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)

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The Islanders finished the 2016-17 season on a six-game winning streak, which included wins over four teams that did not advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the end, it wasn't enough to continue their modest two-season playoff streak.

An ugly first quarter, marked by questionable defensive coverage, poor transition play, a powerless play and questionable management decisions will have them watching 16 teams compete for the ultimate prize from their living rooms. The fact that their 94 points are just two shy of the NHL record for most while missing the postseason (2014-15 Bruins had 96, 2006-07 Avalanche and 2010-11 Stars had 95) is no consolation, especially to the captain.

"Overall, as a team, it's disappointing, not making the playoffs," John Tavares said. "There are so many games to look back on, the opportunities we let slip away, and that's definitely frustrating. In a sense, it's a step back. What did we have, 94 points? So, three wins off last year. But, it's such a fine line. We need to step back, reflect and prepare to get where we need to be."

As the offseason begins, there are more questions than answers for an organization that still has only one playoff series win in the past 23 years. So, let's dive in and analyze the good, bad and ugly of a season that started all wrong. Later in the week, we'll dive into where we go from here.

The Good

In a 41-win, 94-point season, as bad as you might feel today, there had to be some good, right? You bet there was. It just might take until June to fully see it. I get it. Take your time.

Let's start with Anders Lee, who was unquestionably the team MVP. If you would have told me that after his first 18 games, I would have had you professionally evaluated, as the power forward had a lone tally in that span. He concluded by scoring 33 goals in his next 63 games, finishing with a career-high 34 in addition to 52 points.

To put that in perspective, only Auston Matthews, likely Calder trophy winner, scored more in the same span. He also led the team in power play goals, game-winning goals and shooting percentage. It's the sixth-best single season franchise goal total in the 2000s.



Look beyond meager scoring totals (9-15-24 in 66 games) to appreciate how good a season 19-year old rookie Anthony Beauvillier had. Buried in Jack Capuano's anti-youth movement earlier in the year with sporadic appearances, it wasn't until Doug Weight took over and gave the rookie consistent playing time that he began to shine at both ends of the rink. If the organization sees him as a Frans Nielsen replacement, he's off to a pretty good start.

Joshua Ho-Sang came in and energized the entire offense with his creativity and flair, not to mention offering an alternative to Nick Leddy when it comes to breaking the offensive zone with speed. Some of his passes were sublime. And while he definitely needs to become a more complete, mature player in terms of his decision-making, this could be the gamble that pays off in a huge way. Credit to the player for putting all the distractions behind him and growing up in a hurry to earn his promotion.

Josh Bailey…Just leaving it at that is more than enough to draw out the entire Isles Twitter spectrum as I sit back and watch the world burn. Seriously, though, 43 assists and 56 points thrust him, maybe unfairly, into a first-line role with Tavares. Along with Lee, they became a true #1 line for the team this year and produced in spades, at times almost unstoppable when they started cycling down low. It's taken a long time, but maybe the Josh Bailey we saw this year is the one we see moving forward. In fairness, I can see where there could still be skepticism, however.

The Bad

New York gave up 26 more goals than the year before, and allowed greater than five goals in five of their last 12 losses. Without question, the defense took a step back.

Did Nick Leddy score 11 goals and 46 points, both career highs? Yes, he did, and in addition to wanting to invite him to your next party just to watch him skate around the guests at full speed, his pairing with Travis Hamonic was a main reason for the 6-10-4 start that put the Islanders too far behind a division that was outrageously good this year. They were bad, led mostly by the unforeseen regression by Hamonic, who had a year to forget, whether he was on the ice or not.

The Islanders ended up relying way too much on 35-year-old free agent signing Dennis Seidenberg, who had a fine season, adding 22 points and a + 25 rating, averaging just under 20 minutes a night in 73 games. But that shouldn't have been, and wasn't initially, the plan. Thomas Hickey didn't help things by seemingly breaking down in the season's final 20 games, due to taking a targeted beating by opposing forechecking forwards (he's the team leader, by far, the last four seasons in hits taken).



Unfortunately, the team's most consistent start-to-finish defender was Calvin de Haan, who had his best season as a pro. I say unfortunately because he looks to be No. 1 on the list to be an expansion draft casualty in June, lost to the Vegas Golden Knights. Only Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ladd waiving no-trade clauses can possibly save that.

