The Islanders are just 10 days away from Opening Night, and the roster is beginning to take shape. What will the 23-man squad look like? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...
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Welcome back to another season of Shooting from Point Blank Range, my man. We had lots of fun with this last year, so let's kick this season off by taking a look at the 'almost' final 23-man roster, which needs to be finalized by 5:00 p.m. on October 3. With some cuts already made, and Bridgeport camp underway, you can make some strong assertions of who will make the team and who won't. Any thoughts on how it's shaping up?
Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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The summer is over. Fall has arrived and with it, the return of the NHL. Training camps around the league will all be open for business soon, with the first on-ice sessions slated to begin Friday morning.
For the Islanders, it seems every year lately has been 'make or break,' for a variety of reasons. This year, however, the term might never be more accurate as the team looks to re-sign their franchise captain, finally bring some closure to a long, drawn out arena drama and return to the playoffs. The results of those three factors, each under their own cloud of uncertainty, could also decide the future fate of long-tenured general manager Garth Snow, who seems to be running out of time to turn this team into a true contender.
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Michael dal Colle, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
Andy Graziano and I have begun our annual season review, taking a look back at the 2016-17 Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a down season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.
We will be offering two reviews per week that will take us right through to the beginning of training camp in September. Of course, there are a couple of things to sort out prior, such as free agency and potential trades that could alter the look of this franchise going forward.
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
The Islanders will give up a first round pick in order to keep the Las Vegas Golden Knights from taking one of New York's forwards in the NHL expansion draft, according to a report from Darren Dreger of TSN.
Forwards Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome are among the 25 players the Islanders have made available for the Golden Knights, who must pick one player from each team and take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies in the expansion draft.
John Tavares, Anders Lee, and Andrew Ladd were the only three forwards the Islanders decided to protect in the expansion draft.
Reports have indicated that the Islanders are in the market for a top-six forward, and blue line mainstay Travis Hamonic could be a player New York deals to make it happen. Will the Isles trade a core piece away to improve up front? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...
There have been some murmurs that the Islanders are getting ready to deal a defensemen to procure a top-six forward, and one name that has popped up is Travis Hamonic. Should the Isles trade Hamonic, under team control for another three seasons, to make that forward upgrade?
Tags: Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
The New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Sunday at Barclays Center in their season finale. >> Read more
- 3:23 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Alan Quine, Johnny Boychuk
- 8:17 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson
- 13:52 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield
- 18:54 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assist: Ryan Dzingel
- 2:34 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Alexandre Burrows, Chris Neil
- 18:52 NYI Jason Chimera (ENG); Assists: Nelson, Leddy
Tags: Alain Quine, Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ottawa Senators
Brock Nelson broke out of a cold streak and scored a clutch third period goal in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime victory in Nashville.
A minute-and-a-half into the third period, with New York trailing 1-0, Nelson ripped a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for his18th goal of the season.
For Nelson, the goal was his first since March 24, a stretch of five games without a goal, and just his second in his last 11 games.
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome
Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the Jets, Doug Weight told reporters Thursday morning.
Brock Nelson will be in the lineup for Anthony Beauvillier.
The Islanders will use the same defensemen as Tuesday's 3-2 win over Carolina.
Tags: Brock Nelson, Thomas Greiss
The New York Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Barclays Center.
According to STATS:
- The Hurricanes have won their first two games against the Islanders this season, including an overtime win in Brooklyn during the last meeting. The last time Carolina had three wins in a season against New York was 2013-14.
Josh Bailey continued to silence his critics on Thursday with another clutch, multi-point night, highlighted by a beautiful set up for John Tavares.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, Anders Lee allowed the Islanders to take possession in the Vancover zone where Bailey picked up the loose puck. He took the puck on his backhand, looped to his left in a circle to shake Luca Sbisa, skated up the boards, and cut back to his forehand and turned toward the net. Bailey drew the puck back to look as if he was going to take the shot, which drew Sbisa and Bo Horvat to him and allowed Tavares to find empty space in the near circle.
Bailey slipped a crisp, no-look, cross ice feed to Tavares, who had the whole net to shoot at, as the captain hammered home his 25th goal of the season.
