After spending months of extensive research, by watching countless hours of game tape and interviewing potential draft prospects along with their respective junior hockey league coaches, it is my pleasure - here on Islanders Point Blank - to file the first annual IPB’s 2012 NHL Mock Draft.


The 2012 NHL Entry Draft – the 50th edition – will be held on June 22-23, emanating from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.


1. Edmonton – Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL) – The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Yakupov has been the consensus top overall choice since the first draft rankings were announced back in September. Nine months later, no other draft-eligible prospect has made the 18-year-old winger even break a sweat. By winning the draft lottery for a third straight season, becoming the first team since the 1989-91 Quebec Nordiques to select first overall three consecutive years, the Oilers hold all the cards. Yet, despite the fact that its most glaring need is on the blue line, Yakupov’s overall skill-set might just be too much to bypass. Accepting feeds from 2011 first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will give older Oilers fans the opportunity to relive their youth, as they envision Mark Messier feeding Wayne Gretzky back when the team won four Stanley Cups in five seasons.


2. Columbus – Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksands IF (SWE) – Is this the day that the Blue Jackets finally send seven-time, 30-goal scorer Rick Nash packing? If so, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Forsberg would fill a glaring need. Drawing comparisons to Anaheim’s Corey Perry, the 17-year-old Forsberg would be a tremendous complement to 2010 first round selection Ryan Johansen. Yet, despite the fact that his stock has grown since arriving last week at the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, all indications are that he will return to his junior team in Sweden for the 2012-13 campaign.


3. Montreal – Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL) – Despite only dressing for two regular season games this past season – after suffering a torn ACL - the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Galchenyuk returned to the Sting postseason line-up without missing a beat. The Wisconsin-born, Belarusian-raised center has fully recovered from his injury. He took part in all the physical tests at the NHL Scouting Combine. Scouts marvel at his playmaking abilities, believing that it was he who elevated line-mate Yakupov’s overall play at Sarnia. Canadiens fans should be excited at the prospects of 18-year-old Galchenyuk and 23-year-old winger Max Pacioretty playing off one another, in hopes of of reviving an offense that ranked 20th in the league in goals scored.


4. ISLANDERS – Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL) – Filling an immediate need, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Murray, who grew up patterning his game after former New Jersey Devils defenseman and future Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer, would be a steadying force to a blue line that only returns three players – Mark Streit, Travis Hamonic and Andrew McDonald – from its 2011-12 roster. The 18-year-old also played admirably for Team Canada at the recent World Championships, filling in for an injured Marc Methot. He drew rave reviews from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. The most NHL-ready defenseman would be given every opportunity to win an opening night roster spot on Long Island.


5. Toronto – Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL) – In his first season playing on North American soil, Faksa stepped into the shadows left behind by former Kitchener captain and current Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog and excelled. Faksa collected 67 points – 29 goals and 38 assists – in 62 games. Ranked 17th in TSN Craig Button’s latest prospect rankings, Faksa’s meteoric rise up the draft boards draws similarities to that of Ryan Strome, who was selected fifth overall by the Islanders in the 2011 draft after a late surge up the draft rankings. The 18-year-old Faksa, who is also able to slide over to the wing, draws comparisons to current Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.


6. Anaheim – Matthew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL) – The six-foot, 185-pound Dumba is the prototypical high-risk, high reward selection. Not afraid of throwing his body around, Dumba has drawn comparisons to Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, despite giving up three inches and 30 pounds to the 27-year-old Leaf. As veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is considered a question mark to return to the Ducks lineup for the 2012-13 campaign, the 17-year-old Dumba – with a solid training camp – could find his way onto the Ducks’ opening night line-up to play alongside fellow youngsters Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa.


7. Minnesota – Jacob Trouba, D, USNTDP (USHL) – Born in neighboring Rochester, Minnesota, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Trouba showcased his talents by playing for the U.S. National Training Development Program in Ann Arbor. A stay-at-home physical defenseman in the mold of Chris Pronger, Trouba has the make-up fit for the cold winter nights in Minneapolis, St. Paul. Despite the fact that Trouba plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall, the Wild – with patience - might be getting the draft’s top-overall defenseman in the long run.


8. Carolina – Mikhail Grigorenko, C/RW, Quebec (QMJHL) – The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Grigorenko recorded 85 points – 40 goals and 45 assists – playing for Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Once looked at as a sure-bet, top-five overall pick, Grigorenko’s work ethic has come into question. Still, at this point of the draft, the offensively-challenged Hurricanes - who still have their eyes set on reuniting Eric Staal with his brother Jordan in a potential offseason trade with the Penguins - would be foolish to let an Evgeni Malkin-clone slip through its fingertips.