The power play (15 percent, 28th) lacked the building blocks of success -- movement and pucks to the net. For a team with some gifted offensive stars, its mind boggling just how bad at crucial times it really was. And goaltending was clearly not as good as it was a season ago, with Thomas Greiss falling from .925 to .913, 2.36 to 2.69 with no support being offered from J.F Berube, regardless of how poorly he was handled by management. We'll deal with the Halak issue next.

They were 27th in 5v5 possession (Corsi), 24th in 5v5 save percentage and 29th in faceoffs.

The Ugly

Three goalies. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss were a very formidable duo last season and both played huge roles in New York advancing into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But GM Garth Snow would not waive Berube and expose him to waivers as he had fallen in love with talent I'm still not sure how he evaluated (since he didn't play nearly enough at the NHL level). Everyone, from beat writers to columnists, bloggers to fans, thought the situation would be rectified by training camp. It wasn't. And it proved costly.

Berube's play was substandard even by backup standards to the point the Islanders wore down Greiss in his first go-around as the unquestioned starting goaltender, and cost the team probably four to six points in the standings. Granted, Halak was not good to the point of being sent to Bridgeport right after Christmas. He had only six wins in 21 games and poor peripherals, mirroring the inconsistency of the defense in front of him. But, as a proven veteran, he deserved better than being caught up in Snow's personal vendetta with agent Allan Walsh over a tweet.



By the time Halak was recalled, it was too late, as the Islanders would no longer control their own destiny over making the postseason, seeing their hopes end not with a loss of their own, but a comeback victory by the Maple Leafs over the Penguins. That is fully on Snow and there is no other way to analyze it. He let his personal feelings come before organizational success, probably the biggest no-no of all in this time of judgement that rests squarely on recent successes and failures.

Forget Andrew Ladd, who bounced back nicely after battling a back injury to finish with 23 goals. Or Jason Chimera, who put in a solid 4th line contribution of 20 goals. Or relying on Beauvillier to replace Nielsen. The mismanagement of the goaltending comes down to the defining factor in the entire season. One that sees a team miss by a single point.

Only time will tell if it's enough of an offense to bring about major change to the organizational structure at the top. Because, barring a trade, I fear the roster will not look much different come October. Fans, players, and especially a franchise captain about to enter the final year of his contract deserve better.


 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Islanders jumped to an early lead and didn't look back, defeating the Devils 4-1 at The Coliseum on Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:48 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle
  • 9:19 NYI Michael Dal Colle; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Leo Komarov
  • 15:12 NYI Jordan Eberle (Power Play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson
Tags: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey
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Jan 15, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) is congratulated by center Mathew Barzal (13) after scoring the game winning goal against the St. Louis Blues during overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 15, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) is congratulated by center Mathew Barzal (13) after scoring the game winning goal against the St. Louis Blues during overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders picked up a big two points with an overtime 2-1 win over the Blues on Tuesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:43 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Anders Lee
Tags: St. Louis Blues
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New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie Devon Toews was among three different Islanders to score in the first period en route to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:21 NYI Brock Nelson (power play); Assists: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal
  • 4:27 NYI Cal Clutterbuck; Assists: Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas
  • 4:43 NYI Devon Toews
Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning
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Dec 28, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his go-ahead goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 28, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his go-ahead goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

"What a difference a year makes."

The old adage seemingly applies to the New York Islanders' turnaround this season.

The Islanders play host to the scorching hot Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday night as both Eastern Conference teams comes off games the day before.

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Jan 12, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) in front of defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 12, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) shoots against New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) in front of defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers finally broke their five-game slump on Saturday, edging the Islanders at the Barclays Center, 2-1, courtesy of a go-ahead goal from Mats Zuccarello 14:55 into the final period and 24 saves out of goaltender Alexander Georgiev. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Mats Zuccarello
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Dec 31, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) takes a shot on goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) looks to block it during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 31, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) takes a shot on goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) looks to block it during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

When the New York Islanders and New York Rangers split a pair of high-scoring games in November, it appeared both teams might stay in contention for postseason spots in the Eastern Conference.

