With 2012 behind us, it's time to take a look at what's ahead for the Islanders in the upcoming year. We've got seven burning questions that need to be, or are likely to be, addressed in the coming 12 months. First up though is one question about the NHL:


#7 - Will there be a 2012-13 season?The deadline for a new CBA has now been set at a little under two weeks from now on January 11th. Finally, mercifully, we'll have either a resolution one way or another.

The way it seems, with both sides inching ever closer to one another, we'll have a deal by then. Neither side is dumb enough to lose a season at this point (right? right?) and there's too much money out there to be made from a partial season for them to continue to sit on their hands. Whether the league caves or the players do is a tough question to answer -- my hunch is some sort but I think both sides know that not having a season is much worse than having a partial season, although a large amount of damage has already been done.

I think there will be hockey by the end of January. Whether or not fans come back is a whole other story.

#6 - What will the Isles do with Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky?Let's assume that we have a season that starts sometime in January; what happens to the Isles biggest pending unrestricted free agents in captain Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky? Will the team attempt to sign them or trade them?

For Visnovsky, I think it's a pretty simple answer that, if the Islanders are out of contention, they'll try and move him for whatever they can at the trade deadline. Judging by the fact that he filed a grievance over his trade to the Islanders, I think it's safe to say he's not thrilled about being here. Maybe he doesn't hate it but, you know, the grievance wasn't a great sign. Going by that logic, he'd be an awfully tough free agent to retain. If the team doesn't feel they need him on the ice, get what you can for him and move on.

With Streit, things get a bit more complicated. He's the team's captain until further notice, and I've always said it's tough to deal your captain especially when you're a team like the Islanders where the national media will take any excuse to jump on you. Streit and the Islanders have been a good fit and while it's clear that the captain has lost a couple of steps in recent years, he's still a good defender who can contribute at the NHL level on a team that has had a less than stellar blue line in recent years (or would you like Mike Mottau re-signed?).

For the Islanders, Streit is an interesting case. There are a lot of young blue liners in Bridgeport and elsewhere in the system that could be here in a year or two. A two-year deal for Streit could make a lot of sense to at the very least bridge the gap between Streit and some of those kids. Or, if the team feels those kids are banging on the door right here and now, they could move Streit during the season with the hope of having a Matt Donovan or Aaron Ness fill in the gaps. For my money, I'll take the 34-year old Streit on a new two-year deal but it's definitely a complex situation.

#5 - Will Jack Capuano be the team's coach in 2014?When the going got tough in 2011-12, the heat on coach Jack Capuano got turned up. Not only that, but when hockey returns he'll again be sharing the bench with the rumored coach in waiting in Doug Weight and Bridgeport stand-out Brent Thompson. Capuano doesn't have his predecessor's assistants on the bench with him anymore, but he also didn't get to pick his current assistants. It's an odd spot to be in and one worth watching in the new year.

#4 - Will the Islanders buyout Rick DiPietro?One of the topics on everyone's mind when it comes to the new CBA is the possibility of it containing an amnesty clause, which would allow teams to buy-out one player on their roster. Of course, due to his contract, the first name on Isles' roster that comes to mind is Rick DiPietro. But would the team actually do it?

It makes sense. DiPietro has played 47 games in the last four seasons and gets injured quite often. His cap space, if available, could be used to fund other players on the roster or grab some free agents. His contract is also immense and the Islanders could save a little bit of money paying him off now (it's assumed that these buyouts would payout less than the actual value of the contract).

But I'm not so sure it's that simple. Under the currently expired CBA, the Islanders have quite a bit of cap room and aren't desperate to get rid of his contract (maybe a new cap would be different). And if we're talking simply about the amount of dollars the team spends, well, you'll still be paying DiPietro to not play for the team. It would be a lump sum and a reduced rate of what is actually left on his contract, but this is a team that is supposedly losing $10 million per year playing at the Coliseum. Could they afford, or would they want to spend money on, a buyout on top of normal operation losses?

Furthermore, if the Islanders take DiPietro off the cap, they may still need to go sign someone else to reach the cap floor (or not, depending on how everything shakes out). Then things could end up sort of like the Brian Rolston situation, where Rolston's $5 million hit was necessary to help the team reach the cap floor. What's to keep the Islanders from holding onto DiPietro's $4.5 million hit to reach the cap floor then, once the team is breaking even or in the black at the Barclays Center and they don't need him to float the cap floor anymore, buying DiPietro out? Oh, and there's the whole allegedly solid relationship DiPietro has with Charles Wang. So that's a wildcard.

