- On Saturday night, the Sound Tigers got trounced 5-0 by Syracuse in their first road game of the year. All five goals were conceded in a miserable second period that saw them get out shot 22-5. The way the game played out, it could have easily been 7-1. Ryan Strome rung one off the post in the first period and early in the second, the Sound Tigers had one big chance early in the period. There was a wild scramble in front of the Syracuse net, which of course led to a rush back the other way and a soft goal through Nilsson's five hole. Syracuse missed on some big chances of their own too, so a five spot could have been worse.
- And as far as Nilsson, it's best for his development if he keeps playing and sees game action. However he has not looked good. Not all five goals were on him -- he got hung out to dry on breakaways on at least two of them -- but there were easily two of the five that were softies. (1) The first goal on the counter attack seemed to surprise even the shooter, as Nilsson couldn't close the five-hole fast enough. (2) The third goal of the game ticked off his glove and into the back of the net, vaguely similar to the puck that went off Regin, Talbot and Girardi last night. He did bail out his teammates on a nice breakaway stop in the first period but it's safe to say he has not looked good this season so far, and had some bad miscues on Saturday.
- Yes, the team has not looked great in front of Nilsson, either. As I mentioned there were more than a couple breakaways allowed and Syracuse's Russian connection of Namestnikov and Kucherov gave the Sound Tigers fits all night. The Sound Tigers got caught on a change a couple times, had trouble gaining and keeping the opponent's zone most of the night. They've lost games this year but have had spurts of good play and looked decent at times, but not at all on this night. They were getting a lot of shots blocked, getting almost no good transitions, hesitating a lot, not finding good lanes. We'll see how they bounce back or if they go further down the rabbit hole.Bridgeport is 1-4-1 on the year and goes up against the Hartford Wolfpack tonight.
"Nowhere Man," the iconic 1965 hit by the Beatles, can best summarize where the New York Islanders find themselves right now with 19 games remaining in the 2017-18 regular season and the trade deadline looming tomorrow at 3pm ET.
There will be major subplots from the organization's past and present taking place Saturday night when the New Jersey Devils host the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center.
The Islanders have acquired D Brandon Davidson from the Oilers for a 2018 third-round draft pick, the team announced.
Davidson, 26, began the season with the Canadiens before being waved in December. With the Canadiens and Oilers, Davidson has three goals and two assists in 36 games and is a minus-5. In 137 career games, he has a total of eight goals and 12 assists.
Islanders GM Garth Snow will hope that Davidson can help the NHL-worst defense improve enough to push the team to the playoffs. This season, the Islanders have conceded 223 goals, 12 worse than second-last Senators.
John Tavares is having trouble doing something he usually does with ease: scoring.
In the past seven games, the Isles' captain has been scoreless in 5-on-5 play, and it is starting to get to him. The franchise player needs to score, and he understands that.
"We know we can be a lot more consistent, starting with myself," he told Newsday's Mark Hermann. "All of it starts with me setting an example for the group. So, I've just got to go out there and be really reliable all over the ice. Five on five we'd like to be a lot more productive."
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The Islanders have placed Alan Quine on IR due to a lower body injury, the team announced Friday.
Quine, 24, has three goals and three assists in 21 games this season.
He hasn't played since Feb. 5.
The Islanders announced they signed Josh Bailey to a six-year extension on Friday with free agency looming.
Bailey's contract will likely have an average annual value of approximately $5 million per season, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Bailey, who will remain with New York through the 2023-24 season, has 15 goals and 47 assists in 58 games this season.
Andrew Battifarano, SNY.tv: Feb. 22 - Going into an offseason of uncertainty, this at least gives the Islanders a little bit of clarity on the top line. Bailey is in the midst of a career-year and is still on pace to finish at over a point-per-game pace. Much-maligned early in his career for not being a big enough factor on the offensive end, Bailey has really solidified himself as a bonafide winger next to John Tavares, earning himself a trip to this year's All-Star Game...
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The Islanders were unable to hold on to 2-1 and 3-2 leads, and eventually lost in a shootout to the Maple Leafs 4-3. Mathew Barzal had three points (1 G, 2 A) on the night. << Box score
- 8:39 NYI Ryan Pulock; Assists: Thomas Hickey, Mathew Barzal
- 11:49 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Sebastian Aho, Anthony Beauvillier
- 17:39 TOR Mitch Marner; Assists: Patrick Marleau, Nazem Kadri
The NHL's annual trade deadline (Monday at 3 p.m. ET) entertains, or pains in some cases, fans around the league with rumors galore of what it would cost to improve your team heading into the home stretch of the 2017-18 season.
The reality of the situation is typically much less dramatic than the chatter leading into it, with the market flooded with more sellers than buyers, prices very expensive and the fluidity of discussions themselves that seem to change by the hour, often leading to nothing getting done at all.
