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.
John Tavares scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:51 into overtime after New York blew a 4-2 lead, as the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Monday at Bell Centre. >> Box score
Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Montreal Canadiens, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
Atop of the Islanders' large to-do list is to make sure star C John Tavares wants to return in 2018, and it appears the All-Star would like to.
"I hope to stay in Long Island," Tavares told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "There's a lot of positive things going forward with the organization and the team here. I haven't thought about being anywhere else but with the Islanders."
Tavares will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, as his six-yaer, $33 million deal he signed back in 2012. The Islanders have until July 1 of this year to sign Tavares before he officially hits the market.
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The New York Islanders returned from their league-mandated bye week and captured their second consecutive win, this one in convincing fashion, trouncing the rival New York Rangers, 7-2 at Madison Square Garden.
Islanders C Casey Cizikas may have to sit out awhile after suffering an "upper-body injury" against the Rangers on Saturday.
Cizikas went down hard in the second period, and immediately left the game never to return. After the game, head coach Doug Weight couldn't believe another one of his players could be out of the equation for a significant amount of time.
"It's getting worse, that's all I can tell you," Weight told The Post's Brett Cyrgalis. "It's upper body and it's not great. You've got to get some good looks at it, but he won't be playing the next little while, at least."
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The Islanders resumed their 2017-18 season with a bang, beating the Rangers 7-2. Mathew Barzal enjoyed a five point afternoon, with two goals and three assists and Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and added an assist.
- 6:06 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle
- 14:25 NYR Kevin Hayes (PPG); Assist: Rick Nash
- 16:25 NYI Shane Prince; Assist: Scott Mayfield
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NEW YORK -- A pair of local rivals will resume their frantic race for an Eastern Conference playoff berth Saturday afternoon, when the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden.
Both the Rangers and Islanders are coming off their five-day "bye week" and will be playing for the first time since Sunday, when the visiting Rangers fell to the Vegas Golden Knights, 2-1, while the host Islanders edged the New Jersey Devils, 5-4, in the shootout.
The results further tightened an already cramped race for the Eastern Conference wild card spots. The Rangers (22-15-5) have sole possession of the first wild card in the East, one point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Islanders first-round draft pick back in 2014, Michael Dal Colle, is set to make his NHL debut against the Rangers on Saturday.
Dal Colle could see some significant time in his debut, according to head coach Doug Weight. His call-up was due to injuries involving Josh Bailey and Andrew Ladd, and Dal Colle may be asked to fill their void.
"He could get north of 13, 14, or 15 (minutes), or he could get six," Weight told Newsday's Jordan Lauterbach. "He can dictate that, I'm sure he's going to work. But, I expect him to play."
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Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang admitted he is going through some growing pains after he was a healthy scratch from AHL Bridgeport's lineup on Wednesday.
"When you start the year in the NHL and then get scratched in the AHL in the same year, it's kind of … it's kind of mentally tough," Ho-Sang told the New York Post's Greg Joyce.
The Islanders have emergency recalled Anthony Beauvillier and Michael Dal Colle from Bridgeport. Sebastian Aho has also been recalled from the organization's AHL affiliate, the team announced.
On Sunday, Beauvillier and Aho were loaned to Bridgeport during the Islanders break in schedule. Dal Colle is yet to make his NHL debut.
Beauvillier, 20, has played 32 games with the Islanders this season. He's accumulated 8 points, with 5 goals and 3 assists and is a minus-9. In 66 games with the Islanders last season, he had 24 points with 9 goals and 15 assists and was a plus-1. Beauvillier was a first round pick of the Isles in 2015...
Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky is "confident" that his club will play some games at Nassau Coliseum while their new arena is being built at Belmont Park.
However, in the same breath, Ledecky also tossed cold water on the notion that the Isles would play at their former home on a full-time basis during the construction of their new home. The Islanders called the Coliseum home from 1972-2015 before moving to Brooklyn.
John Tavares and Josh Bailey have been named to the NHL All-Star Game's Metropolitan Division team, the Islanders announced Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Tavares will make be playing in his fourth consecutive All-Star game and fifth overall. Tavares leads the Islanders with 22 goals and 51 points in 43 games. New York's captain is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals and is sixth in points. A free agent at the conclusion of the season, Tavares is on pace to eclipse his personal bests of 38 and 86 points, both established during the 2014-15 campaign.
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John Tavares should not, and almost certainly will not, be dealt by the Islanders prior to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26.
