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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) 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 defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

With the Islanders struggling to get out of the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings, Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the Islanders and GM Garth Snow should look toward acquiring Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene to play alongside John Tavares.

Part of this trade, Brooks writes, should include defenseman Nick Leddy. Leddy fits the criteria of a top-four defenseman that Colorado is seeking and does not have a large cap hit that would slow down trade talks.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

There's a crunch coming to the Islanders defensemen. That's because the upcoming NHL expansion draft, set to take place this June, is undoubtedly going to mix some things up on New York's blue line, and it should create some urgency for Garth Snow in the next few months.

The rules of the draft allow teams to protect either seven forwards and three defensemen, or eight skaters overall. Players with no-move clauses must be protected, so Johnny Boychuk isn't going anywhere. The Isles will also undoubtedly protect Nick Leddy and Travis Hamonic. And if they choose to protect Ryan Pulock, which they will have to do based on his eligibility if they don't want him exposed, that will leave them room for four more skaters (three once you factor in John Tavares).

It all adds up to the reality that Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey will both be left unprotected, which forces Garth Snow to make a decision. Either trade one (or both) before this year's trade deadline and not risk losing one of them for nothing, or roll the dice and watch his old assistant snatch one up for the Knights' inaugural roster.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

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

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

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

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) skates during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) skates during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders (6-10-4) will face off against the Flames (10-13-1) at Barclays Center on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Flames lost, 5-3, in Philadelphia last night, snapping their two-game win streak, and dropping to 3-2-0 on the current road trip. Calgary is 2-2-1 in the second of back-to-back tilts this season.
  • New York dropped a 3-2 decision in San Jose on Friday, losing its second straight game, and for the sixth time in the last seven contests overall (1-4-2 record). The Isles are 3-2-1 when getting two or more days off between tilts this season.
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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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 (Jae C. Hong)
(Jae C. Hong)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Leddy scored the winner in a marathon 14-round shootout, lifting the New York Islanders over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Thomas Greiss made 39 saves and Adam Pelech and Josh Bailey scored in regulation for the Islanders, who had been 0-4-1 on the road this season.

Each team had four goals in the shootout through 13 rounds. After Kevin Bieksa missed on a slap shot to start Round 14, Leddy waited out Jonathan Bernier before snapping in the winner.

Anaheim nearly won in the 12th when officials reviewed a tying goal by New York's Thomas Hickey, but officials determined that Hickey did not interfere with Bernier on his attempt and awarded him the tally. Read more >>

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Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

For a day, all focus shifted to a problem that too many people choose to not think about. The incredible rash of stray animals that are too often left behind in search of a warm, comfortable and loving home to lay their head.

There is a reason dogs are used within our military, trained to help someone who was the victim of an unfortunate accident do daily tasks we take for granted and offer grief counseling to those going through a difficult time in their lives. They always seem to make things better. They possess a 'sixth sense' that draws them even closer to those who really need their positive attitude and selfless dedication to please. And make no mistake, our feline friends can be just as comforting, albeit in a more independent way.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Brian Erni
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New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) skates with the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) skates with the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Mathew Barzal is on his way back to his Juniors team in Seattle. J-F Berube is still rotating between the press box and the bench, as the Islanders' three goaltender boondoggle continues to infuriate both fans and the goalies involved in the situation alike. Sort of makes you feel like P.A. Pareanteau could have easily had a spot on this team had the Isles exercised a little more foresight.

To make matters worse, Parenteau notched his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday night, pulling him into a tie for the Devils' team lead with Taylor Hall. With plenty of space, Parenteau roofed a wicked wrister for his sixth point of the season. That would be good enough to tie him for first in goals and sixth in overall scoring on the Islanders. What's more, he's playing to a 55.5 Corsi For and 55.4 Fenwick For through 12 games this season, an admittedly small sample size, but marks that put him on pace for the best possession metrics in his career.

Tags: Nick Leddy, P.A. Parenteau, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center. Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center. Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Can you hear that? Listen real close……Hear it? 

Peace and serenity across Islanders social media. Everyone might as well be sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbaya. 

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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Defenseman Adam Pelech (50) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Defenseman Adam Pelech (50) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

Adam Pelech got thrown right into the fire on Monday night, and the results were impressive.

