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Cal Clutterbuck (15) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Cal Clutterbuck (15) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Islanders D Cal Clutterbuck has a new nickname, but he isn't too fond of it.

"Shuttlebuck" came about from an interview with Flyers F Robert Hagg, who expressed his hatred for Clutterbuck during an interview after the Isles preseason opener at the Coliseum. 

"It doesn't matter if you play against Martin or Shuttlebuck, or whatever it is -- I hate that guy," Hagg told The Post's Brett Cygalis. "There's that kind of player on every team."

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Matt Martin (15) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Forward Matt Martin is returning to Long Island. 

The Islanders made a deal with the Maple Leafs to send G Eamon McAdam in return for Martin, who they drafted in the fifth round back in 2008. In the deal, the Islanders are taking on Martin's $2.5 million he is owed this season and the 2019-2020 season as well.

Martin played seven seasons for the Islanders, where he totaled 88 points (42 goals, 46 assists) in that span. Even more impressive was winning five straight Bob Nystrom Awards, which goes to the Islander that best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication.

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Dec 10, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat New York 6-2. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 10, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat New York 6-2. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Matt Martin was an Islander for seven seasons before signing a free agent deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, so it's understandable that he'd be a logical person to ask about John Tavares and his contract situation, but the always diplomatic Martin isn't taking the bait.

In an interview with ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Martin had glowing words for the Islanders' captain, his sense of loyalty, and Long Island in general.

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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

What did it take to expunge underwhelming, early season performances from Ryan Strome and Nikolay Kulemin? Teaming the two with Cal Clutterbuck, apparently.

This new, makeshift fourth line is clicking on all cylinders, and it has brought Kulemin and Strome back from the brink of being complete NHL non-factors.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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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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Apr 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Islanders and current Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin still wants his old team to do well in spite of him moving on elsewhere, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple. Martin, drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round in 2008, played six full seasons with the club. He signed a four-year, $10 million contract with Toronto over the summer, but that does not mean he does not care about his old teammates.

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General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner)
General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner)

Steve from St. James, New York asks: Assuming the Islanders make no other moves this offseason, will they make the playoffs in 2016-17?

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

I think so. The one move they definitely will make it re-signing restricted free agent Ryan Strome to a new deal. I know some fans are worried that it isn't done yet, but the Isles have plenty of time, and there's absolutely no reason to assume something won't get done. Of course, this would be retaining an in-house player, so your point remains.

Tags: Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

LW Matt Martin has signed a four-year deal with the Maple Leafs, reports Elliotte Friedman.

It was reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday shortly after the season ended that Martin would be signing elsewhere.

Martin, 27, had 10 goals and nine assists in 80 games for the Islanders this past season.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver discuss the latest Islanders' off-season news and rumors, focusing on the team's own free agents - Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin - and other team's players - Taylor Hall, James van Riemsdyk, and Jordan Eberle.

Plus, Corey Pronman of ESPN hops on the phone to chat about the upcoming NHL Draft.

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The Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) has three goals in his past three games. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
The Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) has three goals in his past three games. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders have three significant unrestricted free agents that need new deals, and if Jiggs McDonald was forced to pick just one to retain, he'd go with Frans Nielsen.

McDonald recently spoke to Patrick Hickey, Jr. of The Hockey Writers. When asked which player he'd choose if he could only keep one of the three UFA, McDonald said that, while he loves all three players, the Isles would probably benefit the most from retaining Nielsen.

"That's like asking me which one of my children I like best. Each individual brings significant value whether in the dressing room, on the ice, or within the community. Put to the wall, it's Frans Nielsen," McDonald said. "His ability to play center or the wing, as well as his shootout talent, is one thing. His defensive abilities are another. Does he hit like Matt? No. Does he equal Kyle's potential goal-scoring numbers? Probably not. Factor in his age, too, and I've got another argument going with myself. But I will stick with keeping Frans on the roster. Doing so probably leaves a little more wiggle room with the cap numbers to replace Kyle and or Matt as well."

