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Wednesday, 09.13.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Openers, division rivals and young guns eagerly anticipated

The 2006-2007 season is just around the corner and we're hearing from fans all across Long Island, the country and Canada about the most anticipated matchups of the season. The season opener against Phoenix and the home opener against Boston were high on people's lists as well as the games versus division rivals: the Rangers, Penguins and Devils. The Sabres, Hurricanes, Capitals, Leafs and Canadiens were also given a number of plugs. Check out just a sample of the responses we received for this edition of 50 Words or Less.


I will visually devour the games the Isles play against Teddy's former team, the Sabers.

Carl Mann,
Dayton, Ohio



It's always been and always will be the PENS.  Being an Islanders fan in North Central West Virginia is tough with Pens fans everywhere. It's even tougher sitting in Mellon Arena with orange and blue on while were getting beat, but oh so good when we win!!

West Virginia



Definitely looking forward to the Isles vs. Carolina game on Nov. 22. At the game, I will be proposing to my girlfriend!!!

Suffolk County



Three words here.....
Lets get it on!

Dominick Santoro
White Plains, NY



Given the new scheduling format, the matchups that I am most looking forward to are against the Pacific teams, since we have not played them in about three years.

Glenn W. Tyranski



I think the best matchup of the season is going to be the Isles vs. the Pens.  Both teams with a lot of young talent and both teams with new coaches. I think these will be some interesting matchups.
Shelton, Connecticut



I'm looking forward to seeing the Islander vs. the Rangers. After the Christmas spectacular where the Islanders will beat the Rangers, we can all go home happy.




Of course I am looking forward to watching us CRUSH those Rangers this season, especially with Witt and Simon throwing them around I'm also looking forward to the next Isles-Habs game so we can see our hometown boys Chris Higgins and Mike Komisarek I can't wait LET'S GO ISLANDERS!!!!!

Rob Gallion
Hauppauge, NY



I am looking forward to the Isles playing Anaheim and Los Angeles the first week of the season. Being a transplanted Islander fan who was at all of the games during the Stanley Cup runs of the 1980's I have suites at both arenas and can't wait. GO ISLES!!!

Howard Posner
L.A., California


The Islanders-Blue Jacket game should be a very interesting game. Both teams have very talented young players, along with centers such as Alexei Yashin and Sergei Fedorov. This should be an interesting game which will show how the Islander's youth matches up against other talented youths in the league.

Mark Paolano
Cold Spring Harbor, NY



The game I am looking forward to most would have to be the Home Opener on October 14 vs. Boston.  The atmosphere is unlike any other on that night with a great crowd rallying behind the orange and blue.
Bryan Larson



December 5 vs. Ottawa:  If the Isles are hanging around the Top 8 at that time, even with as much as the Senators have changed this year, they are still the top team in the East and if the Isles can beat them, well, it just might be our year.

Brock Chapple
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba



All of the Ranger games.  Now that the Islanders are a much bigger team, I'm looking forward to not only winning the games, but punishing them.
New York



My favorite matchup will be on January 27th against the Buffalo Sabres. It's then because it's my birthday and a few years ago on my birthday they played the Sabres, and it was DP's NHL debut, but they lost. So this year will be redemption for me and my dad.
Greg N
West Islip, NY



I think Toronto is going to be the most interesting, being that Peca is now with the Leafs.

Marc Kutik
Syracuse, NY



Well Opening Night is a Tradition for me and it's always a fun time, so that's definitely up there.  Since the Islanders don't play the Rangers early in the season, the December 3rd matchup at the Garden will have a lot of anticipation as I plan to attend.  Go Islanders!!
Roslyn, NY



I am looking forward to seeing the Islanders face-off against the Coyotes October 5th because it's been a long off-season for me. This game will start the 2006-2007 season off to a great start. Hopefully the players will develop excellent chemistry and bring home the Cup to Long Island.

Nikolas Marcus
Levittown, NY



Besides every matchup against the Rangers, the Islanders game I'm looking forward to the most is against Montreal. Long Island's Chris Higgins hurt the Islanders on several occasions last season, and I would like nothing more than to give him a nice welcome home with a loss on December 7.

Rick Siemers
Smithtown, NY



The matchup that I will be looking forward to will be the one against the Rangers on March 25, 2007. I reside in British Columbia, and this may be the only Islanders game that I get to watch.

Steve Chong
Powell River, British Columbia


I am looking forward to the game on April 8th versus the New Jersey Devils. This will be the last game of the year before the Isles enter the playoffs to contend for Lord Stanley!!! Playoff hockey RULES!! Go Isles!!
Anthony Lupo
Port Jefferson Station, NY



Anytime these two teams meet you get to experience playoff type hockey. Playoff hockey is the best sporting event in the world and we get Isles/Rangers all year long. The hockey is fast-paced, tenacious, hard hitting and pure excitement. Awesome. Especially when the Isles come out on top.



October 14th against Boston.  Hopefully the old Barn will be rocking for The Home Opener!!!!  I cannot wait for Islander hockey to start back up already.

Alan Breecker
Dix Hills, NY



I'm looking forward to the Islanders vs. Stars and Avalanche and the Islanders vs. Rangers and a lot of the Western Conference teams.




The Islanders game I look forward to watching on TV is November 3 vs. the Rangers. This is one of the most underrated rivalries in all of sports. This rivalry never started over 1 or 2 players or some curse. It's about two teams fighting for their teams.

Ryan Halliday
St. John's, Newfoundland



I am looking forward to the October 19th home game against the Penguins. It's always exciting to see young stars such as Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury, but more importantly this will mark the first chance for Islander fans to see the arrival of the leagues next star, Evgeni Malkin.




They may not be elite teams but I look forward to the matches versus Washington and Pittsburgh. Getting to see Ovechkin and Crosby play is always exciting. They truly are the future superstars of the NHL.
Brett Schmitt
Levittown, NY



Coming from Canada I guess the one I look forward to most is Sept 23/06 -preseason game against the Bruins here in Halifax ..... I'm going!!! Regular season: of course against homegrown Sid and that Malkin guy.

Halifax, Nova Scotia



The game that I am looking forward to the most is the November 25 matchup against Alexander Ovechkin.  It's always nice to see someone with heart skating on the Coliseum ice. 

Wantagh, NY



My favorite match up(s) will be when the Islanders go to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose. I never get to see those team that often since they are in the Western Conference.
Chris Celenski
Ashburn, Virginia




My favorite Islanders' matchup will be against the Hurricanes.  I look forward to watching the Islanders play the Stanley Cup Champions.  I also want to see the return of former Islanders' coach Peter Laviolette.  The series between these teams has become an exciting rivalry since he became their head coach.
Nick Aprea
Oakdale, NY





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