at (36-16-5) (22-29-8)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FMUNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders will get some help on their back end Saturday night as Travis Hamonic will return to the Islander lineup for the first time since January 12. He has been out with an upper body injury since the game in Dallas and has been itching to return to action."It's never easy," Hamonic said about having to sit out. "To be quite honest with you I wish I could play 60 minutes a night. Having to sit on the bench I'd rather be on the ice... It pissed me off every night, whether we were winning or losing. When we're winning you wanna be out there with the team doing it and if you're losing you wanna be out there trying to help."It really gets me going when I have to sit out and watch a game, so I've been looking forward to this moment."Hamonic has missed the last 12 games and over that span the Islanders have gone 4-7-1 without him in the lineup. The Islanders did catch a break earlier in the week with the return of Lubomir Visnovsky.However, there is a question of necessity as to why play Hamonic with just one game to go before the NHL pauses for the lengthy Olympic break. Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told reporters that it was the defenseman who wanted to hit the ice tonight."He wanted to play the last game and he could have played the last game," Capuano said. "He wants to get in there. He wanted to get in the last game. We would never put anyone in a situation that wasn't 100 percent. The same thing with Nabby in the stadium game, so he's ready to go."Hamonic will be paired up with Calvin de Haan during Saturday's contest agains the Colorado Avalanche and the team will not monitor Hamonic too much during the game. "He's ready to go," Capuano reiterated.Isles Healthy for a ChangeThe Islanders will enter Saturday's game against the Avalanche fully healthy for the first time since the beginning of the season. The return of Travis hamonic, and Lubomir Visnovsky earlier this week, the Isles have no players on the injured reserve."Like every other team now you have some bumps and bruises, but guys are battling through it," Capuano said after the morning skate. "In the back end now we've got our guys and both goaltenders are healthy now. We've gone through some tough stretches."Hamonic Added: "I'm not gunna lie it's nice to see everyone healthy. It's nice to see a full roster, but we're not going to use that as an excuse for whats gone on here. There's teams that have had more injuries than we have and that's just part of the process. As a teammate you never wanna see guys sitting out injured."Matt Donovan Sent to BridgeportThe Islanders loaned defenseman Matt Donovan to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday morning.Donovan was the odd man out with the return of Travis Hamonic and he will get to time to continue to work on his game down in Bridgeport. In a 17 game stint earlier in the year he recored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) for the Sound Tigers.
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter: How fitting that, on a night when the Islanders chose to honor all former and current members of the military, even those who wear collars and run on four legs, veteran Johnny Boychuk -- one of the team's most visible supporters of the armed forces -- stood out once again.
The 33-year old defenseman from Edmonton, now in his ninth NHL season and fourth with the Islanders, was a bit of a late-bloomer, not breaking into the league in a full-time capacity until he was 26, playing 51 games with the Bruins.
Before the start of the 2014-15 season, then-Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli needed to dump some cash to help out an inflating salary cap situation. Enter Islanders GM Garth Snow, who acquired the veteran defenseman at a time when his team needed one in the worst way, for two second-round picks and a conditional third rounder...
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NEW YORK -- The NHL season is not even a quarter complete, which should mean it's far too early to wonder about playoff implications of a particular game.
But all norms go out the window in the Metropolitan Division, which the Carolina Hurricanes and the host New York Islanders will both have postseason seeding at least somewhere in their minds when they meet Thursday night at Barclays Center.
The game Thursday will end a mini-break for the Islanders, who haven't played since Saturday, when they snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the host St. Louis Blues 5-2. The Hurricanes won for the third time in four games Monday, when they scored four unanswered goals in the third period of a 5-1 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.
Thomas Greiss will be in goal on Thursday night for the Islanders against the Hurricanes, head coach Doug Weight said.
Josh Ho-Sang, whose recall was changed from an emergency basis to a regular recall, will be in along with Anthony Beauvillier, while Alan Quine is out.
Thomas Hickey and Ryan Pulock are in, while Dennis Seidenberg and Scott Mayfield are out.
