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New York Islanders right wing Stephen Gionta (24) skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders right wing Stephen Gionta (24) skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andrew Ladd's two-goal night came at a perfect time for the islanders, but it wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of Stephen Gionta.

Six-and-a-half minutes into the second period, Gionta forced Marc Staal into a turnover behind the net, gained possession, and quickly sent a centering feed to Ladd who flicked a quick wrister past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.

For Gionta, it was his third point (all assists) in his seventh game this season

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Stephen Gionta
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal tonight against the Maple Leafs, Doug Weight told reporters Monday morning.

The Islanders will keep the same lineup as Saturday's overtime loss to the Hurricanes, with Shane Prince in for Cal Clutterbuck, who left Friday's game with a lower-body injury.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a blocker save against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a blocker save against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal tonight for the Islanders, Doug Weight told reporters Friday morning

Cal Clutterbuck will be in the lineup for Shane Prince.

Thomas Hickey will be in for Scott Mayfield.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey

New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight, Doug Weight told reporters on Tuesday.

Cal Clutterbuck and Thomas Hickey are both out for tonight's game against the Capitals.

Shane Prince will be in the lineup.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey

New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andrew Ladd (upper) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower) are both day-to-day, while Travis Hamonic (knee) is week-to-week, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight told reporters on Wednesday.

Ladd missed Monday's game against the Bruins, but could be available for tomorrow's game against the Stars. Clutterbuck also missed Monday's game with what is being described as a minor injury.

Hamonic injured his knee on Jan. 7 against the Coyotes in a knee-on-knee collision, and was placed on IR last Thursday.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Travis Hamonic
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 (Brad Penner)
(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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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

What did it take to expunge underwhelming, early season performances from Ryan Strome and Nikolay Kulemin? Teaming the two with Cal Clutterbuck, apparently.

This new, makeshift fourth line is clicking on all cylinders, and it has brought Kulemin and Strome back from the brink of being complete NHL non-factors.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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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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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)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Cal Clutterbuck will be an Islander for the next five years, and that is a clear signal from Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin that their ownership group is very serious about winning a Stanley Cup. Yes, really.

Back in November, I wrote this about Clutterbuck's contract situation:

"How the Isles address Clutterbuck's impending free agency will probably be a good barometer of where the Ledecky/Malkin group thinks this team is, and where it needs to go. Clutterbuck should be set up to be paid handsomely. Matt Martin pulled a $2.5m AAV, and based on the fact that Clutterbuck kills penalties and has more offensive instincts than Martin, Cal should do even better than that. Will the Isles push to make sure they keep one of their biggest motor guys, even if the price tag is more than they care to shell out? If they do, it's probably a clear indication that ownership is happy with the current direction, and is willing to invest all they can to provide the Isles a nice, gaping window of contention."

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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) is congratulated after scoring an empty net goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-3. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) is congratulated after scoring an empty net goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-3. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders have signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five-year extension through the 2022-23 season, the team announced Friday.

The average annual value of the deal is $3.5 million, reports Elliotte Friedman of HNIC.

The 29-year-old Clutterbuck, who has two goals and seven assists in 25 games this season, was named an alternate captain before the season.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Thomas Greiss
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Islanders head coach Jack Capuano discusses the team's 4-2 win over the Rangers at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

John TavaresJason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at the Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.

Halak beat Lundqvist for the ninth time in their last 10 matchups. Halak had won eight straight - including the last five after joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season - before Lundqvist ended the streak in the Rangers' 5-3 win in the season opener Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is now 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares
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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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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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Jaroslav Halak will be in goal for the Islanders on Wednesday night against the Kings, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Cal Clutterbuck will be a game time decision.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak
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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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Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)
Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)

Entering play on Tuesday, the Islanders are 5-8-4, with just 14 points. That putts them dead last in the Eastern Conference and tied for last in the NHL.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Thomas Greiss will start for the Islanders on Tuesday against the Ducks, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Alan Quine will take the place of Shane Prince in the lineup.

J.F. Berube will be backing up Greiss in goal. 

Tags: Alain Quine, Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss
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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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New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd fights for the puck against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd fights for the puck against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
The New York Islanders' big name free-agent signings finally scored their first goals for their new squad in Monday's 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, Nikolay Kulemin, Vancouver Canucks, Brian Erni
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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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; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) scores the game winning goal in a shootout against New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today)
; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) scores the game winning goal in a shootout against New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today)

Everyone knew the Islanders lost talent this offseason. Jack Capuano referred to the production that departed for Detroit, Buffalo and Toronto again in his postgame scrum after the team's 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. But one factor that was certainly overlooked was that his club may have gone from one of the better shootout teams in the league to one of the worst. Well, Thursday night's skills competition shined a bright light on that shortcoming, and it wasn't pretty.

