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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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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.

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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 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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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Islanders board a flight to Dallas on Tuesday, a day earlier than they would have left under normal circumstances, to continue their nine-game road trip.

What's not normal about a Tuesday in February? In case you have been living under a rock, Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET is the NHL trade deadline. And with the Islanders engaged in a back-room brawl for the final Eastern Conference wild card spot, it's their last opportunity to search for help outside the organization -- help that could get them over the hump and into the playoffs. And that's where every team, thanks to parity that now rules the day, has a chance at the big prize.

Third place in the Metropolitan division is a pipe dream at this point, with New York trailing Columbus by 15 points with 21 games to play. With the best division in hockey getting better after Washington acquired Kevin Shattenkirk Monday night, they trail the rival New York Rangers by 14 points, making the first wild card spot and a trip into the Atlantic division bracket also an extremely long shot...

Tags: Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

In his last four starts, J-F Berube has struggled, while Jaro Halak has posted a 1.96 goals against average and a .931 save percentage since being demoted to the AHL. Should the Islanders make a change at the backup goalie position? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

J-F Berube is fighting it of late to the tune of a .876 save percentage over his last four starts. Meanwhile, Jaro Halak is playing lights out at Bridgeport. Andy, should the Islanders consider recalling Jaro to be the backup for the stretch run?

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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.

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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."

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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."

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss signed a three-year, $10 million extension with the team, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.

Greiss, 31, is 14-7-3 this season with a 2.25 goals against average and .928 save percentage. He is currently in the second year of a two-year, $3 million deal. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

The Islanders are 7-2-3 since they waived Jaroslav Halak and assigned him to Bridgeport. Greiss has started 11 of the Islanders' last 12 games, during which they are 6-2-3.

J.F. Berube is the only other goalie on New York's roster.

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Avalanche are open to trading C Matt Duchene, with Colorado perhaps seeking a young defenseman or defensive prospects in return, reports Elliotte Friedman of TSN.

Duchene, 25, has 13 goals and 11 assists in 33 games this season.

He has 169 goals and 232 assists in 528 games spanning eight seasons in the NHL -- all with Colorado.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are back with their first show of 2017, and this year is, well, pretty much the same as the last. The guys discuss the departure of Jaroslav Halak and Jack Capuano's perplexing decisions behind the bench.

Later, Isles TV voice Brendan Burke calls in to talk about the return of JF Berube, the emergence of Andrew Ladd, and his thoughts on his first season as the Islanders play-by-play man.

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Latest Update (Dec. 31)

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has cleared waivers and been assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, the team announced. 

Previous Reports (Dec. 30)

The Islanders placed Halak on waivers Friday afternoon, the team announced. 

Halak's agent took issue with the Islanders' three-goalie situation earlier this season, and it had been reported that GM Garth Snow had been exploring the possibility of moving Halak via trade.

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Dec 13, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) knocks the puck away in front of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) and Washington Capitals right wing Daniel Winnik (26) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 13, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) knocks the puck away in front of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) and Washington Capitals right wing Daniel Winnik (26) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Islanders placed Jaroslav Halak on waivers on Friday afternoon, temporarily ending the three goaltender drama that Isles fans have grown so accustomed to in the past year.

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(Geoff Burke)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Thursday night, the Islanders continued their inconsistent season, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Wild in St.Paul. After winning three straight by defeating the Bruins, Sabres, and Capitals, New York got the offense they needed but once again failed in the basic concepts of team defense, paired with shoddy goaltending.

Head coach Jack Capuano, who previously had gone to great lengths to avoid speaking about particular players to the media following wins or losses, and who has repeatedly dodged questions about the crease, saying, "I won't comment on the goaltending", took a different approach last night in his postgame comments.

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Jaroslav Halak will be in net Thursday night when the Islanders face the wild, head coach Jack Capuano said.

The rest of the lineup will remain unchanged.

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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 be in goal for the Islanders on Tuesday, head coach Jack Capuano told reporters Tuesday morning

Capuano also announced that the same skaters will be on the ice as Friday's win over Buffalo.

Halak last appeared on Dec. 13 when he allowed four goals on 38 shots in New York's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Another game where the Islanders enter the third period tied. Another game where the Islanders come away with zero points.

In what has become an ugly, repetitive pattern for the 2016-17 Islanders, they surrendered two goals to Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in the third period of a 4-2 loss.

Niskanen, who came into the game with zero goals, notched his first on a precise snap-shot over the blocker of Jaroslav Halak after the Islanders forgot how to play basic defense. His second came in the closing minutes, on a power play, a slap shot that seemingly went right through Halak, who did not look to be screened on the play.

