The Islanders are 6-11-2 at home this year, not the lowest amount of home wins in the NHL but the most losses by a few. Last week, the Islanders blew home leads in each of their games against Ottawa, Montreal and Pittsburgh, which understandably upped the frustration of the fans.

So what's the problem? Why are the Islanders so bad at home this year?

First off, it's a bit of a magnification problem. A small sample size coupled with recent events blows the problem up considerably. Two games go the other way, and all of a sudden they're 8-9-2, comparable to last year's 17-18-6. Still not great, but certainly better looking.

Some of it is also blown out of proportion. The Islanders surrendered one-goal leads last week against Montreal and Pittsburgh, the #1 and #2 teams in the Eastern Conference. For a below-average team, like the Islanders are, losing a one-goal lead to two different steam rollers isn't that crazy to imagine.

But more to the point, is that the Islanders are not a good hockey team. They are average, or below average, or slightly above, or whatever your preferred descriptor is but the fact is that they are not exceptional. They're 14-15-3 playing in a weak Eastern Conference. Sometimes, it's the simplest explanation that makes sense, even if it isn't the sexiest.

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The Islanders have led or been tied heading into the third period in 22 of their 32 games this year. They're 14-7-1 overall in those situations, 7-6-1 at home, 7-1-0 on the road. But remember, those stats are with them tied heading into the third. When they are leading after two, they're 5-2-1 at home and 4-0-0 on the road. That's not catastrophic. They've blown a few leads, clearly, but when you take out the tied-after-two situations, it's not nearly so bleak. Clearly, those tied-after-two situations are where the problems lie. They're not winning the close games, which is exactly what not so good teams do.

One of the biggest reasons they're not winning those close games is goals against. They're actually scoring at almost exactly the same pace this year at home as compared to last year; 2.58 goals per home game compared to 2.51 last year. Where there's a major difference is how the Isles are giving up more goals at home, 3.42 per game this year compared to 2.95 last season. Nearly half a goal more. And that's got an awful lot to do with goaltending (more on that in a minute). It's also skewed by that 7-0 drubbing from the Flyers. I don't like selective statistics, but taking that out brings their goals against at home down to 3.22 per game. But again, still worse than last year.

Another theory, proposed by CBS' Jeff Cappelini last week, is that the Islanders are worse at home this year because of the move to Brooklyn hanging over them and the fans, but he's not really saying it's the fans, but really, the fans:

[sny-box]There is only one explanation for the Isles’ often horrifying play at home compared to their often inspired play on the road. They feel at ease on the road. They don’t lose their focus on the road. They don’t skate around on egg shells on the road, waiting for the other boot to drop. And if that’s because they don’t feel the love at the Coliseum, well, I’m sure they don’t feel a lot of love on the road either, yet somehow find a way to persevere. The nightly lineup and coaching strategies are largely the same every game, but the players’ execution and focus at the Coliseum compared to on the road is like night and day.[/sny-box]

Saying that the team "doesn't feel the love" at the Coliseum may very well be accurate. That said, if the team "doesn't feel the love" at the Coliseum this year, I don't know that what's been going on at the NVMC for the last half-dozen years or so could be considered different or remotely close to 'love.' And saying they "somehow find a way to persevere" doesn't back up the reasoning with any substance whatsoever. "Somehow" the Islanders are 7-1-0 on the road when leading or tied after two. Because they score more goals on the road? Because they get better goaltending? Something else? Welp, somehow!

(Spoiler: They get more goals, 3.23 goals for and better defense/goaltending, 3.07 goals against on the road. But that goals against number is close to the home number, if we discount the Flyers blowout game.)

But I can agree that this is a young team, and to see them not be resilient or fold easily is honestly something that could be expected of any young team or any average/below average team. As it just so happens, that's happening at home this year.

Capellini continues:

[sny-box]I had it out with folks on Twitter in the aftermath of the Isles’ dreadful 5-2 loss to visiting Montreal on Thursday. Their continuous defense or reasoning for the Isles’ terrible play at home was based on talent and coaching. I just don’t buy all of that, mostly because of the Isles’ stellar road record, illustrated by the proven fact that they don’t fall apart late in games. Or if they have, they’ve still more often than not found a way to win. Case in point, last Saturday night in Florida when they blew a three-goal lead in the third but yet took the lead back late and held on for the victory.

