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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

And then there was one.

With the dismissal of Jack Capuano on Tuesday, the spotlight has officially shifted to the team's general manager. And while the seat under Garth Snow may have seemed hot before, the temperature is bound to be cranked up a few notches now that he has survived the third coaching change of his tenure.

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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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(Charles LeClaire)

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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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Toronto mayor John Tory (third from right) unveils a countdown clock for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Looking on from left are Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan, former World Cup participants Pat Lafontaine and Darryl Sitltler, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (second from right) and NHL Players Association director Don Fehr (far right) (Dan Hamilton)
Toronto mayor John Tory (third from right) unveils a countdown clock for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Looking on from left are Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan, former World Cup participants Pat Lafontaine and Darryl Sitltler, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (second from right) and NHL Players Association director Don Fehr (far right) (Dan Hamilton)

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Starting Sunday, hockey is unofficially back as training camps will begin opening to prepare for the World Cup of Hockey, which will be held September 17 to October 1 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The four players representing the Islanders are captain John Tavares (Canada), goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss (Europe) and winger Nikolay Kulemin (Russia).

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General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner)
General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner)

Steve from St. James, New York asks: Assuming the Islanders make no other moves this offseason, will they make the playoffs in 2016-17?

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I think so. The one move they definitely will make it re-signing restricted free agent Ryan Strome to a new deal. I know some fans are worried that it isn't done yet, but the Isles have plenty of time, and there's absolutely no reason to assume something won't get done. Of course, this would be retaining an in-house player, so your point remains.

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Dec 12, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; A general view of the New York Islanders bench against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 12, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; A general view of the New York Islanders bench against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

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Thursday morning, Arthur Staple of Newsday offered some clarity as to the Islanders offseason moves that saw them lose three long-time homegrown talents in Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin. General manager Garth Snow acted quickly and replaced the trio with Andrew Ladd, P.A. Parenteau and Jason Chimera.

Whether the Islanders are truly better off or not will not be known until the smoke clears on training camp and the team enters the 2016-17 season, which begins on October 13 at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. There will be trade opportunities to review and roster spots up for grabs. With John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss all participating in the World Cup of Hockey and thus missing Islanders camp, it will also serve Snow best to see how one player, in particular, makes it out of that tournament (Halak).

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 (Dennis Wierzbicki)
(Dennis Wierzbicki)

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There's a lot to digest in the wake of the initial flurry of free agency. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen have new homes, Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera are coming to Brooklyn, and the Isles still have some work to do.

The Okposo-Ladd exchange is a bit of a strange one. In going with a player two years older, the Isles saved $500,000 per year on the AAV. But it sort of makes you wonder though why GM Garth Snow wanted to move on from Okposo. Did he feel like the Isles needed someone with a Stanley Cup pedigree to come in? Were the Isles worried about the long-term prospects of Okposo's health (i.e. his eye)?

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Free agent Frans Nielsen has signed a six-year deal with the Red Wings,the team announced.

The belief is that Nielsen got $30 million from Detroit, while the Islanders had offered a seven-year deal worth slightly more, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Nielsen, 32, had 20 goals and 32 assists in 81 games during the regular season for the Isles in 2015-16.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The frenzy of Wednesday's moves around the NHL has Islanders fans asking what's next for their club, and justifiably so.

Taylor Hall was dealt to New Jersey, Steven Stamkos came off the board. and Kyle Okposo became probably the most coveted forward about to hit the market. All while the Isles moved a few swing-and-misses on free agents away from being left holding the bag.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Islanders have offered pending free agent Frans Nielsen a contract worth $5.5 million per season, but are not optimistic about re-signing him, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

The offer the Isles have out to the 32-year-old Nielsen would run through at least his age-36 season, according to Brooks.

Nielsen had 20 goals and 32 assists in 81 games during the regular season and added three goals and three assists in the Isles' 11 playoff games.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver discuss the latest Islanders' off-season news and rumors, focusing on the team's own free agents - Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin - and other team's players - Taylor Hall, James van Riemsdyk, and Jordan Eberle.

Plus, Corey Pronman of ESPN hops on the phone to chat about the upcoming NHL Draft.