Pelech, who took Travis Hamonic's spot on the top pairing with Nick Leddy, played 17:08 against the Canucks and registered an assist on Andrew Ladd's first goal of the season. He played to a 57.1 Corsi For Percentage and a 58.8 Fenwick For Percentage on the night.

"I thought he did a great job for us," Jack Capuano said of Pelech's performance. "The first couple shifts are always tough, especially as a defenseman. They've got guys coming with speed, a desperate team, like us."

Pelech, 22, now has 10 games of NHL experience.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

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

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

Meanwhile, Alan Quine will be in for Anthony Beauvillier. 

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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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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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Islanders Point Blank takes a look at the week that was. The good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. We will also check where the Islanders stand in comparison to the rest of the NHL and where they might be going, analyze roster moves that were made and analyze and break down what it all means.Friday, October 21 through Thursday, October 27Record: 2-2-0, 13 GF, 12 GA, 2/12 PP, 10/13 PK10/21 - Islanders 3, Coyotes 2: A game the Islanders stormed out of the gate only to quickly let their opponent back in it. They took an early two-goal lead and looked solid in doing so on a snipe from Dennis Seidenberg and a stuff home by Ryan Strome, playing for the first time against his younger brother, Arizona 2015 first round draft pick (3rd overall) Dylan. Two goals in 13 seconds, coming less than a minute after New York had taken that apparent commanding lead, erased the inspired start faster than you can snap your fingers. New York would dominate the second, outshooting the Coyotes 16-4 but it would take a Johnny Boychuk knuckle puck, while shorthanded, to win it for the Islanders at 4:24 of period three.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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 (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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Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders on Friday night against the Coyotes, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Nick Leddy, who is dealing with an upper-body issue, remains day-to-day and will be replaced in the lineup by Ryan Pulock.

 

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Nick Leddy

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

D Nick Leddy isn't at practice for the Islanders Thursday, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday, who speculates an injury to Leddy could be the reason D Ryan Pulock was called up.The Islanders emergency recalled Pulock from Bridgeport on Wednesday, but didn't announce whether the move had to do with an injured player.Pulock, 22, had four points in 15 regular season games last year and added three more points in the playoffs.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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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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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders played Game one of their season last night at Madison Square Garden. Game one. That means there are 81 remaining. Yet, if you read through some of the comments on Twitter postgame from a passionate Islanders fanbase, you would think they were just eliminated from postseason contention.

I respect the passion, the wanting to win so badly at any cost, believe me. However, there has to be a sense of reasonableness that comes into play when the team you root for has played 1.22 percent of its scheduled games.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The final week of New York Islanders training camp promises to be busy. Players on the bubble hoping to make the 23-man roster, which has to be announced by Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. ET, will have plenty of opportunities to put forth their best case to management and the coaching staff.

New additions Andrew Ladd, P.A Parenteau and Jason Chimera have been assimilated into the squad, while captain John Tavares, goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are expected to join their teammates as early as tomorrow.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

First Period:

  • Jason Chimera (1:33) - ASST: Stephen Gionta, Jesse Graham
  • Mika Zibanejad (4:55) - ASST: Adam Clenending, Brandon Pirri
  • Chris Kreider (18:10) - ASST: Adam Clendening, Matt Bodie

Second Period:

  • Brandon Pirri (Power Play, 17:05) - ASST: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider

Third Period:

  • Nick Leddy (11:54) - ASST: Matthew Barzal, P.A. Parenteau
  • Dylan McIlrath (13:28) - ASST: Mika Zibanejad
  • Dan Girardi (ENG, 17:47)

Stats:

  • JF Berube saved 23 of 27 shots.
Tags: Nick Leddy, Stephen Gionta

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 defenseman Nick Leddy (2) 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 defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

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 of the players 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.

2 - Nick Leddy

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

John Tavares may have been the difference on the score sheet, but two Islanders defensemen made big plays the set the stage for the captain's heroics.

With a minute remaining in regulation, Nick Leddy made an incredible end-to-end rush up ice to force a shot on net. That allowed Nikolay Kulemin to get a chance in front that Luongo made a spectacular save, but the puck stayed loose, and Tavares cashed it in to tie the game, 1-1.

Then, with just under 10 minutes remaining in double overtime, Marek Zidlicky made a great positional play to regain the puck after Florida had dumped it deep in the Isles' zone. On the ensuing Islanders possession, Tavares scored the winner to send New York to the second round for the first time since 1993.

