27. New York Islanders4% seems like a smallish figure (Edit: on second thought, that's pretty decent for the average business in a given year), but once the Islanders actually move into the Barclays it will be interesting to see how these valuations change (especially the operating income). I imagine the Islanders should be easily turning a profit, but since we don't know the specifics of the agreement with the Barclays Center, it's tough to say for sure what that number would be. But keep in mind that somewhat amazingly, after nearly a decade of trying to develop on his own, Charles Wang gave up his grand dreams of development to become a tenant in Brooklyn. We don't know what the deal is; but be assured that he either got a nice slice of the pie or a sweetheart rental deal for him to move into someone else's house.
Team value: $155 million
Owner: Charles Wang
Revenue 2011-12: $66 million
Operating income 2011-12: -$16 million
The value of the Islanders increased 4% over last year due to the team moving from the antiquated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the new Barclcays Arena for the 2015 season.
The Islanders are going to be waiting a while to find out who their next opponent is.
They know for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs that they'll play the winner of the Washington-Carolina series, but that series is guaranteed to go until at least Monday night after the Hurricanes defeated the Capitals Thursday night in Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2. The home team has won each game, and Washington will host Game 5 on Saturday before the series shifts back to Raleigh Monday for Game 6. Had Washington won Thursday, they could've won the series on Saturday.
So it will be more than a week between games for the Isles, who clinched a sweep of the Penguins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz didn't have an update on Johnny Boychuk or Cal Clutterbuck, who were both hurt in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Penguins.
The Islanders, who swept Pittsburgh on Tuesday, did not practice on Thursday as they look ahead to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk
Barry Trotz had something to say upon being presented his Stanley Cup ring in November, addressing the Washington squad he had helmed to the franchise's long-awaited first championship the previous spring.
"You can do it again," Trotz told Alex Ovechkin and the Caps in the visiting locker room at Barclays Center. "You'll have to go through the (effing) Island, OK? But you guys can do it again."
No one is scoffing anymore at that middle zing, no one should be snickering anymore at this woebegone franchise, which has proven dramatically what a little adult supervision, accountability, actual on-ice structure -- and a bought-in rallying point concerning a departed superstar -- can do in implementing the longest of overdue culture changes and fostering immediate results.
Tags: John Tavares, Robin Lehner
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The New York Islanders found a perfect recipe and executed it to perfection as they completed a first-round series sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday evening with a 3-1 victory.
"A lot of people wrote us off and they are a bit shocked," Jordan Eberle said on MSG Network. "We are confident in the way that we play. This is one of the tighter knit teams that I have played on. We love battling and playing for each other. You do that every night on a consistent basis you can go places."
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk
The Islanders completed the opening round sweep of the Penguins in a 3-1 road victory to move onto the next stage in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night. >> Box score
Six Takeaways from Tuesday's game
1) Facing elimination on their home ice, the Penguins got off on the board in a hurry to kick off the game. Jake Guentzel opened up the scoring with assists from Sidney Crosby and Jared McCann in the first 35 seconds of this one.
Tags: Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Robin Lehner
The New York Islanders are in position to usher Pittsburgh out of the playoffs with barely a squeak from the Penguins.
The Islanders can complete a four-game sweep in their first-round playoff series with a win Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
It that's a surprise -- Pittsburgh was widely picked to win the series despite finishing one spot and three points behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division -- it shouldn't be, argued New York goaltender Robin Lehner.
Tags: Jordan Eberle, Robin Lehner
Each time the Penguins take a small step forward and attempt to grab momentum, the Islanders respond with force.
The Islanders have pushed the Penguins to the brink of elimination with a 4-1 victory in Game 3, extending their advantage in the series to 3-0.
The Penguins got the quick start they were looking for in their first home game when Garrett Wilson redirected the puck past Robin Lehner to open up the scoring at 12:54 of the first period. The crowd was on their feet, and everything was trending in Pittsburgh's direction.
