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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

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Tags: Anders Lee, Boston Bruins, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders believe a turnaround to their season has to "start now" as they sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.

Speaking to News 12 Long Island on Monday, via Newsday, the Islanders believe there is a lot of hockey to be played, however as they rank 28th in the league, it is likely too late. That said, the players' expected "never-say-die" attitude is admirable.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Andy Graziano
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 (Russell LaBounty)
(Russell LaBounty)

Islanders forward John Tavares will represent New York at the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 at the Staples Center.

Tavares, 26, leads the Islanders with 27 points, while his 11 goals and 16 assists rank second on the team.

Tavares will make his fourth All-Star game appearance, having been selected to the game in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

The Islanders, after a summer of major change, brought in some new veteran leadership in an effort to replace three mainstays who chose for a change in venue to begin the 2016-17 season. 

Andrew Ladd, with two Stanley Cup rings in tow, was one of them, signed to a massive seven-year, 38.5 million dollar contract this past summer. And the early returns were anything but complementary for the veteran winger.

When first signed, the safe assumption by, well, just about everyone, was that Ladd would get a chance to play wing with captain John Tavares and would continue to provide the offense that produced an average of 27 goals over his last six professional seasons -- something that doesn't just happen by accident. After being given one preseason game and a little over a week, Ladd was removed from the top line and has not returned.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Andy Graziano
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver aren't fooled by an Islanders win at Boston on Tuesday night. The guys heap praise on Thomas Greiss and Anders Lee, while watching the team get outshot, outhit, and outplayed the past couple of weeks. Later, star of The Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio, calls in to discuss his bobblehead giveaway on Friday night and growing up as an Islanders fan.

Tags: Anders Lee, Thomas Greiss
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Dec 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.  (Bob DeChiara (USA Today))
Dec 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara (USA Today))

Thomas Greiss stopped 48 shots, Anders Lee scored twice and had an assist, and the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 Tuesday night to snap a five-game winless streak.

Thomas Hickey and Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders in their first win since beating St. Louis on Dec. 8. New York was outscored 24-12 while going 0-4-1 in the five games since.

Greiss took a shutout into the third period and was able to hold off the Bruins after they pulled to 3-2 on goals by Anton Blidh and Dominic Moore. Greiss made 23 saves in the third period and got a little cushion when Lee scored a power-play goal with 6:58 left to put the Islanders back up two

Tags: Anders Lee, Thomas Greiss
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Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders gave up four unanswered goals and lost to the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:30 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assists: Kyle Turris, Ryan Dzingel
  • 17:20 OTT Zack Smith; Assists: Mark Stone, Erik Karlsson

Second period:

  • 0:27 NYI Anders Lee; Assist: Josh Bailey
  • 14:07 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assist: Travis Hamonic
  • 15:03 OTT Mark Stone (power play); Assists: Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf

Third period:

  • 5:45 OTT Derick Brassard; Assists: Stone, Zack Smith
  • 16:33 OTT Smith (ENG)
  • 19:34 OTT Tom Pyatt (ENG); Assist: Chris Kelly
Tags: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey, Ottawa Senators, Travis Hamonic
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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Another game where the Islanders enter the third period tied. Another game where the Islanders come away with zero points.

In what has become an ugly, repetitive pattern for the 2016-17 Islanders, they surrendered two goals to Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in the third period of a 4-2 loss.

Niskanen, who came into the game with zero goals, notched his first on a precise snap-shot over the blocker of Jaroslav Halak after the Islanders forgot how to play basic defense. His second came in the closing minutes, on a power play, a slap shot that seemingly went right through Halak, who did not look to be screened on the play.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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Anders Lee is red hot, and he's scoring exactly when the Islanders need it most.

Lee tallied two goals Thursday against St. Louis to give him seven in his last eight contests. The first came on a deflection in the high slot off a Nick Leddy wrister from the point. Lee slapped the puck out of the air and into the ice, which allowed it to hop over Jake Allen to even the game, 1-1.

"I think we kept it fairly simple," Lee told Shannon Hogan of MSG after the game. "It wasn't our best game to start, but then we just battled back and continued to play our game."

