Andy Graziano

Andy Graziano is a writer on Islanders Point Blank

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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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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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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) scores the winning goal past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) in overtime at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) scores the winning goal past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) in overtime at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: 

And on the fifth day, let there be practice. … The New York Islanders returned from their league-mandated bye week a day early by approving a practice in Denver on Thursday, a day before they were defeated by the Avalanche, 2-1, in overtime. Tonight, it's on to Arizona to take on another of the league's bottom dwellers, the Coyotes.

The time immediately after the holidays is always the toughest to get through. Family, some you don't get an opportunity to see much, have gone. Decorations come down, leaving a vast expanse of emptiness, the air gets noticeably colder and yes, it's back to work. No wonder why there is such a thing as "seasonal depression." I get it, I get it.

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Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Entering play Friday night, the Islanders trail the Metro's third place (and last guaranteed playoff spot) Rangers by 19 points with five games in hand. In other words, not happening. Look elsewhere for your entry.

They are nine points behind the second Wild Card team in the Eastern conference, the Flyers, with four games in hand. Not too shabby, you think, especially when you peek at their next five games and see Colorado, Arizona, Florida (twice) and Carolina.

But wait…to even get to the Flyers, New York has to jump seven other teams. Yes, I said seven...

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Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Islanders can start talking about an extension with John Tavares on July 1, but that hasn't stopped everyone from weighing in on the matter. SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.tv:

Andy, John Tavares and his eventual contract extension seem to be popping up in every story written about the Islanders lately. ESPN said the Isles should force the issue with their star player to find out where he stands. What's your take on Tavares? Do the Isles need to extend him this summer, no matter the cost?

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Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) is congratulated by left wing Josh Bailey (12) and center John Tavares (91) after a goal against the Bruins last month. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) is congratulated by left wing Josh Bailey (12) and center John Tavares (91) after a goal against the Bruins last month. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders have been playing solid hockey over their last 16 games, offering the slightest glimmer of hope that a berth in the playoffs for a third consecutive season, while still slim thanks to a rocky beginning, might still be possible.

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(Geoff Burke)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Thursday night, the Islanders continued their inconsistent season, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Wild in St.Paul. After winning three straight by defeating the Bruins, Sabres, and Capitals, New York got the offense they needed but once again failed in the basic concepts of team defense, paired with shoddy goaltending.

Head coach Jack Capuano, who previously had gone to great lengths to avoid speaking about particular players to the media following wins or losses, and who has repeatedly dodged questions about the crease, saying, "I won't comment on the goaltending", took a different approach last night in his postgame comments.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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(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.

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New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) reacts after scoring during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) reacts after scoring during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

All of a sudden, the Islanders are hot, but are they simply ruining their chance at grabbing a higher draft pick? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

The Islanders have won three straight, including an impressive victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night. Andy, we agree this season probably won't end in the playoffs, right? 

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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Joshua Ho-Sang, the Islanders' second first round draft pick (28th overall) of the 2014 NHL entry draft, was scratched yet again on Monday night by Bridgeport of the AHL -- the fourth time this season he's been a healthy scratch.

Arthur Staple of Newsday sent out a series of tweets Monday in response to the benching, mentioning that there could be 'issues between player and organization at work' and that last year's much publicized oversleeping issue was not the first mistake by Ho-Sang since he joined the organization. 

Aside from all that, Staple said there is no truth to the trade rumors surrounding the 20-year-old and that the team is behind him to succeed.

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Nov 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Nov 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The New York Islanders have had a tumultuous start to the 2016-17 season, there's no question about that. The old adage 'It's still early' is no longer applicable now that they are 32 games in and are well behind in the standings for a third straight playoff appearance.

Trailing the third place New York Rangers by 17 points for the last guaranteed spot in the Metropolitan division, they are also behind the last wild card spot holder, the Washington Capitals, by 12 points, giving a game in hand and having to jump seven other teams to make the impossible, possible. With the odds makers placing New York's chances around three percent and a road heavy schedule looming in 2017, there could be more Islanders activity than in years past before the NHL's trade deadline, set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET.