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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

School is out and it's time for final grades here at Islanders Point Blank. Since June 1, Brian Erni and I have been taking a look at each player and analyzing their 2015-16 performance, from the drop of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in October to that 4-0 loss in Tampa that sent New York home amidst roster uncertainty. Contract details via nhlnumbers.com and stats courtesy of hockeyreference.com.

Matt Martin, 27, Wing

Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent

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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) 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 right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

All is quiet in contract talks between the Islanders and Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin.

Newsday's Art Staple tweeted that nothing has changed in negotiations between Nielsen and the team. Nielsen has expressed a desire to stay and had preliminary talks with the club, but they have not progressed past that stage.

Staple also added the Isles have not had further talks with Okposo and Martin either. Staple speculated earlier this month that Okposo and Martin will likely leave the club when free agency opens.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

This summer, coming to general manager Garth Snow's office near you, the long awaited sequel to the blockbuster hit "The Departed." Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin star in…"The Unrestricted."

Now that we have gotten that poor attempt at humor out of the way, Snow does face some challenges, maybe for the first time in his tenure, in deciding what to do with three very core members of the Islanders organization -- three players who have never worn another sweater in their careers and bring different attributes to the table.

With the unrestricted free agent market looking average yet again outside of superstar Steven Stamkos, Nielsen and Okposo especially will be highly coveted by rival general managers looking to improve their clubs over the summer. Snow will be talking to Nielsen's agent soon and opening up dialogue. As far as Okposo and Martin go, there has been no contact to date and, specifically in Okposo's case, an uphill battle awaits to keep them in the fold.

Tags: Brian Strait, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Marek Zidlicky, Matt Martin, Steve Bernier, Andy Graziano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Players will always say when referring to their contract status during the season that they're "not thinking about that. Just playing the game and that will get worked out in due time".

After the Islanders' 4-0 loss Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the second round of the playoffs ended their season, there is now nothing but time to think about the uncertain future that awaits some long-time organizational soldiers.

New York was never really in Game 5 but they were in the series. The Lightning showed every reason why they were the Eastern Conference representative last season in the Stanley Cup Final. They know how to close and did a remarkable job in Games 2 and 5 in putting on a clinic that should be videotaped and shown to each team in training camp.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

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Everyone knew it. Once Jonathan Drouin set up Nikita Kucherov with 39 seconds remaining in the third period in Game 3, there was a sense of doom that fell over Atlantic and Flatbush. On the precipice of taking a 2-1 series lead and having a chance to take a commanding advantage on Friday, the Islanders had let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.

New York scored twice in the third period to grab a 4-3 lead, but faltered late, squandering two leads in the third period. Now, their fate might be headed in a very different direction.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate following Nikita Kucherov's game-tying goal late in the third period. 
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate following Nikita Kucherov's game-tying goal late in the third period. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Everyone knew it. Once Jonathan Drouin set up Nikita Kucherov with 39 seconds remaining in the third period, there was a sense of doom that fell over Atlantic and Flatbush. On the precipice of taking a 2-1 series lead and having a chance to take a commanding advantage on Friday, the Islanders had let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.

New York scored twice in the third period to grab a 4-3 lead, but faltered late, squandering two leads in the third period. Now, their fate might be headed in a very different direction.

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Michael Raffl scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

Evgeny Medvedev, Shayne Gostisbehere, Scott Laughton and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, who trailed 2-0 midway through the first period. Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 shots in the teams' season finale that was a game rescheduled from Jan. 23 due to a blizzard.

Nikolay Kulemin and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders, who finished with the Eastern Conference's top wild card and will face the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock reacts after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock reacts after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares got his 30th goal and two assists, and the New York Islanders scored three times in a 5:15 span to get a crucial 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Ryan Pulock, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson and Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 32 saves. New York holds the Eastern Conference's first wild-card spot and won for the third time in four games to reduce its magic number to two over Boston to secure a third straight postseason berth.

Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Ben Bishop gave up five goals on 23 shots. Tampa Bay is two points behind first-place Florida in the Atlantic Division.

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Martin, Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas Greiss
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The Islanders picked up a big win versus the Senators, 3-1, as they make a push towards the playoffs.

Brock Nelson and Matt Martin scored 21 seconds apart in the second period and the New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 Wednesday night to snap a season-high four-game losing streak.

John Tavares also scored in the Islanders' three-goal second period and rookie goalie Jean-Francois Berube, making just his fourth career start, stopped 22 shots.

New York, holding the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, got a needed victory in its playoff push after going 1-4-2 in its previous seven games while getting outscored 22-11.

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The fourth line unit celebrates after Cal Clutterbuck's third-period goal.  (Brad Penner)
The fourth line unit celebrates after Cal Clutterbuck's third-period goal. (Brad Penner)

With just over a minute and a half left to play in regulation and a draw in the offensive zone looming, the Islanders head coach sent out the line he thought would get the job done.

Enter: the fourth line.

Casey Cizikas won the face off cleanly back to Cal Clutterbuck at the top of the circle, who fired a blazing snapshot over Antti Raanta's shoulder and into the top shelf to give the Islanders the lead for good. The goal was Clutterbuck's 12th of the season.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Frans Nielsen scored twice, John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of surging teams.

Matt Martin also scored for New York, which has won six of eight. Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves as the Islanders improved to 2-0 on a seven-game road trip - their longest of the season.

Nielsen deflected Tavares' pass on the power play to make it 2-0 in the first period and added a short-handed, empty-net goal late in the third.

Tavares' 23rd of the season stood following a replay review that determined Anders Lee did not interfere with Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Matt Martin

New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal as center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his assist during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal as center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his assist during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Locker room chemistry. It's this mystical element in sports that no one can pinpoint. In retrospect, it's obvious, as cases in Islanders lore abound. The 1993 team that made an unexpected run to the Prince of Wales Finals had it. The dynasty teams had so much they could sent some extra mojo around the league and still gone on their run. But how easy is it to spot in the midst of a season? And does this Islanders team have that elusive 'it'? 

 

One this is for certain. They're spending a lot of time talking about it.

 

"We've got a lot of good leaders in here, so there's calm, there's no panic," Ryan Strome told reporters after the Islanders 3-2 shootout win in Columbus. "We know how tight it is in the standings. We've been playing a lot of good hockey lately and we couldn't let this one slip away."

 

That may seem like a simple case of Strome speaking about a come-from-behind win on the road. But on Sunday, when Brian Strait took on the Oilers' Zack Kassian, who originally had tried to take on Thomas Hickey, Matt Martin showered Strait with praise, citing his contributions to locker room.

 

"Straiter's a hell of a guy in this room and he stepped up for Hicks there," Martin said. "That shows you something."

 

Even when Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup, it wasn't solely his blue line presence Jack Capuano was eager to have back. He specifically called out Boychuk's leadership to bolster the room.

 

"For me, it's more of his leadership and what he can bring to the room," Capuano said. "He's been there before, started in the minors, worked his way up, he's won a Stanley Cup, he knows the grind that it takes. And he knows the accountability factor. Hey, it doesn't matter if you hurt somebody's feelings. And you need a guy like that."

 

These quotes are all in the last five days. It's almost as if the Isles are screaming upwards to Garth Snow, imploring him not to shake up this roster. Trying to convince him that the faith he showed in this young core this offseason will be rewarded. 

 

As fans, we're hard on players for what they bring on the ice, because that's all we see. We form notions about a guy with our eyes or our analytics, often eager to discard someone into the worthless pile. Strait is a good example of that. We're hard on him and, at times, that's justified. But does he bring more? Martin's comments give me pause. This is a game played by human beings after all. How many times have we heard about Eric Boulton's role as the man in charge of boosting morale? Just like working in an office, a better environment certainly leads to happier players. Are contributions from guys like Strait and Boulton worth just as much a timely carry-in or shot on net? And does a room ever become too comfortable, with the grind of an NHL season likened to an extended stay at hockey camp?