[/sny-box]

That paragraph literally disproved itself.

To paraphrase; 'It's a proven fact that the Islanders don't fall apart late in road games because of this road game that they fell apart late in, but managed to get a late goal to win.'

The Islanders very clearly fell apart late in the third in Sunrise, I don't know how losing a three-goal lead in a matter of minutes can be excused away and ignored because it turned out alright. In this instance, it wasn't the Habs or Penguins waiting to pounce, it was the NHL's worst team. Against the Panthers they completed the timeless clichés of 'persevering' and 'finding a way to win'. Somehow. Against Scott Clemmensen and his horrendous .862 save percentage and on a team that has a -38 goal differential. I don't know how they managed against such a tough opponent.

The Islanders are a team that finished 14th last year, switched PA Parenteau for Brad Boyes, added Lubomir Visnovsky, and got a bunch of defenders off waivers to replace a bunch of defenders who couldn't make NHL teams out of camp this year. For the most part this is a very similar team, albeit a bit better,  than the one that finished 14th last year.

Speaking of last year, there's also a surprising difference between last year and this year between the pipes. The intention isn't to pick on one specific player, but note something that stands out.

Evgeni Nabokov has a .896 save percentage (16 games) at home this year compared to .910 on the road (11 games). Last year, those numbers were .915 at home (17 games) and .913 on the road (25 games). In almost the exact same sample size, Nabokov has a .019 difference in save percentage this year at home as compared to last year. That means he's surrendered an extra 8.2 goals at home this year than he would have if he was playing at the same level he was last year (.019 x 433 shots faced). It would be nice to have eight goals back and a starting goalie with an above .900 save percentage at home. Also: as a 37-year old vet who could easily be retired by the time the Islanders get to Brooklyn, do you think he is all of a sudden shaking in his boots about what the home fans think or playing poorly because of his environment? Somehow, I imagine Nabokov is long past that point of his career.

The three other homes games that were not tended to by Nabokov were two parts Kevin Poulin and one part Rick DiPietro, all losses. DiPietro, who has played at the Coliseum for more than 10 years and certainly should be used to, er, an unfriendly home environment, started one game there this year. In it, he gave up five goals on 30 shots for a lovely .833 home save percentage. Poulin has a .857 home save percentage in his two starts. Maybe if Nabokov, who is getting a ton of work, started those games the Islanders could have won. Who knows.

Not that the goalies deserve all the blame for the home woes but, uh, yeah, a lot of it.

[sny-box]Is the Islanders’ lack of support at the Coliseum so poor that the team feels uninspired? Well, they do have the lowest average home attendance in the NHL at just over 12,700 per game, but it’s not like the place is empty. The fans still bring the noise when they feel they have a reason.

But what is annoying yet understandable considering the Islanders’ lack of recent playoff seasons and the fact that they’ll soon be heading to Brooklyn is the legions of opposing fans that take over the Coliseum.[/sny-box]

The idea that the types of fans in the building and/or their lack of enthusiasm are the cause of the Islanders woes is asinine. After all Isles fans have been through -- from Spano, to playoff less seasons, the 1-17-3 streak a few Novembers ago and more -- they should in no way be blamed for lack of enthusiasm, something that existed long before Barclays came along. And it's not like the move is exactly killing attendance, either; the Islanders had 14,000+ show up Sunday night with only a couple of Panthers fans in sight.

As for the players, these are professionals. Many of them have done it at NVMC for years under different, but still very shaky, arena worries (trying to condemn the arena, the Lighthouse Project failure, public vote failure). Did the 2009-10 Islanders go 23-14-4 at home because the Lighthouse Project got thrown away and the entire future of the franchise was up in the air? No, that uncertainly must have inspired them!

We saw earlier this season that yes, in fact, they do care greatly about the results of the games. Is playing at the Coliseum, which is pretty blatantly a terrible facility, no fun for them? Sure it's possible, although they'll never admit it. They might play better at a rink with good ice, and modern amenities, absolutely. But is the team bad because the fans show a lack of support or because there are a lot of opposition fans or because there are arena issues?

Well, I guess you might as well pin the last 20 seasons devoid of playoff series wins on the fans and arena issues too.

It's been no secret that for a long time, the Coliseum has been inundated with Rangers fans and those of other locals.