With the first year of a bye week in the NHL instituted, the Islanders will play on New Year's Eve in Winnipeg and not again until Friday, Jan. 6 in Colorado against the equally puzzling and struggling Avalanche.

Tonight, in Brooklyn, they welcome Kyle Okposo back for his first game in a Buffalo Sabres uniform. After a career that spanned nine years and 529 games with the Islanders, he should get a warm welcome like the one received by Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen before him, after being, at times, under appreciated in producing 139 goals and 369 points.

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Islanders captain John Tavares and head coach Jack Capuano discuss how the team is looking to get by their recent struggles.

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv 

There are many questions concerning the New York Islanders these days, from network and local media, ownership, management, players and most loudly, fans. And almost all those questions are justified. But there is only one small problem - nobody seems to have any answers.

Yesterday, general manager Garth Snow held a meeting with season ticket holders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. After making some canned remarks about having belief in the players and them still possessing plenty of fight, Chris Botta on Twitter remarked, "No real talk. No anger. No "I screwed up and have to fix this." No leadership. Just self-serving spin."

Snow has never been known to make any of his thoughts public through any discussion outside of his inner circle, whether that be media or the hard working season ticket holders that keep this franchise from crumbling at his feet. As real Snow as you're ever going to get would have been about a month back when he addressed reporters at Northwell Health Ice Center and proceeded to make a joke out of wasting two years of J.F Berube's career.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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Dec 15, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (14) celebrates his game winning goal in front of New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 15, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (14) celebrates his game winning goal in front of New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

At this point, the story of the 2016-17 New York Islanders season might already be written on the fact that, barring a miracle, they will miss the playoffs for the first time in two seasons and second in five seasons.

With a record of 11-13-5, they find themselves almost at the Christmas break in last place in the 16-team Eastern conference and 28th in the 30-team NHL. More important than the fact that they are only five points away from 16th place is that they must jump four teams and make up 14 points to reach third place and secure a playoff spot or pass over eight teams and recoup 12 points to make a wild card spot.

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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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New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

Even with a sloppy, 6-2 loss in Columbus on Saturday evening, the New York Islanders have still made quite a recovery from the first two months of the 2016-17 season. Heading into the end of November with a record of 6-10-4, the team recovered and has since won five of seven, picking up points in six of those games to climb back to a reasonable mark of 11-11-5 as we near the middle of December.

It might be not enough, however, to lift them back into the playoffs for the third time in four years, when all is said and done.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Dec 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates with Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. The Islanders won 3-0. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates with Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. The Islanders won 3-0. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Last week the New York Islanders were coming off a three-game winning streak, where they defeated the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. After the first such streak of the 2016-17 season as they entered December, some were cautiously optimistic as the upcoming schedule seemed just as daunting.

The results were close to being identical. The team picked up five of six points in the following three, beating the crosstown rival New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, while dropping an overtime decision to Frans Nielsen and the Detroit Red Wings.

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Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Belief in yourself can be a powerful thing. Belief in teammates can be even more powerful. The NHL locker room is a sacred hall, where teammates bond and forge an alliance to work as hard as they possibly can towards a common goal. Nobody can ever accuse the sport of being individualistic. It is one of the most team oriented sports outside of international soccer.

In baseball, one player can throw a gem from the pitcher's mound, one hitter can smash a ninth-inning grand slam to win a ballgame. In the NBA, a superstar can overtake the opposition by dropping 40-50 points in the bucket, accounting for sometimes half or more of a team's total. The NFL is the closest thing we have to hockey, as a running back needs his offensive line, a quarterback needs his receivers for team success but if you're Tom Brady and can throw a football into a pressure cooker from 40 yards, it becomes a little easier.

We have seen what happens when a hockey team tries to rely on one player, one superstar to lead them to victory. Captain John Tavares has, at times, tried to do too much, taking on all five of the opposition, with little to no success at all. The entire five-man unit on the ice struggles consequently. All five players need to be on the same page, working in cohesion on a multitude of challenges.

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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

John Tavares spoke with Joe and Evan of WFAN Wednesday afternoon, covering a wide range of topics which included the team's 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival New York Rangers, the Islanders' slow start to the season, the ice at Barclays Center, and remaining with the organization for the long haul.