9. Winnipeg – Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL) – The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Reinhart might be the most imposing physical defenseman to be selected in the entire draft. Yet, having just completed his second full season in Edmonton, many still question whether the son of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart is still yet too raw to play on the NHL scene next season. Whether it has to wait an extra season or two, envision the 18-year-oldReinhart – a Shea Weber-type defenseman – clearing bodies in front of a raucous crowd at MTS Centre. He and 2008 first round pick Zach Bogosian could form a beautiful partnership.


10. Tampa Bay – Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL) – The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Maatta - just 17 years old - played his best hockey at the most opportune time for both the Knights and his personal draft standing. After collecting a respectable 32 points – five goals and 27 assists – in his first season outside of Finland, Maatta – the first overall pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft – would became a playoff sensation playing alongside Jarrod Tinordi – a 2010 first round selection by Montreal. In 19 games, Maatta scored six goals and registered 17 assists, as he helped the Knights capture the 2012 OHL Championship Title. Maatta, who has drawn comparisons with impending UFA Ryan Suter has his sights set on playing in the NHL in the fall. He and 2009 second overall selection Victor Hedman could be a deadly duo in the Sunshine State.


11. Washington (from Colorado) – Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL) – With both offensive defensemen Mike Green (RFA) and Dennis Wideman (UFA) expecting to test the free agent waters, a huge gap is left on the Capitals blue line. As John Carlson continues to mature into a bona-fide top pairing defenseman, the void on the power play – without Green or Wideman – would be glaring. Morgan Rielly, a 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman, might just be what the doctor ordered. Despite missing 50 games last season with a knee injury, the 18-year-old Rielly – who has drawn comparisons to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson - is an offensive dynamo from the blue line. Considered by many the top offensive defenseman in the entire draft, Rielly might need some fine tuning back in Moose Jaw, but he isn’t long for an NHL invite.


12. Buffalo – Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (Finland) – While the team continues to pursue Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh in a offseason trade, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Teravainen would be no consolation prize to a team in dire need of scoring punch. Having played the past four seasons in his native Finland, the 17-year-old Teravainen – who has been compared to Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky - would follow in the footsteps of fellow diminutive forwards Nathan Gerbe (5-foot-5) and Tyler Ennis (5-foot-9) on a journey to upstate New York. He is a project with top-six upside and 30-goal potential.


13. Dallas – Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL) – The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ceci more than doubled his previous two seasons’ point total – 46 - with a 60-point campaign in 64 games for the 2011-12 Ottawa 67’s. Finishing second to Niagara’s Dougie Hamilton (72) in OHL scoring for a defenseman, also helped him elevate his overall draft status. A projected top-four NHL defenseman, Ceci would provide immediate depth on an aging Stars blue line, as both Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray’s NHL careers are winding down. The 18-year-old Ceci has drawn comparisons to Calgary’s Anton Babchuk.


14. Calgary – Matt Finn, D, Guelph (OHL) – As both Cory Sarich and Scott Hannan head into free agency in the next couple of weeks, the Calgary Flames are sure to be looking to add quality depth on their blue line. Enter 6-foot-2, 200-pound Matt Finn. When interviewed earlier this year, Finn referred to himself as a defenseman who plays “a quiet game”. Quiet to some might mean non-descript, yet to other’s Finn’s steady play could translate into a defenseman ready to embark on a 10-to-15 year NHL career. Compared to Carolina’s Tim Gleason, the 18-year-old Finn isn’t showy or flashy, yet he might be a player who could be a building block in Alberta.


15. Ottawa – Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda HC (Sweden) – No better introduction to the NHL game than learning from fellow countrymen Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Collberg possesses a deadly snap shot. Compared to Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, the 18-year-old Collberg could use another year or two of development time in Sweden. Yet, when ready, he should see 2011 first round pick and fellow countryman Mika Zibanejad on his line.


16. Washington – Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL) – Mature beyond his years, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Gaunce was named assistant captain of his OHL team at just 17 years old. Learning from older brother Cameron – a Colorado Avalanche draft pick – who himself played alongside Steven Stamkos and Michael Del Zotto, back in their school-boy days in Markham, Ontario, Brendan elevated his play in his second OHL season, collecting 68 points in 68 games. With hopes of transitioning their play from the frustrations that impending UFA Alexander Semin brought to them on a nightly basis, the Capitals need not worry about Gaunce – a future NHL captain – who will bring his proverbial lunch pail to the office and play with maximum intensity.