In fact, it could be argued that the biggest deals involving the most stars occur before the trade deadline or way after it, at the entry draft. Since 2010, when 31 trades were executed involving 55 players, there has only been an average of 18 deals with 35 players exchanging teams in the subsequent seven years. And the names are hardly earth-shattering when looking back...
TORONTO -- The New York Islanders will be trying to avoid a repeat of their last visit to the Air Canada Centre when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
The Maple Leafs defeated them 5-0 on Jan. 31 and the Islanders return to the ACC needing every point possible in their desperate pursuit of a playoff spot.
The Islanders (29-26-6) are 4-6-1 since the All-Star break and are one point removed from a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after losing 5-3 to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
When the Islanders allowed 32 shots on net during Monday's matinee against the Wild, one must have thought this was nothing short of a minor miracle. Especially after yielding 95 chances over the previous two games, this one felt like a cakewalk.
But in what feels like a recurring theme, the Islanders squandered a winnable game, falling 5-3. After stopping 50 shots against the Rangers for his first shutout of the season, Jaroslav Halak was tagged for five goals. In quick succession in the second period, the Islanders let one slip away.
Halak wasn't at his best, but it truly felt like an aberration for the 32-year-old netminder. In each of the last two months, Halak owns a .917 save percentage, which is a better number than his career average (.916). While November saw Halak continually struggle in the crease, he's largely stepped up this season and been one of the reasons this team is clinging to any chance at sniffing the playoffs.
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Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders tonight against the Maple Leafs, head coach Doug Weight said.
The Islanders will have the same lineup they used during Monday's loss to the Wild.
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The biggest drama surrounding the Islanders' visit to Toronto on Thursday may not be the game itself, but those five minutes when John Tavares faces another round of interrogation from the largest and peskiest press corps in the NHL.
Tavares will handle the Toronto media like the gentleman he was raised to be, but there will be plenty left unsaid. For example...
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Four minutes and 12 seconds is all it took, as the Islanders watched Monday's matinee game unravel in front of their eyes.
After an Anders Lee goal made it 2-1 early in the second period, the Islanders looked to be the controlling team everyone has seen for the past two games. But a burst from the Wild turned into a forecheck from hell for the Isles.
Three goals were tallied on the scoreboard in that 4:12 span, and it was the decisive push Minnesota needed to snap the Isles' small two-game win streak...
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Islanders G Thomas Greiss was placed on the IR Monday, which is retroactive to Feb. 16. His timetable for return is unknown.
Greiss' injury comes the same day he posted a 45-save shutout on the road against the Hurricanes in the Isles' 3-0 win.
The 32-year-old is 11-7-2 on the season with a 3.84 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 24 games. Christopher Gibson was an emergency call-up from Bridgeport to take his roster spot.
NEW YORK -- It took the New York Islanders only 24 hours to rewrite the narrative of their season. << Read more
Before the Islanders back-to-back against the Rangers and Hurricanes, there would have been no rationale behind predicting that the team would come out on the other side with a pair of high-save shutouts. Between two goalies, nonetheless.
But that's exactly what happened. On Friday night against the Hurricanes, Thomas Greiss saved all 45 of Carolina's shots en route to a crucial 3-0 win. It was the perfect encore to Jaroslav Halak's 50-save shutout against the Rangers the night prior.
"He was outstanding," head coach Doug Weight said of Greiss, via Cory Wright of the Islanders official site. "He was just a big piece of that win. And on the team's behalf, I thought we had the best effort in front of Thomas we've had in the last six weeks..."
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- 10:06 NYI Johnny Boychuk; Assists: Brock Nelson, Ross Johnston
- 12:00 NYI Anthony Beauvillier (Unassisted)
- 19:28 NYI John Tavares (ENG)
With the fog settling on what has already been a tenuous week, things still feel… chaotic.
Whether it was on the ice or off, there were almost too many threads to attempt to keep track of.
There was a bad loss to Columbus that hurt dimming chances in the playoff race. Then, there was Doug Weight's ensuing irate press conference. Somehow fans were to blame for another lackluster defensive performance.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As much as the New York Islanders needed a victory, they also needed to regain confidence in their back end. << Read more
After the Islanders beat the Rangers 3-0 at home, a familiar result as the Isles are 5-0-0 against the Rangers at the Barclay's Center, general manager Garth Snow could breathe a bit easier as fan discontentment has boiled recently.
The Islanders got their first shutout of the season behind Jaroslav Halak's 50 saves and head coach Doug Weight hopes there is more to come from the team who has conceded the most goals in the NHL.
"It's not the be-all-end-all," Weight said, via Anthony Rieber of Newsday. "But yeah, it feels really good for him. I guess it was the first one of the year. We need to build on that..."