Tavares, who is once again pacing the Islanders offense with 7 goals, 13 assists for 20 points in 25 games this season. He has 2-3-5 over his last five games, with the Islanders' 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last Wednesday in Brooklyn being the only game in which he didn't tally a point during that stretch. He put forth a gritty performance in Tuesday's win over the Rangers while clearly not 100%, as the flu has been making its ugly face shown in the locker room, potting a crucial third-period power play goal to put the game out of reach.

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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

This summer, Islanders GM Garth Snow signed Andrew Ladd to a big-money deal and signed Jason Chimera to replace the departed Matt Martin, hoping to add some additional veteran leadership to a team coming off its first playoff round victory in over 20 years.

Even though the offensive numbers have been slow to arrive (Chimera with 4-5-9 in 25 games, but three goals the past five games and Ladd 3-3-6 in 25 games, but 1-2-3 in his last five games), they have combined with existing veterans to help the Islanders out of the type of malaise that struck the team during October (4-5-0) and November (4-5-4).

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, 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 reportedly in the market for a team president to oversee hockey operations. SNY.tv's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Andy, Art Staple reported last week that Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin are looking into hiring a new team president that would oversee the organization, including the general manager position. Darren Dreger says that the team has met with ex-Islanders Pat Lafontaine, Patrick Flatley, and Glenn Healyas well as ex-Canucks executives Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman. What do you make of all this?

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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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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

When should Islanders prospects Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang get the call? SNY.tv's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...


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With the Isles seven points out of a playoff spot, a lot of fans are clamoring to see the future crop of forwards in Brooklyn. Andy, do you think Michael Dal Colle and/or Josh Ho-Sang should get the call to the big club at some point this season?

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(Brad Penner)

Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch Monday night when the Islanders play the Flames, head coach Jack Capuano said.

He was also a healthy scratch on Friday night.

Strome, 23, has two goals and four assists in 19 games this season.

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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Islanders captain John Tavares can be an unrestricted free agent after next season, and Bob McKenzie of TSN and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN recently weighed in on what the future might have in store.

"Right now [the Islanders are] on course to finish at the bottom of the league," McKenzie said. "And I know that John Tavares doesn't feel like he signed up anywhere in the National Hockey League to be on a last place team. It'll be fascinating to see where the Islanders finish this year and how that influences John Tavares in what he does or doesn't do as far as doing an extension. Keeping in mind he's still got a full year before he gets there."

LeBrun noted that Tavares has made it clear he wants to be an Islander for life.

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New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)

Entering play on Thursday, the Islanders are 6-9-4, with just 16 points. That puts them dead last in the Eastern Conference and ahead of only Arizona in terms of futility in the NHL. With New York seven points out of a playoff spot and seven teams to leap if they're going to qualify for their third consecutive trip to the postseason, the situation looks bleak.

Still, the Islanders are confident they can get their season turned around. So what has to happen for the Isles to resurrect their 2016-17 campaign?

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

In professional baseball, there are some pitchers who have been known to have 'personal catchers', players who go behind the plate only when said hurler takes the mound. The New York Islanders and head coach Jack Capuano might want to anoint Thomas Greiss as their 'personal goaltender' after he stole a badly needed two points in Anaheim last night, defeating the Ducks in a 14-round shootout, 3-2.

The problems that have plagued New York all season are still present, from bad defensive zone clearances to a poor breakout and neutral zone play, which instead of creating speed and flow into the offensive zone, more often than not forces a dump-in. But there were flashes, even if they were not sustained over 60 minutes, but rather the first 30, of some of the Islanders hockey that made this team very tough to play against over the past two years.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk is among the team's top shot-takers. (Kim Klement)
Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk is among the team's top shot-takers. (Kim Klement)

The numbers show why the Islanders are the worst team in the NHL as they begin a three-game West Coast trip.

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(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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For a day, all focus shifted to a problem that too many people choose to not think about. The incredible rash of stray animals that are too often left behind in search of a warm, comfortable and loving home to lay their head.