But did opposing fans only now just start showing up in droves or, before Brooklyn, did the Quebec Nordiques have a damned pep rally at the Coliseum during the 2010-11 season when the Islanders went 17-18-6 at home? I don't think I was dreaming when I witnessed that.

So please, everyone, stop making this small sample of a home record about the arena situation. The Islanders have had an arena situation of some kind for 20+ years. Now it's Brooklyn and asbestos, five years ago it was the Lighthouse Project, fifteen years back it was Milstein and Gluckstern trying to get the place condemned. Islanders fans have had a lot of reasons to be apathetic, upset, or both.

Also, please stop making this about opposing fans invading the arena, it's been that way throughout this half-decade long rebuild. It might be bit worse now, but certainly not significantly worse or bad in a way that would have pro athletes shaking in their boots. (Is Matt Martin really more worried about the 'Let's Go Islanders' chant getting drowned out than that goon attempting to punch him in the face?)

This is about the team on the ice and the coaching staff behind the bench and whether they are bad, average, or good. Because in the end that, and the teams they play against, are really what determines who wins and loses. Not some vague sadness the team gets from feeling unappreciated at home. Not from an arena situation hanging over their head. Or, if those things are bothering them, it's been dragging down the franchise for years.

It's not that different all of a sudden.

The Islanders play 11 of their final 16 games on the road including tonight's game in Washington. That's good news, if you believe their road record of 8-4-1 will continue. I have no qualms if you want to subscribe to that, and I hope it does continue because a playoff team is a lot more fun to cover. If the success doesn't continue and the team misses the playoffs, I guess we'll have to settle for the explanation that the road fans were too cordial, or the home fans too apathetic, or maybe it was voodoo, and no, it wasn't at all that the Islanders weren't a good enough team.

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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal.  (Rick Osentoski (USA Today))
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal. (Rick Osentoski (USA Today))

Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders' game against the Red Wings on Tuesday, Doug Weight told reporters Tuesday morning.

The Isles will use the same defenders as Sunday's win over New Jersey.

13 forwards participated in New York's morning skate, but Cal Clutterbuck will definitely be in the lineup Tuesday. Clutterbuck has not played since Feb. 3.

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New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)

Two big wins on the weekend against two of the NHL's top teams have the Detroit Red Wings in a much better frame of mind as they head into Tuesday's crucial home date with the New York Islanders.

On Sunday, the Red Wings whipped defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh 5-2, handing the Penguins just their fourth regulation loss at home this season. That came on the heels of Saturday's 3-2, home-ice shootout win over the Washington Capitals, the top team in the NHL standings.

"It certainly feels good," Detroit forward Thomas Vanek said. "Like I've said before, the big picture is not pretty, so I think the message is just play game by game."

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) takes a backhanded shot against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) takes a backhanded shot against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders will now take to the road, where they are 7-13-4, tied for the fewest road wins in the National Hockey League, for three weeks as Barclays Center welcomes the circus and ACC basketball tournament. New York will play their next nine games away from home, not returning until Monday, March 13 for a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

"There's not a good feeling, not a good vibe on the road right now," said interim head coach Doug Weight after the Islanders 6-4 win over New Jersey. "We're built to be a good road team. We've been here (in Brooklyn) a lot and we've been great, so it's a bit of a crutch. Hopefully we get out on the road and get together as a team."

After a 3-2 loss in Newark on Saturday evening, thanks to a sleepy start and one stingy goalpost, the Islanders bounced back for the win last night against the same pesky opponents who, no matter their record, always seem to give New York fits, regardless of their lifetime record against them. It's never been easy.

Tags: John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Anthony Beauvillier was moved back to center on Sunday evening, and he impressed against New Jersey's top line.

Beauvillier switched places with Brock Nelson, as their line drew the Devils' top unit led by Taylor Hall, and his teammates came away with a favorable impression.

"I know firsthand as a young guy who came up as a center, it's hard to play along the wall when you're not used to it," Ryan Strome said of his linemate who returned to his natural position. "It's tough to win those battles. I thought Beau looked really comfortable in the middle. He brought that speed and I think it helped our line."