Nearly two months later, the Islanders are ascending while the Rangers are dealing with a significant tailspin and falling way behind in the playoff race.

On Saturday afternoon, the teams will get together for the last time this season and for the last time at Brooklyn's Barclays Center when then Rangers visit the Islanders in the back end of a home-and-home set. >> Read more

Tags: Chris Kreider, Josh Bailey
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Isles beat Rangers 4-3 00:01:13
The Islanders have been on a hot streak, while the Rangers are faltering. Tonight proved no different as the Isles won 4-3.

Josh Bailey buried the game-winner with less than two minutes left in a 4-3 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:38 NYR Ryan Strome (Power Play); Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil
  • 2:31 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Johnny Boychuk
  • 8:51 NYI Jordan Eberle (Power Play); Assists: Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal
Tags: Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

A battle against your cross-town rival is one way to snap out of a funk. Both the Islanders and Rangers need a victory Thursday night as the teams prepare to play against each other at Madison Square Garden in the front end of a home-and-home. 
 
The Rangers must find a way to prevent the ship from completely collapsing after an ugly four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 22-5 and Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the net twice.
 
The Islanders fell to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, snapping an impressive six-game winning streak highlighted by a dominant 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. 

Tags: Brock Nelson, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Jordan Eberle, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello, Valtteri Filppula
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Jan 5, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) is congratulated by right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and center Casey Cizikas (53) after scoring during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Jan 5, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) is congratulated by right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and center Casey Cizikas (53) after scoring during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Islanders scored four straight goals, three of which in the third period, and held off the Blues late comeback effort to secure a 4-3 road victory.  Read more >>

First period

  • 4:11 STL Brayden Schenn; Assists: Jaden Schwartz, Jay Bouwmeester
  • 16:37 STL Zach Sanford; Assists: Vince Dunn, Tyler Bozak
Tags: Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, St. Louis Blues
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Dec 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates with defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) and left wing Anders Lee (27) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates with defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) and left wing Anders Lee (27) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

As expected, the first meeting of the season between the St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders will pit a team with one of the worst records in the NHL against one vying for a playoff spot.

But the Blues and Islanders will be occupying different spots than most projected Saturday night, when St. Louis hosts New York.

Both teams are coming off home wins Thursday. The Blues beat the Washington Capitals 5-2, and the Islanders edged the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2 in overtime.

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New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews celebrates his game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews celebrates his game-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders rookie defenseman Devon Toews scored his first-career NHL goal 1:48 into overtime to give New York a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.

"It's pretty special to get your first NHL goal in overtime," Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said, according to Newsday's Andrew Gross.

The 24-year-old Toews, a former fourth-round pick who had spent 130 games with AHL Bridgeport before making his debut on Dec. 23, took a shot from the right face-off circle that Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia initially stopped. But Toews picked up the rebound and shot the puck between Delia's legs for the winner.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Mathew Barzal
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Jan 3, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews (25) celebrates his game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 3, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews (25) celebrates his game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during overtime at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Islanders rookie D Devon Toews' first NHL goal was an overtime winner to lift New York over the Blackhawks, 3-2, at the Coliseum on Thursday night.  Read more >>

First period

  • 3:05 CHI Dominik Kahun; Assists: Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith
  • 6:47 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Johnny Boychuk
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks
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Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Islanders young star C Mathew Barzal has been selected to represent his team in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. 

Barzal, who will play in his first career All-Star Game, has been the center of the Isles' success on the offensive end this season. He leads the team with 36 points, and has a team-high 26 assists as well.

This selection comes a few days after being named the Player of the Week in the NHL. He had six points with five goals and one assist last week that came on a hat-trick last Saturday against the Maple Leafs. 

The San Jose Sharks' SAP Center will be the location for the All-Star Game that will take place on January 26.