There is a reason dogs are used within our military, trained to help someone who was the victim of an unfortunate accident do daily tasks we take for granted and offer grief counseling to those going through a difficult time in their lives. They always seem to make things better. They possess a 'sixth sense' that draws them even closer to those who really need their positive attitude and selfless dedication to please. And make no mistake, our feline friends can be just as comforting, albeit in a more independent way.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, 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 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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Jack Capuano's status with the Islanders is becoming more tenuous. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)
Jack Capuano's status with the Islanders is becoming more tenuous. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders' overtime loss in Florida Saturday is part of what is becoming a familiar pattern, according to SNY.tv's Andy Graziano.

 

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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center. Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center. Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Can you hear that? Listen real close……Hear it? 

Peace and serenity across Islanders social media. Everyone might as well be sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbaya. 

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) carries off the boards in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) carries off the boards in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders have placed Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Nov. 5) and recalled Adam Pelech from Bridgeport, the team announced.

Hamonic is out four-to-six weeks due to an upper-body injury sustained in Saturday's overtime loss to the Oilers, according to Newsday's Arthur Stape.

He left Saturday's game against the Oilers after blocking a shot with his arm in the first period and did not return. 

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) and New York Islanders left wing Michael Dal Colle (71) come together at the boards during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) and New York Islanders left wing Michael Dal Colle (71) come together at the boards during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

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With the Islanders off to a 4-6-2 start and the offense sputtering along like a moped instead of the Harley Davidson it needs to be, two young stars of the future are honing their skills and learning what it takes to succeed at the pro level in Bridgeport under the watchful eye of Brent Thompson.

After a training camp that produced mixed results, Michael Dal Colle has found his game with the Sound Tigers, and it did not take long. After picking up 131 goals and 316 points in a terrific 246 game OHL career, Dal Colle got his feet wet at the professional level last season, playing in three regular-season games and three playoff contests for Bridgeport.

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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)

Barclays Center. Commuting. Bad Ice. New management exploring venue options. Three goaltenders. Three long time mainstays leaving for other organizations, either by their choosing or New York brass. Fantasy rumors being spun about captain John Tavares and his long-term commitment to the organization. 

Even the announcers calling the game last night for the Philadelphia Flyers were taking shots, proclaiming prior to Claude Giroux sliding the shootout winner behind hard-luck loser Jaroslav Halak, 'He (Giroux) has an arsenal of moves, will he try them on this ice, however?'

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Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) is taken down as he plays the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) is taken down as he plays the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Andrew Ladd has not gotten off to a strong start with the Islanders and is listed as one of five players that ESPN's Scott Burnside feels "need to get their groove back." So far with the Islanders, Ladd has juse one assist and no goals in 10 games played. This is coming off a season in which is scored 46 points in 78 games for the Jets and Blackhawks

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Andy Graziano
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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has strep throat and is getting back with the team Wednesday, head coach Jack Capuano told Newsday's Arthur Staple. 

Capuano also said he is unsure if rookie forward Anthony Beauvillier will play Thursday against the Flyers. 

Beauvillier has played in nine games with the Islanders this season and 10 would mean one year is taken off his entry-level deal.

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

There is never a dull moment when it comes to the New York Islanders, is there? First, it was Brooklyn and all the drama surrounding the move from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to Barclays Center. Travis Hamonic's trade request and subsequent withdrawal. The practice/morning skate issue dealing with the aforementioned move. Next, the ice condition. Lastly, this past summer, talk of new owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin seeking to move the team to their own venue within the New York metropolitan area.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Islanders Point Blank takes a look at the week that was. The good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. We will also check where the Islanders stand in comparison to the rest of the NHL and where they might be going, analyze roster moves that were made and analyze and break down what it all means.Friday, October 21 through Thursday, October 27Record: 2-2-0, 13 GF, 12 GA, 2/12 PP, 10/13 PK10/21 - Islanders 3, Coyotes 2: A game the Islanders stormed out of the gate only to quickly let their opponent back in it. They took an early two-goal lead and looked solid in doing so on a snipe from Dennis Seidenberg and a stuff home by Ryan Strome, playing for the first time against his younger brother, Arizona 2015 first round draft pick (3rd overall) Dylan. Two goals in 13 seconds, coming less than a minute after New York had taken that apparent commanding lead, erased the inspired start faster than you can snap your fingers. New York would dominate the second, outshooting the Coyotes 16-4 but it would take a Johnny Boychuk knuckle puck, while shorthanded, to win it for the Islanders at 4:24 of period three.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The New York Islanders are only seven games into the 2016-17 season. But it has been an eight-game stretch that has seen them capture only 42.8 percent of possible points, as their 3-4-0 start has them trailing their pace of 64.2 percent last season and 71.4 percent in 2014-15.Trying to figure out the reason for the regression could be an exercise in futility at this early juncture, as there are still 75 games left on the docket and 150 points to be won or lost before the dust settles and playoff dreams are realized or crushed. But since when has that stopped anyone before? Fans are antsy and unsettled even though four of the team's last five games have ended in 3-2 final scores with the 3-2-0 record not as bad as it might seem on the surface. Not to mention the losses were to the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens -- two pretty darn good hockey teams.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Barclays Center. The goal was his first NHL career goal. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Barclays Center. The goal was his first NHL career goal. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Since the Islanders' 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, social media has been ablaze with trepidation over New York's lukewarm start to the 2016-17 campaign.This is not a column to tell you what to feel, how to feel it or when to feel it. It's merely to present a different opinion on how things have transpired over the first four games and where there is cause for concern, but not, in one opinion, panic.