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New York Islanders celebrate scoring during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders celebrate scoring during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Strome had two goals and one assist as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-4, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg

Second period:

  • 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
  • 9:32 NYI Strome
  • 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
  • 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall

Third period:

  • 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
  • 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
  • 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

A pair of teams looking to gain valuable ground in the jumbled Eastern Conference wild card race will play for the second time in as many nights Sunday, when the New York Islanders host the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center.

The Devils further complicated the wild card race on Saturday, when they held off a furious late comeback by the Islanders to earn a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center.

Devante Smith-PellyTravis Zajac and Pavel Zacha scored as the Devils carried a 3-0 lead into the final 17 minutes, but Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, who missed a chance to tie the game in the final 90 seconds when Nick Leddy's shot at an open net bounced off a post. >> Read more

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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Feb 16, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Senators defeated the Devils 3-0. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 16, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Senators defeated the Devils 3-0. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils built up a 3-0 lead before the Islanders chipped away to come within one goal, but ultimately New Jersey held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday night at the Prudential Center. >> Read more

First Period:

  • 7:10 NJD Devante Smith-Pelly; Assists: Travis Zajac, Jon Merrill

Second Period:

  • 8:49 NJD Travis Zajac (Short Handed); Assists: Adam Henrique

Third Period:

  • 6:21 NJD Pavel Zacha (Power Play); Assists: P.A. Parenteau, Damon Severson
  • 8:58 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Calvin de Haan
  • 13:48 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Alan Quine, Johnny Boychuk
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Dec 13, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and New York Islanders center Calvin de Haan (44) battle for a loose puck at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 13, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and New York Islanders center Calvin de Haan (44) battle for a loose puck at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders head to New Jersey to take on the Devils at 7 p.m.

According to STATS: 

  • This will be the first meeting this season between the Islanders and Devils. New York is 7-0-1 in its last eight road games versus New Jersey, shutting the Devils out in two of its last three games played at Prudential Center in Newark.
  • The Islanders beat the Rangers, 4-2, at home despite trailing, 1-0, at the end of the first period, their 10th comeback win of the season. New York is now 15-6-4 since December 20, the fourth-best record in the NHL over that span (entering the weekend).
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Jan 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders forwards Casey Cizikas and Stephen Gionta joined NHL Now after the team's win over the Rangers and had positive things to say about interim head coach Doug Weight. 

After the win over the Rangers on Thursday, the Islanders are 9-3-2 under Weight.

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: 

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New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

 

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The standings in the Eastern Conference race for the final wild card spot continue to be tight and this race could go right down to the wire with roughly 25 games remaining in the 2016-17 regular season. The Islanders could drive a stake into the New Jersey Devils' hopes this weekend with back-to-back matchups starting tonight in Newark. But then, it's a nine-game road trip -- longest in franchise history -- which will certainly define where this team ends up in April

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

The Islanders' 4-2 over the Rangers had to put some smiles on all the Islanders' faces, but maybe none more so than relative newcomer Jason Chimera.

Chimera, who is only a few months into his tenure with the Isles, told reporters that his time in Brooklyn has already made him intolerant of Blueshirts or their fans.

"I've only been here six months, and I hate 'em," Chimera said of the Isles' crosstown rivals. "It's not just the team, it's the people that cheer for them. You hear your neighbors talking about the Rangers and you want to beat them even more."

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New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Another night, another impressive performance from the Islanders' top line.

With the Isles trailing 1-0, the trio of Anders LeeJohn Tavares, and Josh Bailey got their club on the board with a highlight reel goal. Tavares shuffled a blind, backhanded pass to Bailey at the far circle. Bailey then turned as if to shoot and drew Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers' defense toward him before feathering a beautiful pass to an emerging Lee at the side of the net. Lee took the pass with his back to the net, spun and cashed it in to even the game at one.

"All these games are pretty much playoff games for us," Lee told reporters after the game. "It's just keeping that excitement in the room. We're in a position where we're chasing down teams and it's a fun one to be in, especially after the way we started the season. It's just an exciting time. It's easy to get up for a game like this, especially after getting thumped the other night."

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New York Islanders right wing Stephen Gionta (24) skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders right wing Stephen Gionta (24) skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andrew Ladd's two-goal night came at a perfect time for the islanders, but it wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of Stephen Gionta.

Six-and-a-half minutes into the second period, Gionta forced Marc Staal into a turnover behind the net, gained possession, and quickly sent a centering feed to Ladd who flicked a quick wrister past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.

