For game 18 of 82, I felt it was time to walk around the barn on Hempstead Turnpike and get some impartial takes on what Scott (Go-Go) Gordon is trying to accomplish with his Islanders and all that Bachman Turner Overdrivespeed stuff. I set out on my mission as the game started, with no notion of whether the Islanders would win or lose. (Boy, that would have stunk if they got their doors blown off).

 

My interviewees were offered anonymity if preferred. Here's what they had to say:

 

 

sleep 5Mattias Ohlund, veteran Canucks defenseman:

 

"They really took the game to us, were very aggressive. We handled it well in the first and third periods, but I give them a lot of credit for putting us on our heels.

 

"We had a hard time making plays. Only thanks to Louie (Roberto Luongo) were we still in it after the second. That's a very impressive, quick style they play."

 

 

Alain Vigneault, Vancouver head coach:

 

"Our execution in the second period was absent. Part of that was us and part of that you should give credit to them. Most of their scoring chances came off our turnovers. They worked for them. They come at you hard. Their defensemen are always in pre-pinch, which makes it a very aggressive system."

 

 

(Interpretation break. All of the Canucks talked of the Islanders' "pre-pinch." This is terminology I had never heard before and the Islanders do not use. After asking around, my understanding is that a "pre-pinch" - as opposed to the more cautious "pinch" - is when the Islanders defensemen join the play aggressively inside the blueline before the opposition even wraps the puck around the boards in an attempt to get it out of the zone. It is a very risky play that could lead to odd-man breaks, but the Islanders have had success with it).

 

 

sleep 5Rick Bowness, Vancouver assistant coach:

 

"I really like the way they play. You can never let up against them. You always have to be moving, especially with their defensemen always in pre-pinch.

 

"It's a game where you have to take advantage when they have breakdowns. It's an exciting style. If they continue to have games like the last three when everyone on the team is on the same page, there's no reason they can't be effective for the entire season."

 

 

Visiting Western Conference pro scout:

 

"It's an exciting system, and as you saw tonight it can be a nightmare for opposing teams to handle it. My only question over the course of a long season is the fatigue factor. I'm sure their coaching staff and strength and conditioning coach have worked since the beginning of camp to prepare them for the rigors.

 

"I love what the Islanders are doing. I don't think you'd hear any complaints if it became a trend around the league because it's certainly a helluva lot more exciting than the trap or the lock. The big question is whether they can sustain it for the full season. No matter what, I give Gordon high marks for not dipping his toe in and instead going full-throttle from game one."

 

 

John Garrett, former NHL goalie, current Vancouver TV analyst:

 

"I like what Gordon is trying to do. He wants to win games, but also do it in an entertaining style. It's nice to see since we're supposed to be in the entertainment business. Gordon is not like a lot of other coaches in the league that want to win 1-0 by keeping everyone in the neutral zone.

 

"You like to see a good hard forecheck, a team being aggressive, playing hard and giving the fans something to watch. Look at a guy like Tim Jackman: he's big and he skates pretty well, but in this system he's doing everything with speed and he's effective doing it.

 

"It's no secret Gordon doesn't have all the horses right now to perfectly execute his style, but the Islanders seem to be getting better each game. Mark Streit might be their only defenseman right now perfectly suited to the system. Over time, I'm sure they will add pieces. It will be interesting to see how the Islanders develop under Gordon as the kids mature and they make changes to the lineup. But right now, I'm impressed by what I see."

 

 

Visiting Eastern Conference pro scout:

 

"The last three weeks, the Islanders looked like a team with a plan and a focus and a system like they haven't in a while. They started out the season kind of rough. Now instead of being disjointed and having players going in three different directions, they're in sync. The puck pursuit has been outstanding. As a scout, it's fun to watch.