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NEW YORK -- Fans of the New York Islanders and New York Rangers hoping to see their favorite teams clash in the NHL playoffs are likely to be disappointed for a 24th straight spring. As a result, Thursday night will have to suffice.
The Big Apple rivals will play their first -- and possibly final -- game this season with a playoff-type atmosphere Thursday, when the Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center.
Both teams are coming off slump-deepening losses Tuesday that further lengthened their odds of emerging from the packed Eastern Conference wild-card race with a playoff berth. The Islanders fell to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1 while the Rangers lost to the host Minnesota Wild, 3-2.
Islanders C Anders Lee is asking fans not to donate to his Kancer Jam Foundation in light of the "Snow Must Go" movement, which is in reference to Islanders GM Garth Snow.
Many fans believe Snow hasn't been the best GM, and after not making any moves at the trade deadline, they feel it is time for the team to look for a new one.
Lee can't back this movement as Snow was the reason the Isles drafted him back in 2009. He posted to Twitter to tell fans to donate to a different cause instead of his own, which raises money to fight cancer in an event that includes the famous backyard game "Kan Jam..."
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In a tailspin that has seen his club drop six of its last eight games, Islanders coach Doug Weight is hoping an upcoming matchup with the rival Rangers on Thursday at Barclays Center will turn things around.
"It's always fun to play them and they're in the same situation we are," Weight said. "They're playing for their lives."
The Islanders (27-25-6, 60 points) are one point ahead of the Rangers, who are in last place in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last 34 games, the Isles are 12-18-4 which puts them three points behind the Hurricanes for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. They dropped a 4-1 decision to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, their fourth loss in five games.
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To start off their "do-or-die" week, it was the night of the skating dead for the Islanders on their home ice.The Isles were ready to make a statement this week as they played three division opponents who are all looking for a wild card slot. But, instead of coming out with the same intensity, New York dropped a dud on their home ice as the Blue Jackets waltzed away with a 4-1 win.
Head coach Doug Weight said "we were just flat" as they were outshot 51-30, and allowed four unanswered goals after John Tavares' power-play goal in the first period.
Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares
Have you ever felt sick, but just didn't feel like going to doctor's office because setting up an appointment gets to be a hassle? You rationalize to yourself that whatever's ailing you will calm down and ease up, but you let it fester and it only gets worse.
That's kind of like what the Islanders are doing with their defense this season.
It's been written about and discussed ad nauseam, but this team's blueline has been, to put it nicely, not up to snuff. The eye test is not pretty, and the numbers back it up...
The Blue Jackets responded to John Tavares' first period goal with four unanswered goals of their own to cruise to a 4-1 victory Tuesday at the Barclays Center. >> Box score
Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Two of the seven Metropolitan Division teams wrapped up in a tightly-packed race for the final two Metro playoff spots and the two Eastern Conference wild-card berths will face off at Barclays Center.
With three big games in the next five days, the Islanders are gearing up for a "do-or-die" week.
The first of the three will be the Blue Jackets coming to Brooklyn on Tuesday, and Casey Cizikas speaks for the whole team when he says this game is the start to either good tidings or bad fortunes for the Islanders, who have been up and down all season long.
"I think this week is do-or-die for us," Cizikas told Newsday's Brian Heyman at practice Monday. "We'd either be in a really good position or we can be in a tough position where we're kind of looking from the other side in. We want to make sure that we're putting pressure on other teams to keep up with us and we're not chasing them. So this week is massive."
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Islanders rookie forward Mathew Barzal said he his holding himself accountable after head coach Doug Weight benched him for the final seven minutes of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.
"I'll own up to it," Barzal told Newsday's Brian Heyman after Monday's practice. "I didn't have a great game. I didn't deserve to be out there late in the game. He made a good coaching move. I've got to hold myself accountable. I'm not going to sit here and pout and be upset that I wasn't out there. I know I've got to play better."
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Travis Hamonic never got a proper exit from the Islanders, but the fans made up for it in his homecoming Sunday night.
The former Islanders defenseman was traded to the Flames this past summer for draft picks, and Isles Country couldn't send him off in the way they wanted to. That is why his No. 3 jersey was seen all over Barclays Center last night as the Flames came to town.
Hamonic, who served as an alternate captain and spent seven years in the blue and orange, made an impact on head coach Doug Weight during his time in New York.
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NEW YORK -- A pair teams feeling decidedly different about their most recent games will face each other Sunday night when the New York Islanders host the Calgary Flames at Barclays Center.
Everything about Friday night's game against the Red Wings felt like a microcosm of the entire season.
Watching the first two-and-a-half periods of the game, it truly felt like one could fill out an Islanders bingo card - defensive turnovers, plenty of failures clearing the zone, an early deficit, subpar goaltending from Thomas Greiss and an angry #IslesTwitter calling for someone's head.
