and maybe give them an outside shot of challenging for the last playoff spot in the East.

Check back here tomorrow when we preview the New York Rangers and their upcoming season.

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