 

"I think they are surprising some teams and they probably will for at least the first half of the season. Maybe they'll do it all year. This has become a passive league. Most teams play a very passive style. All of a sudden you have a team like the Canucks tonight or Ottawa over the weekend and they're playing a team as aggressive as the Islanders. No matter how much you do film study or prepare for it, it takes a while to get adjusted. It can be a shock to the system when you're so used to playing against a trap.

 

"The downside is that when you push and push, there are bound to be some breakdowns. You give a 3-on-2 to a Sedin and they are often going to burn you. The Islanders have had fewer breakdowns the last 6-7 games, so it's obvious Gordon and his staff have made it work. I think a lot of observers are paying attention to what the Islanders are doing and curious to see how the system holds up over 82 games."

 

 

sleep 5Rob Davison, former Islander and current Vancouver defenseman:

 

"That's a great forecheck they have. They're always coming at you 2-hard (two forwards) from the beginning of the game until the end. It causes a lot of turnovers if you don't execute.

 

"We knew what to expect coming in, which is why we were okay in the first period. But even when you know what's coming, if they execute and we don't, it's trouble. They pre-pinch a lot and it paid off, especially in the second period when they really carried the play.

 

"I think for the Islanders to make it work night after night, they have to be physical like tonight and it will be a challenge to do it game after game. But who knows? We'll see over time. This was one of the toughest games we've had all year. There's reason to think that as the season goes on, they might only get better at it."

 

 

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(Brad Penner)

The Islanders have signed D Jake Bischoff to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Bischoff, who was the alternate captain for the University of Minnesota the last two seasons, had five goals and 27 assists in 38 games this season.

He had 17 goals and 51 assists during his four-year career with Minnesota.

The Islanders also signed F Matt Gaudreaureports Arthur Staple of Newsday...

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(Brad Penner)

The Islanders lost to the Predators on Monday night and with 82 points, trail the Bruins by two points for the second and final Wild Cadrd spot in the Eastern Conference.

New York also trails the Lightning, who have 83 points. The Isles, Bruins, and Lightning all have seven games remaining.

While they've struggled, going 4-5-1 over their last 10 games the Islanders aren't using fatigue as an excuse.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss stops a puck in front of Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss stops a puck in front of Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders lost to the Nashville Predators, 3-1, Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:17 NAS Kevin Fiala; Assists: Calle Jarnkrok, Anthony Bitetto

Second period:

  • 3:15 NAS Viktor Arvidssonl Assists: Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm
  • 17:20 NYI Josh Bailey; Assist: Nick Leddy

Third period:

  • 19:39 NAS Ryan Johansen (ENG); Assist: Ryan Ellis
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New York Islanders center John Tavares takes the ice for warm-ups against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares takes the ice for warm-ups against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders host the Nashville Predators at Barclays Center on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders are 6-1-0-1 over their last eight home games against the Predators. Nashville's last win on the road against the Islanders came January 16, 2012.
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(Brad Penner)

The Islanders have signed F John Stevens to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

Stevens, 22, was the captain for Norheastern University this season, notching five goals and 23 assists in 25 games. 

He had 26 goals and 80 assists in 138 games during his four-year career with Northeastern.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight as they take on the Predators, Doug Weight told reporters Monday morning.

Alan Quine will be in the lineup for Shane Prince.

Thomas Hickey will be in the lineup for Scott Mayfield.

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Mar 25, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) is challenged by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller (6) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 25, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) is challenged by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller (6) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Riley Nash's two goals were all the Boston Bruins needed to beat the Islanders on Saturday night at The Barclays Center.  >> Read more


 

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(Winslow Townson)

The Islanders continue their playoff push as they face the Bruins at Barclays Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Bruins lost to the Lightning, 6-3, on Thursday in Boston, their fourth consecutive loss following a string of four straight wins. They allowed a combined seven goals in those four wins, but have allowed 20 goals over their four losses.
  • The Islanders have won both meetings between the teams this season -- 4-2 on December 20, and 4-0 on January 16, both in Boston. Prior to this year, the Bruins had won five straight against the Islanders, include a three-game season sweep last year.
  • David Pastrnak scored against Tampa Bay on Thursday, giving him 32 goals and 32 assists this season, both well above his prior career highs. Pastrnak had never registered more than 27 points in his two prior seasons in the league.