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The Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) has three goals in his past three games. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
The Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) has three goals in his past three games. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders have three significant unrestricted free agents that need new deals, and if Jiggs McDonald was forced to pick just one to retain, he'd go with Frans Nielsen.

McDonald recently spoke to Patrick Hickey, Jr. of The Hockey Writers. When asked which player he'd choose if he could only keep one of the three UFA, McDonald said that, while he loves all three players, the Isles would probably benefit the most from retaining Nielsen.

"That's like asking me which one of my children I like best. Each individual brings significant value whether in the dressing room, on the ice, or within the community. Put to the wall, it's Frans Nielsen," McDonald said. "His ability to play center or the wing, as well as his shootout talent, is one thing. His defensive abilities are another. Does he hit like Matt? No. Does he equal Kyle's potential goal-scoring numbers? Probably not. Factor in his age, too, and I've got another argument going with myself. But I will stick with keeping Frans on the roster. Doing so probably leaves a little more wiggle room with the cap numbers to replace Kyle and or Matt as well."

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New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

School is out and it's time for final grades here at Islanders Point Blank. Over the course of the next month, SNY.tv's Brian Erni and I will be 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.

Frans Nielsen, 32, Center

Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent

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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

All is quiet in contract talks between the Islanders and Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin.

Newsday's Art Staple tweeted that nothing has changed in negotiations between Nielsen and the team. Nielsen has expressed a desire to stay and had preliminary talks with the club, but they have not progressed past that stage.

Staple also added the Isles have not had further talks with Okposo and Martin either. Staple speculated earlier this month that Okposo and Martin will likely leave the club when free agency opens.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

This summer, coming to general manager Garth Snow's office near you, the long awaited sequel to the blockbuster hit "The Departed." Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin star in…"The Unrestricted."

Now that we have gotten that poor attempt at humor out of the way, Snow does face some challenges, maybe for the first time in his tenure, in deciding what to do with three very core members of the Islanders organization -- three players who have never worn another sweater in their careers and bring different attributes to the table.

With the unrestricted free agent market looking average yet again outside of superstar Steven Stamkos, Nielsen and Okposo especially will be highly coveted by rival general managers looking to improve their clubs over the summer. Snow will be talking to Nielsen's agent soon and opening up dialogue. As far as Okposo and Martin go, there has been no contact to date and, specifically in Okposo's case, an uphill battle awaits to keep them in the fold.

Tags: Brian Strait, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Marek Zidlicky, Matt Martin, Steve Bernier, Andy Graziano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders 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)

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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)

Despite a disappointing overtime loss in their last game, the New York Islanders were pleased with their improved play.

Now, after falling behind in their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Islanders know they'll have to keep it up to have a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

"It was our best game so far," center Frans Nielsen said. "Just have to come out and try to be even better next game."

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

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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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New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)
New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)

Alan Quine scored on a power play at 16 minutes of the second overtime, Thomas Greiss stopped 47 shots and the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Roberto Luongo made 40 saves for Florida, which missed a penalty shot in the first overtime and was whistled for two penalties in the second overtime.

The Isles' second OT power play came when Derek Mackenzie was called for slashing at 14:31, and that would be the break New York finally needed. Quine's blast from the right side beat Luongo, and the Islanders swarmed the ice in celebration.

It was the second overtime game of the series, the other being New York's home win in Game 3. Exclude Florida's empty-net goal that sealed Game 2, and all five games of this matchup between 100-plus-point regular-season clubs has been of the one-goal variety. >> Read more.  

Tags: Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn.

Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

Hickey scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brock Nelson from behind the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51), center John Tavares (91) and right wing Kyle Okposo (21) (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51), center John Tavares (91) and right wing Kyle Okposo (21) (Geoff Burke)

John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen made up a dynamic first line in the final week of the season, and they could give the Islanders an edge in their first round match up with the Florida Panthers.

Tavares earned first star of the week honors with Okposo and Nielsen on his wings. The three have continued skating together at practice this week, and they seemed prime to open the series together when it begins on Thursday in Sunrise.

"We want to keep building on the success we've had," Tavares told reporters on Wednesday. "What's great about those two guys is that they're very driven."