The question of whether Tavares should be traded - instead of the Islanders potentially losing him in July as an unrestricted free agent for nothing in return - continues to be raised in league circles and by columnists.
To be clear, the view here is that Tavares should not be traded. The return is unlikely to match the damage done by giving up on trying to re-sign him.
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, along with others, visited the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum Tuesday to see if it could be a temporary home for the Islanders, per Newsday's Jim Baumbach.
The Islanders received word that they will likely get the official lease to the Belmont Park property in Spring 2019 after an "environmental review process" that will start in March, and would likely take "12 to 16 months." With the team's current lease at Barclays Center up after the 2018 season, they will need to find a one-year home as the arena would be ready until the 2020-21 season, barring any setbacks.
The Coliseum was never in play as the team's permanent residence, but one year while the new arena is built wouldn't hurt. This is why Bettman, along with Isles' co-owner Jon Ledecky, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark, and Long Island Association CEO Kevin Law, toured the Coliseum to see exactly what was renovated.
The Islanders are likely to receive an official lease from Empire State Development for the Belmont property in Spring 2019 following an environmental review process, per Newsday's Jim Baumbach.
The environmental review could take about "12 to 16 months" as it starts this March. In the meantime, the Islanders and Barclays Center are currently discussing interim arena plans considering the arena won't be ready until the 2020-21 season at the earliest. They are set to play at Barclays Center next season, after which their home is up in the air.
The NHL has noted they are open to a Nassau Coliseum reunion for the Islanders if need be. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Post it would be up to the Islanders if that move back to the Coliseum happens.
NEW YORK -- The only thing the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils need more than the NHL's version of a "bye week" is a win heading into their time off.
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The New York Islanders limp into the final game before the league-mandated five-day bye with questions being asked of them by head coach Doug Weight and the entire fanbase about their heart, grit, and battle level.
The Islanders lost to the Penguins 4-0 on Friday night and the game may prove to be more costly than it just being the team's fifth straight loss.
Josh Bailey, who's tied for the team lead in points (50) with John Tavares, left in the first period with a lower-body injury. He did not return to the game and is likely to be out for the team's next game against the Devils on Sunday.
"I don't have a substantial report," Doug Weight said after the game, via Kyle Schnitzer of NY Post. "Obviously, he didn't return so it's not great. … I think he looks like I wouldn't expect to see him, but maybe it's a good time for a break."
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The Islanders have recalled forward Anthony Beauvillier, the organization announced.
Beauvillier, 20, has played in 31 games with the Islanders this season. He's accumulated 7 points, with 4 goals and 3 assists and is a minus-8. In 66 games with the Islanders last season, he had 24 points with 9 goals and 15 assists. He was a plus-1.
The forward scored two goals with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, on Friday. He was drafted 28th overall by the Islanders in 2015.
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By losing to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins 4-0 Friday night, the Islanders losing streak has grown to five games.
The Islanders have conceded no fewer than four goals in any of the five games, leaking 21 goals in total. Their normally steller offense has largely failed to pick up the pieces, scoring more than two goals in just one of the five losses.
In a word, the players are frustrated with themselves. Anders Lee gave voice to that after Friday night's loss.
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The Islanders dropped their fifth straight game as the Penguins shut them out at Barclays Center, 4-0, Friday night. << Box Score
No offense came in the first period, but the Penguins changed that early in the second when Daniel Sprong got one passed Jaroslav Halak just 41 seconds into the period.
After Ryan Pulock was called for tripping at 2:09, Evgeni Malkin capitalized on the power play. Sidney Crosby would notch his third point of a four-point night on a goal at 15:50 in the period to break it wide open.
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Islanders G Thomas Greiss ended Jaroslav Halak's six-game start streak in net Thursday night against the Flyers, but it wasn't a game to remember.
Greiss had another game where he allowed at least five goals, which is now the fifth time in the last six starts it has happened.
"In speaking with Thomas, he's frustrated," head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Brian Heyman. "That's for sure. He looked to be aggressive...He's got to keep fighting. He battled in the third period. I thought he continued to compete and let us get back into the game in that last 15 minutes."
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NEW YORK -- A pair of struggling Metropolitan Division teams looking to avoid losses on back-to-back nights will square off Friday when the New York Islanders host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center.