Tags: John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Marek Zidlicky, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Islanders are only a few weeks away from filling out a playoff lineup for Game 1 of a first round matchup, but questions remain as to just what mix of guys gives the team its best chance to win a series for the first time in 23 years.

Chief among these is on defense. Provided they get through the next seven games unscathed, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, and Thomas Hickey are locks. That leaves Brian Strait and Ryan Pulock duking it out to grab the sixth d-man assignment while Marek Zidlicky works his way back from injury.

"[Pulock] knows that when he first got here, when I talked to him, you're going to play some games and you're going to be in and out," head coach Jack Capuano told the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis, who tackled this very issue. "It's a great experience for him, just being able to practice with our guys, working on his feet. He's still a young kid. That's what it's about, too. I just like the fact that he's getting better every day. That's a big thing for me."

Tags: Brian Strait, Calvin De Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Marek Zidlicky, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout Tuesday night to further establish themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture that includes the top eight teams at the conclusion of play on April 10. But entering the dressing room to discuss the results with the players, you wouldn't have guessed it.

Typically after victories, the players enter to the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Downtown" and give the attendant who guards the doors religiously a combination fist/chest bump, putting the exclamation point on the evening.

Last night, there was no hooting and hollering, no extra yard taken. And the music, which typically lasts for a good two minutes before being silenced so we can do our jobs, lasted for maybe 30 seconds or so before being silenced even before we were waved in.

Tags: Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Nick Leddy hit a milestone when he helped the Islanders tie it up late against the Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday's shootout win.

 

Leddy's assist on Anders Lee's power-play goal was his 34th of the season, which tied a career high that he set in 2011-12 with the Blackhawks.

 

In 75 games, Leddy has five goals to go along with his 34 helpers. He has three points in his last four games.

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Leddy is playing his best hockey of the season, and with him getting set to draw some tough assignments in the playoffs, it couldn't be coming at a better time. Leddy's season has been constructed in two parts. It seemed to take Leddy a while to find his legs in the early going. His advanced metrics weren't up to their usual elite level, and he didn't seem to be moving as well. What's more, he wasn't getting on the score sheet. It took him until Jan. 2 to score his first goal of the year, and he only had six points in the season's first two months. But as the year has gone on, Leddy has gotten stronger and stronger.

 

His success rushing the puck has been phenomenal of late. It seems that practically every game, Leddy makes a move from end-to-end to create a scoring opportunity. We saw it again on Tuesday, as he darted up the ice to force a backhander on net and nearly even the game at 1, and it's far from an isolated incident. Leddy is a great skater, and there's no doubt he's been moving better now on all sides of the puck, covering more ground in both the neutral zone and his own end. It's refreshing to see, and if the Isles can get through the next week and a half healthy, I'm eager to witness what the Islanders' defensive corps can do in the playoffs at full strength.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Brian Erni
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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

The Islanders host the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders have not scored a power-play goal in any of their last six games. That streak is the longest for New York since a drought of seven games from January 23 -- February 6, 2014.
  • The Hurricanes have picked up at least one point in each of their last four meetings with the Islanders. It is Carolina's longest point streak against New York since a 14-game run from October 25, 2008 -- January 21, 2012.
  • Nick Leddy has five points (1 g, 4 a) during his current four-game point streak against the Hurricanes. The only defenseman with a longer active point streak versus Carolina is Vancouver's Christopher Tanev at five straight.
  • Victor Rask scored two goals, including his 20th of the season, in Sunday's win over New Jersey. Rask has now scored a goal in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • Cal Clutterbuck tied the game 30 seconds into the third period and won it with 14 seconds left in overtime Saturday in Carolina. Clutterbuck is now tied with John Tavares with a team-high five game-winning goals, the most of his career.
  • Jacob Slavin led the Hurricanes with 23:08 of ice time in the win against the Devils. Slavin has logged at least 20 minutes of ice time in 34 games this season, the most by a Hurricanes rookie since Justin Faulk in 2011-12 (61).
Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Nick Leddy

