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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) looks on during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) looks on during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

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 ChimeraCasey CizikasCal 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 TavaresAnders Lee, and Andrew Ladd were the only three forwards the Islanders decided to protect in the expansion draft.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome
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Mar 25, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) reacts to a high stick call by referee Francis Charron (6) during the second period against the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Mar 25, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) reacts to a high stick call by referee Francis Charron (6) during the second period against the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders surrendered five first-period goals to the Flyers in a 6-3 loss Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. >> Read more...


First period:

  • 4:30 PHI Dale Weiss; Assists: Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn
  • 5:49 PHI Sean Couturier; Assists: Brandon Manning, Brayden Schenn
  • 8:06 PHI Radko Gudas; Assists: Dale Weiss, Sean Couturier
  • 9:19 PHI Jordan Weal; Assists: Wayne Simmonds, Valtteri Filppula
  • 15:42 PHI Wayne Simmonds (power play); Assists: Shayne Gostisbehere, Jakub Voracek

Second period:

  • 3:14 NYI Cal Clutterbuck; Assists: Stephen Gionta, Calvin de Haan

Third period:

  • 0:40 NYI Jason Chimera; Assists: Calvin de Haan
  • 16:02 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Casey CizikasAdam Pelech
  • 18:19 PHI Valtteri Filppula (empty net); Assists: Wayne Simmonds, Chris VandeVelde
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Stephen Gionta
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders have activated Casey Cizikas  from the injured reserve list. Cizikas, who reportedly broke his hand against Detroit last month, is questionable for Saturday's game against Columbus.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince
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New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)

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
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Casey Cizikas has been placed on injured reserved retroactive to Feb. 21, the Islanders announced Thursday.

He will miss four weeks due to an upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reported Wednesday.

Cizikas suffered the injury during Tuesday night's win over the Red Wings...

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

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
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New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood after scoring during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood after scoring during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall had three points but Keith Kinkaid allowed six goals in the New Jersey Devils' 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg

Second period:

  • 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
  • 9:32 NYI Strome
  • 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
  • 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall

Third period:

  • 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
  • 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
  • 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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New York Islanders celebrate scoring during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders celebrate scoring during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Strome had two goals and one assist as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-4, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg

Second period:

  • 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
  • 9:32 NYI Strome
  • 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
  • 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall

Third period:

  • 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
  • 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
  • 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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Jan 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders forwards Casey Cizikas and Stephen Gionta joined NHL Now after the team's win over the Rangers and had positive things to say about interim head coach Doug Weight. 

After the win over the Rangers on Thursday, the Islanders are 9-3-2 under Weight.

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: 

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates his power play goal against the Colorado Avalanche with New York Islanders center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates his power play goal against the Colorado Avalanche with New York Islanders center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 8:12 COL Joe Colborne; Assists: Andreas Martinsen, Fedor Tyutin
  • 12:01 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Stephen Gionta, Casey Cizikas

Second period:

  • 14:46 NYI Ryan Strome (power play); Assists: John Tavares, Leddy

Third period:

  • 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
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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

After allowing five goals in three consecutive games against the Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, you would not have been alone in not liking the Islanders chances too much heading into their own 'house of horrors' against a team they do not seem to match up well against, the Philadelphia Flyers.

In dropping the first two games of the season series and allowing over 80 shot attempts both times, New York fell to 33-77-11-6 lifetime in Philadelphia with one regulation win over their last 24 games in the city of brotherly love. But this is a team riding high in the confidence department lately with a remarkable turnaround from the first half of the season, and they put a halt on all the bad mojo in capturing a huge 3-1 victory.