 

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The Bruins' David Pastrnak controls the puck against the Islanders Calvin de Haan during a game last season. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
The Bruins' David Pastrnak controls the puck against the Islanders Calvin de Haan during a game last season. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Two teams vying for the same thing but going in opposite directions will square off in one of the biggest games of the NHL season Saturday night when the New York Islanders host the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center.

The Islanders and Bruins enter Saturday tied for the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York created the deadlock Friday night when it outlasted the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout.

It was the second straight win over a playoff-bound foe by the Islanders, who were three points out of the second wild card entering Wednesday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The New York Islanders walked into Pittsburgh and, facing a team with some key injuries, boarded a plane afterward with two points in their pockets and control of the final Eastern conference playoff spot.

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

After a 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Friday night, the Islanders now hold the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Riding goals from John Tavares and Anthony Beauvillier in the shootout, the Islanders racked up their 18th win since Doug Weight took over as interim coach 31 games ago. 

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(Brad Penner)

The Islanders lost Ryan Strome to a broken wrist, so what impact will it have on their playoff chances? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

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Barring a deep playoff run, Ryan Strome's 2016-17 season is over. So, Andy: What does this mean for the Islanders forward corps, and how will this impact them going down the stretch?

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Jaroslav Halak will get his first start in goal since Dec. 29 when the Islanders take on the Penguins tonight, Doug Weight told reporters Friday morning.

Halak was recalled from Bridgeport on Thursday. In 25 games with the Sound Tigers, the 31-year old goaltender went 17-7-1 with a 2.15 GA and .925 save percentage.

Alan Quine will be in the lineup for the injured Ryan Strome, who broke his wrist during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.

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(James Guillory)

Ryan Strome does not need surgery for his broken wrist, and is expected to miss three-to-six weeks, interim head coach Doug Weight told reporters on Friday.

Strome left Wednesday night's win against the Rangers late in the second period after suffering the injury while taking a hit from Brady Sjkei along the boards.

He has 13 goals and 17 assists in 69 games this season.

 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Josh Ho-Sang is sure to draw some fan ire on Friday when the Isles hit the ice in Pittsburgh, but as far as Mario Lemieux is concerned, he's fine with the number Ho-Sang wears on his back.

"I'm fine with it," Lemieux said Thursday through a Penguins spokesperson when asked about Ho-Sang wearing number 66. "It's just a number. Number 4 and number 9 were worn by great players (Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe, respectively), and they are not retired forever. Players can choose whatever number they want."

Ho-Sang, who has said that he chose 66 to honor Lemieux, expanded on his reasoning to Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by making mention of a story that surfaced earlier in the week. Lemieux receiving a letter from six-year-old Darran Dunlap, daughter of Pittsburgh-area radio host Colin Dunlap. Darran was diagnosed with leukemia this past November, and Lemieux, a cancer survivor himself, sent the youngster a letter back with words of encouragement and a signed puck...

 

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(Eric Bolte)

Thomas Greiss stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

Greiss, 31, has gone 25-16 this season while posting a 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage.

Prior to Wednesday night, he had allowed three goals or more in three of his last four games.

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(Adam Hunger)

Anders Lee had a goal and assist while getting 17:51 of ice time as the Islanders beat the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

"I just try to create havoc in front and make those small plays," Lee said after the game, according to the New York Times. "For us, this is playoff hockey. There's no taking any game for granted. We have to get two points every night."

Lee, 26, has 27 goals and 17 assists in 71 games this season -- both career-highs.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders have recalled goaltender Jaroslav Halak on loan from Bridgeport, the team announced Thursday.

Interim head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Steven Marcus on Monday that the team was considering recalling Halak.