New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy carries the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy carries the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders have won three in a row against Tampa Bay and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games against the Lightning. Including tonight, the two teams meet twice in the next 11 days.
  • The Islanders and Lightning are ranked fourth and fifth in the NHL in goals by Centers - the Isles' have 94 and the Lightning 89. Dallas leads the NHL in this category with 115 goals from Centers.
  • The Islanders have scored three goals or fewer in each of their last nine games, tied for the third-longest active streak in the NHL. They have a total of 16 goals and a 3-4-2 record during this stretch.
  • Nick Leddy's assist in the Isles' win over Ottawa on Wednesday was his 37th point of the season, tying his career high (also 2011-12 and 2014-15). Mark Streit is the only defensemen since 2007-08 who has posted at least 38 points in a season for the Islanders.
  • The Lightning had seven players earn at least two points in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Detroit, tying a team record that's been done four previous times, the last occasion was October 10, 2013, against the Florida Panthers.
  • Steven Stamkos is one goal away from his fifth career 35-goal season. Vincent Lecavalier (three) and Martin St. Louis (two) are the only two players with more than one 35-goal season for the Lightning in their history.
Tags: Nick Leddy, Tampa Bay Lightning

 (John E. Sokolowski)
(John E. Sokolowski)

William Nylander scored the tying goal late in regulation and Nikita Soshnikov had the only goal of the shootout to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Zach Hyman and Morgan Rielly also scored in regulation and Garret Sparks stopped 24 shots for the Maple Leafs, who had lost six straight (0-5-1) - including the last five by one goal.

John TavaresNick Leddy, and Ryan Strome scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss finished with 32 saves. New York snapped a four-game winning streak and fell to 11-2-2 in its last 15.

Strome gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead with 5:19 remaining in the third period. >> Read more

Tags: John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:28 remaining in the third period and the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 6-4 on Sunday.

Johnny Boychuk had two goals. Kyle Okposo had a goal and assist and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders and defenseman Nick Leddy had two assists. Frans Nielsen added an empty-netter with 1:01 remaining.

The Islanders, who led 3-0 and 4-2 before the Rangers rallied to tie it on Derick Brassard's goal with about 8 1/2 minutes to go, ended their season-high seven-game road trip at 6-1-0.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Derick Brassard, Frans Nielsen, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Oscar Lindberg, Tanner Glass
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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

The Islanders face the Wild in Minnesota on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders defeated the Wild in New York three weeks ago (February 2) by a score of 5-3, breaking a three-game losing streak in the series. The teams combined for 81 shots on goal in that contest.
  • The Islanders scored just 1:59 into Friday's game at New Jersey and made it stand up for a 1-0 victory. It was New York's first 1-0 triumph since winning at Arizona by that score on November 8, 2014.
  • After going 1-11-2 between January 10 and February 13, the Wild have regained their bearings by winning four in a row while outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 21-8. It is the first time in Wild history that they've won four straight games while scoring at least five goals in each.
  • With points in each of his last five games, Nick Leddy has totaled 10 points in February, the first time he's ever reached double figures in a single month. Leddy is the only defensemen to combine at least 10 points with no penalty minutes in February.
  • After mustering just two points (one goal and one assist) over 23 games between December 26 and February 15, Jason Pominville has erupted for three goals and three assists over his last three games. His three points on Sunday versus Chicago were a season high.
  • Minnesota center Erik Haula had a big game on Sunday, scoring once and adding two assists for the first three-point game of his NHL career. His +3 rating also represented a career best. All but one of Haula's 20 total points this season have come against Western Conference opponents.
Tags: Nick Leddy

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (21) takes a first period shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (21) takes a first period shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

New York will look to get off to a much better start on Monday afternoon after surrendering the first four goals in a 6-3 loss at Carolina on Saturday that ended its three-game win streak.

"For whatever reason, we didn't start on time," coach Jack Capuano said. "You play 82 games, it's going to happen. Let's not kid ourselves."

John Tavares has 14 points in nine games after getting two in each of the last two. The All-Star center has scored a goal in four of the past five games after netting his team-leading 21st against the Hurricanes. He has four goals and 10 assists in 11 career games versus Detroit and scored on a power play Feb. 6.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit Red Wings, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy reacts after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USATSI)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy reacts after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USATSI)