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The Islanders took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday following a 2-1 victory in Pittsburgh. >> Box score
Six Takeaways from Sunday's game
1. The 3-0 series lead guarantees little, but it's certainly a comfortable spot to be in for the Isles. Only four NHL teams have overcome a 3-0 deficit in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. The most recent team to accomplish the feat were the Kings during the first round in 2014, and Los Angeles went on to defeat the Ranger in the Stanley Cup that year.
The New York Islanders held serve and did it in a favorite, nostalgic place, winning the first two games of their first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at raucous Nassau Coliseum.
Young center Mathew Barzal has enjoyed his first postseason experience as much as those vocal fans have digged cheering the Islanders to a 2-0 series lead.
"I just love the intensity out there," Barzal said. "Being in the playoffs, every game is so big and every play matters so much. I just love how focused our group is and just dialing in to a game."
Winter is here.
With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.
The 2-0 series lead the Islanders are taking into Sunday's Game 3 matinee in Pittsburgh is well-earned. They were the better team throughout two games at the raucous Coliseum. And in Game 2 they clearly had the Penguins rattled, despite the fact that the Pens' core has been through it all over the years in the postseason.
But in the NHL playoffs, no lead is safe, and Barry Trotz knows that as well as anybody. Just last year, when he was with Washington, the division-winning Captials fell behind 2-0 in the first tround against Columbus after dropping the first two games in overtime. They needed double-overtime to take Game 3 and eventually winning four straight to take the series before winning the Stanley Cup.
Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock
The Islanders had every reason to crack after allowing the opening goal following five missed power-play opportunities.
However, it was New York that kept its composure and erased a one-goal deficit en route to a 3-1 victory and commanding 2-0 series lead against Pittsburgh.
The Islanders are supposed to be the inexperienced team after missing the previous two postseasons, but never flinched while facing adversity.
Tags: Anders Lee, Casey Cizikas, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Pittsburgh Penguins
This is everything the Islanders could have hoped for.
They made a charge at the end of the season to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and they've made it count. They used two third-period goals to take Game 2 from the Penguins Friday night, 3-1, in front of a raucous Coliseum crowd and take a 2-0 series lead into Sunday's Game 3 in Pittsburgh.
The Islanders have their first 2-0 lead in a series since 1983, when they won their fourth straight Stanley Cup.
The opening game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins had it all.
It went to overtime, featured three ties, nine penalties -- including a boarding call on the Islanders' Anders Lee that resulted in a potential injury for Penguins defenseman Erik Gudbranson -- and a whole bunch of after-the-whistle pushing and shoving. Meanwhile, the teams traded seven goals, the last of which might remain a viral sensation until the Stanley Cup is hoisted in June.
Anyone ready for a few more of these?
The Islanders wiped the slate clean on their power play entering the playoffs.
It was one of the big concerns entering their first-round series against the Penguins, the fact that they had the third-worst power play in the NHL at 14.5 percent and finished the regular season having converted just three of their previous 50 power-play attempts.
But in the Islanders' Game 1 overtime win against the Penguins on Wednesday, it took all of 25 seconds for the Islanders to score on their first power-play chance of the playoffs, Brock Nelson burying a Jordan Eberle feed in front to put the Isles up 2-1 late in the first period.
Barry Trotz has certainly earned the benefit of the doubt after winning the Stanley Cup last year with Washington and leading the Islanders to an improbable playoff berth. Even so, there were a few eyebrows raised regarding his decision to play Tom Kuhnhackl in a top-six spot over Michael Dal Colle in Game 1 Wednesday night against the Penguins.
There won't be anybody doubting Kuhnhackl's presence in the Game 2 lineup after the forward, who won two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh, had an effective 17:42 in the Islanders' Game 1 overtime victory.
Each moment has the potential to become a game-changing event in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and all teams are searching for an opportunity to build momentum. Every shift gets magnified, every faceoff becomes more critical. Special teams can become an enormous sense of confidence, or have a negative impact on a team that grows with each failed opportunity.