"There's a lot of talk about it," Weight said. "He's played really well, he's had a great attitude. We'll see what transpires here in the next couple of days."

The Islanders have used Thomas Greiss and J.F. Berube in net since Halak cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL in late December.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss
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Alain Vigneault, Ryan McDonagh and John Tavares break down the game between the crosstown rivals as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 3-2.

The Islanders scored two goals in the third period to defeat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, 3-2.  >> Read more

First Period

  • 2:46 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan

Second Period

  • 3:40 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Anthony Beauviller, Nick Leddy
  • 6:36 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Nick Holden

Third Period

  • 5:01 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (Power Play); Assists: Anthony Beavuillier, Joshua Ho-Sang
  • 12:38 NYI Andrew Ladd (Power Play); Assists: Anders Lee, John Tavares
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(Sergei Belski)

The Islanders could decide to trade captain John Tavares if they haven't made progress on a long-term extension by a certain date, TSN's Darren Dreger speculates.

Tavares has stated on numerous occasions how much he enjoys playing for the Islanders, but has not said he plans to stay long-term.

He will enter the final year of his six-year deal next season, with a cap hit of $5.5 million.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the Rangers, Doug Weight told reporters Wednesday morning.

Thomas Hickey will be in the lineup for Dennis Seidenberg.

The Islanders will use the same forwards as Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss against the Blue Jackets.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Josh Bailey (illness) missed practice on Tuesday, with interim head coach Doug Weight saying Bailey should be fine for Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.

Weight added that the lines would remain the same.

Bailey, 27, has 12 goals and 37 assists in 71 games this season, but has failed to notch a goal or assist over his last five games.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver look back at a rough week after tough losses to Columbus and Winnipeg. The guys discuss the team's lack of pride, the struggling goaltending, and Garth Snow's decision to keep Ryan Pulock in Bridgeport. Later, Liam McHugh of NBC Sports calls in to give his thoughts on the playoff race, the Isles-Rangers rivalry, and Mike Milbury. 

Click below to listen!

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Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center center John Tavares (91) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center center John Tavares (91) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: 

Down to the final 11 games of the 2016-17 regular season, through all the inconsistency of the past couple of weeks, the New York Islanders find themselves very much in the hunt for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point, having played one more game.

It's been the scoreboard, perhaps, more than the Islanders that have kept them alive, but at this point, there are no apologies for that, just further opportunities for them to right the wrongs that have been regularly occurring in their defensive zone.

  • Yesterday, New York lost a one-goal overtime game against one of the best teams in the league, a team fighting for first place overall in the entire league. They out-attempted the Blue Jackets, 56-54, despite being outshot 38-22. Not a horrible performance and a much-needed point, although the three goals they allowed were all a result of the usual defensive breakdowns that have become too frequent at this stage.
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The Islanders return to Barclays Center to take on the Ducks Sunday night. (Brad Penner)
The Islanders return to Barclays Center to take on the Ducks Sunday night. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders and the Barclays Center are negotiating a possible temporary agreement that would not force the team out of the stadium after two years, Nick Kypreos said on Sportsnet's Hockey Night.

It was previously reported that the Barclays Center wanted the Islanders out after the 2018-2019 season because the venue would profit more by hosting different events.

Nassau County executive Ed Mangana had met with Islanders owner Jonathan Ledecky on Nov. 17 in order to discuss a return to Nassau Coliseum, according to Newsday.