The Islanders announced RW Josh Ho-Sang's recall has been changed from emergency to regular.
Ho-Sang returned to the Islanders from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Nov. 11, where he scored his first goal of the season against the Blues.
However, Ho-Sang's availibility against the Hurricanes Thusday could be limited as he had a bad stomach bug at the beginning of the week, per Newsday's Arthur Staple. He was held out of practice on Monday and Tuesday, but was seen on the ice Wednesday.
In seven games this season, Ho-Sang has tallied one goal and four assists.
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The Islanders' victory in St. Louis on Saturday night showed why Doug Weight is the right coach for this team, and why his club will qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The win was the second time in the last few weeks that the Islanders rebounded well from flat performances. The first was on Oct. 28, when Weight's team blew out the Cup-finalist Predators in Nashville after a bad game in Minnesota two nights earlier. Beating the Blues the night after the Islanders stunk in Dallas showed something. As lost as they looked against the Stars, they found their game at the start in St. Louis.
That's not easy to do.
Tags: John Tavares, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Chris Botta
Islanders LW Nikolay Kulemin will be out six months after undergoing a successful surgery on an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Kulemin left last Tuesday's contest against the Oilers, where the Islanders lost in overtime.
The 31-year-old is in his fourth season with the Islanders since joining the team for the 2014-2015 season. While missing only one game over his first two seasons, he was out for 10 games last season.
In 13 games this year, Kulemin has talllied one goal and two assists.
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In the world of professional sports, there isn't a player that will tell you mental preparation isn't important. In fact, it's almost as important as having more skill than your opponent which leads to victories. Sometimes, the sheer will to win outlasts a more talented foe.
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ST. LOUIS -- The good news for the New York Islanders is that they won't have too long to think about getting blown out Friday night with another game set for Saturday night.
The Islanders have recalled RW Josh Ho-Sang on an emergency basis for Saturday's game, according to Shannon Hogan of MSG.
Ho-Sang has played in six games this season for the Islanders, recording four assists and four total points.
The Islanders looked lost in their 5-0 shutout to the Dallas Stars on Friday night, and head coach Doug Weight called them out.
Stars' goalie Ben Bishop faced only 14 shots throughout the three periods as the Stars dominated on every end of the floor. It wasn't the Islanders team Weight was used to seeing, and he made sure they knew that after the game.
"Some heart would be nice to see," Weight told the MSG Network after the game, "some work ethic, maybe following a game plan and maybe some consistency as far as getting pucks in."
The Islanders were shut out in Dallas as the Stars cruised to a win, 5-0, on their home ice. >> Box score
DALLAS -- When the Dallas Stars host the New York Islanders at American Airlines Center on Friday evening, both teams will share a similar goal -- getting a bounce-back win.
The Islanders (8-5-2, 18 points) lost 2-1 in overtime to Edmonton on Tuesday at the Barclays Center. New York will finish the quick two-game road trip Saturday at St. Louis before playing again on Nov. 16 against Carolina.
New York coach Doug Weight said that other than not getting the full two points against one of his former clubs, the Oilers, he was pleased with the Islanders' effort in the overtime loss.
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter: When GM Garth Snow decided to call his 'go-to' in Peter Chiarelli back in June, it was to finalize a lopsided trade that would send Ryan Strome to Edmonton for what was deemed to be an Oilers salary dump in Jordan Eberle.
The 27-year-old forward from Regina had been on the Islanders radar for quite some time and Snow pounced at the opportunity to land the scoring winger who had averaged 27 goals and 62 points in seven previous seasons playing in Alberta while carrying a cap hit of $6 million over the next two seasons.
Eberle then proceeded to marry long-time girlfriend Lauren Rodych before coming to Brooklyn in a ceremony that featured one last hurrah with former and current members of the organization he called home since he was 20-years old...