This one's really complicated and probably a bit easier to figure out once we know if there's an amnesty clause and, if there is one, what it looks like.

#3 - Are the Islanders going to start spending more money?So, now that the Islanders have a deal to move into the Barclays for 25 years, will they start spending like a team that is going to have more cash coming in? I don't think it will happen immediately, but think it will be a gradual push towards spending more money. The Islanders are still looking at about the same amount of money coming in until they actually get to Barclays. One thing they may want to do is spend a bit more now so that in 2015 when the team moves to Brooklyn, the team is a contender and capable of putting as many fans in as many seats as possible.

This is sort of what the Nets did leading up to their move to Brooklyn where the last couple years in New Jersey were bare-bones teams so they could make big free agent splashes right before coming to Brooklyn. The Nets created quite a buzz by signing Deron Williams and attempting to trade for Dwight Howard this past summer. I don't think the Islanders should pare down to any kind of 'bare bones' team -- they sort of are already not having made the playoffs since 2007 -- but they need to make sure that all of these prospects they've drafted recently are ready to step up and play big roles in the coming years. And yeah, signing some big free agent(s) right before the move isn't a bad idea either.

#2 - Will the Islanders make the playoffs?In a shortened season, it's going to be a crap-shoot for most teams to get into the playoffs. The NHL has had a lot of parity lately and with a shortened season, it allows for luck to play a bigger factor and gives the best and worst teams less of a chance to separate from the pack. The Islanders will certainly have a good chance to make the playoffs in a shortened season.

If we assume this season is cancelled and the team doesn't take the ice until October, it gets a bit more complicated. The team could very easily lose the services of Visnovsky, Streit and Evgeni Nabokov to free agency, creating a few gaps that will have to be filled by younger players. The key to the Islanders in this scenario and the coming years is going to hinge on how effective players like Ryan Strome, Nino Niederreiter, Aaron Ness, Matt Donovan, Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, David Ullstrom, Casey Cizikas, and many more are at the NHL level. If many of these draft picks turn into solid NHL players, the Islanders should have no problem competing for playoff spots year in and year out.

#1 - Are the Islanders going to buyout their lease at the Nassau Coliseum?Well, we left the most nebulous question of all for last. The Islanders should be making more money in Brooklyn at the Barclays than they are now at the Coliseum. There's no doubt about that. Whether or not the team thinks that sum is enough to off set the cost of paying off Nassau County to skip town early is a whole other question.

And yet another question is whether or not the lease can even be bought out. The cash strapped Nassau County might be interested in the proposition, but could it even be done? The Islanders' lease at the Coliseum is said to be "iron-clad" and requires that every Islander home game be played at Nassau Coliseum through 2015, part of John Pickett's 1985 re-negotiation of the lease.

Tags: Arena News, Islanders, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, mark streit, new year, News, Editorial Aside, questions, Rick DiPietro

 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

Ryan Strome, who left Wednesday night's win against the Rangers late in the second period, has been diagnosed with a broken wrist, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Strome has 13 goals and 17 assists in 69 games this season.

The 23-year-old had failed to record a point over his last four games.

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(Eric Bolte)

Thomas Greiss stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

Greiss, 31, has gone 25-16 this season while posting a 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage.

Prior to Wednesday night, he had allowed three goals or more in three of his last four games.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Anders Lee had a goal and assist while getting 17:51 of ice time as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

"I just try to create havoc in front and make those small plays," Lee said after the game, according to the New York Times. "For us, this is playoff hockey. There's no taking any game for granted. We have to get two points every night."

Lee, 26, has 27 goals and 17 assists in 71 games this season -- both career-highs.

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders have recalled goaltender Jaroslav Halak on loan from Bridgeport, the team announced Thursday.

Interim head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Steven Marcus on Monday that the team was considering recalling Halak.

"There's a lot of talk about it," Weight said. "He's played really well, he's had a great attitude. We'll see what transpires here in the next couple of days."

The Islanders have used Thomas Greiss and J.F. Berube in net since Halak cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL in late December.

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Alain Vigneault, Ryan McDonagh and John Tavares break down the game between the crosstown rivals as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 3-2.