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Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) skates away during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) skates away during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

First Period 

  • 14:18 NYI Travis Hamonic; Assists: Jason Chimera, Anthony Beauvillier

Second Period 

  • 1:00 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • 15:48 CBJ Josh Anderson; Assists: Nick Foligno, Zach Werenski

Third Period 

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Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (7) battle New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (7) battle New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders will host the Blue Jackets in a Saturday afternoon matinee at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS:

  • The Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers on Thursday, 2-1. It was Columbus' second consecutive win and its fifth in its last six games (5-1-0).
  • The Islanders lost, 4-2, on Thursday versus Winnipeg. New York has now lost three of its last four games (1-3-0)
  • This is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Blue Jackets and Islanders. The home team has won the first three matchups, all in regulation. Columbus won at home 6-2 on December 10 and 7-0 on February 25, while the Islanders won on home ice 4-2 on January 24.
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The Islanders' Thomas Hickey, left, and center John Tavares show their frustration during Thursday's home loss to Winnipeg. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Islanders' Thomas Hickey, left, and center John Tavares show their frustration during Thursday's home loss to Winnipeg. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Isles are just one point out of the final Wild Card with 13 games to go. So what does the team need to do to reach the playoffs? Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:  Andy, with their loss to the Jets on Thursday, the Islanders suffered a major setback in their quest for the second Wild Card. So what does this team need to do to make sure they qualify for their third straight postseason?

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:  Well, I'd say the change has to begin with their defensive coverage, which has been manically up-and-down for a couple of weeks now. Travis Hamonic has not been good since his return for injury, and the forwards look too lackadaisical in their back-checking.

Tags: Shane Prince, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders have activated Casey Cizikas  from the injured reserve list. Cizikas, who reportedly broke his hand against Detroit last month, is questionable for Saturday's game against Columbus.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince
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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Since making his Islanders debut in 2010-11, Travis Hamonic's career has been marked by injuries and subpar defensive play, culminating with the 2016-17 season, which has quickly spiraled into one that Hamonic would like to forget. 

With 13 points, Hamonic has the lowest point total of his career, not including the 48-game lockout shortened season of 2012-13. He has failed to play a full season since that year, only appearing in 81 percent of all scheduled contests.

He has also been very inconsistent in his own end. Hamonic was a -8 in that lockout year and -5 last year, going +27 over the other four years of his career.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

For the second time in three games, the Islanders came out and started well but could not sustain momentum for long as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Jets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The first eight minutes were dominated by New York, who were all over Connor Hellebuyck. Adam Pelech scored at the 38-second mark, but the good vibes did not last longer than that. Winnipeg took advantage of shoddy defending and mental breakdowns to build a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.

"We had 4 or 5 opportunities to make it 2-0, the power play had chances. We looked like a tired team, mentally. We looked like a team that practiced twice in the last 25 days. Certainly starts building into your game. You can watch video all you want, you need to work on things on the ice", interim head coach Doug Weight said postgame.

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Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) and Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault (85) battle for the puck during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) and Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault (85) battle for the puck during second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Bryan Little tallied twice for the Jets who defeated the Islanders, 4-2, on Thursday night at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:38 NYI Adam Pelech; Assists: John TavaresNick Leddy
  • 9:22 WPG Bryan Little; Assists: Nikolaj Ehiers, Ben Chiarot
  • 18:35 WPG Bryan Little (power play); Assists: Nic Petan, Nikolaj Ehiers

Second period:

  • 3:24 WPG Matthieu Perrault; Assists: Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele
  • 11:31 WPG Adam Lowry; Assists: Joel Armia, Mark Stuart

Third period:

  • 1:02 NYI Anders Lee
Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Nick Leddy
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Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) celebrates his game winning overtime goal with his teammates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) celebrates his game winning overtime goal with his teammates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Islanders continue their playoff push as they face the Jets at Barclays Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders were able to earn a split in their home-and-home with the Hurricanes by winning in overtime, 3-2, on Tuesday night in Carolina. It was a year to the day since the last time New York won after allowing the game's first two goals, March 14, 2016 against the Panthers.
  • The Jets dropped their fourth in a row with a 5-4 overtime loss at the Predators on Monday. Winnipeg has killed off just seven of 13 shorthanded chances over its last three games (53.8 percent), allowing at least one power-play goal in all three.
  • New York took the first meeting from Winnipeg this season, 6-2, on New Year's Eve. It was the Islanders' fourth straight win over the Jets, their longest winning streak against the franchise since another four-game run from January 29, 2009 -- January 2, 2010.
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the Jets, Doug Weight told reporters Thursday morning.

