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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Brian Erni and I continue our annual season review, taking a look back at the 2016-17 Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a down season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.

We will be offering two reviews per week that will take us right through to the beginning of training camp in September 2017. Of course, there are a couple of things to sort out prior, such as potential trades that could alter the look of this franchise going forward and oh, yeah, that pesky John Tavares extension.

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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates his goal with teammates against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates his goal with teammates against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

The Islanders missed the playoffs by one point, but could their 2016-2017 failure lead to bigger things in the future?

"That's the margin for error these days," Josh Bailey said. "There's so much parity now, all it takes is that one point. You sometimes don't think of it at the time necessarily, but those are the ones that get you in or keep you out."

"We're going home and we're packing up," Anders Lee, who scored his 34th goal of the season in Sunday's season finale, added. "Our season is over without a chance to continue. It's a bitter feeling."

Though the disappointment stings, interim coach Doug Weight said he believes that this near-miss doesn't change the positive path the organization is on.

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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)

In what has been a common second half occurrence, Andrew Ladd found the back of the net again on Thursday to help the Islanders walk out of Carolina with two huge points.

With the Islanders already leading 2-0 and New York on the power play to start the second period, Ladd took a pass from Josh Bailey, ripped a wrister, and beat Eddie Lack for his 22nd goal of the season.

"We tried to stick with it, especially losing the personnel that we've lost," Ladd told reporters after the game. "We had guys step in and I think we've simplified our game a little bit."

Tags: Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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Mar 24, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) celebrate a shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Islanders won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Mar 24, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) celebrate a shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Islanders won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Islanders try and keep their playoff hopes alive as they take on the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders are 8-3-1 over their last 12 road games. Since February 21, the Rangers (18) are the only team in the NHL with more points earned on the road than the Islanders (17).
  • The Flyers fired 35 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Senators. Philadelphia (26) trails only Pittsburgh (36) and Boston (33) for the most games with 35+ shots this season.
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 (AP)
(AP)

The Islanders' 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night may be a blow too big to overcome in their late push to the playoffs.

The Isles came out flat, being outshot 22-to-15 through two periods, and fell behind into a 2-0 hole. Josh Bailey's second period goal got them closer, but Ryan Johansen scored into an empty net with 21 seconds left to seal the victory for Nashville.

"We've been a little too late to the party on a consistent basis," Doug Weight said of the team's sluggish starts of late. "It didn't bite us against the Rangers, but it did the last couple games."

Tags: Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

Second period:

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

Third period:

  • 19:39 NAS Ryan Johansen (ENG); Assist: Ryan Ellis
Tags: Josh Bailey, Nashville Predators, Nick Leddy
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

Weight added that the lines would remain the same.

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

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Josh Bailey continued to silence his critics on Thursday with another clutch, multi-point night, highlighted by a beautiful set up for John Tavares.

With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, Anders Lee allowed the Islanders to take possession in the Vancover zone where Bailey picked up the loose puck. He took the puck on his backhand, looped to his left in a circle to shake Luca Sbisa, skated up the boards, and cut back to his forehand and turned toward the net. Bailey drew the puck back to look as if he was going to take the shot, which drew Sbisa and Bo Horvat to him and allowed Tavares to find empty space in the near circle.

Bailey slipped a crisp, no-look, cross ice feed to Tavares, who had the whole net to shoot at, as the captain hammered home his 25th goal of the season.

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

Josh Bailey had three assists and Andrew Ladd scored the game-winner early in overtime to lift the New York Islanders over the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, at Rogers Arena.

Ladd's clutch goal was his 19th of the season. John Tavares scored his 25th goal of the year during the first period, and the Islanders improved to 6-3-1 over their last 10 games. >> Read more


First period:

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Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund checks into the boards New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)
Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund checks into the boards New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders allowed four first-period goals in a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome. >> Read more


First period:

  • 14:56 CAL Michael Frolik; Assists: Dougie Hamilton, Mikael Backlund
  • 16:28 CAL T.J. Brodie; Assists: Alex Chiasson, Matt Stajan
  • 17:10 CAL Micheal Ferland; Assist: Sean Monahan
  • 19:36 CAL Sean Monahan; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, Hamilton
Tags: Calgary Flames, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Shane Prince
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Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists and the Islanders scored three times in the third period to rally for a 5-4 win over the Stars on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:29 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Jason Chimera
  • 19:52 DAL Jamie Benn (power play); Assists: Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza

Second period:

  • 7:33 DAL Radek Paksa; Assists: Patrick Sharp, Greg Pateryn
  • 10:14 DAL Jason Spezza; Assists: John Klingberg, Tyler Seguin
  • 14:49 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Ryan StromeJosh Bailey

Third period:

  • :25 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Anders LeeJohn Tavares
  • 7:46 NYI Dennis Seidenberg; Assists: Calvin de HaanRyan Strome
  • 9:30 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Nick Leddy
  • 17:09 DAL Jamie Benn (short handed); Assists: 
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome
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. (Eric Hartline)
. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, players can relax that they have not been moved and fans have had a night's sleep to recuperate from the anxiety that the day brought.