Although they did allow another 80 shot attempts, 36 came in the opening twenty minutes of Flyers domination, where the Islanders were fortunate to come out of tied at one thanks to a power play goal by Anders Lee, as he deflected John Tavares' bullet snapper from the right wing faceoff circle to collect his 19th goal, pushing him to within one of his second 20-goal season and just six off his career high, set in 2014-15 over 76 games.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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 (Matt Slocum (USA Today))
(Matt Slocum (USA Today))

The Islanders scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, Thursday in Philadelphia. >> Read more


First period:

  • 12:07 PHI Wayne Simmonds (power play); Assists: Shayne Gostisbehere, Jakub Voracek
  • 16:40 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Ryan Strome, Josh Bailey

Second period:

  • 2:13 NYI Jason Chimera; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Dennis Seidenberg

Third period

  • 1:21 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Johnny Boychuk
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders beat to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 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

Second period:

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
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 (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders would welcome a gay teammate, Casey Cizikas said over the weekend as the team raised awareness for the LGBTQ community.

"I think so," Cizikas said about welcoming a gay teammate, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, while speaking at the Islanders' You Can Play Awareness night. "We're a big family. Whoever it is, we're going to welcome them with open arms. Every team is a family, and it takes every single person to bring that family together. It would definitely be big for the sport."

The "You Can Play Awareness night" began after Brendan Burke -- the son of Flames president Brian Burke, came out in 2009. Brendan was killed in a car accident in 2010. 

"It's become a real big issue and a lot of people are realizing what they can and can't say," Cizikas added. "It's very serious. To bring the NHL family and the community together, it's big for everybody."

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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Nikolay Kulemin is apparently a big fan of Martin Luther King day games.

The veteran winger notched a two-goal game in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was the second two-goal game of Kulemin's Islanders career. The other came on MLK Day in 2015.

Kulemin also shined in the possession game, with a team-high Individual 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage of 69 percent, and a +6 Corsi rating. (h/t on these tidbits to Eric Hornick).

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

Second Period

Third Period


Recap

Tags: Anders Lee, Boston Bruins, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss
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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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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

John Tavares a penalty killer? That's probably not something anyone expected before this season began, but circumstance has forced JT into the unfamiliar role and he's thriving in it.

Newsday's Art Staple took a look at Tavares' impact on the PK since Jack Capuano tried him out there last week in Boston. Since he joined the unit, New York is 9-for-9 on the kill. 

"You get those few seconds after the draw and they don't get a chance to set up, that's a big help," Tavares' kill partner Nikolai Kulemin told Staple. "JT, he's been in the PK meetings with us for a long time, he knows what we're doing and how we do it."

Tags: Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Brian Erni
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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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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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 (Brad Penner)
(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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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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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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Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

Second Period

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Johnny Boychuk, Pittsburgh Penguins
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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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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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 (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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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)

Casey Cikizas has raised his game this year, and looks like he's worth every penny of the new five-year deal he received in the offseason.

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New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates 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)
New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates 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)

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
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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.

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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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 (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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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

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

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

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders went through some dramatic roster changes this summer and only time will tell what effect they have on the results of the 2016-17 season when activities in preparation for puck drop begin this week at Northwell Health Ice Center.

First up is rookie camp, with the youngster's first day on the ice coming Friday, September 16 in East Meadow. There has not been an official camp roster announced at this time, with Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock the only five names so far made public.

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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Casey Cizkias signed a new contract with the Islanders soon after the season ended. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Casey Cizkias signed a new contract with the Islanders soon after the season ended. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

School is out and it's time for final grades here at Islanders Point Blank. Since June 1, SNY.tv's Brian Erni and I have been taking a look at each of the players and analyzing their 2015-16 performance, from the drop of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in October to that 4-0 loss in Tampa that sent New York home amidst roster uncertainty. Contract details via nhlnumbers.com and stats courtesy of hockeyreference.com.

Casey Cizikas, 25, Center

Contract: Signed through 2020-21: $3.350M cap hit, $3.350 salary; unrestricted free agent 
 
Season stats: 80 GP; 8 G, 22 A, 30 pts; 84 shots; 12:41 ATOI;48.6 CF%  
 
Career stats: 290 GP; 29 G, 54 A, 83 pts; 310 shots; 12:26 ATOI; 47.7 CF% 
 
The first Islander to sign a new contract this offseason off the unrestricted and restricted list was center Casey Cizikas, who inked a new five-year deal on June 2 worth $16.75 million. It was quite the reward for the gritty, fourth-liner from Toronto, who will be entering his sixth NHL season, all with New York since breaking in as a 20-year-old rookie in 2011-12. 
 