The Islanders scored two goals in the third period to defeat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, 3-2.  >> Read more

First Period

  • 2:46 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan

Second Period

  • 3:40 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Anthony Beauviller, Nick Leddy
  • 6:36 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Nick Holden

Third Period

  • 5:01 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (Power Play); Assists: Anthony Beavuillier, Joshua Ho-Sang
  • 12:38 NYI Andrew Ladd (Power Play); Assists: Anders Lee, John Tavares
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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Islanders could decide to trade captain John Tavares if they haven't made progress on a long-term extension by a certain date, TSN's Darren Dreger speculates.

Tavares has stated on numerous occasions how much he enjoys playing for the Islanders, but has not said he plans to stay long-term.

He will enter the final year of his six-year deal next season, with a cap hit of $5.5 million.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the Rangers, Doug Weight told reporters Wednesday morning.

Thomas Hickey will be in the lineup for Dennis Seidenberg.

The Islanders will use the same forwards as Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss against the Blue Jackets.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Josh Bailey (illness) missed practice on Tuesday, with interim head coach Doug Weight saying Bailey should be fine for Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.

Weight added that the lines would remain the same.

Bailey, 27, has 12 goals and 37 assists in 71 games this season, but has failed to notch a goal or assist over his last five games.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver look back at a rough week after tough losses to Columbus and Winnipeg. The guys discuss the team's lack of pride, the struggling goaltending, and Garth Snow's decision to keep Ryan Pulock in Bridgeport. Later, Liam McHugh of NBC Sports calls in to give his thoughts on the playoff race, the Isles-Rangers rivalry, and Mike Milbury. 

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Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center center John Tavares (91) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center center John Tavares (91) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: 

Down to the final 11 games of the 2016-17 regular season, through all the inconsistency of the past couple of weeks, the New York Islanders find themselves very much in the hunt for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point, having played one more game.

It's been the scoreboard, perhaps, more than the Islanders that have kept them alive, but at this point, there are no apologies for that, just further opportunities for them to right the wrongs that have been regularly occurring in their defensive zone.

  • Yesterday, New York lost a one-goal overtime game against one of the best teams in the league, a team fighting for first place overall in the entire league. They out-attempted the Blue Jackets, 56-54, despite being outshot 38-22. Not a horrible performance and a much-needed point, although the three goals they allowed were all a result of the usual defensive breakdowns that have become too frequent at this stage.
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The Islanders return to Barclays Center to take on the Ducks Sunday night. (Brad Penner)
The Islanders return to Barclays Center to take on the Ducks Sunday night. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders and the Barclays Center are negotiating a possible temporary agreement that would not force the team out of the stadium after two years, Nick Kypreos said on Sportsnet's Hockey Night.

It was previously reported that the Barclays Center wanted the Islanders out after the 2018-2019 season because the venue would profit more by hosting different events.

Nassau County executive Ed Mangana had met with Islanders owner Jonathan Ledecky on Nov. 17 in order to discuss a return to Nassau Coliseum, according to Newsday.

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Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) skates away during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) skates away during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

First Period 

  • 14:18 NYI Travis Hamonic; Assists: Jason Chimera, Anthony Beauvillier

Second Period 

  • 1:00 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • 15:48 CBJ Josh Anderson; Assists: Nick Foligno, Zach Werenski

Third Period 

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Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (7) battle New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (7) battle New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders will host the Blue Jackets in a Saturday afternoon matinee at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS:

  • The Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers on Thursday, 2-1. It was Columbus' second consecutive win and its fifth in its last six games (5-1-0).
  • The Islanders lost, 4-2, on Thursday versus Winnipeg. New York has now lost three of its last four games (1-3-0)
  • This is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Blue Jackets and Islanders. The home team has won the first three matchups, all in regulation. Columbus won at home 6-2 on December 10 and 7-0 on February 25, while the Islanders won on home ice 4-2 on January 24.
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The Islanders' Thomas Hickey, left, and center John Tavares show their frustration during Thursday's home loss to Winnipeg. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Islanders' Thomas Hickey, left, and center John Tavares show their frustration during Thursday's home loss to Winnipeg. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Isles are just one point out of the final Wild Card with 13 games to go. So what does the team need to do to reach the playoffs? Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:  Andy, with their loss to the Jets on Thursday, the Islanders suffered a major setback in their quest for the second Wild Card. So what does this team need to do to make sure they qualify for their third straight postseason?