Brock Nelson will be in the lineup for Anthony Beauvillier.

The Islanders will use the same defensemen as Tuesday's 3-2 win over Carolina.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver breathe a big sigh of relief after Tuesday night's comeback victory over Carolina. They discuss Josh Ho-Sang's emergence and Thomas Greiss' bounce back performance. Later, the guys chat with Mike Fornabio of the Connecticut Post about Jaroslav HalakRyan PulockMichael Dal Colle, and Devon Toews.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Thomas Greiss may have been off in relief of J-F Berube on Monday night, but he was eager to redeem himself on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

"Every time you get lit up or you don't have the best game, you want to get back out there right away," Greiss said of his bounce back performance, which saw the Isles netminder stop 30 of Carolina's 32 shots.

Greiss, who gave up two goals including one on a breakway by Elias Lindholm, held Carolina at bay after they went up by two, as he made a big sprawling save on Derek Ryan and a highlight reel lounging arm save on Lucas Wallmark both midway through the second.

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Jason Chimera may have started his Islanders career slowly, but the 37-year-old is on pace to have another remarkable NHL season.

Just 25 seconds after Josh Ho-Sang had pulled the Isles within one, Chimera wound the puck around from the blue line and all the way to Cam Ward, who kicked the puck toward the boards. Cal Clutterbuck crashed to prevent Carolina from taking possession. The puck hopped off the glass and took a fortuitous bounce back to Chimera, who gained the puck in the circle, and used a quick release to go top corner far side on Ward to tie the game at two.

"Those [goals] are huge, especially in the last minute of the second period, to get the goals," Chimera said. "Going [into the third period] 2-2 is a lot different than going in down 2-1."

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Josh Ho-Sang continued to make an impact on Tuesday night, as he helped the Islanders back from the brick in their 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Hurricanes.

With just over a minute left in the second period and the Isles trailed 2-0, Nikolay Kulemin took a shot that was blocked in front. The puck redirected right onto Ho-Sang's stick blade in the near circle, and Ho-Sang whistled a wrister top shelf past Cam Ward to pull the Isles within one.

Then in overtime, Ho-Sang skated the puck through the neutral zone and into the Hurricanes' zone and executed a slick drop pass to John Tavares. With space, Tavares ripped a wrister past Ward to give the Isles a 3-2 victory.

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Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) stops a shot against New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome (18) and forward Anders Lee (27) during the second period at PNC Arena.  (James Guillory (USA Today))
Mar 14, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) stops a shot against New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome (18) and forward Anders Lee (27) during the second period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory (USA Today))

John Tavares scored 34 seconds into overtime, and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Joshua Ho-Sang and Jason Chimera scored in the final 65 seconds of the second period to help the Islanders erase a 2-0 deficit and eventually claim what interim coach Doug Weight called a must-win game.

Tavares' winner was set up by Ho-Sang's takeaway at center ice. Ho-Sang brought the puck across the blue line and fed a drop pass to Tavares, who snapped it past Cam Ward.

Thomas Greiss made 30 saves one night after allowing four goals on 16 shots in relief during an 8-4 loss to the Hurricanes at home. Ward, who also gave up four goals in that game, made 31 saves for Carolina. >> Read more...

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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The Islanders, home in Brooklyn for the first time in three weeks and off the heels of a franchise record nine-game road trip where they went 5-3-1, struggled mightily Monday night in an 8-4 blowout loss to the Hurricanes in what could have been considered a must-win game.

With a record of 3-4-1 over their last eight games, having allowed 25 goals in those losses, it's obviously not the optimum time to go into a slump, clinging to the playoff race by a thread -- one point behind the Maple Leafs, but having played one more game. 