Tags: Mathew Barzal
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Dec 31, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) takes a shot on goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) looks to block it during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 31, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) takes a shot on goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) looks to block it during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The New York Islanders took care of business on the road against the Buffalo Sabres after grabbing a 3-1 win on Monday. Read more >>

First period

No goals scored

Tags: Brock Nelson, Nick Leddy, Buffalo Sabres
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Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov is called for hooking against New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov is called for hooking against New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

>> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 6:20 DAL Tyler Pitlick; Assists: Mattias Janmark, Jason Spezza
  • 14:10 NYI Casey Cizikas
Tags: Ottawa Senators
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Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov is called for hooking against New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov is called for hooking against New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders won for the fourth time in their last five games when they defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday at American Airlines Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 6:20 DAL Tyler Pitlick; Assists: Mattias Janmark, Jason Spezza
  • 14:10 NYI Casey Cizikas
Tags: Dallas Stars
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck in front of goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck in front of goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Islanders bid farewell to their three-game winning streak after allowing three goals in the third period to the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-2 loss. >> Box score


First period:

  • 18:30 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Josh Bailey
  • 19:38 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock

Second period:

  • 8:48 VGK Brandon Pirri (Power play); Assists: Nate Schmidt, Cody Eakin

Third period:

  • 6:22 VGK William Karlsson; Assists: Shea Theodore, Nate Schmidt
  • 7:25 VGK Paul Stastny; Assists: Reilly Smith, Nick Holden
  • 1945 VGK Nate Schmidt (Empty net); Unassisted
Tags: Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal
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Dec 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates with defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) and left wing Anders Lee (27) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates with defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) and left wing Anders Lee (27) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Islanders continued their winning ways out west with a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:14 PHO Mario Kempe; Assists: Alex Goligoski, Nick Cousins
  • 17:04 NYI Joshua Ho-Sang; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Valterri Filpulla

Second period:

  • 3:38 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock
  • 8:29 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Josh Bailey
Tags: Arizona Coyotes, Brock Nelson
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New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle controls the puck behind the Colorado Avalanche net in the first period at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle controls the puck behind the Colorado Avalanche net in the first period at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders started their four-game West Coast road trip with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday at Pepsi Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 18:20 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Brock Nelson, Anders Lee

Second period:

  • 2:07 NYI Johnny Boychuk (power play); Assists: Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey
  • 6:45 COL Gabriel Landeskog (power play); Assists: Tyson Barrie, Nathan MacKinnon
  • 18:25 NYI Ander Lee (power play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle
Tags: Anders Lee, Colorado Avalanche, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle
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Oct 24, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) plays the puck against Florida Panthers defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich (55) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 24, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) plays the puck against Florida Panthers defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich (55) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Hitting the road isn't normally seen as a good thing for NHL teams, but the New York Islanders are embracing their longest trip of the season to date.

New York (15-12-4) starts a four-game Western Conference swing Monday night at Colorado with a good attitude and with the hope of building momentum after a 4-3 shootout win over Detroit on Saturday night.

"I think it's kind of nice, get on the road, be together as a group, kind of get that bonding again," center Mathew Barzal told Newsday after the win over the Red Wings. "I get excited playing in front of other fans. I think we all do."

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Dec 15, 2018; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) scores on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during shootouts at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Dec 15, 2018; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) scores on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during shootouts at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Mathew Barzal scored the game-tying goal and helped lead his time to victory with a goal during a shootout as the Islanders edged the Red Wings, 4-3, on Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum. >> Box score

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Nov 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the surging Vegas Golden Knights beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson also scored to help the Golden Knights win for the 10th time in 13 games. Marc-Andre Fleury, making his 11th straight start, stopped 23 shots to take over the NHL victory lead with 18.

Anthony Beauvillier and Adam Pelech scored for New York. The Islanders have lost six of eight (2-4-2). Robin Lehner finished with 14 saves to fall to 0-4-2 in his last seven appearances.

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Dec 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates the puck across the blue line with New York Islanders right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (14) and New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Dec 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates the puck across the blue line with New York Islanders right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (14) and New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday night, the New York Islanders might begin to get an extended look at the goaltender they thought could serve as a No. 1 netminder this season.

And the Vegas Golden Knights might finally get re-acquainted with their biggest offseason addition.

Goalie Robin Lehner could receive a second straight start for the Islanders on Wednesday night, when they host the Golden Knights -- and possibly center Paul Stastny -- at Barclays Center.