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New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout Tuesday night to further establish themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture that includes the top eight teams at the conclusion of play on April 10. But entering the dressing room to discuss the results with the players, you wouldn't have guessed it.

Typically after victories, the players enter to the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Downtown" and give the attendant who guards the doors religiously a combination fist/chest bump, putting the exclamation point on the evening.

Last night, there was no hooting and hollering, no extra yard taken. And the music, which typically lasts for a good two minutes before being silenced so we can do our jobs, lasted for maybe 30 seconds or so before being silenced even before we were waved in.

Tags: Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Pittsburgh's Kris Letang scored the only goal of the shootout with a pretty backhand past New York Islanders rookie goalie Jean-Francois Berube to lift the Penguins to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Frans NielsenKyle Okposo and John Tavares in the shootout as Pittsburgh strengthened its hold on the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Fleury finished with 25 saves for the Penguins. Chris Kunitz scored his 14th goal of the season in the 800th game of his career. Sidney Crosby picked up the secondary assist to extend his points streak to nine games.

Berube made 33 stops in his third NHL start, including several in the extra period. Okposo's score at 14:35 of the third sent the game to overtime, but the Islanders couldn't pick up the additional point when they failed to solve Fleury in the shootout. >> Read more

Tags: Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo

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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Frans Nielsen and Jaroslav Halak were named to the initial roster for Team Europe earlier on Wednesday, while Nikolay Kulemin was placed on Team Russia's roster.

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

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

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

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

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals with teammates during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals with teammates during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Building momentum behind John Tavares and an improving power play, the New York Islanders are trying to remain perfect on their longest road trip of the season.

Tavares looks to continue his surge and help the Islanders extend their success against the struggling Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

New York is 6-1-1 in its last eight games, averaging 3.6 goals while going 8 for 26 on the power play. The Islanders (32-19-7) were 9 for 66 on the man advantage over the previous 20.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

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

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

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

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

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

 (Russell LaBounty)
(Russell LaBounty)

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

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

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

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

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

TORONTO (AP) John Tavares was one of six New York Islanders to score in a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night for a split in a home-and-home set.

Brock NelsonFrans Nielsen, Nikolay Kulemin, Matt Martin and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders (20-12-5). Thomas Greiss turned aside 30 shots.

Jonathan Bernier again had trouble, getting beaten by the second shot of the game and giving up six goals on just 15 shots through the two periods beforeJames Reimer took over to start the third.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss before the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss before the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored in the shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Mikhail Grabovski tied it early in the third period for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss, making his third start in four games, stopped 31 shots through overtime. He also denied both St. Louis shooters in the tiebreaker.

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Nov 20, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 20, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeff Petry had his first two-goal game to lead the Montreal Canadiens over the New York Islanders 5-3 on Friday night in Carey Price's return from a lower-body injury.

Price, the NHL's reigning MVP and Vezina Trophy winner, had missed eight games. He made 33 saves to help Montreal win for the second time in three games.

Tomas Fleischmann, Nathan Beaulieu and Brendan Gallagher also scored, and the Canadiens improved to 15-4-2. Montreal's 32 points are tied with Dallas for most in the NHL.

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Calvin de Haan will return to the Islanders lineup tonight.

The Islanders' defenseman will take the place of Travis Hamonic, who left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury. de Haan has been a healthy scratch for the Islanders in their last six games, a decision that has left some people puzzled. He will skate on the right side of Brian Strait.

Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin will remain out of the lineup as well. They are both suffering from undisclosed injuries, but both players did skate this morning at Nassau Coliseum.

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Cal Clutterbuck will be reinserted into the Islanders lineup after missing Tuesday's game in Philadelphia (Islanders, Apr, 10). Clutterbuck will be taking the spot of forward Colin McDonald, who played on Tuesday due to the three injuries the Isles had been dealing with.

The Islanders will be without two mainstays in Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen. Nielsen made the trip to Pittsburgh with the rest of the team and took part in the optional morning skate at Consol Energy Center, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Tyler Kennedy will take Nielsen's spot in the lineup for the time being.

