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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

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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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New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares scored two goals and the New York Islanders scored three goals in a span of 3:08 in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Minnesota Wild, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Islanders let a 2-1 lead slip away as they lost to the Sharks, 3-2, Tuesday night.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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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)

It won't be until the end of January that Islanders' fans know for sure if the team is staying put in Brooklyn for the duration of their 25-year lease. But in the meantime, the blue-and-orange faithful won't stop making the arena at Atlantic and Flatbush feel more like home.When the team left Nassau Coliseum after 43 seasons, there was legitimate concern over whether fans could carry over the raucous environment to Barclays Center. The players wondered, and so did many of the same fans that had made the rickety Old Barn be the envy of the league come playoff time. It didn't help when the Isles played to half-empty crowds last October and November, as some fans resisted the initial move inside the city limits, while Mets World Series fever swept up the city as well. But now that the team has the stage to themselves from the onset this season, and last spring's playoff provided a seminal moment on the new home ice for fans to cherish, those concerns seem well in the past.

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by right wing Josh Bailey (12) in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. New York Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by right wing Josh Bailey (12) in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. New York Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the New York Islanders opened up the home portion of their 2016-17 schedule by defeating the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, 3-2. It was a game that featured a first period where New York could do nothing wrong, outshooting Anaheim 16-3, John Tavares' first goal of the season, the continued early season excellence of Cal Clutterbuck and another strong performance by Josh Bailey, who would score the game winner 54 seconds into the extra session on a fantastic individual performance.Last year, in their first year playing at a new home, with all the pomp, circumstance and yes, distractions too, the Islanders managed to pull off a 25-11-5 home record, tied for fourth best in the entire Eastern conference. The ability to secure 55% of their season points total in comfortable surroundings clearly is what led them to a second consecutive playoff appearance and first series win in 23 years.This year, the schedule makers have been kind to New York yet again (perhaps a tip of the cap to the Brooklyn Nets for forcing the NHL's hand?), putting the Islanders at home 14 times in the season's first 22 games through October and November. This includes remarkable, and perhaps unheard of, stretches of 10 of 11 and 12 of 14 games in Brooklyn.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Josh Bailey played hero on Sunday, and if he keeps up his current shooting pace, he may be poised to do it many more times for the Islanders this season.

Bailey scored the game-winning goal just 53 seconds into overtime on Sunday, the same day where he was moved up to the top line next to John Tavares and Andrew Ladd.

"If he plays with confidence, as I told him, and the work ethic that he has, he's a skill player and he has the ability to play on that line," head coach Jack Capuano said of Bailey. "It's something that we wanted to try going into [Sunday's] game, and I thought they played well.

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Brian Erni
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Josh Bailey (12) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center.  (Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today)
Josh Bailey (12) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today)

The Islanders won their home opener Sunday night at Barclays Center against the Ducks, 3-2. Josh Bailey scored :54 seconds into overtime to secure the win.

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Anthony Beauvillier wasn't on most Islanders fans' radar when training camp opened. Everyone figured the 19-year-old winger would get the requisite quick look, then be sent packing back to Juniors for another year to fine tune his game.

But he has flashed some serious skill in camp, impressing both the Isles brain trust and faithful alike. And on Friday morning at practice, he got an even more intriguing endorsement: a spot on the second line.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, in overtime on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

Second Period:

  • 16:42 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Marc Staal, Nathan Gerbe
  • 17:33 NYI: Cal Clutterbuck

Third Period:

  • 6:06 NYI: Cal Clutterbuck (power play); Assists: Josh Bailey, JF Berube
  • 11:01 NYR: Nicklas Jensen; Assists: Chris Kreider, Dylan McIlrath

Overtime:

  • 4:38 NYI: Josh Bailey; Assist: Dennis Seidenberg
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey

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

Aaron (@aaronfeigin) from California asks: Do you think drafting Josh Bailey back in 2008 was a botch job by the organization, or do you think the team set his ceiling too high because of where they drafted him?


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Since I know all of you love it when I talk about Bailey, I figured this was a perfect question to tackle.

 

Bailey unquestionably had one of the worst seasons of his career last year. After two years of Corsi For Percentages over 52.6 and three straight seasons of Fenwick For Percentages over 51.8, Bailey's advanced stats plummeted despite posting 32 points. But is it fair to say Garth Snow swung and missed when he drafted him? I don't think so. The guy is a serviceable NHL forward, and looking at that first round, there isn't a lot to speak of after the top two picks (save for Erik Karlsson and Jordan Eberle). Does Snow probably wish he could go back and grab one of those guys? Of course, but hindsight is 20-20.