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby fight for the puck during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby fight for the puck during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders blew a 1-0 lead in the third period and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a five-round shootout on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. >> Box score


Shootout:

  • NYI Mathew Barzal: MISS
  • PIT Phil Kessel: GOAL
  • NYI Leo Komarov: MISS
  • PIT Sidney Crosby: MISS
  • NYI Josh Bailey: GOAL
  • PIT Evgeni Malkin: MISS
  • NYI Anthony Beauvillier: MISS
  • PIT Kris Letang: MISS
  • NYI Valtteri Filppula: MISS
  • PIT Jake Guentzel: GOAL
Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins
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Dec 8, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) shoots as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) defends during the first period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 8, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) shoots as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) defends during the first period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

After allowing the first two goals of the game to the hometown Red Wings, the New York Islanders and goaltender Thomas Greiss (23 saves on 25 shots) locked in and buckled down defensively en route to a 3-2 comeback victory on Saturday. Matt Martin's third-period goal proved to be the decisive tally as the Islanders completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the first period.

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Dec 6, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 6, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

DETROIT -- Gustav Nyquist may not be in the Detroit Red Wings future plans, but he's a big part of their present.

Nyquist, a right winger, has five goals and 10 assists in his last six games and is tied with Dylan Larkin for the team lead in points with 26 (seven goals and 19 assists).

Detroit (13-12-4) hosts the New York Islanders (13-11-3) at Little Caesars Arena at Saturday night. The Islanders are 1-3-1 in their past five games and have only scored eight goals in that span.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal
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Sep 17, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; General view of the ice before a game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 17, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; General view of the ice before a game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The 1995-96 Islanders season was an unmitigated disaster, and Billy Joel is partially to blame. 

That was the season the Islanders decided to change their logo and introduce a new mascot -- a fisherman -- to help boost merchandise sales and reinvigorate the fanbase, but it did not quite catch on. 

Per the New York Post, Nicholas Hirshon details in his new book, "We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders," that ownership wanted to capture what constituted an "Islander."

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Anders Lee (27) Sidney Crosby (87) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Anders Lee (27) Sidney Crosby (87) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each had three points for the Penguins as they shut down the Islanders with a 6-2 victory Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:34 PIT Kris Letang; Assists: Derick Brassard, Phil Kessel
  • 17:43 NYI Brock Nelson (Short handed); Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl, Scott Mayfield
  • 19:31 PIT Kris Letang; Assists: Bryan Rust, Brian Dumoulin

Second period:

  • 7:21 PIT Riley Sheahan; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Jamie Oleksiak
  • 12:09 PIT Phil Kessel (Power play); Assists: Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel
  • 17:37 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel

Third period:

  • 4:23 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Ryan Pulock
  • 13:00 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assists: Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Pittsburgh Penguins
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Dec 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates the puck across the blue line with New York Islanders right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (14) and New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Dec 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates the puck across the blue line with New York Islanders right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (14) and New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to hang on tight to what happened early in the third period in their game Tuesday. The New York Islanders are hoping to forget the early part of their most recent third period.

The two teams clash Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh

Patric Hornqvist proclaimed that the Penguins (11-10-5) reached a turning point for the better Tuesday after he scored a natural hat trick in a span of 2:47 -- a club record for a hat trick -- in the third period of a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

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Dec 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) (not pictured) scores a goal against the New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Dec 4, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) (not pictured) scores a goal against the New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Thomas Greiss stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Islanders but three unanswered goals in the third period doom them in 3-1 loss to Jets. >> Box score


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Nov 24, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA;New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Nov 24, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA;New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

NEW YORK -- After making an emotional return to Nassau Coliseum Saturday night, the New York Islanders will have to adjust to playing in their second home Tuesday.

But the Islanders won't be the only team at Barclays Center coming off an exhilarating and exhausting victory Tuesday night, when they host the Winnipeg Jets in the first game of the season between the two squads.

The Islanders, playing at their original home for the first time since the 2015 playoffs, came back from a two-goal deficit Saturday night to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2. The Jets outdid that Sunday night, when they came back from a three-goal third-period deficit to beat the host New York Rangers, 4-3, in the shootout.

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Nassau Coliseum (Scott Charles)
Nassau Coliseum (Scott Charles)

Fans from near and far, young and old, packed Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night as the Islanders returned to their roots for the first of 21 games in Uniondale.