I wanted to love the Barclays Center when I went to my first Islanders game there two years ago. I grew up in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - twice, actually. The first time was as a child from Hicksville, with the sweetly-gruff security man Mr. Buonagura popping the door open for me and his son Paul on Saturday nights so we could take seats just before the press table in the last row of the old barn. The second time was for the first two decades of adulthood, where I learned a lot about life through some extraordinary times as an Islanders employee.
So when I walked into the Barc for my first game, I didn't want to be that guy who thought everything new was bad.
It didn't last long...
Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Chris Botta
Josh Ho-Sang has been in the AHL for two weeks, and with a roster spot opening up on Wednesday, it begs the question: Is it time to bring him back?
Nikolay Kulemin, who sustained an upper body injury in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Oilers, was placed on injured reserve. Alan Quine (conditioning) was recalled, but he was already on the team's 23-man roster, which means a slot is still available. Ho-Sang was sent to to Bridgeport on October 25, where he has averaged a point per game (two goals, four assists in six contents) since his demotion. He posted four points, all assists, in his six games with the Isles.
Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts: There's a lot to unpack on Ho-Sang. At first blush, his demotion just seemed like another IsLOLanders moment of player development. But this article is an incredible look into the on-air issues that led to Ho-Sang's demotion, and what he needs to work on before he comes back...
The Islanders couldn't capitalize on their third period forecheck, and in turn, dropped the contest to the Oilers, 2-1, in overtime.
It was a lopsided third period as the puck stayed in the Islanders offensive end. However, Oilers G Cam Talbot was stellar, saving 13 shots to cap off a 36-save night. He allowed the one goal from Jordan Eberle in the second period, but was lights out after.
Mathew Barzal knew the Islanders should have cashed in during their late surge.
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The Islanders have recalled F Alan Quine from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and placed Nikolay Kulemin (upper body) on IR, retroactive to Nov. 7.
Quine has been down with the AHL affiliate working on a conditioning loan to get back to full strength. It was the final leg of rehabbing his upper body injury he suffered back in September. He played four games with the Sound Tigers where he notched one goal.
The 24-year-old played 61 games with the Islanders last season where he recorded 18 points (five goals, 13 assists).
Conor McDavid scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday at the Barclays Center. >> Box score
NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders know all too well how playoff aspirations can be ruined by a poor start. They will look to keep reminding Edmonton of that Tuesday night when the skidding Oilers begin a pivotal four-game East Coast trip during an interconference clash at Barclays Center.
Despite the Islanders problems with Barclays Center, they have been enjoying a great record at the Brooklyn arena since the move in 2015.
The Islanders, who are currently awaiting word to build a new arena at Belmont Park, are 52-23-13 at Barclays Center since their move. The organization has complained about its less than adequate location and ice conditions, but their record shows that they like being home.
"The guys just seem comfortable. They play well there," head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Steven Marcus. "They strange thing to me, even when we're not on our game -- I can't say it's the crowd or the atmosphere, whatever it is -- you just have a good chance to win. We've won more games maybe in that building that we feel like coming out of we didn't play that great. We just find ways to win in that building right now, so I don't want to talk too much about it. We have a good mojo there."
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Almost a decade ago, Brendan Witt was the veteran in the corner, quietly enjoying a moment of Zen and a cup of locker room Joe while his younger teammates stretched and gabbed about the night before. When the former Islanders defender visited his old team after their game in Los Angeles last month, Witt grinned when he learned the contemplative veteran in the corner with the coffee was now Josh Bailey.
"Bails was such a great kid," Witt recalled of his teammate's rookie season yesterday in a phone conversation from California. "Quiet, reserved…just 18 years old. He had an eagerness to learn what it took to make it in the NHL. Billy Guerin took him under his wing and we all tried to do our best for Josh. It was a tough season, but people should understand that Bails always had the determination. He cared. Stayed after practice, lived in the weight room. Never stopped putting in the time, asking the right questions.
"He's a very good NHL player now. To see him get better every year and really take off lately is gratifying for any of us around back then."
NEW YORK -- A pair of teams looking to continue rewriting the narratives they endured last season will meet Sunday night, when the New York Islanders host the Colorado Avalanche at Barclays Center.