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Jaroslav Halak allowed the game-winning goal to Danny DeKeyser in overtime after Josh Bailey tied it up late in the third period as the New York Islanders lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:16 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas
  • 12:53 DET Mike Green; Assist: Frans Nielsen

Second period:

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Detroit Red Wings, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Thursday night's game against Washington had all the makings of a letdown. The Islanders were coming off a hard-fought, last-second win against the Penguins. They had to travel to the nation's capital. Thomas Greiss, who has emerged as the team's number one goaltender, wasn't even dressed.

They had skated hard and played an impressive two periods against the Capitals. But we were all bracing for the inevitable in a scoreless third period, and it came just 37 seconds in: the power play opportunity that would inevitably break New York's back.

After the Isles had killed off their first four chances down a man, two of which came late in the second period, Johnny Boychuk swatted a puck in the air out of play without it touching the glass. The delay of game minor gave Washington another shot on the power play just 29 seconds after Anders Lee's high-sticking penalty had expired, and the Caps were starting to buzz.

Washington hadn't converted on their last eight power plays, and they knew it. They were due, and smelled blood in the water. The way this season had gone, it was only a matter of time before the Capitals set up Alexander Ovechkin for one of his patented blasts from the circle that beat Jaroslav Halak and broke the tie.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Brian Erni
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The New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
The New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Remember, remember the month of November. Although that line is modified from the movie 'V for Vendetta', it very much applies to the New York Islanders, who are all too happy to move past their month of horrors and see the calendar flip to December 1.

Going back to the 2011-12 season, the 11th month of the year was not too kind to head coach Jack Capuano and his squad. New York went 4-7-2 and 4-10-1 in back to back full seasons, putting them firmly behind the proverbial eight ball as the season ticked past the thin red line that separates the playoffs from an early golf outing. Things seemed to improve in 2014-15 with a monster 11-3-0 month before the team tailed off yet again the following season with a mark of 7-6-1.

If you're counting at home, that's 26-26-4 over the past four full seasons heading into 2016-17. With New York just completing their November last night at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game they would will themselves to win 5-3 after surrendering a 3-0 third-period lead, it gave the Islanders a 4-5-4 mark this time around, just 46% of all possible points and only 2 regulation wins in 13 tries.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

If you went to bed after the second period of Wednesday night's game, I wouldn't have blamed you. The Islanders were leading the reigning Stanley Cup champions, 3-0, and the nationally-televised start time of 8:00 had pushed the third period an hour later than usual.

So if you figured the Isles would win -- and even if they didn't, you didn't want to witness blowing a three-goal lead - you are forgiven for hitting the hay.

However, you missed a fireworks factory which included New York blowing that lead, then scoring three seconds apart in the final minute to put the icing on the most feel-good win of the season

Tags: Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey
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Brock Nelson (29) shoots the puck in the first period against the L.A. Kings at Staples Center.  (Kirby Lee - USA Today)
Brock Nelson (29) shoots the puck in the first period against the L.A. Kings at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee - USA Today)

Anders Lee tied the game 1-1 for the Islanders with a goal early in the third period. However, the Kings would shock the Islanders by finding the back of the net three times in under a minute late in the third to pull away in a 4-2 victory.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Islanders just went through yet another tumultuous week where an expected coaching change never materialized and general manager Garth Snow broke his silence with the media, speaking to reporters after Friday's practice, in what was thought to be a forced move after Frank Seravalli of TSN revealed details of a discussion the two had in Toronto at the GM meetings.

With some sarcasm, snark and ill-advised humor, Snow offered a vote of confidence for his embattled head coach, Jack Capuano, whose system is either not working anymore with the current roster of players at his disposal, or the players have simply tired of the message being preached and have tuned it out. He also gave support to said roster, all while feverishly working the phones looking for offensive help.

Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders are pushing hard to make a deal for a forward, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday

New York (5-8-3) is currently in dead last in the 16-team Eastern Conference, and are tied with Boston for 19th in the league in goals per game at 2.50.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Chants of "Fire Cappy" have been raining down from the rafters at Barclays Center this year, but one writer thinks that gives Garth Snow a free pass.