 

Answering these questions have to be one of the most difficult elements of a general manager's job. For the Islanders rebuild is over, and was overall a success. But during the course of what's been an extremely uneven season, the most vexing question is how do they take the next step? Is it just by letting their young players grow? Or is it with a move for that one, perfect piece that brings it all together? It seems like the Islanders know what they want, and only time will tell if they're justified in asking for it or not. It just all may come down to what Garth's gut is telling him.

 

Tags: Brian Strait, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) is injured in a collision with Ottawa Senators left wing Shane Prince (10) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) is injured in a collision with Ottawa Senators left wing Shane Prince (10) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

The Islanders (25-16-6) find themselves in third place in the Metropolitan division and three points out of second place in the Eastern Conference as they begin play in the second half on Tuesday. 

They entered the break with a 4-2 home loss to Detroit last Monday, and despite going 3-1-1 in their last five, feel uneven efforts are holding them back.

"Hopefully we can find our game in the last 30-some odd games heading into the playoffs," forward Matt Martin said. " ... It's a tight race but we have to play more consistency. The way we've played haven't been consistent enough."

Brock Nelson scored his 19th goal against the Red Wings, giving him six in his last seven games and getting him within one of the career high he established in 82 games last season. >> Read more…

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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster)

The New York Islanders knew they had adjustments to make this season before it even began with training camp back in September of 2015.

A new building, new game-day ritual and new transportation options just to name several.

"Today was the first day the guys couldn't take the train in. Every day, there's something. It's the first year, you have to find your way. We ran into a problem with transportation down and the players had to figure it out." is how head coach Jack Capuano described the LIRR issues post-game after a listless 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. And that's off the ice.

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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy score what would become the game-winning goal in the third period on Thursday night against the Rangers. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy score what would become the game-winning goal in the third period on Thursday night against the Rangers. (Brad Penner)

The New York Rangers came to the Barclays Center for their second visit of the 2015-16 season on Thursday night and brought a little swagger with them. You see, they just completed an awful stretch that saw them post a record of 4-8-2 over their last 14 games, but with wins over the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins, plus a stirring comeback against the Washington Capitals, even though they would ultimately lose in overtime, their game seemed to have returned.

The New York Islanders have had some issues with consistency themselves and even though everything you look at on a daily basis tells you they are in good shape, in both the division and conference standings, something just didn't get them passing marks in the old fashion 'eye-test'. After dropping three of four in mid-December, they won two straight before dropping three of four once again. Lately? What do you know, they have won two straight, including last night's emotional 3-1 victory over their crosstown rivals.

To bear witness to last night's game showed that maybe…just maybe, the Islanders are awakening to the type of inspired, gritty play that led them to their best season in 29 years in 2014-15. The Rangers always seem to bring out their best and sometimes, worst (I'm looking at you, Chris Simon) in whoever is wearing an Islanders sweater.

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

It had been since Nov. 30 since Ryan Strome found the back of the net, but that all changed in the Islanders' win on Tuesday night against Columbus.

 

With just over five minutes to go in a scoreless first period, Matt Martin put a shot on Anton Forsberg. Forsberg got a piece of it, but it trickled behind him through his legs, and Strome slid the puck home to give New York a 1-0 lead.

 

It was Strome's fourth goal of the season, and his first in 16 games.

 

"We came out flying and put them on their heels," Strome told reporters after the game. "It's always a hard game against Columbus. We have to come out against the Rangers the same way."

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

I like how Strome was driving toward the net on Martin's shot. That's something he could use to do a bit more of. Even though he is a gifted playmaker, Strome has that grinder's nose for the puck, too. His focus during the offseason was to shoot the puck more, but with his shot, Strome will always get his goals from high in the slot. The key will be positioning himself down low, because the more he does that, the more he's going to show up on the scoresheet.