For Gionta, it was his third point (all assists) in his seventh game this season

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Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh discusses the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Islanders on the road at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers, who came into the game having won six straight. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:23 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
  • 6:24 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Stephen Gionta

Third period

  • 3:03 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (short handed); Assists: John Tavares
  • 3:46 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Rick Nash
  • 18:50 NYI Andrew Ladd (empty net); Assists: Jason Chimera
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Stephen Gionta
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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first 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 forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders were throttled by the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, 7-1. The six-goal margin of defeat was the largest for the Islanders since a 6-0 loss to Minnesota on March 18, 2014.
  • The Rangers winning streak reached a season-high six games with Monday's 3-2 victory at the Blue Jackets. It is the longest winning streak by the Rangers since a run of nine games from October 25 -- November 15, 2015.
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) looks on during warm ups prior to the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) looks on during warm ups prior to the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)

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

Scott Mayfield will be in the lineup for Adam Pelech

The Islanders will play the same forwards as Tuesday's loss to Toronto.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver discuss the Islanders' lousy loss to the Maple Leafs, and speaking of Toronto, the guys react to the awful column calling out Isles' management on their apparent lack of support of John Tavares. Plus, the guys take to Twitter to answer questions from fans.

Click below to listen!

 

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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) and goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) hit the puck away from Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (29) 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 defenseman Adam Pelech (50) and goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) hit the puck away from Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (29) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The March 1 trade deadline is just two weeks away, and the Islanders have a decision to make. Should Garth Snow be buying or selling? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

The Islanders have made up a ton of ground, and entering play on Wednesday, are just three points out of a playoff spot. So, Andy, with the trade deadline just two weeks away, should they be buyers or sellers?

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Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre.  (John E. Sokolowski (USA Today))
Feb 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski (USA Today))

Auston Matthews scored twice, Frederik Andersen earned his 100th NHL win and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the New York Islanders 7-1 on Tuesday night in a game with playoff implications.

The Maple Leafs set a season high for goals and won for the third time in nine games. They moved three points ahead of the Islanders for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Chimera scored on a penalty shot for New York. Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube combined to give up seven goals on 41 shots.

New York fell to 10-4-2 in its past 16 games. >> Read more on SNY...

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Dec 15, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. The Anaheim Ducks won 4-3. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 15, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. The Anaheim Ducks won 4-3. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

The Canadiens have fired Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien as head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Julien was fired by the Bruins earlier this month after going 419-246-94 in 10 seasons as head coach and guiding the team to a Stanley Cup title in 2011. 

It was reported last week that the Islanders were happy with the job interim coach Doug Weight has done and were "still evaluating" whether to make a run at Julien, according to longtime Bruins reporter Jimmy Murphy

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(Brad Penner)

The trade market has become incredibly expensive as the deadline looms at 3 p.m. ET on March 1, reports Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, who has two of the most coveted forwards on the market in Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, is looking to make a killing on either one, says Garrioch.

Garrioch noted that when Senators GM Pierre Dorion spoke to Sakic, the cost for either player was 23-year-old defenseman Codi Ceci, a 2017 first-round draft pick, one of two blue chip prospects in defenseman Thomas Chabot -- star of the just completed world junior championship -- or center Colin White, plus perhaps a couple of other parts.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) takes a breather during the second period of the game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) takes a breather during the second period of the game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. (Eric Bolte)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders on Tuesday night against Toronto, Doug Weight told reporters Tuesday morning.

Alan Quine will be in the lineup in place of Shane Prince.

Tags: Alain Quine, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

By Doug Weight's and his own players' admission, not much has changed systematically for the Islanders since Jack Capuano was fired on January 17 and replaced on an interim basis by the NHL veteran of 1,238 games -- including 107 with the Islanders.

A 'tweak' to defensive zone coverage has been all that's been mentioned to the media ever since the switch, and the results have been strangely similar under both coaches. The Islanders have not lost consecutive games in regulation since December 13-15, when they were defeated by the Capitals and Blackhawks -- a run that has spanned 25 games: 13 under Capuano and 12 under Weight.

After Sunday night's victory over the offensively challenged Avalanche, the league's worst team, New York is now 8-2-2 under Weight, only two games better than the 6-4-2 they went in the previous 12 games under Capuano's leadership. Diving into more team-based statistics from the same time period, the results once again come out very similar.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)

Nick Leddy has looked like a completely different player since the calendar turned to 2017, and it's paying dividends for the Islanders.