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A relatively quiet week since we last met, with the Islanders playing only two games, a 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights and a tough 4-3 loss on the road in Washington.
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter : Islanders fans have been desiring a 'true' first line for some time now. To be more specific, a true 'first-line winger' to play with captain John Tavares.
Last season, it wasn't quite good enough that Josh Bailey combined with Tavares and rapidly improving Anders Lee to forge a line that combined for 75 goals -- 31 percent of the team's overall production -- and 174 points. This year, through 13 games, it's even higher at 48 percent.
'He'll regress,' they said. 'He will come back down to earth and be the player he's always been offensively,' they added. 'He doesn't shoot enough' was screamed from the rooftops. And my personal favorite of all, 'How many of his assists are secondary assists, though?'
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Lars Eller's second goal of the night was the decisive one to help the Capitals beat the Islanders, 4-3, on Thursday at Capital One Arena. >> Box Score
WASHINGTON -- John Tavares and the New York Islanders roll into Washington Thursday night to face a Washington Capitals team still forging an identity during a season unlike their last two.
Glasses probably attached, Al Arbour came into this world 85 years ago yesterday and remains a warm, stern and wonderful father figure in so many corners of Islanders Country. When Al walked into a room, you knew it. Few people in any walk of life have used their charisma, commanding presence, booming and sometimes soothing voice for more good.
The greatest coach in any sport ever? A few others tend to be in the forefront of the debate, but you can never go wrong by waving the Islanders' nineteen consecutive playoff series victories in your opponent's face. In any friendly arguments at the bar, I prefer to say, Al Arbour was just the greatest, man.
You've heard many of the tales of the Islanders' evolution under Al from 1973 through the four straight Stanley Cups. So let's just take it back a quarter-century to the other time he performed miracles, with the 1992-93 Islanders, for an example of how he pushed the right buttons.
As the Islanders await the status of their bid for a new arena, co-owner John Ledecky decided to upgrade their practice facility.
Ledecky wants the Islanders to be an attractive franchise, like any other owner would want for their team. However, when players know your team is still in limbo with a new stadium, something must be done to compensate for it. That is why Ledecky poured $7 million into the Northwell Health Ice Center, the Islanders' practice facility in East Meadow, Long Island.
The facility is now one of the best in the NHL with an on-site cyro-chamber and underwater treadmill for rehab assignments, and even a world-class chef for the players and coaches. Ledecky said this new upgrade shows exactly what the organization can do if they were granted to rights to Belmont.
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Five years ago last week, Charles Wang announced that the Islanders would move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season. Although that 25-year lease agreement - erroneously reported to be a windfall of cash that would keep the Islanders flush for a generation - turned out to be toilet paper, it's a good time to consider Wang's legacy as Islanders owner.
The view from here is simple: If you have ever cared about the New York Islanders, then you should know that Wang is the person who kept them here - against all odds, against all reason, possibly at times to the detriment of his sanity. That's his legacy. That's why, for all the times over 16 years when Wang or his hockey team made you hang your head or bang it on the table, this is why he should be remembered fondly.
At the urging of his close friend, former senator Al D'Amato, Wang bought the Islanders in April 2000 to keep the Islanders in New York and -- hopefully someday in the following decade -- build a new arena for Long Island as the centerpiece of development of the Nassau HUB. (All these years later, I instinctively dry-heave whenever I hear that three-letter word)...
The New York Islanders scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods to beat the upstart Vegas Golden Knights 6-3 on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more
Islanders C John Tavares was named the NHL's First Star of the Week after performances that included two hat tricks.
Tavares notched his first hat trick of the week against the Coyotes last Tuesday in a 5-3 victory. He didn't total a point against the Wild on Thursday, but he would rebound with another hat trick against the Predators on Saturday in a 6-2 win.
It was the 27-year-old's seventh and eighth career hat tricks while posting an NHL-best six goals for the week. He also tallied an assists for seven total points.
