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 (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
(Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders cleaned out their lockers and had their exit interviews on Monday.

Eliminated from playoff contention Saturday, the Isles wrapped up the 2016-17 campaign with a 4-2 win over the Senators on Sunday.

They finished 41-29-12 (94 points), one point behind the Maple Leafs, who snagged the second and final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) skates in his first career NHL game during the second period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) skates in his first career NHL game during the second period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)

Josh Ho-Sang continued to make an impact on Tuesday night, as he helped the Islanders back from the brick in their 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Hurricanes.

With just over a minute left in the second period and the Isles trailed 2-0, Nikolay Kulemin took a shot that was blocked in front. The puck redirected right onto Ho-Sang's stick blade in the near circle, and Ho-Sang whistled a wrister top shelf past Cam Ward to pull the Isles within one.

Then in overtime, Ho-Sang skated the puck through the neutral zone and into the Hurricanes' zone and executed a slick drop pass to John Tavares. With space, Tavares ripped a wrister past Ward to give the Isles a 3-2 victory.

Tags: John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin
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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss both allowed four goals as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-4, on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:11 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
  • 14:14 CAR Jaccob Slavin; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask
  • 14:40 CAR Joakim Nordstrom; Assists: Lee Stempniak, Slavin
  • 17:32 NYI Stephen Gionta; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin 

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Calvin de Haan; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Hickey
  • 6:51 CAR Justin Faulk; Assists: Jordan Staal, Noah Hanifin
  • 8:02 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Matt Tennyson
  • 8:58 CAR Faulk; Assists: Noah Hanifin, Patrick Brown
  • 11:45 CAR Slavin (short handed)
  • 13:50 NYI Ho-Sang; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier

Third period:

  • 3:43 CAR Skinner (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:57 CAR Slavin; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Staal
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Carolina Hurricanes, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

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


First period:

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

Second period:

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

Third period:

  • :25 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Anders LeeJohn Tavares
  • 7:46 NYI Dennis Seidenberg; Assists: Calvin de HaanRyan Strome
  • 9:30 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Nick Leddy
  • 17:09 DAL Jamie Benn (short handed); Assists: 
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome
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New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Another night, another impressive performance from the Islanders' top line.

With the Isles trailing 1-0, the trio of Anders LeeJohn Tavares, and Josh Bailey got their club on the board with a highlight reel goal. Tavares shuffled a blind, backhanded pass to Bailey at the far circle. Bailey then turned as if to shoot and drew Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers' defense toward him before feathering a beautiful pass to an emerging Lee at the side of the net. Lee took the pass with his back to the net, spun and cashed it in to even the game at one.

"All these games are pretty much playoff games for us," Lee told reporters after the game. "It's just keeping that excitement in the room. We're in a position where we're chasing down teams and it's a fun one to be in, especially after the way we started the season. It's just an exciting time. It's easy to get up for a game like this, especially after getting thumped the other night."

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin
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Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh discusses the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Islanders on the road at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers, who came into the game having won six straight. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:23 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
  • 6:24 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Stephen Gionta

Third period

  • 3:03 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (short handed); Assists: John Tavares
  • 3:46 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Rick Nash
  • 18:50 NYI Andrew Ladd (empty net); Assists: Jason Chimera
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Stephen Gionta
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders beat to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:23 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:27 TOR Nikita Soshnikov; Assists: Nikita Zaitsev, Morgan Rielly
  • 14:51 TOR Auston Matthews; Assist: Morgan Rielly
  • 18:13 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince

Second period:

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Toronto Maple Leafs
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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Nikolay Kulemin is apparently a big fan of Martin Luther King day games.

The veteran winger notched a two-goal game in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was the second two-goal game of Kulemin's Islanders career. The other came on MLK Day in 2015.

Kulemin also shined in the possession game, with a team-high Individual 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage of 69 percent, and a +6 Corsi rating. (h/t on these tidbits to Eric Hornick).

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

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Tags: Anders Lee, Boston Bruins, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

John Tavares a penalty killer? That's probably not something anyone expected before this season began, but circumstance has forced JT into the unfamiliar role and he's thriving in it.

Newsday's Art Staple took a look at Tavares' impact on the PK since Jack Capuano tried him out there last week in Boston. Since he joined the unit, New York is 9-for-9 on the kill. 

"You get those few seconds after the draw and they don't get a chance to set up, that's a big help," Tavares' kill partner Nikolai Kulemin told Staple. "JT, he's been in the PK meetings with us for a long time, he knows what we're doing and how we do it."

