sleep 5What a bizarre dynamic, this notion in some quarters of the Toronto media that somehow they and the Maple Leafs are above the game because - you know - hockey is very popular there.

 

Where does this come from, the idea that John Tavares somehow belongs to them and teams like the Islanders are not worthy?

 

Maybe it's because the Hockey Hall of Fame is there. No wait, I got it. It must be all the Stanley Cups captured in Ontario over the last four decades.

 

After the lottery on Tuesday night, I wrote about how Leafs Prez Brian Burke would immediately go to work on his "fawning media corps." Sure enough, he did yesterday morning. He called Garth Snow and then he let word out that he called Garth Snow. Of course, the media jumped all over it - never mind the fact the Leafs do not have anything of value to offer the Islanders.

 

Anyway, I received an email from a major Toronto sports columnist taking exception to "fawning media corps." It was from a writer I've known for a while and I like and respect, in large part because he doesn't fawn. He's tough, he stands by what he writes and he doesn't let anyone - let alone a GM or PR flak - try to tell him what to do.

 

But instead of him bashing me in the email for what I wrote, he managed to turn it into a dissertation of how hockey matters in Toronto and doesn't on Long Island.

 

"Should I interpret 'fawning media corps' to be a reference to hockey media in a town where people actually care about the team and thus significant numbers of media people actually get paid by independent media organizations to cover the team, not just blog from their basements? Too funny coming from Long Island of all places."

 

(Ah yes, the ol' everyone-blogs-from-their-basements counterpunch. I'm surprised he didn't say we all write in our pajamas at mom's house).

 

The hockey haughtiness in some parts of Toronto can be a little scary. Correct me if I'm wrong, but did any local sports columnist write that A.J. Burnett should sign with the Yankees and bolt the Blue Jays because baseball is much more popular in New York?

 

Funny thing about that email on Long Island's lack of passion for their hockey team. Around the same time the Toronto writer sent it, Islanders fans were pounding this blog with more than 300 comments in the first 20 minutes after I posted a draft poll.

 

sleep 5In Toronto, you have a Sun columnist telling John Tavares for two months that he shouldn't join the Islanders. There's the recent piece in the supposedly higher-standard Globe & Mail advising Burke to essentially tamper with Tavares ("the right phone call here, the proper whisper there.").

 

A radio reporter breathlessly bragged in his online column about how he called JT right away to tell him the wonderful news that Burke wanted him. Okay, while you're at it you might want to let the kid know the Leafs don't have anything to offer. Remember now, Luke Schenn - the next Scott Stevens, the way he's billed in TO - is already untouchable.

 

And then there was the excellent, pre-eminent Star columnist who authored a fairly respectful column on the Islanders, but chose not to take one minute to make a phone call or Google to get some vital facts correct: "Owner Charles Wang is threatening to move if he can't get public money for a new arena on Long Island." Besides the fact Wang isn't looking for public money, the deal is already done with Nassau County for the land and the entire project is centered around a renovated NVMC and not a new arena, the columnist got everything in that sentence right.

 

The Toronto writer ticked off about my "fawning media corps" comment and I exchanged some follow-ups. I told him my jab wasn't aimed at him. I made my baseball in New York analogy. I defiantly boasted that he could thumb his nose at hockey bloggers in New York all he wants, but I work as hard and I'm as passionate about the sport as any writer in Toronto.

 

He countered that I should have been specific, that by taking a broad swipe at every media person in his city, I brought down a lot of hard-working people. That was completely fair, and I told him I was wrong to do that. For the record, there are countless members of the Toronto sports media who are outstanding, dedicated, accurate and who are not Leafs booster club members.

 

And then I informed him I write most of this blog in my den, not my basement.

 

 

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

As if life being a fan of or covering the New York Islanders could ever be simple. Some adapt to change expertly, with the fluidity of water flowing out of a faucet. Others simply resist it, choosing instead to be the unmovable object - the rock, if you will, that if left in one spot too long, falls behind, growing moss while everything around it moves forward.