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The Vegas Golden Knights are threatening to rewrite the template for successful expansion franchises authored four decades ago by the New York Islanders.
The most surprising story in hockey visits the East Coast for the first time Monday, when the surging Golden Knights begin a six-game road trip by visiting the Islanders at Barclays Center. >> Read more
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I know... I know. Joking about power being restored when there is a possibility for some of us to lose it this evening with a powerful nor'Easter approaching is a lame attempt at being clever. Just know, I'm terrible at titles, always have been and sometimes this is all you're going to get, unfortunately. Stay safe people.
Tags: Alain Quine, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Ho-Sang, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
After the Nashville Predators tied the game at 1-1 in the second period, the Islanders scored five unanswered goals and sailed to a 6-2 win on Saturday at the Bridgestone Arena. >> Read more
In their last home game before their yearly CMA road trip, the Nashville Predators will try to defeat fatigue and the New York Islanders Saturday night in Bridgestone Arena.
Less than 24 hours after getting 43 saves from Pekka Rinne in a 2-1 victory at Chicago, Nashville (5-3-2) takes on a New York team that practiced in Nashville Friday after suffering a 6-4 defeat Thursday night in Minnesota.
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SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- As they embark on a two-game road trip, the New York Islanders are getting used to new skaters playing together.
In the midst of a six-game homestand, the injury-riddled Minnesota Wild are doing the same thing.
In ten years as Yankees manager, Joe Girardi led one team to a World Series championship, and another one -- with some incredible young players, but thought to be a little while from contending -- to Game 7 of the ALCS. In that time, he faced the music for his decision-making with a large press corps twice a day for nearly 200 days a year.
In just the latest illustration of the enormous advantage the general manager has of schmoozing the owner in the suite, on the road and over the phone, Garth Snow has out-lasted Joe Girardi in New York.
Josh Ho-Sang is no different than any of the talented and dedicated hockey players before him that have been sent to the minors. His focus should be on putting the work in, being a good teammate, and returning to the Islanders.
Islanders C Alan Quine has been removed from the IR, and will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to work on his conditioning, the team announced Thursday.
Quine has been out with an upper-body injury since Sep. 12, which had him miss all of training camp. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks at the time.
The 24-year-old notched 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 61 games with the Islanders last season.
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St. Louis-born Scott Mayfield, a 6-foot-4, 227-pound defenseman, made an early career in the minor leagues, playing for the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Since 2013-14, when he was 21 years old, it was an early exit from training camp with the main squad to return to Connecticut for another year of riding the buses of the feeder league.
At the beginning of last season, Mayfield had racked up 194 games for the Tigers and only 11 at the NHL level, filling in when injuries called for an extra body to be recalled and made part of the 20-man roster. After being sent back once again, he was recalled and appeared in a career-high 25 games with New York, putting up very respectable numbers with nine points on two goals while averaging 14 minutes of ice time. This year, after paying his dues, the time has come.
The Islanders have sent F Josh Ho-Sang to Bridgeport of the AHL, the team announced Wednesday.
Ho-Sang, 21, had zero goals and four assists in six games this season.
"We've had great talks. It's never easy, whether it's a conversation about being scratched or something like this," head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "It was lengthy, good, healthy and from what I take from it, he couldn't be more excited to go down, prove to himself and the organization that this isn't going to go on anymore, that we do need him and he'll come back and help us here.
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NEW YORK -- A winless team heading out on a five-game road trip faces a difficult enough task. However, the challenges facing the Arizona Coyotes will grow even taller Tuesday night, when they visit a New York Islanders squad accustomed to feasting upon Western Conference foes at Barclays Center.
Invitations were distributed a few months ago for the latest pre-game gathering of Islanders alumni, but this time would be different.
Second-year Islanders majority co-owner Jon Ledecky didn't just send invitation letters to the usual dozen or so former stars. That's the way it had been done for decades by previous management. The inspiration now was, if you even donned an Islanders sweater for just one game, you deserved to be there.
Literally, if you were even just once an Islander, you are always an Islander.