In Game 1 of the Islanders' first-round series against the Penguins, New York managed emotions and overcame two critical moments which could have gotten the best of even the mentally toughest teams.
Tom Kuhnhackl lit the lamp just 33 seconds into the game and sent the Nassau Coliseum crowd into a frenzy. However, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan challenged for offside and the goal was disallowed.
Tags: Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy
In Game 1 of the Opening Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders picked up an exhilirating overtime win over the Penguins to kick off the series.
With the Coliseum packed to the ceiling, the Islanders looked to get on the board first in the opening minute. However, the goal was called back as an Isles player was deemed offside. But less than a minute later, Jordan Eberle potted the first goal of the night.
Phil Kessel would tie the game up for the Penguins later in the period, but the Isles skated into the locker room with the lead after one thanks to a power play goal by Brock Nelson. >> Box Score
As expected, Robin Lehner is likely the Islanders' starting goalie for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Penguins Wednesday night at the Coliseum. Per reports, Thomas Greiss was the only goalie participating in the Isles' optional morning skate, an indication that Lehner will start.
Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin didn't partake in Pittsburgh's optional skate. He's considered a game-time decision along with Zach Aston-Reese, meaning Pittsburgh's lineup is subject to change.
However, based on practice reports from Tuesday, here are the projected lineups for Game 1.
Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner
The Islanders and Penguins face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
The Penguins have their longtime stars and the championship pedigree, but the Islanders have been up for every challenge this season, and what they may lack in individual talent is made up for in commitment and chemistry.
With that in mind, here's a look at how the Islanders and Penguins match up heading into the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield, Thomas Greiss, Tom Kuhnhackl, Valtteri Filppula
This wasn't supposed to happen again at the old barn. April 25, 2015 was it for the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum -- although fans hoped it wouldn't be after the Isles defeated Washington to force a Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs before bowing out of the tournament, out of the barn, out of Long Island.
But against all odds, the biggest, loudest party on the Island is back Wednesday night, and everyone paying money to take part should drink it all in, because it is a deserved reward for the Islanders after the season they've had, the one that nobody saw coming.
Playoff games anywhere, let alone at the Coliseum, seemed like the wildest of dreams once captain John Tavares departed. Nobody would've believed any bit of the path to this moment, Game 1 on Hempstead Turnpike, if it was told back in 2015...
Tags: John Tavares, Robin Lehner, Thomas Greiss
Among those who felt John Tavares could have better handled his departure from the Islander last summer is franchise icon Clark Gillies.
The NHL Hall of Famer who won four consecutive championships with the Islanders during the 1980s ripepd the former Isles captain Monday at a fan event hosted by Newsday.
When asked about Tavares not re-signing with the team and inking a seven-year, 77 million deal with the Maple Leafs, Gillies held little back:
Tags: John Tavares
This has been a special year for Islanders goalie Robin Lehner, and not just because he has helped lead the team back to the playoffs with a 25-13-5 record in net this season.
The 27-year-old goalie, who was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed this season, marked the end of a career-best year for him on Sunday by also celebrating the one-year anniversary of his sobriety.
The Islanders goalie reflected on his journey in a tweet, preceded with the caption, "anything is possible with this group."
Tags: Robin Lehner
The Islanders will face the Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Here's the full schedule:
Wed. April 10 7:30 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The Islanders and Penguins will face off in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In advance of the matchup, the teams took turns throwing shade at one another on Twitter.
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WASHINGTON (AP) Valtteri Filppula scored twice in his return from injury, Robin Lehner stopped all 29 shots he faced and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 in each team's regular-season finale Saturday night to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Coach Barry Trotz's team came into the game against his former team needing at least one point to secure a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division, just behind Washington. The Islanders will open the playoffs at home for the first time since 1988 against Pittsburgh.