 

It's really been a tale of two youngsters in Brooklyn. As much as Brock Nelson has flourished, Strome has scuffled. But with the defense thinned out by injuries, and four of the next five games before the break being big conference match ups, there's no better time for Strome to find his scoring touch. 

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As the Islanders defense takes another hit, Brian Compton and Mike Carver discuss why Ryan Pulock is still down on the farm, and what the cause is to the team's struggles over the past couple of weeks.

Plus, Brian chats with Matt Martin at morning skate about becoming more comfortable in Brooklyn and the organization's decision to move their morning skates back to Long Island. 

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 (Dan Hamilton)
(Dan Hamilton)

TORONTO (AP) John Tavares was one of six New York Islanders to score in a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night for a split in a home-and-home set.

Brock NelsonFrans Nielsen, Nikolay Kulemin, Matt Martin and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders (20-12-5). Thomas Greiss turned aside 30 shots.

Jonathan Bernier again had trouble, getting beaten by the second shot of the game and giving up six goals on just 15 shots through the two periods beforeJames Reimer took over to start the third.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Matt Martin, Thomas Greiss
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Matt Martin mixed it up on Monday night, and he picked a great time to do so.

With eight minutes left in the first and the Islanders trailing 1-0, Nick Leddy carried the puck into the offensive zone and was sandwiched with two hard checks. Martin immediately came to Leddy's defense, and dropped the gloves with Josh Manson.

The scuffle was completely one-sided, with Martin coming out on top, and it brought the entire Isles bench to its feet.

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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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New York Islanders defenseman Marek Zidlicky reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Marek Zidlicky reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Marek Zidlicky scored twice and Thomas Greiss made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Islanders to a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, extending New York's streak without a regulation loss to 10 games.

John Tavares and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, are on an 8-0-2 stretch and moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division - one point ahead of the crosstown-rival Rangers. The Islanders trailed the Rangers by 11 points entering play on Nov. 25.

The Islanders also improved to 11-4-2 at home in their first season at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

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Nov 30, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) and right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) react after a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 30, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) and right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) react after a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Islanders were locked up with the Avalanche on Monday night, but New York finally broke through thanks to their fourth line.

 

Cal Clutterbuck broke a 2-2 tie just 1:52 into the third period. Then just six-and-a-half minutes later, Matt Martin forced Colorado into a turnover in their own zone, and Casey Cizikas buried what would end up becoming the game-winning goal. 

 

"We might not score twice every night, but I think it just creates energy," Clutterbuck said. "It creates a feeling of teams being on their heels when we're out there getting scoring chances and creating a buzz."

 

For Clutterbuck, it was his sixth goal of the season. He scored seven in 76 games last season. Cizikas' goal was his fourth of the year.

 

"They do the right things," coach Jack Capuano said. "When you work hard, you get rewarded in life. The way that they're playing right now, they deserve to get rewarded."

 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

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It's so much fun watching this line play. Obviously, they play with a huge physical presence, but I love how they do the little things that can really lift the entire club when it needs it. Take Clutterbuck's goal for example. Right off the draw, Cal darted right in front of Semyon Varlamov in an effort to set a screen. He stationed himself so well in front and used his strength to get great position on Brandon Gormley that re-directing Thomas Hickey's shot from the point was no sweat. On Cizikas' goal, Martin could have easily glided into the zone and let Colorado clear the puck, but he pressured Zach Redmond on the boards and forced him into a mistake. The puck would find Casey and he left no doubt.

 

On the broadcast, Butch Goring said he just can't call them the fourth line anymore, because it does a disservice to how well they've played. It's true. This isn't a traditional fourth line, because every player can score, too. At times both this and last season, this has been one of, if not the best units the Islanders have. On Monday, they came through once again.

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The Islanders open training camp in a matter of days with the roster remaining mostly the same as it was at the end of last season.