The New York Daily News' Peter Botte says the Islanders general manager is complicit in this failure as well, as to place the blame solely on Jack Capuano is to overlook where the Isles' rebuild has truly stalled out.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Tampa Bay Lightning left Brooklyn last night and boarded a plane for Detroit, the next stop on their five-game road trip. They will take the ice tonight with a 9-6-1 record in the 2016-17 season. Three of those wins, by a combined score of 14-2, have come against the New York Islanders, who seem to have zero answers the past two weeks to the malaise that has taken over this team.

Head coach Jack Capuano has juggled lines. He's called out his players to the media. He's, not 'stick to the face' directly, but more like 'hook around the hands' directly, called out his general manager. He has shown some slight snark at reporters, then answered the same question the following week with calmness and resignation. In his seventh year as bench boss, it seems the expiration date, for which I believe all coaches have, has come. But will general manager Garth Snow act on it?

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd scored in the third period as the New York Islanders beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, Monday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Alain Quine, Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Vancouver Canucks
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Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Every Friday throughout the season, Islanders Point Blank will take a look at the week that was. The good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. 

We will also check where the Islanders stand comparatively to the rest of the NHL and where they might be going, analyze roster moves made and analyze and break down what it all means.

Friday, Oct. 28-Thursday, Nov. 3

Record:  1-1-1, 8 GF, 9 GA, 1/9 PP, 11/15 PK

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Islanders let a 2-1 lead slip away as they lost to the Sharks, 3-2, Tuesday night.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

On Monday, Andy Graziano and Brian Erni tackled three of the most pressing questions leading into the New York Islanders season opener Thursday in Manhattan.

With the 23-man roster set to be announced Tuesday, and after the surprising decision to place P.A Parenteau on waivers, there is more mystery and drama to it than before. It's possible that Anthony Beauvillier, Matthew Barzal, and Alan Quine all begin the season on the roster, and the battle between Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock has also not yet been decided.

                                                            Forwards

Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Anthony Beauvillier wasn't on most Islanders fans' radar when training camp opened. Everyone figured the 19-year-old winger would get the requisite quick look, then be sent packing back to Juniors for another year to fine tune his game.

But he has flashed some serious skill in camp, impressing both the Isles brain trust and faithful alike. And on Friday morning at practice, he got an even more intriguing endorsement: a spot on the second line.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The final week of New York Islanders training camp promises to be busy. Players on the bubble hoping to make the 23-man roster, which has to be announced by Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. ET, will have plenty of opportunities to put forth their best case to management and the coaching staff.

New additions Andrew Ladd, P.A Parenteau and Jason Chimera have been assimilated into the squad, while captain John Tavares, goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are expected to join their teammates as early as tomorrow.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save as New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) looks for the rebound during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save as New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) looks for the rebound during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals defeated the Islanders, 2-1, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday night. 

First Period 

  • Nate Schmidt (13:54, PPG) 

Second Period 

Tags: Anders Lee, Washington Capitals
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Recently, sources told SNY that Mikhail Grabovski would be seeing Islanders team doctors in an attempt to get cleared for training camp, which began last Thursday morning at the Long Island Marriott with media day.

Last Friday, the Islanders announced that Grabovski had failed his physical. And on Monday, it was announced that Grabovski had been placed on IR due to an upper body injury, retroactive to March 16.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

There has been a metric ton of speculation around the Islanders since the summer, mostly around one central question: Are they any better today than they were at the final buzzer of the five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning? Ask them, and they'll tell you they absolutely are.

''[The Lightning series] was frustrating, but you learn from it and you move on,'' Travis Hamonic told reporters at media day on Thursday. ''[To win a playoff series] was good for our team, for our fan base to see that and have an opportunity to win the first one in a long time. It sets our bar and our expectations even higher.''

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Did the Islanders do enough to replace Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin's production?

Rob Vollman tackled a burning question for each NHL team for ESPN, and for the Isles, he says it boils down to replacing the scorers they lost in free agency.

