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I started riding a mountain bike three years ago dropped about sixty pounds and like some of us I tend to get big head when I start having success. Just when I start thinking I’m all that is about when my riding buddies take me out and either seriously school me on a really big hill or they bust a rib laughing at me chipping a tooth on a rock garden I usually ride clean....
Luongo07 writes...

Off To The Game...

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
This past weekend my co-horts and I got together and drew out our Canucks tickets. I managed to snatch this evenings pre-season contest against the Sharks. Although, I was not impressed with the fact that it is pre-season, I am rather intrigued to see some of the notable prospects that the Canucks have to offer this season. Namely, Mayson Raymond. I am quite pleased th...
Yesterday morning Garth Snow made another one of his low risk high reward acquisitions by claiming Michael Grabner from the Florida Panthers. This is a move that helps bring some skill to the Islanders opening day lineup with the recent injuries to Kyle Okposo, Rob Schremph and Mark Streit. Mr.Snow has made some good pickups recently by basically signing other teams tras...
Check out my two most recent posts: Here at The Checking Line I take a look at the Islanders recent pick up in Michael Grabner. This site has taken off over the past year and has really developed into a solid and entertaining hockey site. Register and become a member so you can enjoy the forum and leave comments on each blog that you read! http://thecheckingline.com/...
NYI247 writes...

Playing a little catch up

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Let me begin this post by congratulating our very own Michael Grabner on his stellar performance this evening in Carolina. I don't think anyone is shocked by the outcome and like I have said a million times before, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!! To catch up a little bit, I know I am a few days behind but the blog went live last night so I wanna address some recent headl...
The Islanders kick off the second half of the season against the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night, game #50. So what should we expect to see from this team in the remaining 33 games? In my opinion we are going to see the Islanders improve. I think their second half record will be a nice improvement from the first half. I also feel that this second half will be a...
NYI247 writes...

Islanders beat Thrashers 4-1

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
First off, WELCOME back Kyle Okposo. He picked up his first two goals of the season. Travis Hamonic also grabbed his first of the year and first of his career. So it was a great night for the first timers. I will keep this short. It was a great night all around. A few minor breakdowns and 1 fluke goal. I'd say if they keep up this play and this strong effort they will p...
NYI247 writes...

NYI DiPietro out 4-6 weeks

Posted Friday | Comments 3
The word is spreading like a wild fire, Rick DiPietro's selfish flashy play once again bites the Islanders in the butt and this time the pain will last 4-6 weeks. I can't say I am all that unhappy, I am glad Poulin should get the nod as starter. I have been following the blogs, tweets, and other forums and people seemed to have mixed reviews on the fight the other ...
First I want to apologize for the late post. We were celebrating my 30th birthday and what an ending to an awesome night. The game was action packed from start to finish. I was lucky enough to be sitting in section 118, so I got an up close look at Matt Martin pounding Z. Smith of Ottawa. So during the week people were taking jabs at the Isles saying they lack hea...
NYI247 writes...

Thank You NY Islanders...

Posted Friday | Comments 14
What a 2 days it has been. I didn't blog about last nights game because my goal wasn't to do a blog after each and every game breaking down the periods. I wanna write about what is happening with this team. I have said a million times we are building a winner. I have been laughed at, made fun of and insulted. I have tried explaining to people the transition that the tea...
What an ending!!!! I am ALMOST at a loss for words right now. 2 months ago this would have been another loss however this new and improved version of the Islanders continues to shock and awe people. Michael "The Rocket" Grabner scored AGAIN and Josh Bailey notched his first goal in 20+ games. This team continues to amaze me. I can't say I am all that surprised how...
What an ending!!!! I am ALMOST at a loss for words right now. 2 months ago this would have been another loss however this new and improved version of the Islanders continues to shock and awe people. Michael "The Rocket" Grabner scored AGAIN and Josh Bailey notched his first goal in 20+ games. This team continues to amaze me. I can't say I am all that surprised how...
Before I launch into my game analysis I just wanna thank everyone who took the time to introduce themselves to me at the game tonight. I also want to say what a pleasure it was to meet the one and only Dee Karl. I also had the honor of meeting Dani, the NY Islanders social media manager. A true professional. Oh and I got to meet Stan Fischler. I even took a picture with hi...
You know how every single time something that you are doing is coming to an end you reflect back and imagine a million ways you could have made it better? Well the 2010-2011 season is coming to a close and looking back at all the ups and downs of the season so far, I have made a top 10 list of things I wish would happen in the 2011-2012 season. List is subject to chang...
Over the past few days we have continued to see the Islanders keep their hot pace going. They are slowly creeping up the standings at a pace of 2 points a night. Right now the main focus is on the Devils but keep watching the Islanders, as they have one of the best records in the second half so far. I was fortunate enough to secure my $20 tickets early however I was on...
Well Long Island wasn't a happy place to be tonight. I was totally amped up to attend tonights game after the amazing ending to the Philly game on Thursday. I thought for sure the team would come out on fire against the caps who got tossed around by the Rangers last night 6-0. On Thursday they didn't play their best hockey of the season but their heart and determinat...
Some people seem to think that something good always comes away from something bad. Well that just may be what happened to the Islanders after Tuesdays tough loss in the winding down seconds of the third period and ultimately finalized in OT. Holding a 1-0 lead with just a few seconds remaining to the game they gave up the tying goal and later in OT Ovechkin sealed t...
Well another phenomenal weekend in the Islanders world has come and gone. On Saturday we were witness to the destruction of another west coast team, the St. Louis Blues. The game started with a highlight reel goal by John Tavares (1G, 1A-2 Points) breaking his 9 game goal slump. Mark my words, that will be a top 10 finalist when they vote for the best goals of the se...
NYI247 writes...

FUNNY ISLANDERS PICS POSTED

Posted Monday | Comments 6
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As the season comes to a close and the Islanders off season quickly approaches, the issue of the new arena will once again become a talking point. I decided to take a little road trip over to Jersey and check out the new arena. In my life I have been fortunate enough to visit several Baseball stadiums across the U.S. . In my travels I made it a point to visit Wrigley F...
NYI247 writes...

The Konopka files......

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
Check out my blog http://nyi247.blogspot.com/ Follow me on Twitter @nyi247 I have been discussing Zenon Konopka's role on the Islanders for a pretty long time now and as the season wraps up there are more and more people discussing his future on Long Island. There is no denying what he has brought to this team over the past season and how big of an impact he has h...
KevinJames writes...

Calder Nominees

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
There are three rookies who have scored over 30 goal this season, one of which will be awarded the Calder Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. Calder Trophy Nominees: # POS PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG 53 C JEFF SKINNER 82 31 32 63 3...
Check out my latest post discussing which RFA the Islanders should look to sign next as well as a recent run-in with an ex-Islanders defenseman. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/right-now-commitment-key-new-york-islanders -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
The Islanders managed to pull out a win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday but have struggled to get pucks to the net. Rob McGowan takes an in depth look at the Isles offensive struggles. http://thecheckingline.com/node/4745 -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM

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