Tags: Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Brian Erni
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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 celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

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

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

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

If you went to bed after the second period of Wednesday night's game, I wouldn't have blamed you. The Islanders were leading the reigning Stanley Cup champions, 3-0, and the nationally-televised start time of 8:00 had pushed the third period an hour later than usual.

So if you figured the Isles would win -- and even if they didn't, you didn't want to witness blowing a three-goal lead - you are forgiven for hitting the hay.

However, you missed a fireworks factory which included New York blowing that lead, then scoring three seconds apart in the final minute to put the icing on the most feel-good win of the season

Tags: Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)

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

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

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)
Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)

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

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders 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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New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd fights for the puck against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd fights for the puck against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
The New York Islanders' big name free-agent signings finally scored their first goals for their new squad in Monday's 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, Nikolay Kulemin, Vancouver Canucks, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd scored in the third period as the New York Islanders beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, Monday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Alain Quine, Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Vancouver Canucks
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss, Toronto Maple Leafs, Travis Hamonic
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 (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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Nikolay Kulemin is day-to-day due to an upper body injury, the Islanders announced Wednesday.Kulemin suffered the injury on Sunday against the Wild.

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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)

Casey Cikizas has raised his game this year, and looks like he's worth every penny of the new five-year deal he received in the offseason.

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Nikolay Kulemin
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 (Robert Duyos)
(Robert Duyos)

Islanders fans have grown accustomed to expecting big things out of their fourth line, but with Matt Martin in Toronto, who will take his place alongside Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck?

With the E=MC-squared line officially broken up, the Isles brain trust has given a lot of thought to how they want the lines to look, and Newsday's Art Staple has shared some insight into that thinking.

"It seems that the [Nikolay] Kulemin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck line is a thing that the Islanders are going to give a serious look," Staple wrote after the three were grouped together for Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Devils. "Kulemin and Matt Martin have a few things in common, notably that they could both clear space for their quicker, more offense-minded linemates on this line. Kulemin is better in his own end than Martin was.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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Team Europe goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) prepares to make a stop in the second period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game against Team North America at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
Team Europe goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) prepares to make a stop in the second period during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game against Team North America at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)

Three Islanders players are moving on to the semi-finals at the World Cup of Hockey.

John Tavares set up a highlight reel goal in Team Canada's 4-2 victory that helped eliminate the US. With their second win of tournament play, Canada has clinched a spot in the final four.

Also on their way to the semi-finals is Team Europe, led by goaltender Jaro Halak. Halak has posted two wins (one shutout) and has surrendered just two goals in Team Europe's first two contests. Thomas Greiss has yet to dress.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders went through some dramatic roster changes this summer and only time will tell what effect they have on the results of the 2016-17 season when activities in preparation for puck drop begin this week at Northwell Health Ice Center.

First up is rookie camp, with the youngster's first day on the ice coming Friday, September 16 in East Meadow. There has not been an official camp roster announced at this time, with Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock the only five names so far made public.

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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Toronto mayor John Tory (third from right) unveils a countdown clock for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Looking on from left are Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan, former World Cup participants Pat Lafontaine and Darryl Sitltler, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (second from right) and NHL Players Association director Don Fehr (far right) (Dan Hamilton)
Toronto mayor John Tory (third from right) unveils a countdown clock for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Looking on from left are Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan, former World Cup participants Pat Lafontaine and Darryl Sitltler, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (second from right) and NHL Players Association director Don Fehr (far right) (Dan Hamilton)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Starting Sunday, hockey is unofficially back as training camps will begin opening to prepare for the World Cup of Hockey, which will be held September 17 to October 1 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The four players representing the Islanders are captain John Tavares (Canada), goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss (Europe) and winger Nikolay Kulemin (Russia).

Tags: Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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

Sunday afternoon, an unconfirmed rumor made the rounds across Twitter, saying the New York Islanders were close to a deal involving Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, mentioning Ryan Strome as part of the package heading to South Florida.

A league source told IPB that this is not the case at the present time. While it's true that GM Garth Snow has 30 lines in the water still hoping to hook a trophy catch before the puck drops on the 2016-17 season, including one in Tampa, there are a number of reasons why this (and perhaps Tampa in general) isn't a match...

1.) Salary Cap Issues: These are not your Islanders from five years ago, with a roster made up of a star in the making, a couple of low-priced entry-level deals and veterans on show-me contracts. They don't have the cap space to play with like they did back in the grim days.

Tags: Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left winger Nikolay Kulemin (86) takes a shot during first period action in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. (Robert Duyos)
New York Islanders left winger Nikolay Kulemin (86) takes a shot during first period action in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. (Robert Duyos)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Nikolay Kulemin, 29, Left Wing

Contract: Signed through 2017-18, $4.188 million cap hit, $4.250 million salary - eligible for unrestricted free agency

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin
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New York Islanders 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.