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New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by right wing Josh Bailey (12) in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. New York Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by right wing Josh Bailey (12) in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. New York Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the New York Islanders opened up the home portion of their 2016-17 schedule by defeating the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, 3-2. It was a game that featured a first period where New York could do nothing wrong, outshooting Anaheim 16-3, John Tavares' first goal of the season, the continued early season excellence of Cal Clutterbuck and another strong performance by Josh Bailey, who would score the game winner 54 seconds into the extra session on a fantastic individual performance.Last year, in their first year playing at a new home, with all the pomp, circumstance and yes, distractions too, the Islanders managed to pull off a 25-11-5 home record, tied for fourth best in the entire Eastern conference. The ability to secure 55% of their season points total in comfortable surroundings clearly is what led them to a second consecutive playoff appearance and first series win in 23 years.This year, the schedule makers have been kind to New York yet again (perhaps a tip of the cap to the Brooklyn Nets for forcing the NHL's hand?), putting the Islanders at home 14 times in the season's first 22 games through October and November. This includes remarkable, and perhaps unheard of, stretches of 10 of 11 and 12 of 14 games in Brooklyn.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders played Game one of their season last night at Madison Square Garden. Game one. That means there are 81 remaining. Yet, if you read through some of the comments on Twitter postgame from a passionate Islanders fanbase, you would think they were just eliminated from postseason contention.

I respect the passion, the wanting to win so badly at any cost, believe me. However, there has to be a sense of reasonableness that comes into play when the team you root for has played 1.22 percent of its scheduled games.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) is congratulated after he scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) is congratulated after he scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

In a preview of what we could see on the ice Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the Islanders lined up with some interesting combinations at practice Wednesday morning, courtesy of Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Andrew Ladd - John Tavares - Jason Chimera

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he New York Islanders salute their fans after defeating the Florida Panthers in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
he New York Islanders salute their fans after defeating the Florida Panthers in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

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The New York Islanders announced their 23-man roster today that will begin the 2016-17 season on Thursday in Manhattan against the rival New York Rangers.

With the deadline looming, set for 5pm ET, New York announced that Eric Boulton was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to October 4, with a lower body injury. With Mikhail Grabovski already on non-roster injured reserve with potentially a career ending concussion, New York needed to make two more moves. Those ended up being a minor surprise.

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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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Thomas Greiss took advantage of his opportunity after taking over for the injured Jaroslav Halak.  (Kim Klement)
Thomas Greiss took advantage of his opportunity after taking over for the injured Jaroslav Halak. (Kim Klement)

With the exhibition season wrapping up Sunday, general manager Garth Snow and head coach Jack Capuano face the next step in preparing their team for the 2016-17 NHL season. On Tuesday, no later than 5 PM ET, the 23-man roster will be announced, and at this moment, there are still some questions that need to be answered in relation to just who will be on it for Opening Night on Thursday against the rival New York Rangers.

                                    Alan Quine? Matthew Barzal? Anthony Beauvillier?

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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