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:  Well, I'd say the change has to begin with their defensive coverage, which has been manically up-and-down for a couple of weeks now. Travis Hamonic has not been good since his return for injury, and the forwards look too lackadaisical in their back-checking.

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(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 defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Since making his Islanders debut in 2010-11, Travis Hamonic's career has been marked by injuries and subpar defensive play, culminating with the 2016-17 season, which has quickly spiraled into one that Hamonic would like to forget. 

With 13 points, Hamonic has the lowest point total of his career, not including the 48-game lockout shortened season of 2012-13. He has failed to play a full season since that year, only appearing in 81 percent of all scheduled contests.

He has also been very inconsistent in his own end. Hamonic was a -8 in that lockout year and -5 last year, going +27 over the other four years of his career.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

For the second time in three games, the Islanders came out and started well but could not sustain momentum for long as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Jets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The first eight minutes were dominated by New York, who were all over Connor Hellebuyck. Adam Pelech scored at the 38-second mark, but the good vibes did not last longer than that. Winnipeg took advantage of shoddy defending and mental breakdowns to build a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.

"We had 4 or 5 opportunities to make it 2-0, the power play had chances. We looked like a tired team, mentally. We looked like a team that practiced twice in the last 25 days. Certainly starts building into your game. You can watch video all you want, you need to work on things on the ice", interim head coach Doug Weight said postgame.

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Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) and Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault (85) battle for the puck during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) and Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault (85) battle for the puck during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Bryan Little tallied twice for the Jets who defeated the Islanders, 4-2, on Thursday night at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:38 NYI Adam Pelech; Assists: John TavaresNick Leddy
  • 9:22 WPG Bryan Little; Assists: Nikolaj Ehiers, Ben Chiarot
  • 18:35 WPG Bryan Little (power play); Assists: Nic Petan, Nikolaj Ehiers

Second period:

  • 3:24 WPG Matthieu Perrault; Assists: Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele
  • 11:31 WPG Adam Lowry; Assists: Joel Armia, Mark Stuart

Third period:

  • 1:02 NYI Anders Lee
Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Nick Leddy
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Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) celebrates his game winning overtime goal with his teammates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) celebrates his game winning overtime goal with his teammates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Islanders continue their playoff push as they face the Jets at Barclays Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders were able to earn a split in their home-and-home with the Hurricanes by winning in overtime, 3-2, on Tuesday night in Carolina. It was a year to the day since the last time New York won after allowing the game's first two goals, March 14, 2016 against the Panthers.
  • The Jets dropped their fourth in a row with a 5-4 overtime loss at the Predators on Monday. Winnipeg has killed off just seven of 13 shorthanded chances over its last three games (53.8 percent), allowing at least one power-play goal in all three.
  • New York took the first meeting from Winnipeg this season, 6-2, on New Year's Eve. It was the Islanders' fourth straight win over the Jets, their longest winning streak against the franchise since another four-game run from January 29, 2009 -- January 2, 2010.
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the Jets, Doug Weight told reporters Thursday morning.

Brock Nelson will be in the lineup for Anthony Beauvillier.

The Islanders will use the same defensemen as Tuesday's 3-2 win over Carolina.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver breathe a big sigh of relief after Tuesday night's comeback victory over Carolina. They discuss Josh Ho-Sang's emergence and Thomas Greiss' bounce back performance. Later, the guys chat with Mike Fornabio of the Connecticut Post about Jaroslav HalakRyan PulockMichael Dal Colle, and Devon Toews.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Thomas Greiss may have been off in relief of J-F Berube on Monday night, but he was eager to redeem himself on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

"Every time you get lit up or you don't have the best game, you want to get back out there right away," Greiss said of his bounce back performance, which saw the Isles netminder stop 30 of Carolina's 32 shots.

Greiss, who gave up two goals including one on a breakway by Elias Lindholm, held Carolina at bay after they went up by two, as he made a big sprawling save on Derek Ryan and a highlight reel lounging arm save on Lucas Wallmark both midway through the second.

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Jason Chimera may have started his Islanders career slowly, but the 37-year-old is on pace to have another remarkable NHL season.

Just 25 seconds after Josh Ho-Sang had pulled the Isles within one, Chimera wound the puck around from the blue line and all the way to Cam Ward, who kicked the puck toward the boards. Cal Clutterbuck crashed to prevent Carolina from taking possession. The puck hopped off the glass and took a fortuitous bounce back to Chimera, who gained the puck in the circle, and used a quick release to go top corner far side on Ward to tie the game at two.