I have found that the simplest path is simply being adaptable. Adaptable to a changing environment, a changing world, family structure, work status or financial status. The more adaptable you are, the less prone you are to the stresses of change itself.

It's only been one game, a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars, but the Islanders resolve will be tested more this weekend as they play their second and third games under new interim head coach Doug Weight. With the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers invading Barclays Center, another test in a challenging 2016-17 season awaits the team. How adaptable will they truly be?

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Goaltender J-F Berube will start for the Islanders on Saturday against the Kings, while defenseman Johnny Boychuk and forward Andrew Ladd will sit, interim head coach Doug Weight said.

According to Weight, forward Cal Clutterbuck's status for the game will be determined later. 

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Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.


 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

It didn't take long for the puns to start via social media regarding Doug Weight and his head coaching debut for the New York Islanders as they prepared to take on the Stars in Brooklyn on Thursday night. 

Admittedly, I joined in leading up to faceoff and at select times throughout the game. After all, why should you have all the fun?

Tags: John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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 (Bruce Fedyck)
(Bruce Fedyck)

Five things we learned from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on the Point Blank Podcast…

  • The Isles are looking to hire a President of Hockey Ops.
  • John Tavares definitely wants to stay in New York.
  • Garth Snow tried to make a big trade early in the season, but couldn't get it done.
  • Elliotte thinks Capuano will land another NHL head coaching job.
  • Elliotte thinks the Isles are "sleeping giants" with Ledecky and Malkin at the helm.

Click below to listen to the Podcast!

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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas Greiss recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Islanders won their first game under interim coach Doug Weight with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Thursday at the Barclays Center. 

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 (Bruce Fedyck)
(Bruce Fedyck)

In the team's first game since the firing of Jack Capuano, the Islanders (17-17-8) will take on the Dallas Stars (19-19-8) in Brooklyn on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • The Stars scored a season-high seven goals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the Rangers 7-6, and snapping their two-game losing streak. The last time Dallas won a road game in which it allowed six or more markers was December 3, 1995 at Colorado (also won 7-6).
  • New York beat Boston, 4-0, in a matinee at TD Garden on Monday, finishing up its three-game road trip with a mark of 2-1-0 while scoring four or more goals in each tilt. The Isles have potted 4+ goals eight times in their last 11 contests -- tied for second most of any NHL club since December 20.
  • Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Stars and Isles in 2016-17. Including a 6-5 win at Barclays Center last season, New York is 3-0-0 in its last three home games against Dallas, scoring six or more goals in each victory.
  • Patrick Sharp scored twice Tuesday night, potting as many goals in that game as he did in his first 19 skates of the season. Including a marker and three helpers during his current three-game point streak against New York, Sharp has 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last nine games vs. the Islanders overall.
  • Nikolay Kulemin lit the lamp twice on Monday, recording his first multi-goal game of the season, and earning first-star accolades for the performance. Kulemin has six markers and three assists in 10 career skates against the Stars.
  • New York has not scored with the man-advantage in a season-high five straight games. Opponents have clicked on 44.8 percent (13/29) of their power-play play opportunities in the Stars' last nine contests (since December 31).

© 2017 by STATS.

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders hope Thursday night represents not just the start of a six-game homestand, but also the start of a new era.

The Islanders will play their first game under interim head coach Doug Weight on Thursday night, when they host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center. New York won its final game under Jack Capuano on Monday, when it blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0, while Dallas is coming off a wild 7-6 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Capuano was fired Tuesday, and while the timing of the dismissal might have been a bit of a surprise following one of the Islanders' most thorough wins of the season, the dropping of the ax has felt inevitable for months as New York (17-17-8) fell to the bottom of the Eastern Conference in frustrating fashion.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brian Compton and Mike Carver will be hosting a Facebook Live edition of the Islanders Point Blank Podcast on Monday, Jan. 23 at 12:15 p.m.

Submit your questions in the comments section below and head here to like SNY on Facebook!

 

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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Thursday night when the Islanders face the Stars, interim head coach Doug Weight said.

Johnny Boychuk is day-to-day due to an upper body injury and will be replaced by Scott Mayfield.