Where Frans Nielsen, the best statistical shootout performer of all time, would usually lead off the shootout, Cal Clutterbuck took his place and missed. Josh Bailey went second, in a spot usually reserved for Kyle Okposo, and had Michal Neuvirth beat low, but shot it right into the path of Neuvirth's glove. Strike two.

By the time Claude Giroux unpantsed Jaro Halak with a sweet deke, the game was on the stick of John Tavares. And while that's normally a spot no one would mind, the fact is that JT has been brutal in shootouts for the better part of two seasons. He once again fell short, as he came in slow, made a bunch of moves, and eventually had the puck poke checked away from Neuvirth to seal a 3-2 win for the Flyers.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders have some uncertaintly awaiting them in the years ahead, and at least one writer thinks it create a ton of intrigue. In his latest edition of 30 Thoughts on Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman says the Isles' future is both interesting and difficult to predict, and that both ownership and the team's approach to their own free agents will have a lot to do with the direction the team will take in the coming years.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

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
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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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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)

Despite the Islanders' 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Friday, Cal Clutterbuck told reporters the conditions at Barclays Center were less than ideal. By the second period, Clutterbuck said, the ice surface at Barclays proved to be poor for all those involved. After a back-and-forth first period with four total goals, neither team scored in the second.

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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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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders lost their best penalty killer this offseason, but that doesn't mean they're inclined to regress.Despite adjusting to life without Frans Nielsen, New York's PK has killed off 14 of their first 15 shorthanded chances, good for a 92.9 kill percentage. That's the highest by any team with more than six kill attempts.The Isles are tied for the league lead in number of penalty kills, and are one of only six clubs who have had double-digit kills this season so far.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Brian Erni
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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 defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, Ladd will be an alternate every game, while Clutterbuck and Hamonic will rotate games serving as alternates.


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Travis Hamonic
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 (Robert Duyos)
(Robert Duyos)

Islanders fans have grown accustomed to expecting big things out of their fourth line, but with Matt Martin in Toronto, who will take his place alongside Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck?

With the E=MC-squared line officially broken up, the Isles brain trust has given a lot of thought to how they want the lines to look, and Newsday's Art Staple has shared some insight into that thinking.

"It seems that the [Nikolay] Kulemin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck line is a thing that the Islanders are going to give a serious look," Staple wrote after the three were grouped together for Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Devils. "Kulemin and Matt Martin have a few things in common, notably that they could both clear space for their quicker, more offense-minded linemates on this line. Kulemin is better in his own end than Martin was.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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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)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

And so begins the Brendan Burke era.

The Islanders' 3-2 preseason overtime win over the Rangers on Tuesday night marked the first time Burke's voice could be heard on an Isles broadcast, and Isles fans seem to be embracing the new soundtrack of their club.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, in overtime on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

Second Period:

  • 16:42 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Marc Staal, Nathan Gerbe
  • 17:33 NYI: Cal Clutterbuck

Third Period:

  • 6:06 NYI: Cal Clutterbuck (power play); Assists: Josh Bailey, JF Berube
  • 11:01 NYR: Nicklas Jensen; Assists: Chris Kreider, Dylan McIlrath

Overtime:

  • 4:38 NYI: Josh Bailey; Assist: Dennis Seidenberg
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey

New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

John from Saratoga asks: The Isles lost two assistant captains this offseason in Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo. Do you think that will hurt the room? And what two players do you think wear the 'A' next season?


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

That's a great interesting question, John. As far as the locker room goes, I think you saw just how important Garth Snow thought bringing in strong leaders to replace his outgoing assistant captains were when he made his free agent moves. Not only did he make bringing in Andrew Ladd his top priority, but the Islanders were very aggressive going after Jason Chimera. Both of those players are known for their exemplary leadership skills, and both have a ton of playoff experience. So while it's never quite clear how a locker room is going to gel until the guys actually get to know one another, I think that Garth really prioritized that area, which was a bit of a need for this team.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Cal Clutterbuck, 28, Right Wing

Contract: Signed through 2016-17 (UFA); $3.500M salary, $2.750M cap hit.

Season stats: 77 GP - 15 G - 8 A - 23 pts - 80 shots - 11:55 ATOI - 48.3 CF%

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Brian Erni
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

The five-year, $16.75 million deal Casey Cizikas received from the Islanders on Thursday was a significant price to pay for the fourth-line center, but could it actually hint at bigger spending to come later in the summer?