The Capitals will face Carolina in the first round as they try to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Washington had nothing left to play for in game 82, so center Nicklas Backstrom, right wing T.J. Oshie and defenseman John Carlsonrested and backup goaltender Pheonix Copley started and made 18 saves.
The New York Islanders' division championship drought was extended to 30 seasons Thursday night. But the Islanders can finally end another epic drought Saturday night, when they visit the Washington Capitals in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Each squad was off Friday following pivotal 2-1 wins Thursday, when the Islanders edged the host Florida Panthers in the shootout and the Capitals beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens in regulation.
The win by the Capitals (48-25-8) locked up their fourth straight Metropolitan Division championship and brought an end to one decades-long pursuit for the Islanders (47-27-7), who needed Washington to lose to have a chance to win the division Saturday night. >> Read More
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The New York Islanders, who on Saturday clinched their first playoff berth since 2016, visit the Florida Panthers on Thursday night in what amounts to a tune-up for the postseason.
Twenty Islanders have playoff experience, and five have lifted the Stanley Cup for other teams: defensemen Johnny Boychuk (Boston Bruins, 2011) and Nick Leddy (Chicago Blackhawks, 2013), center Valtteri Filppula (Detroit Red Wings, 2008) and wingers Andrew Ladd (Carolina Hurricanes, 2006; Blackhawks, 2010) and Tom Kuhnhackl (Pittsburgh Penguins, 2016 and 2017).
New Islanders coach Barry Trotz is also a champ, leading the Washington Capitals to the title last year.
"It's always nice when you have an idea what to expect," Kuhnhackl told Newsday. "The intensity and physicality elevates in the playoffs."
The Islanders practiced Wednesday morning before heading to Florida for their penultimate game of the regular season, and there was a piece of encouraging news regarding their center depth.
Valtteri Filppula returned to practice for the first time since suffering what he revealed was a hyperextended elbow on March 19. The next day he was ruled out for four weeks, but he told NHL.com's Brian Compton that he could be ready for Game 1 of the first round last week. Barry Trotz also didn't rule Filppula out for Game 1.
Tags: Robin Lehner, Valtteri Filppula
By losing to the Maple Leafs on Monday and failing to close in on the Capitals, the Islanders left themselves open to losing control of their destiny as they hope to open the playoffs next week at Nassau Coliseum.
But the idle Isles caught two breaks on Tuesday when the Penguins, who are two points behind the Isles in third place in the Metropolitan Division, lost 4-1 to a lottery-bound Red Wings team, and the Blue Jackets fell 6-2 to the Bruins. Carolina defeated Toronto 4-1 to jump Columbus in the standings.
If the boos weren't enough evidence that Islanders fans have yet to forgive John Tavares for signing with the Maple Leafs last offseason, then one spectator's rant against the Isles' former captain really hammered that truth home.
When Tavares headed to the penalty box in the third period of Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Islanders at the Coliseum on Monday, a gentleman used the opportunity to lay into the 28-year-old and gave him a piece of his mind.
"You wouldn't say it to his face"
Not true for this #Islanders fan.
Will this be in a new #DearJohn video? Or will there be another #ThankYouTavares day in Toronto tomorrow? 🤣
Video: t/KeithLavitt pic.twitter.com/MEWiUn0JMT
Tags: John Tavares
The atmosphere wasn't quite as rabid as it was for John Tavares' first return to the Coliseum, but Isles fans of course were none too happy to see their former captain score his first goal against his former club as the Isles fell to the Leafs Monday night, 2-1, in their final home game of the regular season. Tavares' goal ended up being the game-winner.
Worse for the Isles is they failed to capitalize on an opportunity to close the gap on Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead as the Capitals lost to the Panthers. The Isles remain three points back with two to play. Robin Lehner made 16 of his 36 saves in the first period. >> Box score
Robin Lehner is going to help 7-year-old Jack Foley check the last box off his wish list.