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Dec 13, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) knocks the puck away in front of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) and Washington Capitals right wing Daniel Winnik (26) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 13, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) knocks the puck away in front of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) and Washington Capitals right wing Daniel Winnik (26) during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the second consecutive game, the Islanders entered the third period locked in a 2-2 tie. And for the second consecutive game, they got blanked in the final stanza, while their opponents took full advantage.

On Saturday, the Isles surrendered four unanswered goals in the third en route to a 6-2 loss. On Tuesday, the Capitals scored 1:34 into the third, then added a late goal in the final two minutes to grab the 4-2 decision.

"Obviously it's frustrating to keep losing games the same way," Jaroslav Halak told reporters after the game. "Every game it seems like we're in it after the second, we go into the third and we find a way to lose it. That's what's going on right now."

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) readies for a save during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) readies for a save during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Jaroslav Halak is getting the bulk of the playing time, but should Thomas Greiss be the number one goaltender? SNY.tv's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

Jaroslav Halak has started 17 of the team's 27 games, despite a higher Goals Against Average (3.07) and Save Percentage (.908) than Thomas Greiss (2.42, .919). Halak has also started four of the last five games. Andy, is Jack Capuano getting this one right? Or should Greiss be seeing more time?

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Islanders tonight, head coach Jack Capuano told reporters Tuesday morning

Capuano also announced that Anthony Beauvillier will take the spot of Alan Quine in the lineup. 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

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New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

Even with a sloppy, 6-2 loss in Columbus on Saturday evening, the New York Islanders have still made quite a recovery from the first two months of the 2016-17 season. Heading into the end of November with a record of 6-10-4, the team recovered and has since won five of seven, picking up points in six of those games to climb back to a reasonable mark of 11-11-5 as we near the middle of December.

It might be not enough, however, to lift them back into the playoffs for the third time in four years, when all is said and done.

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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

This summer, Islanders GM Garth Snow signed Andrew Ladd to a big-money deal and signed Jason Chimera to replace the departed Matt Martin, hoping to add some additional veteran leadership to a team coming off its first playoff round victory in over 20 years.

Even though the offensive numbers have been slow to arrive (Chimera with 4-5-9 in 25 games, but three goals the past five games and Ladd 3-3-6 in 25 games, but 1-2-3 in his last five games), they have combined with existing veterans to help the Islanders out of the type of malaise that struck the team during October (4-5-0) and November (4-5-4).

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are elated (for the most part) over Tuesday night's win over the Rangers. The guys discuss Jaroslav Halak's superb performance in net and the Isles' perfect penalty kill. Later, the podcast finally hears directly from its listeners as Brian and Mike respond to voicemails about Scott Mayfield, Andrew Ladd, and Garth Snow.

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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)

The Islanders' 4-2 victory over their crosstown rival New York Rangers was as big of a win as the team has had in the 2016-17 season. Don't get me wrong, it's not nearly enough to get this thing turned around on its own. But by taking down the Metropolitan-leading Rangers, it shows the Islanders and their fans that a run back to playoff contention this season, while improbable, is still a possibility.

Now 4-0-1 in their last five games, the Isles should certainly feel like they have some positive momentum. Wins against perennial divisional contenders the Penguins, Capitals, and Rangers have a way of making both the team and the fan base see the glass half-full. But a quick glimpse at the standings shows how difficult it is to pick up points in this era of the NHL.

The Isles are six points back of a playoff spot (albeit with a game in hand over the Caps, who currently hold the second Wild Card), behind six other teams on the outside-looking-in. In order for them to get back into the postseason conversation, they have a lot more heavy lifting to do, particularly inside the Conference, and they know it.

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Islanders head coach Jack Capuano discusses the team's 4-2 win over the Rangers at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

John TavaresJason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at the Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.

Halak beat Lundqvist for the ninth time in their last 10 matchups. Halak had won eight straight - including the last five after joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season - before Lundqvist ended the streak in the Rangers' 5-3 win in the season opener Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is now 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders.

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

G Jaroslav Halak will be in goal Tuesday night for the Islanders as they take on the Rangers in Brooklyn, Jack Capuano told reporters early Tuesday.

Halak has gone 4-6-5 in 15 starts this season, with a 2.93 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

Other lineup decisions will be made right before gametime due to a small, flu-like bug circulating the Islanders' locker room.