Even when it looked like there was a comeback in the works early in the third period, Darren Helm and Anthony Mantha dashed all hopes with two goals in quick succession...
The box score for the Islanders win over the Red Wings looked more like a low scoring football game than a hockey game. Isles head coach Doug Weight and his players hope the enthralling 7-6 victory will mean more than just two points and will act as a springboard for the rest of the season.
After going behind 3-0 in the first period and hearing boos from their home crowd at the Barclay's Center, the team rallied back. The Red Wings seemed to quell the first comeback attempt, extending their lead to 5-2, but four straight third-period powerplay goals pushed the Islanders into the lead. They'd eventually need overtime to seal the win, but a galvanizing win it was...
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NEW YORK -- Two teams on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference wild-card race will square off in a pivotal game Friday night when the New York Islanders host the Detroit Red Wings at Barclays Center. << Read more
If you've ever wondered about the kind of things a general manager might say to his team's owners in the suite during a game, at dinner at a North Shore steakhouse, or on the phone to cover his hide the morning after the latest loss, wonder no more. This week, Garth Snow pulled back the curtain on the wizardry that has enabled him to remain GM of the Islanders for nearly a dozen years, despite any measurable success.
Perhaps emboldened by another "atta way!" from ownership and a strong cup of Starbucks, Snow was at his hypnotic best when speaking with Steven Marcus of Newsday on Wednesday. His team merely in a scramble for eighth place again, Snow has long since given up on trying to win over the fan base.
As he did in the Charles Wang era, Snow's primary focus is on retaining his power with ownership. Think that's being overdramatic? This is a man who failed for years and was given the added title of president and later a golden parachute by Wang. Imagine if his Islanders had ever accomplished anything!
The Islanders activated defenseman Johnny Boychuk off injured reserve on Friday after he had missed the past six weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced.
Boychuk, who has not appeared in a game since Dec. 27, has recorded three goals and six assists in 34 games this season.
In Boychuk's absence, the Islanders have gone 6-10-4 and have given up 3.6 goals per game.
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The Islanders fell behind the Sabres 3-0 on Thursday night but clawed back to tie the game 3-3 in the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn't complete the comeback and lost 4-3.
John Tavares scored the Islanders first goal, launching the comeback that fell short, but blamed missed opportunities as the reason for the defeat.
"They capitalized more on their opportunities than we did on ours," Tavares said, via the team. "It's just unfortunate because overall it was a pretty decent hockey game. We came back and had big goals, but just blown coverage in our own zone and it cost us."
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The losses keep on piling up for the Buffalo Sabres.
With losses in all four games so far in a five-game homestand, the Sabres will look to end their home stretch on a more positive note when the New York Islanders visit on Thursday night.
The Sabres (14-29-10) were dominated in consecutive losses to New Jersey, Florida and St. Louis but Buffalo did put up more of a fight in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. In that game, Ryan O'Reilly forced overtime with a late goal before the Sabres ultimately fell in the extra period.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders when they face the Sabres tonight, head coach Doug Weight said.
Ross Johnston will be in for Alan Quine.
Defensive pairings will be announced during warmups.
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Garth Snow doesn't often conduct interviews of any real heft, but when he does, they are almost always embarrassing to the franchise and insulting to the fan base. As for Snow, he has no shame. This guy has been trolling the customers and his employers since before Twitter really took off.
Snow did not disappoint on Wednesday, when he launched a dizzying torrent of turds at the dignified Steven Marcus of Newsday. Marcus has been a strong journalist for a long time on the Island. He did his job. He got someone to talk who usually runs away when the going gets tough, and then Marcus reported what his subject said.
There are two themes to any Garth Snow interview. The less important, but more hilarious portion is when Snow tries to send twisted messages to his bosses to illustrate what a brilliant general manager he is. On Wednesday to Marcus, Snow obliterated his own record for unleashing quality bullcrap in brief time, making Calvin de Haan a $10 million-a-year defenseman in the process by citing his injury as a primary "fact" behind his team's mediocrity. It was such an awesome display of desperately pumping himself up through fiction, it warrants its own post tomorrow. (Doug Weight, apparently bummed out over bloggers, deserves a break)...
The Islanders have placed Scott Mayfield (lower-body injury) has been placed on IR, retroactive to Feb. 5, the team announced.
Mayfield has two goals and 10 assists, and has amassed 41 penalty minutes in 43 games this season.
The 25-year-old agreed to a five-year contract extension in January that is worth $1.45 million annually, according to Newsday.
It was yet another painful loss for the Islanders Monday night, but this time they had the lead and failed to finish the game.
The Islanders held a 4-3 lead going into the third period, and it looked all but over when the Predators couldn't convert on any of their opportunities. However, it took just one shot with 42.2 seconds left in the period to send the game to overtime.
They may have notched a point, but it was a game in which the Islanders needed to win yet couldn't finish the job.