Leddy opened the scoring for the Isles in the first period on Sunday evening, then chipped in two assists, ultimately surpassing the 200 point mark for his career.

In addition, Leddy and his pairing mate Johnny Boychuck played to a +3 rating for the evening, and were on the ice for all five Islanders goals. According to Islanders statistician Eric Hornick, Leddy is averaged just shy of a point per game (4-11-15) in the last 16 games, and has a +9 rating over that span.

Tags: Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

J-F Berube turned in a strong performance Sunday evening in a game the Isles had to have.

Berube turned aside 26 Colorado shots in the team's 5-1 victory at Barclays Center. He allowed just one goal, a first period breakaway that Joe Colborne cashed in.

"I was sharp, I didn't give too many sloppy rebounds," Berube told reporters after the game about his performance. "Guys were talking a lot on the ice and that helps a lot to find the puck."

Tags: Jaroslav Halak
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New York Islanders forward Anders Lee (27) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Anders Lee (27) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Anders Lee has been one of the NHL's premiere goal scorers over the last three months, and it's helping to form a dominant top line for the Islanders.

According to Elias, only Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty (24) has scored more goals in the NHL over the last 35 games. Lee, who now has 21 on the season, had just one goal in his first 18 games.

"I think him and Bails have proved a lot of people wrong as far as guys who can play those kind of minutes," Doug Weight said of the Islanders top line. "They've helped Johnny in a lot of ways, too."

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy
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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates his power play goal against the Colorado Avalanche with New York Islanders center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates his power play goal against the Colorado Avalanche with New York Islanders center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 8:12 COL Joe Colborne; Assists: Andreas Martinsen, Fedor Tyutin
  • 12:01 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Stephen Gionta, Casey Cizikas

Second period:

  • 14:46 NYI Ryan Strome (power play); Assists: John Tavares, Leddy

Third period:

  • 1:21 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Tavares, Johnny Boychuk
  • 11:22 NYI Lee (power play); Assists: Boychuk, Leddy
  • 13:48 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Brock Nelson
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Colorado Avalanche, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta
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New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk takes a shot and Ottawa Senators forwardRyan Dzingel defends during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk takes a shot and Ottawa Senators forwardRyan Dzingel defends during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports)

The Colorado Avalanche long ago became resigned to playing the role of spoiler during the second half of the NHL season, On Sunday night, they'll have a rare chance to damage an opponent's playoff chances for a second time when they visit the New York islanders at Barclays Center.

The game will be the second of a back-to-back set for both the Islanders and Avalanche, each of whom lost on Saturday. New York fell to the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, while Colorado dropped a 4-2 decision to the New York Rangers.

The Avalanche are an NHL-worst 15-35-2, including just 3-15-1 since play resumed following the holiday break. But one of those wins came against the Islanders on Jan. 6, when Colorado earned a 2-1 overtime victory at Pepsi Center.

That loss could loom big for the Islanders (24-19-10), who have gone 18-9-6 since Nov. 28 to climb into the wild card race. The defeat on Saturday dropped New York three points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, who are currently tied for the second wild card.

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, John Tavares
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Feb 11, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith (15) scores a goal against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith (15) scores a goal against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

First Period 

  • 4:10 OTT Mark Stone; Assist: Erik Karlsson

Second Period 

  • 4:35 OTT Zack Smith; Assists: Kyle Turris, Dion Phaneuf
  • 7:12 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assist: Tom Pyatt

Recap: 

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Feb 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders (24-18-10) have been on fire under new coach Doug Weight. Since he replaced the fired Jack Capuano, they have gone 7-1-2, including a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday that inched them to within one point of the Flyers and two of the Boston Bruins in the race for a wild-card spot.

"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first 2 1/2 months," Weight said after the win over Philly. "Now it's got to be playoff time for us every game."

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers left wing Roman Lyubimov (13) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers left wing Roman Lyubimov (13) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Thomas Greiss looks like a man on a mission to get his Islanders to the postseason.

Greiss made 34 saves in the Islanders' 3-1 victory over the Flyers on Thursday. Philadelphia's lone goal came on a first period power play.