Tags: Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin, Philadelphia Flyers
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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates as right wing Nikita Kucherov scores a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates as right wing Nikita Kucherov scores a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison scored 23 seconds apart midway through the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 7-4 on Friday night.

Johnson had a go-ahead rebound goal at 10:09 before Garrison stopped a 26-game goal drought and put the Lightning up 6-4. Garrison also had two assists after going 18 games without a point.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Steven Stamkos, Andrej Sustr and Victor Hedman, who had an empty-netter.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas Greiss
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Frans Nielsen and Jaroslav Halak were named to the initial roster for Team Europe earlier on Wednesday, while Nikolay Kulemin was placed on Team Russia's roster.

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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin skates for a loose puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin skates for a loose puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)

The Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders and Penguins meet for the first time this season. The Isles won the last four matchups between the teams in 2014-15. They are seeking their first five-game winning streak against the Penguins since 1986.
  • The Penguins tied a season high with five goals in their New Year's Eve win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Through December 31 last season, the Penguins scored six goals or more in a game three times.
  • Thursday's win in Detroit was just Pittsburgh's second victory this season in the second game of a back-to-back. They were just 1-5-1 in those games entering their New Year's Eve contest.
  • Kris Letang scored two goals against the Red Wings on Thursday after recording just one in his previous 27 games played this season. It was his first multi-goal game since December 13, 2014 at Columbus.
  • Nikolay Kulemin extended his goal streak to three games with a third period goal that secured the Isles' 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Brock Nelson has the longest goal streak by an Islander player this season with four games.
  • The Islanders have the most improved penalty kill percentage in the NHL from last season to this season -- going from 78.0 87.3 percent. They are currently ranked second in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, behind only Anaheim (88.0).
Tags: Brock Nelson, Nikolay Kulemin, Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)

Nikolay Kulemin extended his goal streak to three games, Thomas Greiss made 42 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Frans Nielsen scored 9:35 into the second period for the Islanders.

Ryan O'Reilly scored his 15th goal of the season and Linus Ullmark made 31 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres lost their third straight. Kulemin got his goal 1:07 into the third period with an in-tight score. O'Reilly cut the deficit with 8:42 left off Jack needle-threading pass into the slot during a power play. >>> Read more…

Tags: Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyler Bozak and Michael Grabner scored 1:40 apart in the second period to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

After going 1-7-2 in October, the Leafs are 12-7-5 in November and December. Toronto has recorded at least one point in seven of its last eight games (5-1-2). Overall, the Leafs are 13-14-7.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 of 26 shots while James van Riemsdyk added an empty net goal.

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The doors will close forever at the Nassau Coliseum eventually, but the Islanders did their part to ensure that Saturday wasn't that day.

The Islanders -- down three defenseman due to injury -- defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 to even the opening round series of the Stanley Cup playoffs at 3 and force a Game 7 Monday in Washington. Nikolay Kulemin scored the game-winner at 10:33 of the third period off a wacky set of circumstance that led to the Islander forward getting an 1-on-1 chance.

John Tavares entered the zone and tried to split two defenders, but the puck got sent into the corner. The Islanders captain went in to try to play the puck and was steamrolled by Alexander Ovechkin and was down on the ice. While the focus was on Tavares, the puck squirted to Nick Leddy, who fed Kulemin all alone in front of the net.

Tags: colin mcdonald, Islanders, john tavares, new york islanders, News, Nikolay Kulemin, Washington Capitals
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It took the Islanders just 1:32 into the first period to take the lead in their eventual 7-4 win over Philadelphia Monday, their final game before the NHL All-Star break.

The Islanders head into the break with a 31-14-1 record and hold the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They also hold, for the moment, first place in the Eastern Conference.

Monday's contest was never really close. The Islanders took a 3-0 lead after Nikolay Kulemin scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of the second period. Former Isles captain Mark Strait scored to cut New York's lead to two, but that would be as close as the Flyers would get.

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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."

Tags: frans nielsen, Hockey, Islanders, jack capuano, john tavares, matt martin, new york islanders, new york rangers, Nikolay Kulemin
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One thing a lot of Islander fans have been watching has been the line combinations that Jack Capuano has been using during practices in the preseason.

Capuano has done a lot of mixing and matching throughout training camp, but has finally come to a decision on the lines for opening night. On Tuesday Arthur Staple broke the news to the Islanders faithful:

https://twitter.com/StapeNewsday/status/519605097496453120

Tags: brock nelson, Islanders, jack capuano, john tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, News, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin
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