Cizikas had offensive success in the OHL in Mississauga, scoring 88 goals in 237 games before making the jump to the professional ranks with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he scored another 25 in 83 games. But when he made the jump to the Islanders, he was inserted on the bottom unit and changed his game to be more of a gritty, pesky type of player. As a result, even though his point total suffered (29 goals in 290 NHL games), he has turned into one of the most valuable forwards on the team. 
 
There is really nothing Cizikas can't do. He can chip in with the occasional big goal (4 of his 8 this year were game-winners), is a better-than-given-credi- for passer (career-high 22 assists in 2015-16), is one of the first penalty killers over the boards and can win faceoffs (50 percent career). He also hits (158) and throws some blocks into the mix (62). Healthwise, there is no concern as he has played 94 percent of all possible games over the last four seasons, missing only 19 of 294. 
 
And this was all accomplished with just 12:41 in average ice time over the 2015-16 season (12:26 career). That could all be changing next season. Matt Martin is still very much a question mark to return to the fourth unit that was so successful alongside Cal Clutterbuck with Cizikas playing the pivot.

More important to Cizikas' future could be the status of Frans Nielsen, also an unrestricted free agent. While general manager Garth Snow and Nielsen's agent have had preliminary discussions on a new contract, there is still an average chance Frans doesn't return. And if he doesn't, the level of production Cizikas is capable of in his place could determine the feast or famine that is the Islanders offense. 
 
If Nielsen doesn't return, Cizikas could be expected to fill in that production, especially if Snow fails in free agency to improve the Islanders at forward. That means a likely increase in minutes from Cizikas' current 12 to possibly 16 or even 17 and more responsibility on penalty kills. With those added minutes, it's very possible Cizikas can come up with an extra 10 goals and 10 assists, which would more than make up for the loss of Nielsen.  
 
Of course, there's risk Cizikas can't find that offensive rhythm he enjoyed in juniors and the AHL, and while still being a very vital part of the core moving forward, is an overpriced third or fourth liner, adding the same 8-10 goals per season as in the past. 
 
Everyone, especially Casey himself, is banking on option No. 1, whether Nielsen is back or not. 
 
IPB grade:
B-plus: Strong season earned Cizikas a raise. Whether it turns out to be an overzealous offer by Snow remains to be seen. 

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Andy Graziano

 (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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Casey Cizkias signed a new contract with the Islanders soon after the season ended. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Casey Cizkias signed a new contract with the Islanders soon after the season ended. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders have signed center Casey Cizikas to a five-year , $16.75 million dollar contract, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Cizikas has played the last four seasons for the Islanders where he has amassed 90 points. Cizikas set a career-high in assists last season with 21, tied for fifth-most on the team. In his 24 postseason games with the Islanders, the 25 year-old has 8 points.


 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

After the New York Islanders' season ended with a five-game elimination at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the NHL playoffs and the exit interviews were completed, mostly all players and management took a moment to take stock in the 2015-16 season, catch their breath and get reacquainted with their families.

But for some, the offseason will not be as quiet. I'm talking about the free agent class of 2016. General manager Garth Snow, maybe for the first time in his entire tenure, has some tough decisions to make on a number of key players. And, lest we forget, the players themselves have a say in the process also, with many factors to be considered, such as how they value the future of the franchise in comparison to their quality of on-ice play with current teammates and finally, last but not least, their earning power.

Today, we start our preview of the work ahead and let you play general manager for a moment by casting your vote on what you would do if you were gainfully employed by the organization to make such decisions.