Both teams fell further behind in the jam-packed Eastern Conference playoff picture Thursday, when the Penguins were blanked by the host Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 and the visiting Islanders suffered their fourth straight loss when they could not complete a three-goal comeback in a 6-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The results Thursday should lend some urgency to Friday's game for both teams. The Islanders (20-17-4) fell out of a tie for the second wild card spot by virtue of their loss and the Hurricanes' win while the Penguins (20-19-3), the reigning Stanley Cup champions, are three points behind Carolina and one point ahead of the last-place Flyers in the Metropolitan. << Read more
All along, it appeared to just about everyone that the Islanders' problems were goaltending and team defense. But after the words of head coach Doug Weight at practice Wednesday and then after the 6-4 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday, you have to wonder if something else is wrong with the team.
On Wednesday, Weight questioned the psyche of his team.
"We have some young players, but it's time for our group to lose the frailty BS," he said.
The Islanders fall to the Flyers 6-4 after a disastrous second period that saw the team hemorrhage four goals.
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PHILADELPHIA -- After suffering identical 5-1 home losses on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders should be playing with some added intensity when they meet Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers (16-15-8) allowed four second-period goals by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their lopsided defeat, their fourth loss in five games.
"It was a good chance to kind of make a statement and get back in the standings," Flyers center Sean Couturier told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We lost that chance, but at the same time, there are 40-some games left (43, to be exact). Lots of hockey left."
The Islanders have agreed to a five-year contract extension with D Scott Mayfield, the team announced Thursday.
The deal is worth an average of $1.45 million annually, according to Newsday.
Mayfield, 25, has two goals and eight assists in 29 games with the Isles this season, and leads the team with 35 penalty minutes.
Kieffer Bellows, Otto Koivula and Robin Salo were already high on the Islanders' prospect list. The trio has done nothing to change that perception with their performances in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship taking place in Buffalo, NY.
While Koivula and Salo's Finnish team was eliminated in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic, Bellows will take his tourney-leading six goals for Team USA into Thursday's semifinals matchup with Sweden on Thursday. The Isles' 2016 first-round pick scored twice -- including the go-ahead tally in the third period -- in USA's 4-2 win over Russia on Tuesday.
Islanders head coach Doug Weight is hoping winger Tanner Fritz, who was called up from Bridgeport Monday, can spark his struggling third line.
Fritz, who leads the Sound Tigers with 35 points in 29 games this season, didn't expect to see his NHL debut at this point in his career. However, Weight made it known that Fritz was suiting up against the Bruins Tuesday night, and he officially checked that milestone off his list.
"A couple years ago I don't think I would've seen myself in this position but I kept working hard, working at my game, trying to get better each day," Fritz told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "I'm thankful I've gotten a couple good opportunities and I've taken advantage of those."
It was close, but then it got ugly after the Bruins poured in three, third-period goals to stomp the Islanders at home Tuesday night.
After a 5-8-2 record last month, head coach Doug Weight wanted his team to turn the page and look toward brighter things in the new year. However, he saw more darkness overcome his squad, and it is beginning to take a toll on everyone.
"Adversity is hitting us between the eyes right now as a group, as a staff, as players. We've gotta find a way," Weight told The Post's Greg Joyce. "If you're going to use words like flat or a little sluggish at times in the second and third [periods], getting overpowered, it's concerning. But it's not going away. We got three really big games and we gotta figure it out. We gotta go to work [Wednesday] and get back our mojo, our fierceness that we seemed to have let drift."
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The Boston Bruins turned a tight game into an easy victory on Tuesday night when they scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Islanders, 5-1, at Barclays Center. >> Box score
NEW YORK -- The Boston Bruins hope to begin 2018 by picking up where they left off in 2017. The New York Islanders, meanwhile, need a fresh start more than perhaps any playoff contender.
Islanders F Josh Bailey was named the NHL's second star of th month of December, the league announced Tuesday.
Bailey tallied seven goals and 15 assists for a total 22 points during the Islanders' 15 games in December. He has at least one point in 13 of his last 15 games. He also had seven mutli-point games, which included his first career hat trick.
The 28-year-old is currently tied for first in the league with 38 assists, and is second overall with 50 points on the season. He had a career-high in points last season with 56, but he is more than likely to surpass that total this year.
Bailey will look to pick up where he left off against the Bruins tonight at Barclays Center to kick off the new year.
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The best piece of wisdom I've ever heard about the art of trading hockey players was shared about 15 years ago by a visiting assistant general manager in the Coliseum press box.
"One thing about trades," he said between shovels of popcorn, "nobody knows the players in these deals better than the team trading them."
