New York Islanders 2014 News and Updates
3/3/14 – Was Sunday’s game against the Panthers, Thomas Vanek’s last? The trade watch is on for the right winger who scored two goals early against Florida. The Isles are heading on a four game road trip to Canada where they’ll face Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver before returning home Mar 14 to play San Jose.
2/25/14 – Twelve points behind in the chase for the last wild-card spot in the East, the Islanders will likely wrap up play in 2014 against the Sabres, Apr 13. A season-ending knee injury to John Tavares is not helping matters; the star player led the team in points (66), assists (42), and goals (24). Perhaps the only good news for fans is the league-low New York Islanders ticket prices. Averaging $48, Isles supporters will play $55 less than the NHL average to catch a game at home.
2/18/14 – With the NHL trade deadline looming, attention has turned to Thomas Vanek who was acquired from the Sabres at the end of October. His career as an Islander may be short-lived as the 30-year-old winger recently turned down a contract offer from the team. Austria’s team captain may not return to Nassau Coliseum with the Isles, but the rest of the team will likely be back after March 5. Following the trade deadline, the New York Islanders schedule includes eight home games as they finish off their 2013-14 campaign!
2/3/14 – The Isles look to regroup on five days rest following five straight losses (0-4-1), two to rivals New York Rangers. While the postseason looks grim for the Islanders, eighth in the division and nine points behind the Red Wings as the final wild-card holder, New York must look forward. Up next on the New York Islanders schedule? The Calgary Flames (2/6) and Colorado Avalanche (2/8) visit Nassau Coliseum for two of the cheapest games remaining at home, averaging $26 and $49 respectively.
1/29/14 – Prior to losing their last three, the Isles had won ten of their last thirteen, and were playing the best hockey they’d played all season. The squad plays well on the road, most recently picking up a big win against rivals, New York Rangers in Jan 22 Stadium Series preview. “Battle of New York” will be in full effect this Super Bowl weekend. Tonight the Isles will face the Rangers in the third Stadium Series game this year, second at Yankee Stadium. The average price of Stadium Series tickets in the Bronx is up 57 percent in the last two weeks and will cost you 8 percent more than the two team’s 1/31 meeting at Madison Square Garden. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky were both activated from the injured list; however the Isles goaltending and lineup for Wednesday night, is still up in the air. Will the team’s leader in points, John Tavares, wreak havoc on Henrik Lundqvist? Be there for both of the inter-state rivalry games this week to find out.
New York Islanders 2013-2014 Season
The Islanders exceeded expectations last season, managing to clinch the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference and earn their first playoff bid since 2007. With a move to Brooklyn looming, the Islanders look to build on their success in 2013. Average price for Islanders tickets to home games at Nassau Coliseum this coming season is $109. The 10/29 home game against the crosstown New York Rangers
is the most expensive of the season, averaging $186.
The New York Islanders franchise is trying to stay positive after five consecutive losing seasons and no Stanley Cup Playoff appearances since 2007. Islanders fans do have one thing to look forward to — the team will be moving to the Barclays Center for the 2015-2016 NHL season and will be calling Brooklyn their home until 2040. For now, Islanders fans will have to relish in the team's recent win over rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the evolving game of Centre John Tavares. The Islanders also acquired Goalie Tim Thomas from the Bruins in early February, a trade GM Garth Snow said would allow for flexibility with the New York Islanders roster moving forward. Looking forward seems to be the theme of this youthful, Islanders organization.
The Islanders were one of the twenty-one NHL teams to see an increase in their average ticket price since last season. New York Islanders tickets are averaging 12% more than the 2011-2012 season at $144. However, Rangers-Islanders tickets are down $51 per ticket since the beginning of the season; Battle of New York tickets are now averaging $127 for the March 7 matchup and $150 for the April 13 game at Nassau Coliseum. Aside from the remaining two games against the Rangers, cheap Islanders tickets are available with Islanders get-in prices less than $20. Upcoming games on the Islanders schedule include divisional matchups with the Pittsburgh Penguins (3/22) and Philadelphia Flyers (4/9).