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Jaroslav Halak allowed the game-winning goal to Danny DeKeyser in overtime after Josh Bailey tied it up late in the third period as the New York Islanders lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:16 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas
  • 12:53 DET Mike Green; Assist: Frans Nielsen

Second period:

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Thursday night's game against Washington had all the makings of a letdown. The Islanders were coming off a hard-fought, last-second win against the Penguins. They had to travel to the nation's capital. Thomas Greiss, who has emerged as the team's number one goaltender, wasn't even dressed.

They had skated hard and played an impressive two periods against the Capitals. But we were all bracing for the inevitable in a scoreless third period, and it came just 37 seconds in: the power play opportunity that would inevitably break New York's back.

After the Isles had killed off their first four chances down a man, two of which came late in the second period, Johnny Boychuk swatted a puck in the air out of play without it touching the glass. The delay of game minor gave Washington another shot on the power play just 29 seconds after Anders Lee's high-sticking penalty had expired, and the Caps were starting to buzz.

Washington hadn't converted on their last eight power plays, and they knew it. They were due, and smelled blood in the water. The way this season had gone, it was only a matter of time before the Capitals set up Alexander Ovechkin for one of his patented blasts from the circle that beat Jaroslav Halak and broke the tie.

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New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) during the third period against Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) during the third period against Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Dennis Seidenberg has been removed from the IR, while Adam Pelech has been placed on the team's IR list, the Islanders announced Thursday evening.

Seidenberg suffered a broken jaw during New York's 3-2 overtime loss to the Panthers on Nov. 12. Prior to the injury, the defenseman had four goals and four assists in 15 games.

Pelech left Monday's game overtime win over the Flames after absorbing a hard hit. The 22-year old has a goal and two assists in nine games this season.

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New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)

Entering play on Thursday, the Islanders are 6-9-4, with just 16 points. That puts them dead last in the Eastern Conference and ahead of only Arizona in terms of futility in the NHL. With New York seven points out of a playoff spot and seven teams to leap if they're going to qualify for their third consecutive trip to the postseason, the situation looks bleak.

Still, the Islanders are confident they can get their season turned around. So what has to happen for the Isles to resurrect their 2016-17 campaign?

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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Jaroslav Halak will be in goal for the Islanders on Wednesday night against the Kings, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Cal Clutterbuck will be a game time decision.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

In professional baseball, there are some pitchers who have been known to have 'personal catchers', players who go behind the plate only when said hurler takes the mound. The New York Islanders and head coach Jack Capuano might want to anoint Thomas Greiss as their 'personal goaltender' after he stole a badly needed two points in Anaheim last night, defeating the Ducks in a 14-round shootout, 3-2.

The problems that have plagued New York all season are still present, from bad defensive zone clearances to a poor breakout and neutral zone play, which instead of creating speed and flow into the offensive zone, more often than not forces a dump-in. But there were flashes, even if they were not sustained over 60 minutes, but rather the first 30, of some of the Islanders hockey that made this team very tough to play against over the past two years.

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Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)
Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)

Entering play on Tuesday, the Islanders are 5-8-4, with just 14 points. That putts them dead last in the Eastern Conference and tied for last in the NHL.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goaltender JF Berube makes a pad save against the New York Rangers during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goaltender JF Berube makes a pad save against the New York Rangers during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Lighthouse Hockey has started a movement to have J-F Berube be voted into the game as captain of the Metropolitan Division's All Star team.

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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Islanders just went through yet another tumultuous week where an expected coaching change never materialized and general manager Garth Snow broke his silence with the media, speaking to reporters after Friday's practice, in what was thought to be a forced move after Frank Seravalli of TSN revealed details of a discussion the two had in Toronto at the GM meetings.

With some sarcasm, snark and ill-advised humor, Snow offered a vote of confidence for his embattled head coach, Jack Capuano, whose system is either not working anymore with the current roster of players at his disposal, or the players have simply tired of the message being preached and have tuned it out. He also gave support to said roster, all while feverishly working the phones looking for offensive help.

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Aug 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. Two outdoor regular-season NHL games will be played at Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Stadium Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. Two outdoor regular-season NHL games will be played at Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Stadium Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Islanders GM Garth Snow spoke with the media on Friday, again stating his support for head coach Jack Capuano and the roster that's been assembled.

"I have a lot of belief in everyone in that room," Snow said. "Jack, the staff, our players, I have a lot of confidence in everyone in that room. The great part about facing adversity is you see who rises to the top. It doesn't always feel easy for our fans, when you face adversity it's a great challenge and I look forward to seeing who rises to that challenge."

The Islanders enter Friday's game against the Penguins with a 5-8-3 record, and Snow said he understands why the fans are frustrated.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders on Friday night against the Penguins, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Shane Prince will return to the lineup.