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:
Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, players can relax that they have not been moved and fans have had a night's sleep to recuperate from the anxiety that the day brought.
Islanders GM Garth Snow made no moves Wednesday, choosing to not meet the exorbitant price set on number one target Matt Duchene by Colorado GM Joe Sakic, who was under no pressure to move a highly skilled, coveted player with two years remaining on his contract.
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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The Islanders board a flight to Dallas on Tuesday, a day earlier than they would have left under normal circumstances, to continue their nine-game road trip.
What's not normal about a Tuesday in February? In case you have been living under a rock, Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET is the NHL trade deadline. And with the Islanders engaged in a back-room brawl for the final Eastern Conference wild card spot, it's their last opportunity to search for help outside the organization -- help that could get them over the hump and into the playoffs. And that's where every team, thanks to parity that now rules the day, has a chance at the big prize.
Third place in the Metropolitan division is a pipe dream at this point, with New York trailing Columbus by 15 points with 21 games to play. With the best division in hockey getting better after Washington acquired Kevin Shattenkirk Monday night, they trail the rival New York Rangers by 14 points, making the first wild card spot and a trip into the Atlantic division bracket also an extremely long shot...
Tags: Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
Andy Graziano, SNY.tv
The climb continues, and if you believe in fairy tales and the stuff dreams are made of, the story written on the ice in Montreal Thursday evening had the perfect ending.
Anthony Beauvillier, the Islanders 19-year old rookie forward who made the team, to some measure of surprise, out of training camp, played for the first time as a professional in his hometown in front of 50 family and friends.
The night started for Beauvillier with a 'gift' from his teammates, as they sent him out for pre-game warmups alone, without following him onto the ice. It's an old gag reserved for when the team wants to shift the attention to one singular player in hopes of showcasing him….or embarrassing him.
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
Thomas Greiss made 24 saves to notch his third shutout of the season and Anthony Beauvillier scored in his first-ever game in his hometown as the Islanders blanked the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0, on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. >> Read more
- 5:28 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Brock Nelson, Nick Leddy
- 5:58 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
- 19:01 NYI John Tavares (empty net); Assists: Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson
Andy Graziano, SNY.tv
The roadie from hell has officially begun. Nine straight games away from Brooklyn for the New York Islanders, who entered play last night tied for fewest road wins in the entire National Hockey League at seven.
After a first period that saw them take the lead on a beauty from Josh Bailey, still their most consistent offensive player all season, they fell asleep at the wheel with the clock running down and surrendered an awful goal to Henrik Zetterberg with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Instead of getting down, they picked themselves up, went out and executed simplicity on the road, exactly what is needed to pick up two crucial points at this juncture of the regular season, when the grind of an 82-game schedule really starts to wear down the body, no matter how conditioned or prepared you think you might be.
Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
Anthony Beauvillier was moved back to center on Sunday evening, and he impressed against New Jersey's top line.
Beauvillier switched places with Brock Nelson, as their line drew the Devils' top unit led by Taylor Hall, and his teammates came away with a favorable impression.
"I know firsthand as a young guy who came up as a center, it's hard to play along the wall when you're not used to it," Ryan Strome said of his linemate who returned to his natural position. "It's tough to win those battles. I thought Beau looked really comfortable in the middle. He brought that speed and I think it helped our line."
Tags: Brock Nelson
The New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more
- 8:12 COL Joe Colborne; Assists: Andreas Martinsen, Fedor Tyutin
- 12:01 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Stephen Gionta, Casey Cizikas
- 14:46 NYI Ryan Strome (power play); Assists: John Tavares, Leddy
- 1:21 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Tavares, Johnny Boychuk
- 11:22 NYI Lee (power play); Assists: Boychuk, Leddy
- 13:48 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Brock Nelson
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Colorado Avalanche, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta
The New York Islanders play the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
Tags: Brock Nelson
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:
After a weekend that saw the Islanders collect only one of four possible points in losses to the Red Wings and Hurricanes, thoughts of a late-season playoff push were temporarily put on hold, especially with results around the league teaming up to go against them.