"We were definitely a little hesitant in all three zones," captain John Tavares said of his team's performance early. "[But] Greisser was huge for us there, and we got the goal and everyone pulled their socks up."

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss
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(Kim Klement)

It looks like Ryan Strome may have finally rediscovered his game.

Strome, who picked up the secondary assist on Anders Lee's first period goal on the power play Thursday night against the Flyers, now has points in five consecutive games (2-5-7). Strome, who was stationed at the right side of the Flyers net, took a feed from Josh Bailey and whistled a hard pass to John Tavares, who was stationed at the near circle. Tavares ripped a wrister that Lee was able to deflect home.

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

I had a sneaking suspicion that Strome's production might pick up after Weight took the reins, and the early returns are good...

Tags: Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

After allowing five goals in three consecutive games against the Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, you would not have been alone in not liking the Islanders chances too much heading into their own 'house of horrors' against a team they do not seem to match up well against, the Philadelphia Flyers.

In dropping the first two games of the season series and allowing over 80 shot attempts both times, New York fell to 33-77-11-6 lifetime in Philadelphia with one regulation win over their last 24 games in the city of brotherly love. But this is a team riding high in the confidence department lately with a remarkable turnaround from the first half of the season, and they put a halt on all the bad mojo in capturing a huge 3-1 victory.

Although they did allow another 80 shot attempts, 36 came in the opening twenty minutes of Flyers domination, where the Islanders were fortunate to come out of tied at one thanks to a power play goal by Anders Lee, as he deflected John Tavares' bullet snapper from the right wing faceoff circle to collect his 19th goal, pushing him to within one of his second 20-goal season and just six off his career high, set in 2014-15 over 76 games.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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(Matt Slocum (USA Today))

The Islanders scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, Thursday in Philadelphia. >> Read more


First period:

  • 12:07 PHI Wayne Simmonds (power play); Assists: Shayne Gostisbehere, Jakub Voracek
  • 16:40 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Ryan Strome, Josh Bailey

Second period:

  • 2:13 NYI Jason Chimera; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Dennis Seidenberg

Third period

  • 1:21 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Johnny Boychuk
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome
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Feb 3, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (second from right) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Feb 3, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (second from right) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The New York Islanders play the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

  • The Flyers own an active five-game winning streak against the Islanders. It is Philadelphia's fourth-longest winning streak against New York all-time and longest since an eight-game stretch covering 2010-11 and 2011-12.
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a blocker save against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a blocker save against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

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

The Isles will use the same lineup as Monday's game, an exciting 6-5 overtime victory over Toronto.

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(Ron Chenoy)

On Tuesday morning, the Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien, who helped lead the franchise to the 2011 Stanley Cup. Could he end up at the helm of the Islanders? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

It didn't take long after Claude Julien was dismissed on Tuesday before Islanders fans began to wonder if he could be a solution to the team's coaching search. What do you think, Andy. Is Julien a good fit?

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(Brad Penner)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

It seems that everyone has an opinion on the Islanders arena situation, but there is only one that offends me personally. It's one I'd like to dispel, and it's the idea that the Brooklyn experiment failed because Islanders fans just don't come out to support their team. That's ridiculous, and if there is any reason Barclays Center simply doesn't work for hockey, it has nothing to do with a lack of support for this organization.

Scott Soshnick, the reporter who broke the Bloomberg story about Barclays Center becoming anxious to end their shaky marriage with the Islanders, said on many radio interviews that fans simply haven't come out in the droves that the arena brass expected. Whether intended or not, that has led to a degree of blame placed on this fan base by some of the national media (who is not nearly qualified to talk about this situation based on their lack of familiarity with all of its intricacies) and fans of other teams.

But make no mistake: Islanders fans are not the problem in this equation.

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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

After a weekend that saw the Islanders collect only one of four possible points in losses to the Red Wings and Hurricanes, thoughts of a late-season playoff push were temporarily put on hold, especially with results around the league teaming up to go against them.

Then a welcome sight to Brooklyn entered the picture on Monday evening. The Maple Leafs came into the borough with a stable of talented, young, dynamic forwards in Zach Hyman, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and, of course, Auston Matthews. But this year, while the team rebuilds its core, defense is the sacrifice. Only Tampa Bay and Philadelphia have allowed more goals in the Eastern conference and to make matters worse for head coach Mike Babcock, Frederick Andersen didn't bring his A or B games, either.