Islanders GM Garth Snow made no moves Wednesday, choosing to not meet the exorbitant price set on number one target Matt Duchene by Colorado GM Joe Sakic, who was under no pressure to move a highly skilled, coveted player with two years remaining on his contract.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The climb continues, and if you believe in fairy tales and the stuff dreams are made of, the story written on the ice in Montreal Thursday evening had the perfect ending. 

Anthony Beauvillier, the Islanders 19-year old rookie forward who made the team, to some measure of surprise, out of training camp, played for the first time as a professional in his hometown in front of 50 family and friends.

The night started for Beauvillier with a 'gift' from his teammates, as they sent him out for pre-game warmups alone, without following him onto the ice. It's an old gag reserved for when the team wants to shift the attention to one singular player in hopes of showcasing him….or embarrassing him. 

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) skates during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) skates during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)

Thomas Greiss made 24 saves to notch his third shutout of the season and Anthony Beauvillier scored in his first-ever game in his hometown as the Islanders blanked the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0, on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:28 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Brock Nelson, Nick Leddy

Second period:

  • 5:58 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh BaileyJohn Tavares

Third period:

  • 19:01 NYI John Tavares (empty net); Assists: Josh BaileyBrock Nelson
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss
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Feb 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
Feb 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders face off against the Montreal Canadiens from the Bell Centre on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders beat the Red Wings, 3-1, in Detroit on Tuesday, improving to 6-3-0 in their last nine games. They only had 22 shots on goal in the game, one more than their season low of 21, done on November 12 at Florida. It was also their first time in their last five games they had allowed fewer than two goals.
  • The Canadiens beat the Rangers, 3-2, in a shootout in New York on Tuesday, giving Claude Julien his first win as their head coach. It also snapped a three-game losing streak, and ended a 2-7-1 span as well. After sitting comfortably in first in the Atlantic Division for most of the season, the Canadiens sit just two points ahead of Ottawa.
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The roadie from hell has officially begun. Nine straight games away from Brooklyn for the New York Islanders, who entered play last night tied for fewest road wins in the entire National Hockey League at seven.

After a first period that saw them take the lead on a beauty from Josh Bailey, still their most consistent offensive player all season, they fell asleep at the wheel with the clock running down and surrendered an awful goal to Henrik Zetterberg with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie the game.

Instead of getting down, they picked themselves up, went out and executed simplicity on the road, exactly what is needed to pick up two crucial points at this juncture of the regular season, when the grind of an 82-game schedule really starts to wear down the body, no matter how conditioned or prepared you think you might be.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)

Josh Bailey has remained red hot, and it boosted the Islanders to a much-needed victory to start their nine-game road trip.

Bailey opened the scoring in the first by stealing a Petr Mrazek pass and firing a wrister past the Red Wings goaltender to give the Islanders an early 1-0 lead. Then, with the Isles up 2-1 in the third just under four minutes into the third, Bailey gloved down a Wings' clearing attempt at the blue line, skated toward the middle, faked a big shot, then cut toward the far circle. Bailey centered a pass to John Tavares, who roofed one over Mrazek to give New York all the breathing room it would need.

"Obviously, there's a lot of luck involved there," Bailey said of his set of up Tavares. "I was staying on the wall hoping that he would throw it down the middle and I could get to it, but he fanned on it a little and that's how I got it. We were laughing on the bench because I had to wait for Anders (Lee) to get out of my way so that I could shoot."

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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 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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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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 (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 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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 (Matt Slocum (USA Today))
(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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 (Brad Penner)
(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!

 

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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."

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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).
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV: 

With a road-heavy schedule (22 of their final 34 games, including a nine-game road trip) coming up, it's impossible to determine if the Islanders recent 3-0-1 run under interim head coach Doug Weight is something that propels the team back into the playoffs.

However, if I would have told you three weeks ago they would even be back in the discussion, would you have believed me? Likely not. You would have called me all sorts of names on social media to voice your obvious displeasure.

Fortunately, for us all, that never happened due to the cautiously optimistic approach I tend to favor in situations such as these

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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

My SNY colleague, Brian Erni, and I once breached this topic in our Wednesday 'Shooting from Point Blank range' column about wanting your team to lose in a lost season. Wanting them to lose to get a better draft pick. Wanting them to lose to force a coaching change. For whatever reason, I had said then and still believe now that to be a crazy overreaction and even though one is obviously entitled to have it, I will never agree with it nor understand it. Well, same can be said of a player on such a team with a diverse and divided fanbase.

Of course, we're talking about none other than Josh Bailey, who has been the whipping boy of Islanders social media for almost as long as he has been a member of this organization, stretching way back to 2008-09, when Josh was a first round draft selection, 9th overall, and rushed into the NHL at 19 years of age for a team desperate for….well, anything.