Management has symbolically given the current roster a vote of confidence by the lack of movement during the offseason, and the expectation from the team is to win now. The players in the dressing room have taken notice of the gesture and they're glad that the front office believes in the assembled squad.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. ? Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The Islanders roster doesn?t boast anyone from the New York area, but the significance of the day is not lost on the team.

Through their time playing hockey in New York, several players have gained a greater appreciation of what the city went through on the morning of and the days following the 9/11 attacks.

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WASHINGTON -- The Islanders seemed poised after the team's optional Skate at the Verizon Center on Monday.?

There could be history made, or an all too familiar story repeated, when the final buzzer sounds in Game 7 of the Isles Stanley Cup Playoff matchup with the Washington Capitals. The Islanders haven't won a playoff series in 23 years. They have made it to the postseason since then, but making it out of the first round has not happened since 1993.

"This is the biggest game that I've been in since I've been here," Kyle Okposo said. "Biggest game for the Islanders in a long time. We're excited and we don't really think about the history of it. You just think about the moment and the opportunity that you have in front of you."

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Calvin de Haan will return to the Islanders lineup tonight.

The Islanders' defenseman will take the place of Travis Hamonic, who left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury. de Haan has been a healthy scratch for the Islanders in their last six games, a decision that has left some people puzzled. He will skate on the right side of Brian Strait.

Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin will remain out of the lineup as well. They are both suffering from undisclosed injuries, but both players did skate this morning at Nassau Coliseum.

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Cal Clutterbuck will be reinserted into the Islanders lineup after missing Tuesday's game in Philadelphia (Islanders, Apr, 10). Clutterbuck will be taking the spot of forward Colin McDonald, who played on Tuesday due to the three injuries the Isles had been dealing with.

The Islanders will be without two mainstays in Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen. Nielsen made the trip to Pittsburgh with the rest of the team and took part in the optional morning skate at Consol Energy Center, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Tyler Kennedy will take Nielsen's spot in the lineup for the time being.

Jaroslav Halak will return to the net for the Islanders and the defense will remain the same.

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It is status quo for the injured Islanders as the team heads to Pittsburgh to battle the Penguins.

Islander Coach Jack Capuano told reporters following Thursday's practice that Matt Martin, Frans Nielsen and Cal Clutterbuck were still all day-to-day.

"We'll continue to monitor as we move forward," he said.

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Mikhail Grabovski is still not ready to play in games for the Islanders, but he will be traveling with the team on their trip to Philadelphia.

The offseason acquisition skated with the rest of his teammates during the Isles' practice at Nassau Coliseum on Monday. He also skated on Saturday during the team's optional morning skate.

"Right now just see how he feels on a day-to-day basis," head coach Jack Capuano said. "Obviously he's not close to playing here yet, but it's good to have him back out there."

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There was some relief in the Islanders dressing room on Sunday.

Having dropped seven of their last eight games and going 0-6-1 at home in the month of March, the Islanders were finally happy to put that behind them with the 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. For the first time all month, music

blasted as reporters filed into a victories Isles? room.

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Matt Martin will be back on the Islanders bench Saturday night in Sunrise, Florida after serving his one game suspension for his hit on Trevor Daley in Tuesday's game.

The Islanders' forward had a phone hearing with the league earlier in the week and subsequently given a one game suspension for the play. It was Martin's first time speaking with?player safety director Stephane Quintal. (Staple, Mar 7)

"It was a good conversation and I think the whole process was fair," Martin told Newsday on Friday. "[Quintal] and I talked for 20 minutes, and I think the NHL knows I'm not a dirty player."

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Matt Martin will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Saftey for his hit on Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.

Martin was given a game misconduct and a kneeing major 1:48 into Tuesday's overtime loss to the Stars. Daley left the game and did not return. He is expected to miss "weeks," according to Stars Coach Lindy Ruff. The hearing will be over the phone, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple, so that limits the length of a suspension to five games, should he receives one.