Both Alan Quine and Scott Mayfield will be out.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Shane Prince
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Are the Islanders capable of salvaging their 2016-17 season? We're going to find out, and it's not going to hinge on a coaching change -- at least not yet. 

GM Garth Snow is trying to make a deal for a top-flight winger to try to improve his stable of forwards. But even if he's able to pull it off, the Isles are going to need to tweak how they play if they hope to spur a renaissance.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Brian Erni
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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders are pushing hard to make a deal for a forward, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday

New York (5-8-3) is currently in dead last in the 16-team Eastern Conference, and are tied with Boston for 19th in the league in goals per game at 2.50.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)

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The Tampa Bay Lightning left Brooklyn last night and boarded a plane for Detroit, the next stop on their five-game road trip. They will take the ice tonight with a 9-6-1 record in the 2016-17 season. Three of those wins, by a combined score of 14-2, have come against the New York Islanders, who seem to have zero answers the past two weeks to the malaise that has taken over this team.

Head coach Jack Capuano has juggled lines. He's called out his players to the media. He's, not 'stick to the face' directly, but more like 'hook around the hands' directly, called out his general manager. He has shown some slight snark at reporters, then answered the same question the following week with calmness and resignation. In his seventh year as bench boss, it seems the expiration date, for which I believe all coaches have, has come. But will general manager Garth Snow act on it?

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Islanders fans were left scratching their heads searching for answers in the wake of Saturday night's final second failure, something that has become all too commonplace in this young season. 

In a game that, quite frankly, the Isles didn't even deserve to be in, it seemed as though Jaroslav Halak had stolen them one, giving them a much-needed boost in the fight for a playoff spot.

Then it all went down the drain.

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Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will return on Monday night against the Lightning, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Hamonic, who participated in the morning skate, had been placed on IR on Nov. 7 (retroactive to Nov. 5) due to an upper-body injury sustained when blocking a shot.

The Islanders initially said he would be out four-to-six weeks.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders on Monday night against the Canucks at Barclays Center, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Adam Pelech, who was called up from Bridgeport to replace the injured Travis Hamonic, will be paired with Nick Leddy.

Meanwhile, Alan Quine will be in for Anthony Beauvillier. 

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders could potentially trade goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Calvin de Haan, reports Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun

Although Garrioch does not list any possible suitors for the two Islanders, he does say, especially with the New York's slow start, head coach Jack Capuano could be fired before season's end. 

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Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Every Friday throughout the season, Islanders Point Blank will take a look at the week that was. The good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. 

We will also check where the Islanders stand comparatively to the rest of the NHL and where they might be going, analyze roster moves made and analyze and break down what it all means.

Friday, Oct. 28-Thursday, Nov. 3

Record:  1-1-1, 8 GF, 9 GA, 1/9 PP, 11/15 PK

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Islanders haven't received any trade offers for G Jaroslav Halak, sources told Arthur Staple of Newsday.General manager Garth Snow isn't in a big rush to "appease Halak or his agent" Darren Dreger of TSN reported Tuesday, noting that while Snow isn't opposed to dealing one of his goalies, he's not opposed to maintaining the status quo.Snow emailed the rest of the league's GM's on Saturday to say Halak was available via trade.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

With news breaking over the weekend that general manager Garth Snow has placed Jaroslav Halak on the trade market, things were expectedly quiet at the start but now seemed to have picked up over the last 24 hours, courtesy of this tweet from TVAs Renaud Lavoie.The Islanders, who have been slow to address the three goaltender situation due to assuming J.F Berube would be lost to waivers, likely just one of the reasons, now have a situation simmering which could cause unwanted drama and stress in a locker room not yet in sync and reflected in play on the ice, at 4-5-0 through their first nine games.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

There is never a dull moment when it comes to the New York Islanders, is there? First, it was Brooklyn and all the drama surrounding the move from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to Barclays Center. Travis Hamonic's trade request and subsequent withdrawal. The practice/morning skate issue dealing with the aforementioned move. Next, the ice condition. Lastly, this past summer, talk of new owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin seeking to move the team to their own venue within the New York metropolitan area.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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Oct 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Allan Walsh, agent for both Jaroslav Halak and J-F Berube, is not happy with the way the Islanders are using their goaltenders, and according to Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Islanders and GM Garth Snow have now made Halak available to other teams. Walsh, who works for Octagon Sports, said on Twitter that he believes the way the Islanders have rotated primarily three goaltenders the last two seasons has only hurt the team's (and his clients') performance.

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