17. San Jose – Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL) – Coming off a season-ending shoulder injury, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Koekkoek could be the type of jewel that San Jose is looking for. After suffering through another early playoff exit, transitioning a hungry Koekkoek into a veteran lineup might be the juice that this organization is needed. Learning from perennial all-stars Dan Boyle and Brent Burns could help ease Koekkoek’s transition onto the NHL scene. Compared to Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, the 18-year-old Koekkoek was recently cleared by medical doctors at the NHL Scouting Combine with full bill of health.


18. Chicago – Tom Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL) – Once the Windy City takes a first glance at the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Tom Wilson, they will instantly fall in love. Blue collar by nature, the 18-year-old Wilson could be the spark that this organization – frustrated by a first-round exit to Phoenix – needs. He is willing and able to engage physically. One should expect Vince Vaughn to don Wilson’s sweater just days after he steps foot on the United Center ice. Wilson draws comparisons to Boston’s Milan Lucic.


19. Tampa Bay (from Detroit) – Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL) – Needing much-needed depth on the blue line, the six-foot, 190-pound Pouliot is another one of those steady defensemen destined for a long and productive NHL career. Playing against the likes of Dumba, Rielly, Reinhart and Murray in defensive-laden Western Hockey League has matured Pouliot to the player that he is today. Finishing fourth amongst WHL defenders in points scored, the 18-year-old Pouliot couldn’t ask for two better mentors to hone his game than Lightning defensemen Eric Brewer and Mattias Ohlund.


20. Philadelphia – Brady Skjei, D, USDP (USHL) – Having already committed to the University of Minnesota, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Skjei provides the Flyers organization a presence on the back end. As defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger are fully aware that their best years are behind them, the 18-year-old Skjei could be that big, physical defenseman that should help the likes of Niklas Grossmann and Braydon Coburn in the future. Yet, patience is a virtue. Don’t expect him to don a Flyers sweater for at least three seasons.


21. Buffalo (from Nashville) - Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL) – Committed to the University of Vermont in the fall, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Girgensons possesses a skill-set that have many scouts comparing him to Chicago’s Jonathon Toews. A native of Latvia, Girgensons has honed his skills stateside, playing for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. In his two seasons in Dubuque, Girgensons has collected 104 points in 100 games. The 18-year-old Girgensons is projected to be a top-six forward on the pro level, and could provide the Sabres some desperately needed scoring punch, come 2014.


22. Pittsburgh – Tomas Hertl, LW, Slavia (CZE) – Having selected Jaromir Jagr fifth overall back in the 1990 NHL Draft, the Penguins are definitely not shy in plucking young talent from overseas. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Hertl – who has drawn comparisons to Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal - plays a strong two-way game, and projects as a top-six forward on the NHL level. Having just completed his first full season playing for Slavia Praha HC, one would expect the Penguins to allow Hertl to develop even more, until ready.


23. Florida – Henrik Samuelsson, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL) – Son of former Pittsburgh Penguins Ulf Samuelsson, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Samuelsson transitioned quite well to the North American game this past season. While playing 28 games for head coach Derek Laxdal and the Edmonton Oil Kings, Samuelsson scored seven goals and added 16 assists. He also racked up 42 penalty minutes, much to his father’s approval. In 17 playoff games, Samuelsson raised his play, scoring four goals and adding 10 assists, as he helped the Oil Kings capture the 2012 WHL Championship Title. For the Panthers, Samuelsson’s frame would be a welcoming addition. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf.


24. Boston – Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL) – Brother of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban – a pest to Bruins nation – Malcolm, 18, is more mild mannered that his older sibling. Subban also plays between the pipes, and has the athleticism to be a franchise goaltender. With word that Bruins net-minder Tim Thomas is unsure whether he wants to play in the 2012-13 season, the Bruins might be ready to groom a potential franchise-building goaltender. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Subban, whom scouts compare favorably to Canadiens net-minder Carey Price, posted a 2.50 GAA in 39 games played.


25. St. Louis – Pontus Aberg, LW, Djurgardens (SWE) – A speedster off the far wing, Aberg’s lightning quick first step has already intrigued NHL scouts. The Blues, who are always looking to add quality depth up front to complement a defense that was the stingiest in the entire NHL, allowed a league-low 1.89 goals against per game. Compared favorably to Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, Aberg’s offensive awareness is the reason why many project him to be a top-six forward when he comes stateside. The 18-year-old is expected to play for Djurgardens in 2012-13.