The Islanders face the Detroit Red Wings Monday at Barclays Center at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Red Wings lost, 4-3, at home to the Ducks on Saturday night, and have now dropped three of their last four tilts (all three of which came at Joe Louis Arena). Detroit is 6-1-0 on the road this month -- best in the Eastern Conference.
  • New York defeated Ottawa, 5-2, at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night, extending its point streak to four straight games overall (3-0-1 record). The Islanders are 3-1-1 in five home tilts this month.
  • Tonight marks the first of three meetings between these clubs in 2015-16. Including taking two of three from the Wings last season, the Isles are 9-2-1 (.792) since 2005-06 vs. Detroit overall -- the best mark of any NHL club.
  • Pavel Datsyuk was held without a point in his second straight game Saturday night for the first time since November 29-December 1. Datsyuk has three goals and one helper in his last two road skates against the Islanders.
  • Nick Leddy lit the lamp Friday night, giving him two goals and an assist during his current three-game point streak, and three markers in his eight skates this month (had zero goals in first 38 games of the season). Leddy has six points (2g, 4a) in his last seven games vs. the Red Wings (since beginning of 2011-12).
  • The Islanders have not allowed a power-play goal in six straight games -- tied for the second-longest active streak in the league. Detroit's opponents have not scored with the man-advantage in four straight contests.
Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Nick Leddy

The New York Islanders celebrate a goal scored against the Ottawa Senators in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers/USATSI)
The New York Islanders celebrate a goal scored against the Ottawa Senators in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers/USATSI)

(AP) -- Travis Hamonic and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist in the third period and the New York Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Friday night.

Hamonic beat Andrew Hammond with a slap shot at 2:58 of the third to give New York a 3-2 lead and Tavares slipped a backhand past Hammond at 7:03 for some insurance.

Kyle Okposo scored on a bank shot off the backside of Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen to finish the scoring.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Ottawa Senators, Travis Hamonic
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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.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Nick Leddy, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck against the New York Rangers during the third period at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck against the New York Rangers during the third period at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Brad Penner)

Nick Leddy was the first star of Thursday's win over the Rangers, and for good reason.

Just a minute-and-a-half after Brock Nelson had tied the score at one, Dylan McIlrath was called for roughing and the Islanders went to the power play. The Rangers survived an offensive flurry by the Isles early in the power play, and looked to clear. But Leddy held the attempt and dumped the puck back in deep. The Islanders controlled, cycled, and eventually, Kyle Okposo found John Tavares behind the net. Tavares saw Leddy jump into the play with space, put the pass on his tape, and Leddy beat Henrik Lundqvist far side to give the Isles a 2-1 lead.

The goal, just Leddy's second of the season, was the eventual-game winner.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Brian Erni
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

John Tavares' power play goal and Kyle Okposo's shoot out tally may have been the difference on the scoring sheet, but the Islanders' defense was the star of the show on Wednesday night.

 

Nick Leddy and Travis Hamonic led the way with 26 minutes a piece, while Johnny Boychuk assisted on the Tavares' 5-on-3 power play goal. Islanders defensemen registered 13 of the team's 37 shots on net.

 

After the game, Jack Capuano sung the defense's praises, specifically Thomas Hickey, who played his third game since his return from a lower body injury, all of which have resulted in Islanders wins.

 

"He's been great," Capuano said. "He takes hits to make plays. To me, that's toughness. He does a lot of good things that really go under the radar." 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

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The defense is a mile better with Hickey in the lineup. Now that he's healthy, it's easy to appreciate just how steady Hickey makes that third pairing, and how it improves the Islanders defense core from top to bottom. On Wednesday, all three pairings did an incredibly job getting the puck to the net. They played lose with a cautious aggressiveness, staying mindful of the Rangers' speed, but still making sure they kept attacking the offensive zone. Leddy was back to his old self, executing a few beautiful carry-ins. I thought Calvin De Haan was a force all night, and Hamonic may have played his best game of the season, asserting himself physically and still being able to force Henrik Lundqvist to turn away five shots.

 

To me, this is the key to the Islanders' season. The offense is there. There are plenty of guys who are going to find the back of the net. But if the defense can play to the level it did last season, there's just no telling how far this club can go. On Wednesday, the defensive corps announced to the world that they can play with anyone in this division, conference, even the entire league. Let's see if they can sustain this level of play.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against New York Islanders during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against New York Islanders during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders had plenty of chances to gain an advantage in Montreal on Sunday, but their special teams went ice cold.

The Isles were 0-for-5 on the power play, and saw Montreal cash in three of their five chances with the man advantage.

This month, the Isles are 2-for-33 on the power play (6 percent conversion rate), a stretch that spans 10 games (4-6). They've surrendered nine power plan goals in those 10 contests as well.