On the surface, that may sound counterintuitive. Essentially, by locking up Cizikas at a $3.3 million AAV, it gives him a big raise over his $1 million salary of a season ago, and exceeds the $2.5-3 million range he would have earned in arbitration this year. Why would the Islanders spend even more money when they handed out a raise and a long-term commitment before they had to?

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Twenty-eight times in 289 instances. That is an insanely low number of teams that have been able to pick themselves up off the ground and rebound from a three-games-to-one series deficit in NHL history. The New York Islanders, if they are to survive and advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals series, will have to be team No. 29.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Everyone knew it. Once Jonathan Drouin set up Nikita Kucherov with 39 seconds remaining in the third period in Game 3, there was a sense of doom that fell over Atlantic and Flatbush. On the precipice of taking a 2-1 series lead and having a chance to take a commanding advantage on Friday, the Islanders had let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.

New York scored twice in the third period to grab a 4-3 lead, but faltered late, squandering two leads in the third period. Now, their fate might be headed in a very different direction.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Wednesday night in Tampa, Florida, the New York Islanders continued their postseason run as they appeared in Game 1 of the second round of sports' best tournament for the first time in 23 years. Although much has been made of the drought, the game remains the same, however, no matter what round it might be.

The formula for playoff success has been tried and true over the course of the NHLs illustrious history. Get great goaltending, unexpected performances by previously unheralded players, be opportunistic and, lastly, get some good old fashioned puck luck.

The Islanders got every bit of those four things Wednesday night in their 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning -- one of last season's Stanley Cup finalists and the team possessing one of the three finalists for the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender, Ben Bishop.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) is congratulated after scoring an empty net goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-3. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) is congratulated after scoring an empty net goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-3. (Kim Klement)

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The Islanders have gone through plenty in just seven playoff games this postseason, but they're starting to discover that there is merit in paying your dues.

New York led 4-1 after two periods in Game 1, there wasn't a mind in Islanders country that wasn't racing, trying to push out the thoughts of a Tamp Bay comeback. The Isles withstood an 11-5 shots advantage in the second period, as the reigning Eastern Conference champions seemed determined to not let the opener of this series get away from them. The Isles, meanwhile, looked like they were just trying to cling to their early advantage.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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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)

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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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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

The Islanders host the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders have not scored a power-play goal in any of their last six games. That streak is the longest for New York since a drought of seven games from January 23 -- February 6, 2014.
  • The Hurricanes have picked up at least one point in each of their last four meetings with the Islanders. It is Carolina's longest point streak against New York since a 14-game run from October 25, 2008 -- January 21, 2012.
  • Nick Leddy has five points (1 g, 4 a) during his current four-game point streak against the Hurricanes. The only defenseman with a longer active point streak versus Carolina is Vancouver's Christopher Tanev at five straight.
  • Victor Rask scored two goals, including his 20th of the season, in Sunday's win over New Jersey. Rask has now scored a goal in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • Cal Clutterbuck tied the game 30 seconds into the third period and won it with 14 seconds left in overtime Saturday in Carolina. Clutterbuck is now tied with John Tavares with a team-high five game-winning goals, the most of his career.
  • Jacob Slavin led the Hurricanes with 23:08 of ice time in the win against the Devils. Slavin has logged at least 20 minutes of ice time in 34 games this season, the most by a Hurricanes rookie since Justin Faulk in 2011-12 (61).
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Nick Leddy

 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

When the New York Islanders acquired Cal Clutterbuck from the Minnesota Wild on June 30, 2013, along with the 70th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, for forward Nino Niederreiter, the talk in league circles and around the fanbase was that general manager Garth Snow just sold very low on a grumpy asset for a player that would not make an impact on the ice.

Boy, were a lot of people wrong on that one.

Clutterbuck, some can argue, has had the single biggest impact on the Islanders' 2015-16 season, even with the lowest average 5v5 time on ice figure among all forwards not named Taylor Beck or Eric Boulton (9:48).

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares
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 (John E. Sokolowski)
(John E. Sokolowski)

The Islanders face the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The seventh-seeded Penguins trail the No. 6 Islanders by four points in the Eastern Conference standings as they enter Tuesday's clash. They've split the first two games of their 2015-16 season series.
  • The Islanders scored three times in the third period to overcome a 2-0 deficit and defeat Florida in New York on Monday, 3-2. The Islanders improved to 9-2-2 over the past month, the highest winning percentage (.769) in the Eastern Conference since February 15.
  • The Penguins concluded a 3-1-0 road trip by posting a 5-3 victory against the Rangers on Sunday. Pittsburgh will now seek its first three-game winning streak since capturing four in a row between January 21 and February 2.
  • Cal Clutterbuck's unassisted goal with 1:39 remaining lifted the Islanders' to their 3-2 victory Monday. It was Clutterbuck's fourth game-winner this season. Only John Tavares (5) has produced more for New York. Clutterbuck also delivered five hits to reach 250 for the year.
  • With a goal and an assist on Sunday, Sidney Crosby remains hot, extending his scoring streak to eight games. He's totaled four goals, nine assists and a +7 rating during his spree. Crosby's 13 points are the most in the league since February 29.
  • Penguins rookie forward Conor Sheary, who was recalled from the minors on Saturday, scored twice in the second period Sunday and produced his first career multi-goal game in just 7:33 of ice time. Sheary also recorded a +2 rating, his career best.
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares

Cal Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal for the Islanders on Monday night. (John E. Sokolowski)
Cal Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal for the Islanders on Monday night. (John E. Sokolowski)

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There is a pretty big reason why the two most prevalent advanced hockey stat categories are driven by shots. The more you shoot the puck, the more it tends to go in, which ultimately results in winning games. The Islanders embodied that during their furious third period comeback on Monday against the Panthers.

After registering just 11 shots on goal in the first and second periods combined, the Isles put 17 on net against Roberto Luongo in the third. More than that, New York bested Florida in attempts 31-16, as they spent the majority of the period just throwing anything they could at the net. Eventually, three of which found their way behind the former Islanders draft pick, and the boys in blue-and-orange stole a big one in front 14,106 in Brooklyn.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York's three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period. Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Nick Bjugstad also scored and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots. >> Read more

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have certainly been encouraged by their recent results, which include a number of lopsided wins.

The New York Islanders are probably feeling even better as they continue their upward surge in the Atlantic Division.

With both coming off big victories, the Penguins visit the Islanders in a crucial division matchup Tuesday night.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak, Kyle Okposo, Marek Zidlicky
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The fourth line unit celebrates after Cal Clutterbuck's third-period goal.  (Brad Penner)
The fourth line unit celebrates after Cal Clutterbuck's third-period goal. (Brad Penner)

With just over a minute and a half left to play in regulation and a draw in the offensive zone looming, the Islanders head coach sent out the line he thought would get the job done.

Enter: the fourth line.

Casey Cizikas won the face off cleanly back to Cal Clutterbuck at the top of the circle, who fired a blazing snapshot over Antti Raanta's shoulder and into the top shelf to give the Islanders the lead for good. The goal was Clutterbuck's 12th of the season.

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New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:28 remaining in the third period and the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 6-4 on Sunday.

Johnny Boychuk had two goals. Kyle Okposo had a goal and assist and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders and defenseman Nick Leddy had two assists. Frans Nielsen added an empty-netter with 1:01 remaining.

The Islanders, who led 3-0 and 4-2 before the Rangers rallied to tie it on Derick Brassard's goal with about 8 1/2 minutes to go, ended their season-high seven-game road trip at 6-1-0.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Derick Brassard, Frans Nielsen, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Oscar Lindberg, Tanner Glass
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New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USA Today Sports Images)

Kyle Okposo scored one of the stranger game-winning goals you'll see to get the Islanders the extra point in Winnipeg.

 

Roughly midway through the extra session, Frans Nielsen broke out of the neutral zone and rushed the puck with a slight opening for a 2-on-1. As the Jets closed in, Nielsen pulled up in the slot and rifled a shot toward the net. The puck his Nikolaj Ehlers directly in the face, then caromed right to Okposo, who put the puck in the net to hand New York its fifth win in the last six games on this road trip.

 

"You take them any way you can get them now," Okposo told reporters after the game. "I got a lucky bounce off Ehlers' face."

 

Over his last 15 games, Okposo is averaging a point per contest.

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Obviously, it was an unorthodox way to win a game, but Nielsen's rush really made the play. Pulling up and take the shot was the right move. The Jets got back well, and had Nielsen tried to force a pass, both men could have gotten caught down low, which could have led to an odd-man rush the other way. Instead, he took the shot and, with all due respect to Ehlers' face, when you get the puck toward the net, good things can happen.

 

I'm glad Okposo was the benefactor of the goal because I really like the way Okposo has been playing in the second half of the season. He really feels like he's poised for a big finish. While he was dissatisfied with the way he played in the playoffs last year, he could be a key player to watch come April. He's doing a lot to like on the ice right now.

 

Also, give the Isles some class points. The second Okposo and Nielsen saw that Ehlers was down, they called for the Jets trainer, and New York essentially decided to forego a big, on-ice celebration. Instead, they opted for a handshake line after Ehlers has been taken off the ice, with guys like Cal Clutterbuck skating the length of the ice to check on Ehlers to make sure he was okay.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)
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