It felt as if the Islanders took a 270-game road trip after leaving the Coliseum back in 2015. While the building underwent several renovations, the atmosphere and infrastructure didn't change.

"The only way to describe this is that we are home," said Frankie Borrelli, a Barstool Sports personality who organized a tailgate of approximately 250 people. "You just get the goosebumps just looking at this arena. See all the fans back home."

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Dec 1, 2018; Uniondale, NY, USA; General view of the opening puck drop between the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2018; Uniondale, NY, USA; General view of the opening puck drop between the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Casey Cizikas scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and the New York Islanders won in their return to the Nassau Coliseum, rallying to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Saturday night.

Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier scored in the second period to tie the score after the Islanders fell behind, and Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots. Scott Mayfield and Jordan Eberle each had two assists to help New York improve to 10-2-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.

Markus Hannikainen and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for Columbus, which had won two straight. Cam Atkinson had an assist for his 300th career point and extending his point streak to 10 games. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 26 saves.

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Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The first game of the season between the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets matches two Metropolitan Division contenders in a clash that could certainly impact the playoff picture come April.

But everyone knows the main attraction Saturday night will not be the teams but the building in which they're playing.

The Islanders make their long-awaited return to Nassau Coliseum, which was the franchise's home from the team's debut in 1972 until the spring of 2015, when they host the Blue Jackets. 

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Nov 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nassau Coliseum has been as much a part of the fabric of Long Island as the Islanders themselves. And despite its flaws, the thundering crowds had always created a true home-ice advantage that helped the organization make its mark on NHL history.

The Islanders will play the first of 21 regular - season games at the Coliseum when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. While the Islanders await construction of a new arena in Belmont, they will play at least half of their regular-season home games at the "new Old Barn" over the next three seasons.

While the unique arrangement will present scheduling challenges, the current crop of players relishes the chance to play in the Coliseum once again.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Martin
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Nov 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) handles the puck against the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)
Nov 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) handles the puck against the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

Robin Lehner stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Islanders but Ryan Donato beat him in the shootout to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 win. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:17 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Scott Mayfield

Second period:

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Nov 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) shoots against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) shoots against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

BOSTON -- Rick Middleton's name is all over the Boston Bruins' record books.

It hasn't been enough to send the man they call 'Nifty' into the Hall of Fame -- but it is enough to get his No. 16 raised to the TD Garden rafters prior to Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders.

Acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for Ken Hodge -- the latter reunited with Phil Esposito in New York, Middleton is third in goals (402), even strength goals (275), and shooting percentage (20.0), fourth in points (898) goals created (357.2), and goals for on ice (1,319), fifth in power play goals (102), sixth in assists (496) and game winning goals (52), tied for sixth in hat tricks), seventh in shots (2,007), eighth in games played (881) and goals per game (0.46) and 10th in plus-minus (plus-220). >> Read More

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Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

In Barry Trotz's first game against his former team, the Islanders lost to the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:36 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Leo Komarov
  • 2:50 WAS Tom Wilson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey

Second period:

  • 7:58 WAS Nic Dowd; Assists: Dmitrij Jaskin, John Carlson
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New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals were last in the same building together June 7, when they experienced the cathartic joy of the Capitals' first Stanley Cup championship.

It didn't take long for joy to be replaced by the cold realities of business for Trotz and the Capitals, who couldn't agree on terms of a new contract before Trotz, who coached last season as a lame duck, announced he would leave the organization June 18.

Three days later, Trotz agreed to become the head coach of the New York Islanders. And on Monday night, 172 days after Washington clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Vegas Golden Knights, Trotz will finally reunite with his former employers and players when the Islanders host the Capitals at Barclays Center.

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Nov 24, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA;New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Nov 24, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA;New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Islanders dominated the Hurricanes on their home ice in a 4-1 win at Barclays Center on Saturday night. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 3:39 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assists: Leo Komarov, Scott Mayfield
  • 9:01 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal
Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey
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Nov 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

NEW YORK - The Carolina Hurricanes are finally beginning to establish a home ice advantage. They'll be the visiting team Saturday night, when the New York Islanders move one home game closer to recovering what used to be one of the most distinct home ice advantages in the NHL.