A few years later, on Feb. 27, 2007, I recalled this insight when Garth Snow called me down to his office. At the time, which was less than an hour before the NHL trade deadline, I was drafting a statement to explain why the Islanders decided not to make a major deal. You know, "We weren't going to mortgage the future for a rental," and, "The other teams really were pushing for our great prospects." That sort of thing. Richard Zednik and Marc-Andre Bergeron, acquired earlier, would have to suffice.
Tags: Calvin De Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Chris Botta
Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders when they play the Bruins at home tonight at 7 p.m., head coach Doug Weight said.
The recently recalled Tanner Fritz will also be in the lineup for the Isles. This season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, he has notched 10 goals and 25 assists in 29 games. His 35 points is ranked fifth in the AHL.
Alan Quine will be out of Weight's lineup on Tuesday, while the defensive lines will remain the same.
The Islanders are 4-5-1 in their last ten games, and looking to start the new year off right. Three out of their four games this week will be at home.
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The Islanders Anthony Beauviller and Steve Bernier have been sent down to AHL Bridgeport, the team announced on Monday.
Beauviller, 20, tallied four goals and three assists in 31 games in his sophomore season with the Islanders. He played in 66 games last season, where he totaled 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists).
The 32-year-old Bernier was recalled from Bridgeport on Dec. 15, and has played in just four games with the Islanders this season. With the Sound Tigers, he notched 10 goals and four assists in 21 games.
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Doug Weight's final game of 2017 ended with an early exit, as he cursed off the referees during the Islanders' matchup against the Avalanche on the road Sunday night.
After an interference call was made on Adam Pelech, Gabriel Landeskog notched a power-play goal, which marked the third goal of the second period. Landeskog would capitalize on another power play just under two minutes later, and Weight snapped.
Assistant coach Luke Richardson, who filled in after Weight's ejection, explained that Weight's fury was to try and light a fire under an Islanders team that was getting dominated.
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Josh Bailey scored for the second time in three games, but it was not nearly enough to overcome a barrage of goals from the Colorado Avalanche in a 6-1 Islanders loss on Sunday night at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche rode four second period goals, including two power play goals by Gabriel Landeskog, to an easy victory. >> Box score
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter: As the new year is right around the corner and calendars turn from 2017 to 2018, I want to, first and foremost, take this opportunity to thank you, the reader! Thank you for reading, interacting and following me and the entire crew here at SNY this past year. We truly appreciate the support and we look forward to continuing our coverage as the Islanders battle in the hotly contested Metropolitan division.
With that said, I received many questions via Facebook yesterday and will take the opportunity over the next two scratchpads to answer them to the best of my knowledge. Without further ado, here we go….
Sometimes in the National Hockey League, an opposing goaltender will turn in a masterclass performance and there's next to nothing that any set of forwards can do about it.
That's exactly what happened to the Islanders against the Jets on Friday night. Not even the NHL's highest-scoring team could unlock Connor Hellebuyck as the goalie saved 44 of 46 shots faced...
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- 2:32 WPG Shawn Matthias; Assist: Adam Lowry
- 16:57 WPG Blake Wheeler; Assists: Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor
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The first five games of the 2017-18 season were a struggle for Mathew Barzal. Adapting to life in the National Hockey League is never easy for a rookie and after only playing two games last season, including the infamous outing where he touched the puck from the penalty box, doubts could have crept into the 20-year old's head.
But lest we forget we're talking about a player whose draft stock fell in part due to what some team executives felt was a 'cocky attitude' and an abundance of self-confidence. Well placed stories tell the tale of Barzal responding to why a team should select him with 'don't and see how that works out for you'. General manager Garth Snow jumped at the chance to select the young, dynamic forward with the 16th pick of the 2015 entry draft after the Boston Bruins passed not once, not twice but three times...
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Winnipeg Jets hope a Yogi Berra-ism applies to them after losing No. 1 center Mark Scheifele for six to eight weeks with a serious injury to his right shoulder or arm on Wednesday.
"We have deep depth," the late skipper once said of his New York Yankees.
The depth of the Jets' roster will be severely tested in the aftermath of the 24-year-old Scheifele falling awkwardly into the end boards halfway through their 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders when they play the Jets in Winnipeg tonight at 8 p.m., head coach Doug Weight said.
Steve Bernier will be in for Anthony Beauvillier.
Sebastian Aho, who was recently recalled from Bridgeport, will not be in.