26. Vancouver – Colton Sissons, RW, Kelowna (WHL) – Born in Northwest Vancouver, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Sissons would be a popular choice amongst Canucks fans. Projected to play power forward in the NHL, the 18-year-old Sissons is already mature enough to captain his WHL team at age 18. Sissons, who models his game after fellow Canuck Ryan Kesler, plays a similar two-way style alike his future mate. He should be an instant fan favorite.


27. Phoenix – Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL) – The six-foot, 170-pound Laughton models his two-way game after Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards. In his second season in Oshawa, the 18-year-old Laughton collected 53 points – 21 goals and 32 assists – in 64 games. Projected as a second line center, Laughton might need another year of seasoning to build up his body before joining his brethren in the desert. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to Boston’s Brad Marchand, based on his willingness to throw his body around and having the ability to be a thorn in an opponent’s side.


28. N.Y. Rangers – Stefan Matteau, LW, USNTDP (USHL) – A product of the infamous Notre Dame Academy in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Matteau is projected as a power forward on the NHL level. Matteau, son of former Rangers playoff hero Stephane Matteau, played the past two seasons for the USNTDP juniors, where he collected 19 points in 46 games. He is scheduled to play for Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL in the fall. The 18-year-old’s game compares favorably to current Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. Can a “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau” be in the cards for the 2015 Rangers?


29. New Jersey*(&) - Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon (WHL) – The six-foot, 195-pound Thrower is known for his hard-nosed, no nonsense play on the back end. Yet, this past season in Saskatoon, Thrower showed a propensity of being more of an offensive threat. He recorded 54 points – 18 goals and 36 assists – in 66 games. In his first two seasons in Saskatoon, Thrower was only able to muster 27 points in 123 games. Still, Thrower lives and dies with his intensity he brings onto the ice – night in and night out. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa, and would be a solid replacement to Bryce Salvador, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


30. Los Angeles* - Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph (OHL) – The six-foot, 185-pound Kosmachuk collected 59 points – 30 goals and 29 assists – in his second full season at the ’O’. Known as a smooth skater with a quick release, Kosmachuk possesses a quick motor that doesn’t stop. Having an opportunity to learn from Kings captain Dustin Brown can’t help but expedite the 18-year-old’s development. He has drawn comparisons to Colorado’s Steve Downie, and should be a potential top-nine forward when he is physically ready to play in the NHL.


* - Pick to be decided between Stanley Cup Winner and Runner-up.


& - Pick might be forfeited after team circumvented the salary cap to resign Ilya Kovalchuk back in the summer of 2010.

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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. 

Click below to listen!

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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 New York Islanders are considering recalling goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Bridgeport, head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Steven Marcus on Monday.

"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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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

Click below to listen!

 

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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.

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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. 

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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)

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:

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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."

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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. 

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(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?

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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

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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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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) skates during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) skates during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (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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Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists and the Islanders scored three times in the third period to rally for a 5-4 win over the Stars on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:29 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Jason Chimera
  • 19:52 DAL Jamie Benn (power play); Assists: Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza

Second period:

  • 7:33 DAL Radek Paksa; Assists: Patrick Sharp, Greg Pateryn
  • 10:14 DAL Jason Spezza; Assists: John Klingberg, Tyler Seguin
  • 14:49 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Ryan StromeJosh Bailey

Third period:

  • :25 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Anders LeeJohn Tavares
  • 7:46 NYI Dennis Seidenberg; Assists: Calvin de HaanRyan Strome
  • 9:30 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Nick Leddy
  • 17:09 DAL Jamie Benn (short handed); Assists: 
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome
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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 take the ice for the first time in five days as they face the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

  • The Islanders were shutout by the Blue Jackets on Saturday, 7-0. It was the worst shutout loss on the road for New York since a 9-0 thrashing at the Hurricanes on April 7, 2009.
  • The Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit after two periods to defeat the Penguins on Tuesday, 3-2. The last time Dallas won a home game when entering the third period down by two goals was November 23, 2011 versus Los Angeles.
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Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, players can relax that they have not been moved and fans have had a night's sleep to recuperate from the anxiety that the day brought.

Islanders GM Garth Snow made no moves Wednesday, choosing to not meet the exorbitant price set on number one target Matt Duchene by Colorado GM Joe Sakic, who was under no pressure to move a highly skilled, coveted player with two years remaining on his contract.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Josh Ho-Sang will make his NHL debut Thursday night when the Islanders face the Stars at 8:30, interim head coach Doug Weight said.

Thomas Greiss will be in net.

Shane Prince and Cal Clutterbuck will return to the lineup, while Anthony Beuavillier (illness) is out.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss
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