The rest of the lineup will be unchanged from Monday.

Tags: Johnny Boychuk, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Chaos can create opportunity, and that's exactly what a few New York Islanders players are hoping for in the wake of Jack Capuano's firing. 

Doug Weight's reign behind the bench started with his first practice on Wednesday, as he preached passion, identity and, wisely, less time spent in the Islanders' own zone. That all sounds great, but better than that, his new role stands to offer a reset of sorts for some players who had struggled in the waning days of the Capuano era.

Who could take this fresh start and run with it? Here are some candidates.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Worcester Railers, who will begin play in the ECHL for the 2017-18 season, appear to have a tentative agreement in place to be the Islanders' ECHL affiliate, Bill Ballou of the Telegram & Gazette reports.

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(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight ran his first practice Wednesday, and he said he hopes that with accountability and some changes, the team can get back into the playoff picture. 

Weight took over Tuesday as the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano, who had been the team's head coach since Nov. 2010. Weight, who played for the Islanders for two-plus seasons at the end of his career, has been an assistant with the club for little more than five years. 

With the first half of the season all but over, Weight said there's plenty of urgency to get the ship turned around. 

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John Tavares, Doug Weight and Travis Hamonic discuss the firing of Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

Interim head coach Doug Weight, John Tavares, and Travis Hamonic react to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano...

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are back for an emergency podcast after the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday. The guys talk about what led to the change, and their thoughts on Doug Weight taking over behind the bench. Later, Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet calls in to discuss the Capuano firing, Garth Snow and John Tavares' future with the organization, and the new owners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin.

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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Jack Capuano is out, and Doug Weight is in for the interim. But who will be the next permanent man behind the bench in Brooklyn? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

Alright, Andy. After 483 regular season games and three trips to the playoffs, the Jack Capuano era is over. It begs the question: Who will be the next permanent head coach of the New York Islanders? Is it safe to assume that it won't be Doug Weight.

Tags: Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andrew Ladd (upper) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower) are both day-to-day, while Travis Hamonic (knee) is week-to-week, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight told reporters on Wednesday.

Ladd missed Monday's game against the Bruins, but could be available for tomorrow's game against the Stars. Clutterbuck also missed Monday's game with what is being described as a minor injury.

Hamonic injured his knee on Jan. 7 against the Coyotes in a knee-on-knee collision, and was placed on IR last Thursday.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

And then there was one.

With the dismissal of Jack Capuano on Tuesday, the spotlight has officially shifted to the team's general manager. And while the seat under Garth Snow may have seemed hot before, the temperature is bound to be cranked up a few notches now that he has survived the third coaching change of his tenure.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Jason Chimera, Kyle Okposo, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

My SNY colleague, Brian Erni, and I once breached this topic in our Wednesday 'Shooting from Point Blank range' column about wanting your team to lose in a lost season. Wanting them to lose to get a better draft pick. Wanting them to lose to force a coaching change. For whatever reason, I had said then and still believe now that to be a crazy overreaction and even though one is obviously entitled to have it, I will never agree with it nor understand it. Well, same can be said of a player on such a team with a diverse and divided fanbase.

Of course, we're talking about none other than Josh Bailey, who has been the whipping boy of Islanders social media for almost as long as he has been a member of this organization, stretching way back to 2008-09, when Josh was a first round draft selection, 9th overall, and rushed into the NHL at 19 years of age for a team desperate for….well, anything.

Bailey has been the victim of severe over-expectations of what he brings to the rink from the fanbase and a victim of sub-par development after being thrust into the spotlight way too soon by the organization. But that hasn't deterred the Islanders winger from going out and just continuing to play his game, silencing what's being screamed from the stands or being 'written' on Twitter. 

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Andy Graziano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

The Islanders, coming off a 4-0 win over the Bruins, fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday.

While the timing seems strange, it's a move that had been widely discussed in hockey circles and clamored for by an upset and disappointed fanbase, compounded by the team's 17-17-8 record after 42 games.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Andy Graziano
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 (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano, the team announced Tuesday.

Doug Weight will serve as interim head coach.