"On the surface, it appears the Islanders replaced their lost scoring with the additions of Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, and P.A. Parenteau, who combined for 65 goals and 127 points last season, compared to 52 goals and 135 points by the former Islanders," Vollman writes. "However, the new players' average age is 33 years old, compared to 29 for the departed trio of forwards. A more likely scenario is that some of the Isles' young talent makes a mark."

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

It's remarkable when you sit down and examine, in your own mind, the concept of time. As you get older, it seems to move faster and faster. Of course, time doesn't actually go faster, it just seems that way with increased responsibilities taking up most of the free hours we hold so dear.

I'm sure hockey players are no different in this mental phenomenon. To the New York Islanders, it probably seems as if the season just ended this past Sunday instead of May 8 in Tampa with a 4-0 loss eliminating them from the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Now, it's back in the gym preparing for a training camp in September that will be here in the blink of an eye, approximately eight short weeks away.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mikhail Grabovski, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

The Penguins are Stanley Cup champions, no matter how unlikely it seemed just a few months ago. And since they finished just four points better than the Islanders in the Metropolitan division this season, it seems fair to ask: Just how close are the Isles to hoisting hockey's ultimate prize?

For now, it's a hard question to answer. The Islanders have a very good defensive corps, a ton of young talent both on the roster and on its way up, and a top flight superstar. But John Tavares' supporting cast needs a ton of work.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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Anders Lee is looking to make a bigger contribution to the Islanders next season. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Anders Lee is looking to make a bigger contribution to the Islanders next season. (Anthony Gruppuso)

 

Anders Lee, 25, Forward

Contract: Signed through 2018-19 -- 3.750M cap hit, $3.500M salary.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Players will always say when referring to their contract status during the season that they're "not thinking about that. Just playing the game and that will get worked out in due time".

After the Islanders' 4-0 loss Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the second round of the playoffs ended their season, there is now nothing but time to think about the uncertain future that awaits some long-time organizational soldiers.

New York was never really in Game 5 but they were in the series. The Lightning showed every reason why they were the Eastern Conference representative last season in the Stanley Cup Final. They know how to close and did a remarkable job in Games 2 and 5 in putting on a clinic that should be videotaped and shown to each team in training camp.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Anders Lee did not return after the first period Thursday. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Anders Lee did not return after the first period Thursday. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders center Anders Lee suffered a fractured leg and is out indefinitely, the team confirmed to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Lee didn't return after the first period of Thursday's 4-1 win over the Rangers after taking a shot off his foot from Johnny Boychuk. The team said he had a lower-body injury.

The Islanders already had a long injury list, with Jaroslav Halak (groin) and Travis Hamonic (knee) leading the way. Cal Clutterbuck (lower body), Brian Strait (upper body), Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) and J.F. Berube (lower body) are also rehabbing. Matt Martin sat out Thursday with an upper-body injury.

Staple reported that Halak skated in full goaltender gear at practice Thursday but did not face shots. He has been out about four weeks for an injury said to take six to eight weeks to heal.

Tags: Anders Lee

 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Thomas Hickey scored 2:13 into overtime as the New York Islanders rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Tuesday night to clinch a playoff berth.

Hickey returned to the game after being cut by a skate and beat Braden Holtby to complete the comeback. Holtby allowed four goals on 27 shots and lost in his first attempt to tie Martin Brodeur's single-season wins record.

John TavaresKyle Okposo and Anders Lee also scored for New York, which got a 29-save performance from Christopher Gibson in his first career NHL start. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Hickey

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The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout as they look to build momentum heading towards the playoffs.

Kyle Okposo scored the only goal of the shootout and the New York Islanders rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Derek Ryan put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 late in the second period but hit the post on his shootout attempt in Carolina's NHL-high 16th overtime loss. The Hurricanes have points in four straight games (2-0-2).