"Those [goals] are huge, especially in the last minute of the second period, to get the goals," Chimera said. "Going [into the third period] 2-2 is a lot different than going in down 2-1."

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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) skates in his first career NHL game during the second period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) skates in his first career NHL game during the second period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)

Josh Ho-Sang continued to make an impact on Tuesday night, as he helped the Islanders back from the brick in their 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Hurricanes.

With just over a minute left in the second period and the Isles trailed 2-0, Nikolay Kulemin took a shot that was blocked in front. The puck redirected right onto Ho-Sang's stick blade in the near circle, and Ho-Sang whistled a wrister top shelf past Cam Ward to pull the Isles within one.

Then in overtime, Ho-Sang skated the puck through the neutral zone and into the Hurricanes' zone and executed a slick drop pass to John Tavares. With space, Tavares ripped a wrister past Ward to give the Isles a 3-2 victory.

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Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) stops a shot against New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome (18) and forward Anders Lee (27) during the second period at PNC Arena.  (James Guillory (USA Today))
Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) stops a shot against New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome (18) and forward Anders Lee (27) during the second period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory (USA Today))

John Tavares scored 34 seconds into overtime, and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Joshua Ho-Sang and Jason Chimera scored in the final 65 seconds of the second period to help the Islanders erase a 2-0 deficit and eventually claim what interim coach Doug Weight called a must-win game.

Tavares' winner was set up by Ho-Sang's takeaway at center ice. Ho-Sang brought the puck across the blue line and fed a drop pass to Tavares, who snapped it past Cam Ward.

Thomas Greiss made 30 saves one night after allowing four goals on 16 shots in relief during an 8-4 loss to the Hurricanes at home. Ward, who also gave up four goals in that game, made 31 saves for Carolina. >> Read more...

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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The Islanders, home in Brooklyn for the first time in three weeks and off the heels of a franchise record nine-game road trip where they went 5-3-1, struggled mightily Monday night in an 8-4 blowout loss to the Hurricanes in what could have been considered a must-win game.

With a record of 3-4-1 over their last eight games, having allowed 25 goals in those losses, it's obviously not the optimum time to go into a slump, clinging to the playoff race by a thread -- one point behind the Maple Leafs, but having played one more game. 

"We have to play a lot harder than we did tonight. Execute at a much higher level. Disappointing at this point in the season," captain John Tavares said in the locker room after the game as the team hustled to beat the impending Nor'Easter and catch a flight to Carolina for the rematch Tuesday night.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss both allowed four goals as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-4, on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:11 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
  • 14:14 CAR Jaccob Slavin; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask
  • 14:40 CAR Joakim Nordstrom; Assists: Lee Stempniak, Slavin
  • 17:32 NYI Stephen Gionta; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin 

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Calvin de Haan; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Hickey
  • 6:51 CAR Justin Faulk; Assists: Jordan Staal, Noah Hanifin
  • 8:02 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Matt Tennyson
  • 8:58 CAR Faulk; Assists: Noah Hanifin, Patrick Brown
  • 11:45 CAR Slavin (short handed)
  • 13:50 NYI Ho-Sang; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier

Third period:

  • 3:43 CAR Skinner (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:57 CAR Slavin; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Staal
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Carolina Hurricanes, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy looks on during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy looks on during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Barclays Center.

According to STATS:

  • The Hurricanes have won their first two games against the Islanders this season, including an overtime win in Brooklyn during the last meeting. The last time Carolina had three wins in a season against New York was 2013-14.
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The Islanders are glad to be home after their recently-completed nine-game road trip.

"I think all we can do is just keep trucking forward; we're still in a good spot," John Tavares said Sunday night, according to Neil Best of Newsday. "I think obviously we'll be excited to be back home Monday in front of our fans."

The Islanders, who lost to the Blues on Saturday, finished the road trip with a record of 5-3-1...

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

J-F Berube will start in goal for the Islanders as New York welcomes the Hurricanes to Brooklyn on Monday, Doug Weight told reporters Monday morning.

Adam Pelech will be in the lineup for Scott Mayfield.

The Islanders will use the same forwards as Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Blues.