 

I think you touched on a good point though, Aaron. Trading down twice and eventually picking Bailey probably made some fans think the Isles had a read on Bailey that no one else did. They did like his character, and that's been well-founded since you won't find a nicer guy in the league, one who is dedicated to doing everything he can to help this team win. And we've seen flashes of the playmaking ability that had everyone drooling. But remember the 2008 draft was at the infancy stages of the rebuild, when the Islanders were trying to stockpile as many picks as possible. Those conditional second- and third-rounders that they received in those trades felt like gold to a franchise that was figuratively nowhere. So it was as much about getting assets than it was about getting their guy in Bailey.

 

And in fairness to Bailey, he has the sixth-most goals and seventh-most points of the players in that draft class, and he's played in the fourth-most games. He was thrown right into the fire at 19 years old, and while he's never going to be the 30-goal scorer most fans want him to be, he adds value to this team. I'm not above criticizing the guy for having some bad games, but I've been in the stands when Bailey scored a goal and the very next shift, someone is yelling for him to "get off the ice." So there's being critical and then there is ignorance. I think some fans don't so much walk that line with Bailey as much as they run it over with their SUVs.

 

Ultimately, I'd say yes to the second part of your question. I think Islanders fans set their expectations way too high on Bailey even though he turned into an effective, if unspectacular, NHLer. And that's probably a good lesson moving forward with our new up-and-coming forward prospects: Let these guys be who they are, and you'll be a lot happier in the long run.

Tags: Josh Bailey, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

It's remarkable when you sit down and examine, in your own mind, the concept of time. As you get older, it seems to move faster and faster. Of course, time doesn't actually go faster, it just seems that way with increased responsibilities taking up most of the free hours we hold so dear.

I'm sure hockey players are no different in this mental phenomenon. To the New York Islanders, it probably seems as if the season just ended this past Sunday instead of May 8 in Tampa with a 4-0 loss eliminating them from the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Now, it's back in the gym preparing for a training camp in September that will be here in the blink of an eye, approximately eight short weeks away.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mikhail Grabovski, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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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)

Josh Bailey, 26, Forward

Contract: Signed through 2017-18 (UFA) - $3.300M cap hit, $3.700 salary

Season stats: 81 GP - 12 G - 20 A - 32 pts - 105 shots - 15:51 ATOI - 48.9 CF%

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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Twenty-eight times in 289 instances. That is an insanely low number of teams that have been able to pick themselves up off the ground and rebound from a three-games-to-one series deficit in NHL history. The New York Islanders, if they are to survive and advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals series, will have to be team No. 29.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Fresh off a two-goal performance in Game 3, Josh Bailey was in no mood for personal victories after the Isles 5-4 overtime loss.

"It's always nice," Bailey told reporters of his two goals. "It would certainly feel a lot better if we got the win. That's really all that matters at this point."

Tags: Josh Bailey, Brian Erni
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Islanders 00:00:51
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and forward John Tavares talk about the road ahead after falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3.

Brian Boyle scored at 2:48 of overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series.

Nikita Kucherov tied it in the final minute of regulation, and Ryan Callahan, Victor Hedman and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop stopped 35 shots.

On the winning goal, the Lightning were on an odd-man rush and Hedman fired a shot from the left side that was wide, but the rebound came off the boards and right to Boyle in front at the right side of the goal and he tapped it in for the win.

Tags: Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Wednesday night in Tampa, Florida, the New York Islanders continued their postseason run as they appeared in Game 1 of the second round of sports' best tournament for the first time in 23 years. Although much has been made of the drought, the game remains the same, however, no matter what round it might be.

The formula for playoff success has been tried and true over the course of the NHLs illustrious history. Get great goaltending, unexpected performances by previously unheralded players, be opportunistic and, lastly, get some good old fashioned puck luck.

The Islanders got every bit of those four things Wednesday night in their 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning -- one of last season's Stanley Cup finalists and the team possessing one of the three finalists for the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender, Ben Bishop.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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GSN: Isles prepare for Bolts 00:01:34
The Islanders returned to practice ahead of their series opener with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

The NHL has released the second round schedules for the Eastern Conference playoffs, featuring the New York Islanders against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals.


Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016: Islanders at Lightning, 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016: Islanders at Lightning, 3 p.m. ET

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New York Islanders center Shane Prince celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with defenseman Calvin de Haan and center Alan Quine during the second period of Game 3 of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Shane Prince celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with defenseman Calvin de Haan and center Alan Quine during the second period of Game 3 of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The line of Nikolay KuleminBrock Nelson and Josh Bailey began to atone for their sins of Games 1 and 2.

The line, which was so ineffective they were broken up midway through the Isles' 3-1 loss on Friday, reunited and chipped in a big effort when it mattered most to help the team to an overtime triumph in Game 3.