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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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)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

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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Dec 29, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) shoots the puck into the Toronto Maple Leafs end during the second period at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Dec 29, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) shoots the puck into the Toronto Maple Leafs end during the second period at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Casey Cizikas centers the Islanders fourth line. Some would say it's 'THE' fourth line in the National Hockey League today. With Cal Clutterbuck on his right and imposing Matt Martin on his left, the trio has forged a remarkable chemistry as a unit and the regard in which they are held in their head coach's eyes can be seen with the situations they often find themselves in.

Jack Capuano is not afraid to use them at any time, in any zone. He almost always orders the line over the boards after the Islanders have surrendered a goal to quickly regain momentum. He has had them in the offensive zone at Madison Square Garden with two minutes left in a tie game, taking a faceoff, leading to a winning goal. When the team is struggling to establish any offensive flow or consistency, he juggles and what is the result? The alarm goes off and there they are -- Cizikas front and center on Josh Bailey's tying goal last night with Clutterbuck netting the game winner with a little over a minute remaining.

But make no mistake, they function better as a trio rather than as individuals. And they all know it. "We just work. And work. Never take a shift off, do our jobs and inject some energy into the club. Play with passion at all times" is how Matt Martin has described it to me.

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 (Perry Nelson)
(Perry Nelson)

The Islanders take on the Canucks in Vancouver at 10 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders blew a 1-0 third-period lead, and lost, 3-1, in Edmonton on Sunday night, snapping their three-game win streak, and five-game point streak in the process. Including six straight setbacks, New York is 2-9-1 this season when allowing three or more goals on the road.
  • Vancouver lost, 4-1, to San Jose at Rogers Arena on Sunday night, ending its win streak at two straight games. The Canucks are one of two NHL clubs yet to put together a 3+ game win streak in 2015-16 (Winnipeg is the other).
  • The Canucks beat the Islanders, 2-1, in a shootout at Barclays Center in these clubs' first meeting of the season on January 17. Dating to the beginning of last season, Vancouver has defeated New York three straight times by a combined score of 8-3.
  • Casey Cizikas potted the Isles' lone goal Sunday night, giving him two markers and two helpers during his current four-game point streak, and eight points (3g, 5a) in his last eight skates overall. Cizikas has at least one point in five consecutive road games -- tied for the second-longest active streak in hockey.
  • Daniel Sedin scored Vancouver's only goal Sunday night, and now has nine points (2g, 7a) in his last seven skates. Sedin has 14 points (3g, 11a) in 14 career games vs. the Islanders.
  • New York's third-period goal differential is +18 in 2015-16 -- still good for second best in the NHL. Vancouver has been outscored 71-54 (-17) in the third stanza this year (second worst in the league).
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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas controls the puck in front of Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas controls the puck in front of Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Casey Cizikas scored a lucky early goal, Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves and the New York Islanders opened a season-long, seven-game trip with a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Halak was outstanding and had a little help from the post while getting his third shutout. Reid Boucher's 1-on-1 chance in the first period hit iron, but Halak also made great saves in close against Sergey KalininKyle Palmieri and Lee Stempniak, the last one a pad save early in the third period when the Devils' forward had a seemingly open net.

The Islanders are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of the fifth-place Devils with two games in hand.

Cory Schneider made 23 saves and the Devils lost their second straight. >> Read more...

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Cory Schneider, Jaroslav Halak, Kyle Palmieri, Reid Boucher, Sergey Kalinin

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Casey Cizikas scored a lucky early goal, Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves and the New York Islanders opened a season-long, seven-game trip with a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Halak was outstanding and had a little help from the post while getting his third shutout. Reid Boucher's 1-on-1 chance in the first period hit iron, but Halak also made great saves in close against Sergey KalininKyle Palmieri and Lee Stempniak, the last one a pad save early in the third period when the Devils' forward had a seemingly open net.

The Islanders are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of the fifth-place Devils with two games in hand.

Cory Schneider made 23 saves and the Devils lost their second straight. >> Read more...

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Cory Schneider, Jaroslav Halak, Kyle Palmieri, Reid Boucher, Sergey Kalinin

New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

Tags: Anders Lee, Casey Cizikas, Johnny Boychuk, Brian Erni
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