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Mar 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) scores against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) scores against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues held off a late rally by the Islanders to win, 4-3, on Saturday at the Scottrade Center. >> Read more

First Period

  • 7:23 STL Vladimir Tarasenko (Power Play); Assists: Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen

Second Period

  • 4:58 STL Alexander Steein
  • 11:37 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Scott Mayfield
  • 15:28 STL Vladimir Tarasenko; Assists: Carl Gunnarsson
  • 18:06 STL Patrik Berglund; Assists: David Perron, Magnus Paajarvi

Third Period

  • 2:11 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey
  • 18:31 NYI Nick Leddy (Power Play); Assists: Andrew Ladd, John Taveres
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Mar 7, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The New York Islanders celebrate a third period goal by forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The New York Islanders celebrate a third period goal by forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders close out their long road trip with a game in St. Louis against the Blues. 

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders defeated the Canucks, 4-3, in overtime on Thursday night at Rogers Arena, winning their second straight tilt, and improving to 5-2-1 in the last eight road games overall. New York has potted at least four goals 19 times in its last 35 games -- tied with Pittsburgh for second most in the league since December 20 (Washington -- 20).
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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Islanders will start Thomas Greiss in net against the Blues while Scott Mayfield will replace Adam Pelech on defense. 

Greiss, starting in his ninth straight game, made 39 saves against the Canucks in the Islanders' overtime win on Thursday. 

Mayfield has five points in 16 games in the NHL this season. 

Tags: Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee watches teammate John Tavares' shot go past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during the first period. (AP)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee watches teammate John Tavares' shot go past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during the first period. (AP)

The New York Islanders are finally finishing their franchise record nine-game road trip with a game in St. Louis tonight.

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The end result in Vancouver on Thursday was two points, but the Islanders knew that they had stolen them.

"It wasn't a great game," John Tavares told reporters after the game. "They came out hard. They're playing desperate and threw everything at us. We did a good job of giving ourselves an opportunity to win. [It was] unfortunate to give up one late, but good perseverance overcoming the way we played today and getting a big goal in overtime."

The Isles led 3-2, but the Canucks scored with an extra attacked with just under 20 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime.

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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal during overtime with defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) celebrates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal during overtime with defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) celebrates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Calvin de Haan made Andrew Ladd's homecoming special.

A minute-and-a-half into overtime, de Haan took a cross ice feed in the neutral zone from Ryan Strome, skated into the Vancouver zone, and used a stutter step move to get separation from Sven Baertschi. He cut into the circle and sent a perfect pass through two Canuck defenders to find Ladd's stick set up perfectly along the ice in the crease for the game-winning goal.

For Ladd, a British Columbia native, is was his 19th goal of the season and his 11th in the past 20 games.

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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee watches teammate John Tavares' shot go past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during the first period. (AP)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee watches teammate John Tavares' shot go past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during the first period. (AP)

Josh Bailey had three assists and Andrew Ladd scored the game-winner early in overtime to lift the New York Islanders over the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, at Rogers Arena.

Ladd's clutch goal was his 19th of the season. John Tavares scored his 25th goal of the year during the first period, and the Islanders improved to 6-3-1 over their last 10 games. >> Read more


First period:

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Vancouver Canucks
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Mar 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Mar 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Islanders continue their nine-game road trip as they take on the Canucks from Rogers Arena Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

  • The Islanders beat the Oilers, 4-1, in Edmonton on Tuesday, their second win in their last five games. They've scored at least four goals in 10 of the 23 games (43.5 percent) since Doug Weight took over as head coach on January 17. They did that in just 14 of their first 42 games (33.3 percent) this season.
  • The Canucks fell to the Canadiens, 2-1 in overtime, in Vancouver on Tuesday. With the point, they've now earned at least one point in three straight games, their longest streak since a five-game point streak from January 10-20.
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Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anders Lee (27) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anders Lee (27) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

For whatever reason, former head coach Jack Capuano was leery to pair superstar captain John Tavares with up and coming winger Anders Lee on a consistent basis. They would play together some, then be broken up after a period of ineffective play by any of the four lines that night. If the Islanders won, Capuano would stick to superstitions in almost all cases, keeping everything just as it was.

This year, after Andrew Ladd was given a week or so to work out chemistry with a player he had never played with before, the lines continued to jumble until a light finally went off, seemingly in the entire coaching staff's heads…..at once. I imagine the gist of the conversation going something like this, "We need a true, top line that can stick together for a long stretch."