Thomas Greiss made 26 saves and Anders Lee scored his 13th goal of the season for New York, which won for the third time in four games. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Islanders face the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders beat the Penguins, 2-1, yesterday in New York. The Islanders have won four straight games, and since February 7, the Islanders are 11-2-1 (.821), the second-best record in the NHL (Anaheim 12-1-2, .867).
  • Toronto lost, 4-3 in a shootout, versus Buffalo on Monday. It was the Maple Leafs' sixth consecutive loss (0-5-1). Each of their last five losses have been by a single goal. Since February 6, the Maple Leafs are 2-11-2 (.200), the worst record in the NHL.
  • This is the third of three meetings this season between the Islanders and Maple Leafs. Dating back to last season, the road team has won four of the last five meetings between these teams. In the last six meetings with the Islanders, the Maple Leafs are 0-for-20 on the power play.
  • Ontario-native John Tavares has had 2+ points in eight of his 12 career games at Toronto, including six of his last seven trips. Tavares has 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in his last seven games at Toronto.
  • Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal in the third period last night versus Pittsburgh, and now has a season-high-tying four-game point streak. Lee has five goals in five career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Leo Komarov scored his team-high 19th goal on Monday versus Buffalo. Komarov has 19 goals in 62 games this season, after having just eight goals in 62 games played in 2014-15.
Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares

 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots before leaving late in the third period and got his 200th career victory and the surging New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Tuesday night.

Halak left the game with 4:22 left with a possible injury. Thomas Greiss replaced him and stopped all three shots he faced. Halak, in his second season with the Islanders, improved to 200-115-37 in his career.

John Tavares scored in the first period for the Islanders, who improved to 11-2-1 in their last 14 games in their first time back at Barclays Center since Feb. 18. New York was coming off a 6-1-0 trip that ended with 6-4 win against the crosstown-rival Rangers on Sunday. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders forward Anders Lee reaches for a loose puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Anders Lee reaches for a loose puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders are currently at the 60-game mark this season with the trade deadline now in the rear view mirror. While top-flight rentals would have cost a first-round pick and a prospect (too rich for Garth Snow's blood) or a second-round pick that they didn't own thanks to the Johnny Boychuk trade, the only changes came at the AHL level. New York picked up Shane Prince for a third-round pick, and Marc-Andre Cliche for Taylor Beck.

At the NHL level, the Islanders are still searching for that consistent 60-minute game that they can ride into the final 22 games of the regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs. Currently, according to sportsclubstats.com, New York has a 96.2 percent chance of making the postseason with a 69 percent chance of facing the rival New York Rangers in the opening round.

Even if the Isles were to crawl to a .500 finish at 10-10-2, they would still be looking at a 97.9 percent chance of being able to play for Lord Stanley, although 55 percent of that chance would be as a wild-card team.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates a goal his teammates.  (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates a goal his teammates. (Brad Penner)

John Tavares is hitting his stride, as the Islanders captain had a goal and an assist in New York's win in Minnesota on Tuesday.

With the Isles up 1-0 on the power play, Tavares sent a touch feed to Frans Nielsen, who redirected the puck in the high slot to put the team up by two. Then, after Minnesota had cut the lead to 2-1, Tavares registered his second special team's point of the night when he buried a cross-ice feed from Anders Lee just 2:42 into the third period.

"We came out with real good legs early and were aggressive and got rewarded," Tavares told reporters after the game. "It's always good feeling to start on the road and get that first goal from some good hard work. Special teams were a big part of the game today. We got some big goals at big times."

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Brian Erni
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Frans Nielsen scored twice, John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of surging teams.

Matt Martin also scored for New York, which has won six of eight. Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves as the Islanders improved to 2-0 on a seven-game road trip - their longest of the season.

Nielsen deflected Tavares' pass on the power play to make it 2-0 in the first period and added a short-handed, empty-net goal late in the third.

Tavares' 23rd of the season stood following a replay review that determined Anders Lee did not interfere with Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Matt Martin

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders raced out to a quick start and cruised to a 5-2 win against the Pacific division-leading Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

New York scored three goals in the first in the first 14 minutes of the game on tallies from Johnny Boychuk, Casey Cizikas, and Anders Lee.

"They're an unbelievable team," Cizikas said of the Kings. "They've got size, skill, grit. For us to come out the way we did, it's big for our club moving forward."