"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," GM Garth Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Capuano, who was named interim head coach on Nov. 15, 2010 and had the interim tag removed on April 12, 2011, had a record of 227-191-64 with the Isles.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are a little more optimistic this week after a dominant performance in Boston. The guys discuss the impressive play of goaltender Thomas Greiss and captain John Tavares, and react to Larry Brooks' article on a trade proposal between Colorado and the Isles. Later, Islanders Point Blank senior columnist Andy Graziano calls in to talk about Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey...

*This podcast was recorded prior to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano*

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss
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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Nikolay Kulemin is apparently a big fan of Martin Luther King day games.

The veteran winger notched a two-goal game in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was the second two-goal game of Kulemin's Islanders career. The other came on MLK Day in 2015.

Kulemin also shined in the possession game, with a team-high Individual 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage of 69 percent, and a +6 Corsi rating. (h/t on these tidbits to Eric Hornick).

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin
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Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Ah, the adventure that is Joshua Ho-Sang continues in Bridgeport. After his much publicized incident in Islanders training camp when he overslept, leading to an unscheduled training session on the steps of Nassau Coliseum and a ticket home, it seemed Ho-Sang had gotten his act together and came in this year with renewed vigor and a willingness to prove his detractors wrong.

It doesn't appear to be working, as all Ho-Sang has done is give those who spoke out against his character more ammunition. A season that has seen him shoot too little (37 in 30 games) and defend with the enthusiasm of a Star Trek fan having to watch all the Star Wars films, his latest episode deals with that pesky detail of showing up on time for a game.

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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

With the Islanders struggling to get out of the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings, Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the Islanders and GM Garth Snow should look toward acquiring Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene to play alongside John Tavares.

Part of this trade, Brooks writes, should include defenseman Nick Leddy. Leddy fits the criteria of a top-four defenseman that Colorado is seeking and does not have a large cap hit that would slow down trade talks.

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Carolina scored three unanswered goals to close out the second period and three more in the third in a 7-4 win over the Islanders Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.  

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(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders visit Carolina Saturday a night after scoring five goals in a win at Florida.

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders laid an egg on Wednesday in Brooklyn, losing to the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in a totally uninspired effort. Last night, they took the rematch in Sunrise, 5-2, led by John Tavares' hat trick. 

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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Friday night was their best game of the season, a reprieve in a campaign that has been full of let downs.

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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders captain John Tavares pushed his career point total over 500 with his sixth career hat trick in New York's win over the Panthers on Friday night. 

Coming into the game with 498 career points, Tavares tallied one goal in the first period and two in the third to finish the day at 501 points, good for 10th on the Islanders' all-time list. 

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 (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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 (Brad Penner - USA Today)
(Brad Penner - USA Today)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Friday night against the Panthers, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Anthony Beauvillier will be in for Shane Prince and the Islanders will also roll out two new lines.

Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome will skate on one of the new lines, with Alan Quine, Beauvillier, and Jason Chimera on the other.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders have placed D Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Jan. 7) due to a lower-body injury.

Scott Mayfield has been recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Hamonic's place on the roster.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that Hamonic was expected to miss "a couple of games."

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(Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Jiggs McDonald, former lead play-by-play man for the Islanders, called Wednesday night's game against the Panthers on MSG Plus and was honored by the team in a pregame ceremony for his 50 years of NHL broadcasts.  

McDonald started with the Islanders in 1980 and was the team's primary TV voice for 15 seasons. 

On Wednesday before the start of the first period, McDonald was honored a bronze microphone, a customized jersey and he dropped the ceremonial first puck. 

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 5:47 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jared McCann
  • 10:47 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

Second Period 

  • 1:09 FLA Jason Demers; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen

Recap: NEW YORK (AP) Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Florida Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.


Next Game: The Islanders finish off a home-and-home series with the Panthers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center. 