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Andy Graziano
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are in SNY's brand new studio for a brand new edition of the Islanders Point Blank Podcast. The guys discuss the vaunted -- and so far successful -- nine-game road trip, the debut of Josh Ho-Sang, the silly controversy around his number, and the impact Thomas Greiss has on the ice. Plus, Joe McDonald of ESPN calls in to look back at the trade deadline and the likelihood of Matt Duchene being dealt this summer. 

Click below to listen!

 

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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

Josh Ho-Sang's NHL career is only four games old, but he has certainly turned some heads thus far. SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss:

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Josh Ho-Sang has made his presence felt in his first handful of games with the big club, and now he even has an NHL goal to show for it. So, Andy, what are your impressions of Ho-Sang thus far?

Tags: Shane Prince, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates a third period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates a third period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)

The Islanders have been resilient all season and Tuesday night in Edmonton was just another example of their mettle.

Just two days after one of their worst efforts of the season -- a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames -- the Isles bounced back to grab their eighth and ninth points of a possible 14 thus far on their nine-game road trip.

"We've been really good coming back after a game when we haven't played our best," said Andrew Ladd, who scored his 10th goal in the last 20 games. "We got back to what we do best, grinding teams down, working hard."

The Isles have two games remaining on the nine-game swing (in Vancouver and St. Louis) before returning home to Barclays Center.

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Mar 7, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang (66) celebrates his first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.  (Perry Nelson (USA Today))
Mar 7, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang (66) celebrates his first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson (USA Today))

First Period

  • 17:23 NYI Joshua Ho-Sang (PP); Assists: Thomas HickeyShane Prince

Second Period

  • 2:58 EDM Zack Kassian; Assists: Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula
  • 9:45 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares

Third Period

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Thomas Greiss will be in net on Tuesday night when the Islanders face the Oilers in Edmonton at 9 p.m., interim head coach Doug Weight said.

On defense, Adam Pelech will be in for Scott Mayfield...

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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The Islanders are in the midst of a make-or-break, nine-game road trip, and at least one rival executive thinks it's incredibly unfair to the franchise.

Newsday's Art Staple tweeted that he received a text from an Eastern Conference front office executive who said that the Islanders are getting a raw deal with their nine-game road trip that saw them play three of the last four nights stretched over a 92-hour span in Dallas, Chicago, and Calgary.

"Isles should be livid over this horse---- schedule," Staple said the text read.

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Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund checks into the boards New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)
Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund checks into the boards New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders allowed four first-period goals in a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome. >> Read more


First period:

  • 14:56 CAL Michael Frolik; Assists: Dougie Hamilton, Mikael Backlund
  • 16:28 CAL T.J. Brodie; Assists: Alex Chiasson, Matt Stajan
  • 17:10 CAL Micheal Ferland; Assist: Sean Monahan
  • 19:36 CAL Sean Monahan; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, Hamilton
Tags: Calgary Flames, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Shane Prince
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 (Eric Bolte)
(Eric Bolte)

19 games is all that remains of the 2016-17 regular season. That's right, I said 'regular season'. The New York Islanders languished in, or close to, last place in the Eastern conference for almost the entire first half before a 24-12-7 (64% of possible points) run put them right back into playoff contention.

And while the Islanders have certainly been helping themselves, there is no shame in accepting a little more assistance on the side from your friends, as the out-of-town scoreboard has been kind to them recently, as well.

3-1-1 on their current franchise record nine-game road trip, they now head on their annual Western Canada trip to face the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks before closing out in St. Louis as they make their way back towards Brooklyn.

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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save on Chicago's Jordin Tootoo in the first period. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save on Chicago's Jordin Tootoo in the first period. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Artemi Panarin sent the game to overtime with a late goal in regulation, then connected in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Islanders Friday night in Chicago.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling makes a save on a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic in front of New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling makes a save on a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic in front of New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Patrick Kane continues to dazzle Chicago Blackhawks fans and teammates alike.

After scoring two hat tricks in his last three games, it's no wonder some have dubbed him "Hat Trick Kane."

"Unbelievable," said Nick Schmaltz, a rookie center with the Blackhawks. "He's been doing it all year. Pucks are going in for him right now. It's fun to see, it's fun to watch."

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