The Islanders, who allowed 10 goals in the back-to-back 5-4 losses to Detroit and Carolina, continued their own inept play in the defensive zone, so what happened on the ice at Barclays Center was completely expected. An offensive explosion with defense worthy of an all-star game led to an exciting, but sloppy, 6-5 overtime win for New York, who have now allowed a whopping 15 goals over their past three games.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are paying compliments this week on the Point Blank Podcast as the guys praise the play of Brock NelsonRyan Strome, and Josh Bailey. Plus, Isles radio voice Chris King calls in to discuss the team's emerging forwards, the difference in the locker room since Doug Weight took over, and the firing of Claude Julien. Then, later in the show, Brian and Mike begrudgingly talk about the Hartford rumors.

Click below to listen!

 

Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Maybe Josh Bailey is the elite winger the Islanders have been searching for.

Bailey, 27, set up the game-tying goal with just under a minute-and-a-half in regulation with a beautiful slap-pass toward the front of the net that Andrew Ladd was able to deflect home. Then, in overtime, Bailey took a pass from Calvin de Haan and chipped it past James van Riemsdyk's stick, springing Brock Nelson for his game-winner, allowing the Isles to pick up huge second point on the evening.

Bailey also contributed a goal, his 11th of the season, with six-and-a-half minutes left in regulation to tie the game at four. It was Bailey's fifth goal in the last six games.

With the three-point game, Bailey improved to 6-8-14 over his last 12 games

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)

Andrew Ladd looked like a $38.5 million bust for the better part of three months, but suddenly, the Islanders alternate captain is right in the middle of the team's resurgence.
 
With the Islanders trailing 5-4 and Thomas Greiss pulled in favor of an extra attacked, Ladd deflected home a slap-pass from Josh Bailey past Frederik Anderson and into the net with just 1:29 left in regulation.
 
"A lot has to go right to get one there, from the draw to getting set up along the wall and in front," Ladd told reporters after the game. "You've got to have a short-term memory on your mistakes at times like this. Win or lose, you move on to the next one."

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders beat to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:23 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:27 TOR Nikita Soshnikov; Assists: Nikita Zaitsev, Morgan Rielly
  • 14:51 TOR Auston Matthews; Assist: Morgan Rielly
  • 18:13 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince

Second period:

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Toronto Maple Leafs
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Barclays Center on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders beat the Maple Leafs, 5-1, in the first meeting between these teams this year back on October 30. It was the Islanders' biggest win against the Leafs since December 17, 1993 (6-2).
Tags: Josh Bailey, Toronto Maple Leafs
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Nassau Coliseum has abandoned plans to have an AHL team play its home games there when the renovations are finished in April, reports Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach in Newsday.

Plans for the team to play at the renovated Coliseum had been in place and were in the contract with Nassau County.

The contract included a stipulation that the AHL team would play most of their regular and postseason home games at the Coliseum "for a period of at least 15 years," but officials from Nassau will not enforace the clause, according to Newsday.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders would welcome a gay teammate, Casey Cizikas said over the weekend as the team raised awareness for the LGBTQ community.

"I think so," Cizikas said about welcoming a gay teammate, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, while speaking at the Islanders' You Can Play Awareness night. "We're a big family. Whoever it is, we're going to welcome them with open arms. Every team is a family, and it takes every single person to bring that family together. It would definitely be big for the sport."

The "You Can Play Awareness night" began after Brendan Burke -- the son of Flames president Brian Burke, came out in 2009. Brendan was killed in a car accident in 2010. 

"It's become a real big issue and a lot of people are realizing what they can and can't say," Cizikas added. "It's very serious. To bring the NHL family and the community together, it's big for everybody."

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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

Thomas Greiss will start in goal tonight against the Maple Leafs, Doug Weight told reporters Monday morning.

The Islanders will keep the same lineup as Saturday's overtime loss to the Hurricanes, with Shane Prince in for Cal Clutterbuck, who left Friday's game with a lower-body injury.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss

It was a tough night for Islanders goalie J.F. Berube. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
It was a tough night for Islanders goalie J.F. Berube. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ron Hainsey scored with 2:08 remaining in overtime to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 win over the Islanders Saturday in Brooklyn.

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