Tags: Florida Panthers

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers beat the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on Monday night, winning their season-high third straight road game by a combined score of 9-2. Monday night's shutout was Florida's first in the last 77 games (dating to January 23 last season).
  • New York lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, garnering a point in its third straight tilt, and for the sixth time in the last seven games overall (4-1-2 record). The Islanders have eight overtime/shootout losses in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in hockey.
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(Sergei Belski)

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) 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 Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV: 

The Islanders are guilty of a crime. The charge: The misuse of Anthony Beauvillier.

Once again, Beauvillier will sit and watch from afar, as Jack Capuano announced he'd be sticking with the same lineup for Wednesday's game against the Panthers. Beauvillier has not played a game since the calendar turned to 2017, and has appeared in 26 of the team's 38 games (68 percent).

What is this organization thinking? That's the line that keeps racing through my head, along with others that are littered with words that SNY probably wouldn't take too kindly to be dropping in this space. What is the point of carrying the 19-year-old for an entire season, burning a year of his entry-level contract in the process, to have him watch from the press box

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Travis Hamonic will miss "a couple of games" due to his lower-body injury, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Greiss will be in net when the Isles face the Panthers.

Hamonic played in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but he missed Monday's practice with a

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are at a loss for words (not really) after two more losses -- this time to the league's two worst teams. The guys talk about John Tavares' All-Star Game selection and the team's plan for the trade deadline. Later, former Islander goaltender Jamie McLennan calls in to explain why JT won't end up in Toronto and what Garth Snow did wrong last offseason.

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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders believe a turnaround to their season has to "start now" as they sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.

Speaking to News 12 Long Island on Monday, via Newsday, the Islanders believe there is a lot of hockey to be played, however as they rank 28th in the league, it is likely too late. That said, the players' expected "never-say-die" attitude is admirable.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Travis Hamonic is day-to-day due to a lower-body injury and will likely not play Wednesday night, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Tuesday.

Adam Pelech, who was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Jan. 5, "is going to get a chance," according to Capuano.

Pelech had been activated off injured reserve and loaned to Bridgeport late last month.

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 (Russell LaBounty)
(Russell LaBounty)

Islanders forward John Tavares will represent New York at the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 at the Staples Center.

Tavares, 26, leads the Islanders with 27 points, while his 11 goals and 16 assists rank second on the team.

Tavares will make his fourth All-Star game appearance, having been selected to the game in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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 (Brace Hemmelgarn)
(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Islanders captain John Tavares, who can become a free agent after next season, reiterated how much he wants to have success with the team.

"I think for myself, I've always shown and talked about my commitment here,'' Tavares said Monday, according to Steven Marcus of Newsday. "Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we've done. Obviously, this [low] point's been disappointing.''

What Tavares said Monday was similar to what he said on Dec. 8 during an interview with Joe and Evan of WFAN.

"Yes, I'd like to be, for sure," he said at the time about remaining with the Islanders long-term. "I try to not think about it a whole lot. Obviously, I'm getting closer to the end of this contract but I've always stated how much I love being in New York and being an Islander, how well people have treated me here and the organization as a whole...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

What will the Islanders trade deadline strategy be? It's anyone's guess, but ESPN's Craig Custance suggests GM Garth Snow should entertain being an aggressive buyer.

In his Eastern Conference trade season preview, Custance says that, while he would normally advise teams as out of it as the Islanders are to sell off some useful parts (Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan are two pieces he mentions by name), he thinks the John Tavares situation complicates matters.

"If the Islanders start selling off parts and continue the slide backwards, it gives Tavares little reason to commit long-term, even for someone who has been as loyal as Tavares has been to the team that drafted him," he writes. "Keeping Tavares has to be the priority, and Snow has to give him a reason to stay. Instead of selling, the better strategy would be to aggressively pursue another cornerstone to add to Tavares long term."

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The days of the Islanders' black-and-white third jersey appear to be numbered.

NHL teams will not have alternate jerseys in 2017-18 in order to ensure a smooth transition for Adidas, who is taking over as the league's uniform supplier next season, according to a report in the Minnesota Star Tribune that was later confirmed by Sportslogo.net's Chris Creamer. 

Newsday's Art Staple said a source has told him this will indeed be the last season for the current third jersey. The traditional blue and orange sweater will remain the primary home uniform

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