Jaroslav Halak will return to the net for the Islanders and the defense will remain the same.

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It is status quo for the injured Islanders as the team heads to Pittsburgh to battle the Penguins.

Islander Coach Jack Capuano told reporters following Thursday's practice that Matt Martin, Frans Nielsen and Cal Clutterbuck were still all day-to-day.

"We'll continue to monitor as we move forward," he said.

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Mikhail Grabovski is still not ready to play in games for the Islanders, but he will be traveling with the team on their trip to Philadelphia.

The offseason acquisition skated with the rest of his teammates during the Isles' practice at Nassau Coliseum on Monday. He also skated on Saturday during the team's optional morning skate.

"Right now just see how he feels on a day-to-day basis," head coach Jack Capuano said. "Obviously he's not close to playing here yet, but it's good to have him back out there."

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Another game, another loss.

Saturday's defeat at the hands the Anaheim Ducks played out like six of the past seven games the Islanders have played. The Isles had a decent effort against a good team and a against a hot?goaltender, but the result was a loss nonetheless. The Isles are 3-6-3 in the month of March and have not recorded a win at home since February 27.

Sunday's game against the Red Wings will be their final chance to grab a win at Nassau Coliseum?in March, and another chance to snap a skid that has dropped them to third in the Metropolitan Division.

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Matt Donovan has not played in an NHL contest for the Islanders since January, but that will change tonight when he suits up to face the Montreal Canadiens.

The 24-year-old defenseman will take the spot of Lubomir Visnovsky on the blue line. Donovan has played in just nine games this season and has three points on the year.

"He's been working extremely hard and he's had a great attitude," head coach Jack Capuano said about Donovan. "He deserves to be in there, so he gets that opportunity tonight."

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Jaroslav Halak returns to net for tonight's game against the Calgary Flames. He will once again look for his franchise record 33rd win of the season.

Halak has appeared in 45 games this year?with the Islanders and has compiled a 32-13-0 record. In his last start, Halak allowed three goals against and the Islanders lost 4-0 to the Vancouver Canucks. One thing the Islanders coach staff has begun to do is to monitor the number of starts they give Halak down the stretch.

"It will be one of the things we manage," Islanders' head coach Jack Capuano said. "Chad [Johnson] has been playing real well for us. Obviously you don't want a goalie to sit too long, but we had three games this weekend. We discussed it last week that Chad will go two out of the three.

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There is good news and bad news when it comes to the Islanders' injury situation.

The Islanders are already down three players -- Kyle Okposo, Casey Cizikas and Mikhail Grabovski -- and could be down a fourth on Tuesday when they host the Arizona Coyotes. Frans Nielsen's status is uncertain, but it appears the second-line center is not as badly banged up as first appeared Sunday.

"He's a tough kid and he obviously wants to be in there," Isles'head coach Jack Capuano said. "We'll wait and see how he feels, but fortunately I thought it looked a little bit worse than what it turned out to be. It's a good sign for us."

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NEW YORK -- It's not too often that audible "Let's Go Islanders" chants break out at the end of an Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. But on Tuesday, they did for the second time this season as the final buzzer sounded on a 3-0 Isles win.

The Islanders scored three goals in the second period and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves to shut out the Rangers at the Garden for the first time since Billy Smith did it on Dec. 17, 1975. The win, in a game Rangers coach Alain Vigneault preemptively labeled a "New York Classic," moved the Islanders into first place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of the Rangers.

"It's a good win," Frans Nielsen said. "We knew they were going to come at us the first 10 minutes. We were lucky a couple times there. They couldn't go like that all game, we knew that, we got more time and we worked our way in the game. We played perfect the last 40 minutes."

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There was some news from practice in Uniondale. Some of it was good and some of it was not so good.

To start with the good news, it sounds like Lubomir Visnovsky is very close to returning to the Islanders line up. He has been sidelined with back problems since the preseason and was placed on injured reserve on October 7. On Monday Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told both Arthur Staple of Newsday and Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post that there was a "good chance" that Visnovsky plays on Tuesday.

If Visnovsky plays on Tuesday it will be the first time he sees game action in the 2014-15 season.