Tags: Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders raced out to a quick start and cruised to a 5-2 win against the Pacific division-leading Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

New York scored three goals in the first in the first 14 minutes of the game on tallies from Johnny Boychuk, Casey Cizikas and Anders Lee.

"They're an unbelievable team," Cizikas said of the Kings. "They've got size, skill, grit. For us to come out the way we did, it's big for our club moving forward."

Tags: Anders Lee, Casey Cizikas, Johnny Boychuk, Brian Erni
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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) makes a save against New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the third period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2 in a shootout. (Russell LaBounty)
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) makes a save against New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the third period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2 in a shootout. (Russell LaBounty)

The Isles needed a savior after their sluggish first period in Columbus, and Anders Lee was happy to play the part with his game-tying goal in the third.

With the Isles on the power play, Frans Nielsen made a strong play on the puck to keep possession in the zone. He found Kyle Okposo, who sent a crisp cross ice feed down low to Lee. Lee deked to his backhand and slipped the puck in between Cam Atkinson's pads to tie the game at two.

Lee's goal was one of 15 Islanders' shots in the third, compared to Columbus' five. For the game, New York outshot the Jackets 46-31.

Tags: Anders Lee, Kyle Okposo, Brian Erni, Tim Reilly
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 (Russell LaBounty)
(Russell LaBounty)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout and Jaroslav Halak stopped three of four attempts by Columbus. Anders Lee had the tying goal early in the third period.

Ryan Strome had a goal in regulation for the Islanders, who earned their second win in a row and avoided their first three-game road losing streak in two seasons. New York completed a four-game season series sweep of the Blue Jackets. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Strome

New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Anders Lee finally saw some results for his hard work this season.

Lee deflected home a Travis Hamonic shot from just inside the blue line to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the second period. It was Lee's first goal in eight games.

In 48 games, Lee has scored seven goals and 14 assists. Last season, he had 25 goals in 76 games.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Brian Erni
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brock Nelson's team-leading 20th goal broke a tie late in the second period, Jean-Francois Berube made 40 saves for his first NHL win, and the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 Tuesday night.

Mikhail Grabovski and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders.

Charlie CoyleJason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter had the goals for the Wild, who have lost eight of their last nine (1-7-1). Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 30 shots, and Darcy Kuemper stopped all eight shots he faced.

After the Islanders took a 2-1 lead on goals by Grabovski and Lee early in the second, Pominville tied it with 1:34 left in the period. Nelson put New York back ahead for good with 42 seconds remaining. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Even though the NHL All-Star game was held after the Islanders had already played 47 games, the unofficial second half of the season begins Monday when teams are allowed to resume practicing.

Head coach Jack Capuano and his staff will welcome the players back at IceWorks -- some returning from lavish winter skiing vacations, some from rest and relaxation back home and captain John Tavares from the game itself. The Minnesota Wild await Tuesday evening at Barclays Center in what will kick off a frantic 29 games in the next 59 days.

They Isles will also embark on their longest road trip of the season as the month closes and enters March, with a seven-game swing that will take them through western Canada before culminating with a game at Madison Square Garden on March 6.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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The New York Islanders celebrate a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
The New York Islanders celebrate a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

With the Islanders off through the All-Star break, the Islanders Point Blank team took a look back at the first-half of the season. Next up, the team's biggest need, a trade deadline acquisition question, the 2015-16 season and beyond...

Biggest need

Brian Erni:

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Marek Zidlicky, Ryan Strome
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The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars 6-5 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)
The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars 6-5 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Midway through their first season in Brooklyn, the New York Islanders are changing their routine and moving their game-day practices back to Long Island.

For home games this season - New York's first since leaving Nassau Coliseum after 43 years - the Islanders had been taking the Long Island Rail Road to Brooklyn for a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at the Barclays Center. After about a 30-minute practice, the players held their open media session, ate a team-provided meal in the locker room and then took afternoon naps at a nearby hotel.

That routine wore on the players, who still live on Long Island. They asked to move the game-day practices to their facility in Syosset, where they work out other days.

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