Nelson and Bailey had the assists on Thomas Hickey's game winner, with Nelson sending a beautiful, blind, backhanded centering feed from behind the net to set it up.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin
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New York Islanders fans cheer center Brock Nelson (29) before game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)
New York Islanders fans cheer center Brock Nelson (29) before game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)

The Islanders dropped Game 2 to the Panthers despite a great effort, and it's hard not to pin it on one line in particular.

 

Nikolay Kulemin, Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey were on the ice for both of the Panthers' goals. Capuano quickly swapped Nelson with Alan Quine, spelling his first lineup shuffle of the season.

 

"We left [Thomas Greiss] out to dry on those goals," Capuano told reporters after the game. "It's not just on those three players, it's a unit of five out there, and we made a couple mistakes."

 

All three players ended with a negative plus-minus for the evening (Kulemin and Bailey -2, Nelson -3).

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After being the Isles' worst line by a long shot in Game 1, Kulemin, Nelson, and Bailey were abysmal again. On the Panthers' first goal, Kulemin couldn't get a puck deep in the zone, and had it poked away from him. It directly resulted in a turnover that led to Reilly Smith's third of the series. Smith was just standing on the ice, not picked up defensively by any forward (It was presumably Nelson who missed the assignment, since he was standing in front of the net looking like he was out for a pleasure skate).

 

Then, on Nick Bjudstad's goal that put Florida up 2-0, Bailey simply lost him, letting Bjugstad get in front of him, then compounded it with the weakest attempt at a poke check I've ever seen. This goal was really the backbreaker, because the Panthers were sucking wind by the end of the goal. If the Isles had been able to even it up before Florida got a two-goal cushion, there likely would have been a much different outcome.

 

It's just flat out not good enough, and hopefully the line shuffle will help. Ryan Strome and Alan Quine have been fantastic this series, generating plenty of chances. For Kulemin and Bailey, veterans that should be desperate to help the Isles to the next round and shouldn't be susceptible to these kinds of mistakes, they need to get a lot better and in a hurry. New York can't survive with these guys being a complete and utter drag. 

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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

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Jack Capuano doesn't deal with his players in the media. That's a statement that was 100 percent accurate until Monday morning, when the second-winningest Islanders coach of all time put Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome on blast. The team's response? A definitive 5-2 win over the reigning Eastern Conference champion Lightning.

Can one be tied to the other? Not necessarily, but in the hindsight-driven New York media zeitgeist, whether the Islanders succeed or fail in the coming weeks, months, or even years may be tied to Capuano's pregame rant.

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Islanders' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to four, but Jack Capuano isn't satisfied, and he wants to see more effort from some of his forwards.

Capuano called out Ryan Strome, Josh Bailey, and Brock Nelson by name on Monday morning, saying they "need to pick their [expletive] up," according to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.

Strome has one goal over his last 22 games, Bailey has scored just once in his last 18. Nelson, who at one point led the team in goals, has just four in his last 21 contests.

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New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York's three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period. Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Nick Bjugstad also scored and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots. >> Read more

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports Images)

Paced by the play of Jaroslav Halak, the New York Islanders couldn't ask for a better start to their longest road trip of the season.

Halak and the Islanders can improve to 4-0-0 on the trek and end their struggles at Edmonton by handing the Oilers an eighth consecutive defeat Sunday night.

The 10-year veteran had a 4.26 goals-against average while going 1-4-0 from Jan. 25-Feb. 13, then was benched for the next two games in favor of Thomas Greiss. Halak returned to the starting role for this seven-game trip and has led New York (33-19-7) to wins in the first three, allowing a combined two goals and posting a .978 save percentage.

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

Josh Bailey's goal in overtime on Thursday was the first such goal for the Isles since Dec. 12 and gave them a 3-4 record in the extra session.

Head coach Jack Capuano made a change, going with two forwards and one defenseman.

"It obviously wasn't working with one forward and two D," Capuano told Newsday. "We made the decision not long ago to go with this the next time we got to OT."

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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings with teammates center Brock Nelson (29) and center Ryan Strome (18) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings with teammates center Brock Nelson (29) and center Ryan Strome (18) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Josh Bailey may be earning himself some high profile minutes with his recent play.

With just over five minutes remaining in the second period and the Islanders on the power play, Johnny Boychuk fired a shot on net. Jimmy Howard kicked it out with his pad, but the rebound caromed right in the slot to Bailey, who snapped a wrister home to give the Isles a 2-0 lead.

It was Bailey's 10th goal of the season, and his third in his last seven games. It was also his fourth on the power play this season in just 78:55 of ice time with the extra attacker.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist to key a three-goal second period and the New York Islanders beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Monday.

Josh BaileyMarek Zidlicky and Ryan Strome also scored to help New York win for the fourth time in five games overall and fourth straight at home.Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots to win his fifth straight start and seventh of his last eight, improving to 16-6-2 on the season.