"We have to play a lot harder than we did tonight. Execute at a much higher level. Disappointing at this point in the season," captain John Tavares said in the locker room after the game as the team hustled to beat the impending Nor'Easter and catch a flight to Carolina for the rematch Tuesday night.

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss both allowed four goals as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-4, on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:11 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
  • 14:14 CAR Jaccob Slavin; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask
  • 14:40 CAR Joakim Nordstrom; Assists: Lee Stempniak, Slavin
  • 17:32 NYI Stephen Gionta; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin 

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Calvin de Haan; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Hickey
  • 6:51 CAR Justin Faulk; Assists: Jordan Staal, Noah Hanifin
  • 8:02 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Matt Tennyson
  • 8:58 CAR Faulk; Assists: Noah Hanifin, Patrick Brown
  • 11:45 CAR Slavin (short handed)
  • 13:50 NYI Ho-Sang; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier

Third period:

  • 3:43 CAR Skinner (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:57 CAR Slavin; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Staal
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy looks on during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy looks on during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Barclays Center.

According to STATS:

  • The Hurricanes have won their first two games against the Islanders this season, including an overtime win in Brooklyn during the last meeting. The last time Carolina had three wins in a season against New York was 2013-14.
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The Islanders are glad to be home after their recently-completed nine-game road trip.

"I think all we can do is just keep trucking forward; we're still in a good spot," John Tavares said Sunday night, according to Neil Best of Newsday. "I think obviously we'll be excited to be back home Monday in front of our fans."

The Islanders, who lost to the Blues on Saturday, finished the road trip with a record of 5-3-1...

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

J-F Berube will start in goal for the Islanders as New York welcomes the Hurricanes to Brooklyn on Monday, Doug Weight told reporters Monday morning.

Adam Pelech will be in the lineup for Scott Mayfield.

The Islanders will use the same forwards as Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Blues.

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Mar 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) scores against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 11, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) scores against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues held off a late rally by the Islanders to win, 4-3, on Saturday at the Scottrade Center. >> Read more

First Period

  • 7:23 STL Vladimir Tarasenko (Power Play); Assists: Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen

Second Period

  • 4:58 STL Alexander Steein
  • 11:37 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Scott Mayfield
  • 15:28 STL Vladimir Tarasenko; Assists: Carl Gunnarsson
  • 18:06 STL Patrik Berglund; Assists: David Perron, Magnus Paajarvi

Third Period

  • 2:11 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey
  • 18:31 NYI Nick Leddy (Power Play); Assists: Andrew Ladd, John Taveres
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Mar 7, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The New York Islanders celebrate a third period goal by forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The New York Islanders celebrate a third period goal by forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders close out their long road trip with a game in St. Louis against the Blues. 

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders defeated the Canucks, 4-3, in overtime on Thursday night at Rogers Arena, winning their second straight tilt, and improving to 5-2-1 in the last eight road games overall. New York has potted at least four goals 19 times in its last 35 games -- tied with Pittsburgh for second most in the league since December 20 (Washington -- 20).
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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Islanders will start Thomas Greiss in net against the Blues while Scott Mayfield will replace Adam Pelech on defense. 

Greiss, starting in his ninth straight game, made 39 saves against the Canucks in the Islanders' overtime win on Thursday. 

Mayfield has five points in 16 games in the NHL this season. 

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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee watches teammate John Tavares' shot go past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during the first period. (AP)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee watches teammate John Tavares' shot go past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during the first period. (AP)

The New York Islanders are finally finishing their franchise record nine-game road trip with a game in St. Louis tonight.

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The end result in Vancouver on Thursday was two points, but the Islanders knew that they had stolen them.

"It wasn't a great game," John Tavares told reporters after the game. "They came out hard. They're playing desperate and threw everything at us. We did a good job of giving ourselves an opportunity to win. [It was] unfortunate to give up one late, but good perseverance overcoming the way we played today and getting a big goal in overtime."

The Isles led 3-2, but the Canucks scored with an extra attacked with just under 20 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime.

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