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Syosset, N.Y. -- It's no secret that Islander fans are hoping to send the Nassau Coliseum off with a bang.

The Islanders are also looking to put the woes of last season behind them. The Islanders were thought to be moving in the right direction going into last season after an appearance in the playoffs the year before, but they spiraled to a bottom five finish. The players know that a rough year the prior season and the expectations for them to properly end their tenure at the Coliseum means they have to produce.

"I think there's pressure and high expectation for us to be competitive and obviously make the playoffs," captain John Tavares said Wednesday. "I think it's no secrete for us, and I do think we take it upon ourselves to finish the season the right way at the Coliseum. It's a lot of history there. The team grew up there, been there for as long as they've been around. So, it's a big connection for a lot of people and we know that's going to change a lot next year.

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It's a pretty safe bet that any NHLer will remember their first career goal in the league.

For Frans Nielsen, that moment came on February 24, 2007 against the Montreal Canadiens. Nielsen scored 10:21 into the second period to put the Islanders ahead 3-1.

"I think I lost the face-off and Richard Park won it back," Nielsen said while describing the goal. "He saw me I was wide open in front of the net. Something ?you'll never forget."

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Frans Nielsen is not properly rated, this we can say conclusively. Whatever rating system that people are using to rate him has not been working. This is because for the past two-plus year people have been saying Nielsen is underrated. Why are these raters not rating him properly? What's their angle? Is someone paying them to keep the Dane from his proper rating?No one seems to know. But they do know that he is not properly rated by whatever rating system people are using to rate hockey players these days.First New York had to endure?Mark Sanchez's poise. Now there is Frans Nielsen's underrated-ness.Our story appears to start on January 31, 2011. An NHL player poll conducted by Sports Illustrated calls Nielsen the second most underrated player in the league behind Loui Eriksson. Prior to January 2011, it is tough to find a reference in the mainstream media as to whether or not Nielsen is rated accordingly.?Is this where it all began? Is this the talking point that is our smoking gun?February 17, 2011: Dobber Hockey calls Nielsen an "underrated Dane" and a big part of the Isles surge that season.March 31, 2011: ESPNNewYork.com chimes back in to remind us that Nielsen "might be the most underrated player in the NHL." The same writer, Mike Hume, forgets about the players poll he reported on two months earlier?calling Nielsen the second most underrated player in the NHL.July 7, 2011: Lighthouse Hockey says, more specifically, that is it his offensive skills that are "underrated by most."August 1, 2011: Blog Puck Puck Goose calls Nielsen the most underrated player in the league.August 21, 2011: Eyes on Isles calls Nielsen one of the most underrated centers in the league.August 25, 2011: Bleacher Report rates Nielsen among the 25 most underrated players that their SEO bots came up with. He is also a "shinning" star, whatever that means.[sny-box]Frans Nielsen is a very underrated player and a shinning (sic) star on an Islander team that is often buried by the media.[/sny-box]September 2, 2011: Kukla's Korner opines about Nielsen's underrated-ness.[sny-box]Hopefully the Islanders can re-sign their must underrated player and keep him around for the long-term.[/sny-box]Spoiler: they do.October 5, 2011: HF Boards convenes a special emergency meeting of posters to try and show proper appreciation and rating for Nielsen. Some important points from the meeting. All quotes are sic'd:[sny-box]"Anybody else out there think this guy is underrated?""Yes.?But its getting to the point that he is the sexy underrated pick and therefore he is overrated.""By HFBoards, probably not. By the general hockey public, definitely.""i think hes overrated at being underated.""He WAS underrated, but this last season has opened some eyes."