Jack's story went viral on Sunday when his mother Lauren shared a video on her Twitter account of Jack holding a checklist, with "survive 3 open heart surgeries" and "defy the odds & play ice hockey" already checked off. The last item on the list is "receive a stick from Robin Lehner.
"Hi Mr. Lehner. I'll be at tomorrow's game at the barn. Hopefully you'll see me and my poster and you'll help me complete my checklist. Thanks," Jack says in the video.
Tags: Robin Lehner
The most important piece of business for the Islanders was taken care of Saturday night when they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now they look ahead to which seed they might get and who they might face when the first round starts next week.
But even though there are just three games remaining in the NHL regular season entering their Monday night matchup against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Isles can finish anywhere from first in the Metropolitan Division to the last wild-card spot.
Let's take a look at all the playoff scenarios as the Islanders, who currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the Metro, prepare for the final week of the season:
Metropolitan Division champions
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
John Tavares could have reason to celebrate at Nassau Coliseum on Monday night.
The former Islanders captain, who was mercilessly booed and taunted by fans in his return to the arena four weeks ago, can help the Maple Leafs clinch a playoff spot with a win against his former team.
It would also come nine months to the day Tavares spurned the Islanders to sign a seven-year, $77 million deal with Toronto.
Tags: John Tavares
Count the boss as a happy camper this weekend.
Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello called the team's playoff berth -- clinched Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Sabres -- a "tremendous accomplishment," according to Andrew Gross of Newsday.
"It's certainly a tremendous accomplishment, coming from where we were at the beginning of the year," said the longtime executive who is in his first year with the Isles.
The Islanders are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and they'll be playing their first-round matchup against a to-be-determined opponent at the Coliseum.
That's music to Islanders coach Barry Trotz's ears. In his first season with the Islanders, he's learned how valuable home ice can be at the Islanders' home on Long Island compared to the atmosphere at Barclays Center.
"It's got a great vibe, and I'm glad in the playoffs we'll play games here," Trotz told the New York Post. "To me, it just feels right."
The Islanders and their fans had every reason to revel in this moment.
For this isn't some ho-hum achievement, not for a team which missed the playoffs for two seasons after winning a round in 2016 and saw its star player and captain John Tavares leave in free agency, leaving everybody wondering how the Isles would pick up the pieces.
Nine months later, here the Islanders stand with an 'X' next to their name in the standings, punching their ticket to the playoffs at the Coliseum Saturday night with a 5-1 win over a Sabres team which represented the ideal opponent to face in such a clinching scenario, a woeful club offering little resistance. This is the first time the Islanders have clinched a playoff spot in March since 1990, and it's their first time clinching a berth at home in 17 years.
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres
The New York Islanders needed just 33 seconds Thursday night to remove the desperation from Saturday night's penultimate home game and turn it into an opportunity to celebrate.
The Islanders will look to cap one of the biggest surprise stories of the NHL season Saturday night, when they try to clinch a playoff berth against the visiting Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
Both teams were off Friday following chaotic games Thursday. The Islanders came back from a pair of two-goal deficits before Casey Cizikas tied the game with 1:46 remaining and Jordan Eberle scored the winning goal with 1:13 to go in a 5-4 win over the host Winnipeg Jets. The Sabres also overcame a pair of two-goal deficits against the visiting Detroit Red Wings but could not get the go-ahead score and fell in overtime by the same 5-4 score.
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There could be a party-like atmosphere at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
Because the Islanders, who have far exceeded anybody's expectations this season, can clinch a playoff berth by defeating the Sabres on home ice as their magic number is down to two. The Isles have missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons.
Should the Capitals lose on the road against the NHL-best Lightning on Saturday, the Islanders could also pull to within one point of the Metropolitan Division lead. The Islanders and Capitals meet in Washington for the final game of the regular season on April 6.