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It would have been very easy for the Islanders to get very excited after Tuesday's win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

A big, shutout win over your biggest rival, in their home building for the second time this season with the eyes of the New York sports media watching (that was until the Jets hired a new coach and general manager that day). Yeah, it would have been easy to get a bit high and mighty about oneself.

But the Islanders did just the opposite of that.

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The hype was there for the Islanders and New York Rangers second meeting of the 2014-15 season, but aside from a tussle after the final buzzer there was no big game feel during the 60 minute affair at Madison Square Garden.

The sold-out crowd did see a good game, and the pocket of Islander fans that made the trip to Manhattan left happy, but the true flair of Islanders versus Rangers wasn?t all there. Maybe the fisticuffs at the end were a primer for what is to come when the two teams do battle again on Long Island in two weeks.

The Nassau Coliseum is usually the livelier of the two venues and brings out the spirit of the Islanders, Rangers rivalry.

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NEW YORK -- It's not too often that audible "Let's Go Islanders" chants break out at the end of an Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. But on Tuesday, they did for the second time this season as the final buzzer sounded on a 3-0 Isles win.

The Islanders scored three goals in the second period and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves to shut out the Rangers at the Garden for the first time since Billy Smith did it on Dec. 17, 1975. The win, in a game Rangers coach Alain Vigneault preemptively labeled a "New York Classic," moved the Islanders into first place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of the Rangers.

"It's a good win," Frans Nielsen said. "We knew they were going to come at us the first 10 minutes. We were lucky a couple times there. They couldn't go like that all game, we knew that, we got more time and we worked our way in the game. We played perfect the last 40 minutes."

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Meetings ?between the Islanders and New York Rangers have not meant much in seasons past, but when the two teams take the ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, two very valuable points will be on the line.

It really hasn't been since the 90s that a meeting between New York's two hockey clubs was something of a must-see event, but with every other New York sports team seemingly out of the picture, the Rangers and Islanders will take center stage. The Isles sit atop the Metropolitan Division and have been one of the best teams in the league through much of the first half of the season.

The Rangers have gotten hot, winning 13 of their last 14 games. It is the first time since 1973 that the Blueshirts have accomplished such a feat. Equally as impressive is the fact that the Rangers are the first team since the 1997-98 Montreal Canadiens to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers all on the road.

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NEWARK, N.J. -- The Islanders needed a hero Friday night and they got one in the form of John Tavares.?

The Islanders' captain scored the tying and game winning goal in a game that had the visitors playing out of their skates. Tavares went behind the net, picked Adam Larsson's pocket, made his way to the front of the net and ?put the puck behind Keith Kinkaid . The 3-2 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils snapped a two-game skid.

For good measure, Tavares celebrated the goal by throwing his hands up and down in the air in homage to the recognizable "Yes! Yes! Yes" chants?that has become synonymous with the Islanders' fan base.

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The Chicago Blackhawks seem to bring out the best in the Islanders.

The Islanders defeated the Blackhawks 3-2, which is the same score that they beat Chicago during their last visit to Nassau Coliseum during the 2013-14 season. Even more coincidental is the fact that, like last year's battle at the Coliseum, Kyle Okposo played a big role in an Islanders' comeback.

Okposo's power play goal at 10:10 of the third period tied the game up at two, which set up Lubomir Visnovsky to play hero 51 seconds later.

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Islanders' Head Coach Jack Capuano mixed up his lines in the middle of the game Tuesday night and did so again on Wednesday at practice.

Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin moved to the Islanders top line for practice. Kyle Okposo practiced alongside Frans Nielsen and Mikhail Grabovski. Michael Grabner skated with the Islanders fourth line and scratched forward Cory Conacher skated on the third line Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey.

"We're just trying to get the best chemistry lines going and make sure top to bottom we're balanced," Lee said about the line jumbling. "Sometimes a little change up is good and...it's going to make things better for us."

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