[/sny-box]OK, so now we do know a couple things. First, that HF Boards is properly rating Nielsen while the rest of us may not be. There is no analysis from HF to tell us how we can adjust our ratings accordingly. Secondly, the meeting also establishes that, after 10 months of underrated-ness, the tide is starting to swing back in the other direction. The backlash could be taking shape.January 12, 2012: Nielsen drops from 2nd to 9th in Sports Illustrated's ranking of underrated players. Loui Eriksson retains his top spot. The backlash of Nielsen's underrating is in full swing.February 8, 2012: Nielsen signs a four-year extension to stay on Long Island. A TSN commenter helpfully points out his underrated abilities. A HockeyFights.com commenter thankfully clears everything up by saying "he really is one of the most underrated NHLers I see."August 29, 2012: CBS Sports calls Nielsen the most underrated player in the NHL.April 5, 2013: Washington's Braden Holtby tells the WA Post?that the entire Islanders team is underrated. THE VIRUS IS SPREADING. WE WERE WRONG TO ASSUME THE TIDE HAD CHANGED. SEND HELP.April 18, 2013: James Mirtle notes that Nielsen is underrated in a Maple Leafs/Isles game preview.May 1, 2013: In previewing the Isles/Pens series, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Nielsen is a underrated defensive player.May 9, 2013: ProHockeyTalk calls Nielsen underrated when describing a lower body injury he suffered. But did they properly rate the injury?May 11, 2013: RotoWorld determines that you should put this "underrated two-way player with solid scoring ability... in your lineup."June 3, 2013: A slight curveball; Rant Spots calls Nielsen "underappreciated." Please make sure you show your Nielsen appreciation properly.September 12, 2013: USA Today notes that Nielsen and Andrew MacDonald are among the NHLs Top 10 most underrated players. What is this list that they speak of?September 18, 2013: UKAmericanSportsFans.com -- whatever that is -- calls Nielsen "criminally underrated." Please notify the authorities as to any sports fans and/or writers that underrate Nielsen.October 4, 2013: In an Islanders season preview?Justin Bourne calls... Matt Moulson and Andrew MacDonald underrated. No mention of Nielsen. What the hell?October 16, 2013: In an interview on TSN1260 in Canada, teammate?Josh Bailey calls Nielsen underrated. It has now become a player's talking point and thus, is now literally the most generic talking point that everyone will use now and forever whenever Frans Nielsen is discussed.With so many people noticing that Frans Nielsen is underrated, it's really amazing that after two-plus years of being underrated that he is still not properly rated. Maybe someday. Damned ratings people.
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NEWARK, NJ -- Thursday night at the Prudential Center the Islanders racked up 69 penalty minutes and allowed the Devils ten powerplays in what was a sloppy and fight-filled game. The team spent nearly 20 minutes of the game, almost a full period, killing off minor penalties. While most of the special teams responsibilities for the forwards fell to the few NHL veterans in the lineup -- Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Peter Regin -- one name stood out as a young player the coaching staff seemed to really trust on the penalty kill; Brock Nelson.Over the course of the night Nelson racked up nearly six minutes of short-handed ice time and?was put out on what appeared to be the Islanders' top penalty killing unit alongside veteran Frans Nielsen. Nielsen is lauded around the NHL for his defensive work and led the Islanders forwards in short-handed ice time per game for each of the past three seasons."Not really testing, I watched him play [on the penalty kill] last year quite a bit," coach Jack Capuano responded when asked after the game if pairing the two players together was a test to see what Nelson could do or a sign of the coaching staff having confidence in his abilities."He's a guy that he's a big body, he sacrifices his body, he's got a willingness to do what it takes on the PK and he's pretty good on draws. I thought him and Fransy did a real good job tonight."With an injury to Cal Clutterbuck expected to make the forward miss the start of the regular season, there's now an open spot on the Islanders third line. Clutterbuck is a solid penalty killer in his own right, so that open spot may come with a prerequisite background in penalty killing. ?It's hard to tell if Nelson is being groomed to fill that role, but last night he certainly appeared capable and willing."I think?anytime the coach is gonna put you on the penalty kill, you gotta make the most of the opportunity," Nelson said following the game. The 21-year old wasn't willing to say whether the role was a trial run or just how the lineup card shook out that day."It's hard to say, but when you get your name called to go out there you just go out there and try to do your best and get the job done. I think the PK did a great job tonight and that was a big part of the win."But Nelson did think it was beneficial being paired with Nielsen."He's a good teacher for us young guys. It's fun to play with those guys in those critical situations and try to learn from them."
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Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

what did you expect, something other than a shootout picture?

Frans Nielsen -- C -- #24

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