Tags: Anders Lee, Nick Leddy, Brian Erni
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A year ago today the Islanders traded for the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle.

General Manager Garth Snow attempted to lock him up, but negotiations never really got off the ground between the?Isles and the then 37-year-old veteran. Boyle eventually hit the free agent market and was signed by the New York Rangers to a two-year, $9 million deal. Boyle took less money to play on Broadway, but the two years was exactly what Boyle and agent George Bazos had been looking for.

Boyle's arrival to the Rangers was celebrated, while Islanders' fans felt that the organization had once again been spurned by a big name free agent. But in the end, Islanders should be thanking Boyle for not signing and heading off to free agency.

Tags: Dan Boyle, Islanders, Johnny Boychuk, new york islanders, Nick Leddy
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The Islanders continued to clean out their lockers on Wednesday, trying to focus on the positives of the season, rather than what went wrong in Game 7. It was evident the pain was still there from Monday's 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.?

"You never want to go home unless you're going home with a Cup," Johnny Boychuk said. "Obviously we're going home a little bit early and it's hard to swallow, that's for sure."

The loss was far from the ending the team was hoping for and now that it is over, some players are adjusting to not having to prepare for games.

Tags: Islanders, Johnny Boychuk, new york islanders, News, Nick Leddy
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Pictures of a credit card and driver's license belonging to Nick Leddy were reportedly posted on Twitter Tuesday in a series of tweets threatening the Islanders defenseman (TSN, March 24).

Gino Reda of Canadian sports network TSN reported the Twitter account has been suspended and that Leddy's family is "fine". NHL security is working local New York law enforcement officials to track down the owner of the account. The profile indicated the account belonged to a woman, but there was no definitive proof that was accurate.

Yahoo NHL writer Greg Wyshynski published screen grabs of two of the tweets in question. Wynshyski reported that NHL.com reporter Sydney Esiason, the daughter of former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason who is reportedly dating the Islanders' Matt Martin, was in one of the photos sent out by the suspended user.

Tags: Islanders, Nick Leddy, Jerry McGuire
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Nick Leddy will be back on the ice for the Islanders tonight when they battle the New Jersey Devils in the Garden State.

Leddy has missed the last four games -- all losses -- due to an upper body injury sustained in the Islanders 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9. He had a 320-game iron man streak going until having to sit out on March 10 against the New York Rangers.

Coincidentally, or not, the Islanders have not scored more than a goal per game since Leddy went down. The blue liner has had an offensive impact on the Islanders and he has been an important cog for the team's power play, so for his presence on the ice tonight will hopefully give a boost to both areas.

Tags: Islanders, Jaroslav Halak, new york islanders, News, Nick Leddy
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The following is a guest post from Billy Thomas,?written exclusively for Point Blank.?Billy Thomas is currently a Freshman at St. John's University majoring in sports?management. He is a lifelong Islander fan and lives a stones throw away from Nassau?Coliseum. He can be found on twitter:?@BillyThomasSPM


Nick Leddy has been a mainstay on the Islanders top defensive paring with Johnny Boychuk all season. The Isles defense has to absorb the absence of the usual Iron Man. But how much of a difference maker is Nick Leddy from the Islanders back end?

Tags: Analytics, Islanders, new york islanders, Nick Leddy
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Defenseman Nick Leddy will miss the next two weeks due to an upper-body injury (Staple, March 11).

The Islanders defenseman left Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an injury and did not return. The New York Post reported that injury resulted from a hit by Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly in the second period. Leddy missed Tuesday's loss to the New York Rangers.

Up until Tuesday, Leddy had played in 320 consecutive games -- 252 with the Chicago Blackhawks and 68 with the Islanders. The Islanders are not expected to call any players up from AHL Bridgeport, according to?Arthur Staple.

Tags: Islanders, new york islanders, News, Nick Leddy
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The Islanders will get a key piece back in the lineup tonight with the return of Kyle Okposo.

Word broke on Monday night that he could return to the lineup and Islanders' head coach Jack Capuano announced that he would indeed play today against the New York Rangers. Okposo has been out since the All-Star break after having surgery to repair a detached Retina and started skating early last week.

Okposo had been playing some of his strongest hockey all season when he was sidelined, but his return tonight does not mean Okposo will go right back on the top line.

Tags: Islanders, Jaorslav Halak, kyle okposo, new york islanders, News, Nick Leddy
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