The Islanders used a three-goal rally in the third period, including two goals within 33 seconds with less than two minutes left, to secure a huge 5-4 win in Winnipeg Thursday night. Now at 97 points and closer to clinching a playoff berth, the Isles overcame three separate two-goal deficits. Casey Cizikas tied the game with 1:46 remaining for his 20th goal of the season, and Jordan Eberle, who scored twice in the third, netted the winner with 1:13 left. Robin Lehner stopped 33 of 37 shots.
With the comeback win, the Islanders' magic number dropped to two, meaning they can clinch a playoff berth Saturday night at the Coliseum. >> Box score
- :13 WPG Adam Lowry; Assists: Brandon Tanev, Nathan Beaulieu
- 6:11 WPG Adam Lowry; Assists: Jacob Trouba, Brandon Tanev
- 10:19 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Jordan Eberle
The fight got a little tougher Tuesday night for the Islanders (44-26-7, 95 points), who are all but assured of making the playoffs -- they will enter Thursday seven points ahead of the ninth-place Blue Jackets -- but are in danger of losing home-ice advantage in the first round -- or falling into a wild card spot.
The third-place Islanders enter Thursday three points behind the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. New York has the same number of points (95) and regulation/overtime wins (40) in the same number of games (77) as the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Penguins occupy second place by virtue of a better goal differential (plus-33 to plus-24).
Should the Islanders lose in regulation and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Capitals on Thursday, the Islanders' lead over the Hurricanes, the first wild card, would fall to just two points. Carolina also has a game in hand on New York.
As the Islanders jockey for position in the standings and roll toward the playoffs, they'll have to do it without Andrew Ladd.
The left-winger suffered a torn ACL and will have surgery this week, general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
"It's not good news, but it's part of the game," he said.
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With the college hockey season wrapping up, NHL teams are beginning to offer former NCAA players entry level contracts. The Islanders made a splash in that space Tuesday when they signed former Boston University captain Bobo Carpenter to a two-year, two-way deal.
Carpenter finished a four-year career for the Terriers last Friday. At BU, the 22-year-old worked his way up from freshman contributor to captain for his senior season. The forward broke out in his junior season, as an assistant captain, with a team-leading 20 goals and 35 points.
In 2018-19, Carpenter played only 27 games while dealing with an injury that allowed him to score 10 goals and add nine assists on the year.
Robin Lehner is back in form, and his upturn is coming at the perfect time for the Islanders.
There was a palpable sense of dread from Islanders fans after the team was shut out in consecutive games last week against Boston and Montreal while giving up nine goals across the two losses. Though this surprising campaign has allowed for dreams of a playoff run, despite Lou Lamoriello standing pat at the trade deadline, suddenly there was worry that the Isles would limp into the postseason before crashing and burning in the first round.
The Islanders desperately needed a big weekend with a back-to-back on tap, and Lehner helped them pull off two victories by making 22 saves in Saturday's 4-2 win in Philadelphia before notching a 31-save shutout on Sunday against the Coyotes.
Tags: Robin Lehner, Thomas Greiss
There wasn't a ton of offense in this one, and for the Islanders, there didn't need to be in order to escape on the right side of the result. The Isles, behind Jordan Eberle's first-period goal, shut out the Coyotes, 2-0, on Sunday.
Brock Nelson added an insurance goal late in the third, and goaltender Robin Lehner stonewalled Arizona for 60 minutes, stopping all 31 shots he faced. The Islanders kept pace with the Capitals, who also won Sunday and remain one point ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division. >> Box score
Tags: Brock Nelson, Jordan Eberle, Robin Lehner
The New York Islanders opened a pivotal weekend back-to-back set Saturday by steadying themselves in the race for the Metropolitan Division crown.
The Arizona Coyotes' playoff hopes may rest on being able to salvage one win in their own back-to-back set Sunday.
The Islanders and Coyotes will each complete a busy weekend Sunday, when New York hosts Arizona in an afternoon game with playoff implications in both conferences at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.