Pavel Datsyuk scored and Jimmy Howard also finished with 28 saves while falling to 0-5-3 in his last nine starts for the Red Wings, who were coming off a 4-0-1 homestand. >> Read more

Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Marek Zidlicky, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-2. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-2. (Geoff Burke)

The Islanders came away without a point in Washington, but the effort was there.

"One of the best games we've played in this building and still come away with no points," coach Jack Capuano said. "Hard-fought game, it's tough to come away with nothing."

The Islanders fought back from a 2-1 deficit to get even in the third period on Josh Bailey's eighth goal of the season. But Alex Ovechkin buried a Nicklas Backstrom feed with just 2:40 to go in regulation to give Washington a 3-2 victory.

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New York Islanders center John Tavares looks to pass during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Islanders center John Tavares looks to pass during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Tavares had two primary assists 43 seconds apart in the first period to lead the New York Islanders over the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Monday night.

Tavares' assists on New York's second and third goals were his first since a 3-1 win against Philadelphia on Nov. 25, a stretch of 12 games. During that span, he scored three goals.

The top pick in the 2009 draft leads New York in goals (13) and is second in assists (12) and points (25).

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Matt Martin, Travis Hamonic
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As Islanders staffers started packing boxes, the team finished their last round of exit interviews and said one final goodbye to the Nassau Coliseum.

Thursday was a surreal feeling for the players as they went separate ways for the summer. The sting of their first round exit in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs still fresh and the realization that the Coliseum will no longer be their home starting to sink in.

"I couldn't help but think about it driving up here today," Josh Bailey said as he spoke with reporters one final time. "And walking down the hallway. It's sad, for sure."

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As the Islanders skated around the Nassau Coliseum, not much had changed as far as the team's line combinations. The previous night, head coach Jack Capuano hinted at changing things up for Game 3.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when things looked the same as they did in Game 2.

"That's because you guys were all here," Capuano jokingly said when asked about the practice lines. The fact the lines remained the same doesn't necessarily mean that things won't change at game time on Sunday.

Tags: Islanders, Islanders Notebook, john tavares, josh bailey, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, Washington Capitals
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The Islanders are on the cusp of a playoff birth, if all goes right for them on Saturday night.

They will need to beat the 30th place Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators will need to lose in regulation to the Washington Capitals. If both thing happen then the Islanders will secure a trip to the postseason -- just their second since 2007. The team is certainly aware of the situation, but they are trying to remain focused on just winning the game.

"First and foremost you're just focused on a win," Josh bailey said after the morning skate. "I think regardless of what happens with Ottawa, I think we're looking ahead. We're not really trying to look up at that too much. We want to get home ice obviously and to do so we're gonna need a few wins here with our remaining games."

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Josh Bailey isn?t the flashiest player on the ice and his name doesn?t end up on the score sheet every night, but he has become a big contributor to the Islanders success over the course of the season.

Bailey is set to surpass the numbers he put up last season, already nearly doubling his total goals (scoring eight last year and 15 this year) and he is one point shy of tying his total points from last season (38). Bailey?s line mates have taken notice to the elevation in his game.

"He's one of the most skilled players I've ever played with," Kyle Okposo said. "This is probably the best I've seen him play. Overall this year he has been awesome. He's been doing it all. I think he really worked on his game. He's really put in that conscious effort to be hard and be good every night... I think he's just going to keep getting better."

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The Islanders are ready to move on from Sunday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

In fact, moving on has been something the Isles have done very well over the course of this season. The 4-0 loss to Vancouver was tough, but it was far from the blowout the score would indicate. The Isles outshot the Canucks and generated scoring chances, but just could not get the bounces they wanted.

"We out-chanced the that team 10 to one in the third period," Jack Capuano said at Nassau Coliseum Monday morning. "And we out-chanced that team pretty good. We gave up seven chances in the whole game of 60-minutes of hockey against a pretty good team, and 23 shots. They got two power play goals and an empty net goal, so, overall, we're real pleased with the way that we played.

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WASHINGTON -- Kael Mouillierat saw 9:07 of ice time in his first NHL on Saturday against the Washington Capitals. When the Islanders host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday there is a chance Mouillierat gets more ice time.

"I really like the way that he played down low," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "He's not afraid to use his body, came up with a big block in the third period. We knew he was good defensively, but I just liked the way he held on to the puck... He did a lot of good things offensively, so for me tomorrow night I'll give him so more minutes."

The 27-year-old was obviously excited about his first NHL game and was understandably somewhat nervous.

Tags: Chad Johnson, Islanders, Islanders Notebook, josh bailey, Kael Mouillierat, new york islanders
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