Bailey has been the victim of severe over-expectations of what he brings to the rink from the fanbase and a victim of sub-par development after being thrust into the spotlight way too soon by the organization. But that hasn't deterred the Islanders winger from going out and just continuing to play his game, silencing what's being screamed from the stands or being 'written' on Twitter. 

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Andy Graziano
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are a little more optimistic this week after a dominant performance in Boston. The guys discuss the impressive play of goaltender Thomas Greiss and captain John Tavares, and react to Larry Brooks' article on a trade proposal between Colorado and the Isles. Later, Islanders Point Blank senior columnist Andy Graziano calls in to talk about Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey...

*This podcast was recorded prior to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano*

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

Second Period

Third Period


Recap

Tags: Anders Lee, Boston Bruins, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders believe a turnaround to their season has to "start now" as they sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.

Speaking to News 12 Long Island on Monday, via Newsday, the Islanders believe there is a lot of hockey to be played, however as they rank 28th in the league, it is likely too late. That said, the players' expected "never-say-die" attitude is admirable.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Andy Graziano
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 (Russell LaBounty)
(Russell LaBounty)

Islanders forward John Tavares will represent New York at the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 at the Staples Center.

Tavares, 26, leads the Islanders with 27 points, while his 11 goals and 16 assists rank second on the team.

Tavares will make his fourth All-Star game appearance, having been selected to the game in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders gave up four unanswered goals and lost to the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:30 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assists: Kyle Turris, Ryan Dzingel
  • 17:20 OTT Zack Smith; Assists: Mark Stone, Erik Karlsson

Second period:

  • 0:27 NYI Anders Lee; Assist: Josh Bailey
  • 14:07 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assist: Travis Hamonic
  • 15:03 OTT Mark Stone (power play); Assists: Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf

Third period:

  • 5:45 OTT Derick Brassard; Assists: Stone, Zack Smith
  • 16:33 OTT Smith (ENG)
  • 19:34 OTT Tom Pyatt (ENG); Assist: Chris Kelly
Tags: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey, Ottawa Senators, Travis Hamonic
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 (Brad Penner)
(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).

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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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:

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Detroit Red Wings, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey
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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.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

When should Islanders prospects Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang get the call? SNY.tv's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

With the Isles seven points out of a playoff spot, a lot of fans are clamoring to see the future crop of forwards in Brooklyn. Andy, do you think Michael Dal Colle and/or Josh Ho-Sang should get the call to the big club at some point this season?

Tags: Alain Quine, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center John Tavares controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Hickey scored the game-winning goal 1:53 into overtime as the New York Islanders beat the Calgary Flames, 2-1, Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


Overtime:

  • 1:53 NYI Thomas Hickey; Assist: John Tavares

What's next:

The Islanders host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Tags: Calgary Flames, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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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.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Thomas Greiss will start for the Islanders on Tuesday against the Ducks, head coach Jack Capuano said.

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

J.F. Berube will be backing up Greiss in goal. 

Tags: Alain Quine, Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss
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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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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders have some uncertaintly awaiting them in the years ahead, and at least one writer thinks it create a ton of intrigue. In his latest edition of 30 Thoughts on Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman says the Isles' future is both interesting and difficult to predict, and that both ownership and the team's approach to their own free agents will have a lot to do with the direction the team will take in the coming years.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

It took eight games, but it seems the Islanders' forwards are ready to start carrying their weight.Secondary scoring has been a problem for the Isles for the entirety of the John Tavares era, this year included. The Isles have gotten plenty of goal production from their defensemen in the season's early going, and fans never have to worry about the team's top line -- whoever that may be alongside JT. But practically all their forwards have been marred in a scoring drought to open the 2016-17 campaign.Finally on Sunday, it appeared the damn began to break.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss defends the goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss defends the goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Greiss recorded 33 saves and five players scored as the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, Sunday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss, Toronto Maple Leafs, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Shane Prince has been activated off the IR and will be taking the place of Mathew Barzal on the active roster for tonight's game, head coach Jack Capuano announced before Thursday's game.

In addition, Capuano also stated that Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight as they take on the Pittsburg Penguins.

Ryan Strome will move back to center with Prince returning to the lineup, while Alan Quine will serve as the other wing on the line. Andrew Ladd will re-join John Tavares and Josh Bailey on the top line.

Tags: Alain Quine, Andrew Ladd, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The New York Islanders are only seven games into the 2016-17 season. But it has been an eight-game stretch that has seen them capture only 42.8 percent of possible points, as their 3-4-0 start has them trailing their pace of 64.2 percent last season and 71.4 percent in 2014-15.Trying to figure out the reason for the regression could be an exercise in futility at this early juncture, as there are still 75 games left on the docket and 150 points to be won or lost before the dust settles and playoff dreams are realized or crushed. But since when has that stopped anyone before? Fans are antsy and unsettled even though four of the team's last five games have ended in 3-2 final scores with the 3-2-0 record not as bad as it might seem on the surface. Not to mention the losses were to the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens -- two pretty darn good hockey teams.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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