Then a welcome sight to Brooklyn entered the picture on Monday evening. The Maple Leafs came into the borough with a stable of talented, young, dynamic forwards in Zach Hyman, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and, of course, Auston Matthews. But this year, while the team rebuilds its core, defense is the sacrifice. Only Tampa Bay and Philadelphia have allowed more goals in the Eastern conference and to make matters worse for head coach Mike Babcock, Frederick Andersen didn't bring his A or B games, either.
The Islanders, who allowed 10 goals in the back-to-back 5-4 losses to Detroit and Carolina, continued their own inept play in the defensive zone, so what happened on the ice at Barclays Center was completely expected. An offensive explosion with defense worthy of an all-star game led to an exciting, but sloppy, 6-5 overtime win for New York, who have now allowed a whopping 15 goals over their past three games.
Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
Brian Compton and Mike Carver are paying compliments this week on the Point Blank Podcast as the guys praise the play of Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, and Josh Bailey. Plus, Isles radio voice Chris King calls in to discuss the team's emerging forwards, the difference in the locker room since Doug Weight took over, and the firing of Claude Julien. Then, later in the show, Brian and Mike begrudgingly talk about the Hartford rumors.
Click below to listen!
Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome
Maybe Josh Bailey is the elite winger the Islanders have been searching for.
Bailey, 27, set up the game-tying goal with just under a minute-and-a-half in regulation with a beautiful slap-pass toward the front of the net that Andrew Ladd was able to deflect home. Then, in overtime, Bailey took a pass from Calvin de Haan and chipped it past James van Riemsdyk's stick, springing Brock Nelson for his game-winner, allowing the Isles to pick up huge second point on the evening.
Bailey also contributed a goal, his 11th of the season, with six-and-a-half minutes left in regulation to tie the game at four. It was Bailey's fifth goal in the last six games.
With the three-point game, Bailey improved to 6-8-14 over his last 12 games
The New York Islanders beat to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more
- 1:23 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk
- 13:27 TOR Nikita Soshnikov; Assists: Nikita Zaitsev, Morgan Rielly
- 14:51 TOR Auston Matthews; Assist: Morgan Rielly
- 18:13 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Toronto Maple Leafs
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:
Fans and media alike had written the Islanders off after a poor start had them hovering at NHL .500 and put the team into a tailspin that threatened their playoff hopes. After three consecutive losses to open 2017, which included dropping points in Colorado, Arizona and Florida, those cries became louder, with myself very much at the forefront.
Since then, the team has set out on a personal mission to prove us all wrong. A 7-1-1 run, which included the firing of head coach Jack Capuano, has New York three points out of the second wild card spot, holding three games in hand on the Philadelphia Flyers. Now, don't get me wrong, they still might not make the postseason, as sportsclubstats currently has them at 45%, but at least we can safely talk about the prospect instead of focusing on the 2017 NHL Draft.
To say Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson's Islanders careers have had their ebbs and flows is probably a nice way to put it, but now that they have been joined by Anthony Beauvillier to form a new version of the kids line (Anders Lee has since graduated to the top line), the results have been impressive, and the duo looks completely rejuvenated.
On Tuesday, with the Islanders and Capitals deadlocked at one in the third period, Beauvillier crashed the boards behind the net and forced a turnover. The 19-year-old rookie slid a centering pass in front of the net that found Nelson's backhand. Brock pulled the puck to his forehand, threaded a pass between two Capitals defenders, and Strome finished it off to give the Isles a 2-1 lead with 13-and-a-half minutes to play.
"There's a little bit of a buzz, some positive energy, and I think that's contagious," Nelson told reporters after the game. "When that's happening and that's going on in the locker room, it's pretty easy to go out there and just relax, have fun, and play hockey."
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Ryan Strome
Andy Graziano, SNY.tv
The New York Islanders are now three games into the head coaching career of interim bench boss Doug Weight, who took over for the terminated Jack Capuano last week.
Some of the changes we have seen have trended positive for New York, others neutral and some have slipped. The 'newness' of a coaching change has now worn off, and three games remain on a six-game home-stand that will either position the team better for a late playoff run or potentially knock them further behind.
Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
Brian Erni, SNY.TV:
Chaos can create opportunity, and that's exactly what a few New York Islanders players are hoping for in the wake of Jack Capuano's firing.
Doug Weight's reign behind the bench started with his first practice on Wednesday, as he preached passion, identity and, wisely, less time spent in the Islanders' own zone. That all sounds great, but better than that, his new role stands to offer a reset of sorts for some players who had struggled in the waning days of the Capuano era.
Who could take this fresh start and run with it? Here are some candidates.
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
Thomas Greiss will be in net Friday night against the Panthers, head coach Jack Capuano said.
Anthony Beauvillier will be in for Shane Prince and the Islanders will also roll out two new lines.
Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome will skate on one of the new lines, with Alan Quine, Beauvillier, and Jason Chimera on the other.
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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
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
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
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
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
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
Florida's Dennis Malgin scored with 46 seconds left in overtime Saturday as the Panthers rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Islanders 3-2 in Sunrise, Fla.
Tags: Brock Nelson
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
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
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
The Islanders face the Lightning at Barclays Center on Tuesday night at 7:30. According to STATS...The Islanders are 13-2-1 in their last 16 home games against the Lightning, with at least a point earned in each of the last nine contests. The nine-game home point streak is the longest ever for New York against Tampa Bay.The Lightning have dropped three straight to fall to 2-3-0 on their current six-game road trip. It is the first time Tampa Bay has lost three games in a row with one goal scored or fewer since a four-game slide from October 24-31, 2015.
Tags: Brock Nelson
It took eight games, but it seems the Islanders' forwards are ready to start carrying their weight.Secondary scoring has been a problem for the Isles for the entirety of the John Tavares era, this year included. The Isles have gotten plenty of goal production from their defensemen in the season's early going, and fans never have to worry about the team's top line -- whoever that may be alongside JT. But practically all their forwards have been marred in a scoring drought to open the 2016-17 campaign.Finally on Sunday, it appeared the damn began to break.
Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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
When Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier showed up for their second training camp with the New York Islanders this fall, expectations were high. Management expected them to learn from their previous experiences and be even better, fans were excited to get a peek at part of the future offense and the players had one similar goal in mind - make the 23-man roster to begin the 2016-17 season. Neither was looking too far ahead, maintaining a level of maturity that belies their age of just 19.From the day the two first took the ice together at Northwell Health Ice Center, their futures were intertwined, both battling to be the one making the biggest impression on management and the coaching staff. They even practically mimicked each other in interviews - "I just have to be the hardest worker out there. Earn every inch of ice, win every shift, and make myself noticeable." is how Barzal and Beauvillier both laid out their game plans to SNY in separate conversations.As New York prepares to play its seventh game of the season tomorrow night in Brooklyn against the unbeaten Montreal Canadiens, they have, however, trended in very different directions that will have an impact on their place of residence for the remainder of the season, especially considering they have no real professional option outside of the big club. Neither is eligible for AHL consideration, being under 20 years of age and not yet completing four seasons on CHL hockey.
Tags: Alain Quine, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince
The Islanders (1-3) will host the Arizona Coyotes (1-2) on Friday night at Barclays Center. According to STATS...The Islanders have earned at least one point in each of their last six home games versus the Coyotes, going 5-0-1 versus Arizona over the six games; New York never trailed after the second period in any of the six games and outscored Arizona, 25-11, over that span.The Coyotes lost, 5-2, at Montreal on Thursday and are now 1-2-0 on the season (0-2-0 on the road). Arizona has allowed an average of 5.00 goals per game, the most in the NHL; the Coyotes franchise has not allowed the most goals in the NHL in a season since moving from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996-97.The Islanders lost, 3-2, at home versus the Sharks on Tuesday and are now 1-3-0 on the season, the first time New York has lost three of its first four games of the season since 2010-11 (the Islanders missed the playoffs that season). Each of New York's last three games have been decided by a single goal.
Tags: Arizona Coyotes, Brock Nelson
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
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.