The Islanders will play their penultimate Saturday night game of the season at Barclays Center when they host the Hurricanes in a matchup of surprising Metropolitan Division contenders.

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Oct 4, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz (11) looks up during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 4, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz (11) looks up during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Islanders made a roster swap, recalling C Tanner Fritz while sending LW Michael Dal Colle down to Bridgeport, the team announced on Saturday.

Fritz has played two games with the Isles so far this season, collecting an assist back on Oct. 6 against the Predators. He played in 34 games with New York last season, totaling seven points (three goals, four assists). 

Dal Colle has also played two games with the Islanders this season, his last coming on Nov. 21 against the Rangers. He didn't record a point. 

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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck in front of goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck in front of goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Devils managed to force overtime with just seconds left in the third period, but Mathew Barzal put home the golden goal in a 4-3 loss at The Rock on Friday night. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 7:24 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier
Tags: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Taylor Hall
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save against New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford in front of Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk and center Jordan Eberle during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save against New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford in front of Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk and center Jordan Eberle during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of Metropolitan Division rivals return to action following U.S. Thanksgiving to face off Friday afternoon when the New Jersey Devils host the New York Islanders at Prudential Center.

It is the second meeting this season between the teams, who are separated by 16 miles, a pair of rivers and only two points in the standings. Back on Nov. 3, the Islanders (10-8-2) beat the Devils (9-9-2) 3-0 behind Thomas Greiss' 35-save shutout.

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(Adam Hunger)

The Islanders were unable to muster up whatever magic they found last week against the Rangers, failing to score a goal against backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev in a 5-0 shutout loss. >> Recap

First period:

  • 0:29 NYR  Filip Chytil; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider
  • 3:30 NYR Cody McLeod; Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Ryan Strome
  • 8:04 NYR Neal Pion (Power Play); Assists: Vladeslav Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad
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The Rangers, Islanders and Devils all have some young, talented members on their teams, which begs the question: Who is the best young hockey player in New York?

SNY narrowed down three candidate and a look at some of their stats through the first quarter of the 2018-19 season. 

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Nov 10, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Juho Lammikko (91) skates with the puck around New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) as goaltender Robin Lehner (40) looks on in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 10, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Juho Lammikko (91) skates with the puck around New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) as goaltender Robin Lehner (40) looks on in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers are shaking things up Wednesday in hopes of snapping a lengthy losing streak against the New York Islanders. If the words spoken Sunday afternoon by coach Barry Trotz were any indication, the Islanders will be shuffling the deck as well.

Backup goalie Alexander Georgiev will make a rare start for the Rangers on Wednesday night when they host the Islanders in a battle of longtime rivals at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams are coming off a game against the visiting Dallas Stars. The Rangers continued their recent hot play Monday with a 2-1 win over the Stars, who began a five-game road trip Sunday by routing the Islanders 6-2.

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Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

NEW YORK (AP) Esa Lindell scored twice during Dallas' four-goal second period and the Stars beat the New York Islanders 6-2 Sunday.

Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist, Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, and Roope Hintz also scored for the Stars, who have won two straight. Jamie Benn had three assists, Jason Spezza had two to top 900 points in his career, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots.

Anthony Beauvillier and Scott Mayfield scored for the Islanders, who lost in regulation for the third time in 12 games (7-3-2). Thomas Greiss had 16 saves, but was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots in the first 7:08 of the second period. Robin Lehner came on and finished with 11 saves.

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Nov 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) reacts as he missed a shot on goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) reacts as he missed a shot on goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

NEW YORK -- A pair of teams off decidedly different yet equally unprecedented victories will square off Sunday afternoon, when the New York Islanders host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center.

The Islanders last played Thursday night, when they remained perfect in the Metropolitan Division and continued their dominance over the New York Rangers with a 7-5 win over their arch-rivals at Barclays Center. The Stars edged the visiting Boston Bruins on Friday night, when Jason Dickinson scored 1:34 into overtime to give Dallas the 1-0 win.

With their franchise-record eighth straight win over the Rangers, the Islanders (10-6-2) improved to 7-0-0 in the Metro. It is the Islanders' best divisional start ever and the first time since the 2012-13 season an NHL team has won its first seven divisional games.

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