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.
While these are joyous times for the New York Islanders, these are frustrating circumstances for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Islanders attempt to get their season-high fourth straight victory while the Flyers look to stop a nine-game road losing streak Sunday night when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet at Barclays Center.
New York put together three straight wins for the third time this season. Their first two attempts to get a fourth consecutive victory have not gone well as the Islanders were handed a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 4 and a 6-4 drubbing at Minnesota on Dec. 29.
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The Islanders have had at least one team reach out to them about the recently fired Jack Capuano, sources told Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Although Staple did not hear which team was seeking Capuano's services, the only teams looking for a permanent head coach would be the Florida Panthers (who fired coach Gerard Gallant earlier in the season) and the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights.
The Islanders look to make it three straight wins when they take on the Kings at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center.
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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.
NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings are in pivotal portions of their schedule.
The Islanders are in the midst of playing six straight at home while the Kings are starting a five-game road trip.
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?
Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Islanders visit Carolina Saturday a night after scoring five goals in a win at Florida.
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.
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.
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.
The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.
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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?
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
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
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.