Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Evgeni Nabokov Edition 11/11/2015

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For those missed who missed Tuesday’s game against San Jose, the Islanders were able to snap a two-game losing streak by defeating the Sharks 4-2.

During one of the intermissions, MSG Network’s host and reporter Shannon Hogan had a wonderful interview with former Islanders goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov.

For those who missed it, the video is below.

Islanders Survive Shark Attack With 4-2 Win

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The Islanders went into the SAP Center looking for the season sweep of the San Jose Sharks and got just that. After a few games of head-scratching hockey, the Isles got back in the win column defeating the Sharks 4-2. While not the most traditional game from a goal scoring perspective, the two points were just what the doctor ordered. A fast-paced start and goal just 36 seconds into the game got the Islanders off on the right foot and never looked back.

The 2015-16 Islanders: One Month In

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Riddled with expectations ranging from an Art Ross Trophy run by John Tavares, to ending a first round playoff schneid that’s as old as your average college graduate, to embracing the unfamiliar confines of their new home at Barclays Center, the New York Islanders have weathered their first month of the 2015-16 season.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 11/10/2015

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The New York Islanders begin a three-game west coast trip Tuesday evening in San Jose looking to regain their form from a year ago.

They were able to beat the Sharks at Barclays Center in October by a score of 6-3 with big offensive contributions from alternate captain Kyle Okposo and multiple points from the recently scratched Josh Bailey.

Isles Continue To Slide, Recall Pelech

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Just a few quick thoughts about the game:

I didn’t think the Islanders played bad, but it felt like I going back to 1995 when the neutral zone trap was in style. This game had some real boring moments and it was happening quite often.

The goaltending was solid, but Halak really wasn’t tested all that often.

When your team is top five on the powerplay and your opponent is now ranked last on the penalty kill and all the Islanders can muster is one powerplay goal that was 5 on 3? How many times were the Islanders on the powerplay during that game?

Islanders Recall Pelech; Will Likely Debut In LA

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The New York Islanders today recalled Adam Pelech from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It is Pelech’s first professional recall and all signs point to him debuting in Los Angeles Thursday evening, based on only one day of practice under his belt.

With the team about to embark on a three game, Western conference road trip to California, where they will be taking on three resurgent teams, the lineup shuffle continues.

Isles Struggle To Find the Net Continue with Loss to Bruins

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** NOTE – nice to be back – it has been a while…. **

Islanders Tweets of the Week: 11/2 to 11/8

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If you are using #Isles and tweeting about the Boys of Long Island-Brooklyn, we’ll be watching you.

When last we saw the Islanders heading into the past week, they were coming off three straight losses, all by a goal. While they inverted that trend to kick off last week’s schedule with a 2-1 black jersey-flavored win over the Devils that punctuated a fan-inspired election day on Long Island, the Isles’ losses to Montreal and Boston — sandwiched around a Ryan Strome demotion to the AHL — have many followers wary of a three-game Western road trip starting Tuesday in San Jose.

Here’s a quick spin around the Isles’ Twitterverse since November 2:

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 11/9/2015

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17:  Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders makes a save in the first period against the Washington Capitals during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 17, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

After losing their second consecutive game on Sunday, a multi game road trip could be just what the doctor ordered to help the Islanders snap out of their most recent funk.

Josh Bailey was an odd choice to be designated as a healthy scratch but Islanders coach Jack Capuano was not pleased with his effort against Buffalo on the Matt Moulson goal.

Boston Bears Down Defensively To Beat Islanders 2-1

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save on Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders during the game at the Barclays Center on November 8, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The Bruins defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)


A rough, dull start doomed the Islanders again, as the struggling boys from Brooklyn fall to the Bruins 2-1. Once again, the team did not play a full game and it wind up costing them. The Islanders, the rested team, played like they were the ones coming off a hard fought game last night. They were not, but the Bruins were.

Islanders Go Hunting For Big Game In Brooklyn: Pregame Report

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UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 27:  Calvin de Haan #44 of the New York Islanders checks Jordan Caron #38 of the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins (6-6-1) @ New York Islanders (7-4-3) : Game 15 of 82

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 11/7/2015

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders playing in his first game of the season defends his net against the San Jose Sharks during the game at the Barclays Center on October 17, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Islanders are back home having practiced yesterday in Long Island with some new line configurations as they prepare for tonight’s late afternoon game against the Boston Bruins.

John Tavares Bobblehead Night Is Islanders Cheapest Home Game In November

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The New York Islanders are making themselves comfortable at their new home in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, posting a 5-2-2 record at the arena compared to their 2-2-1 record on the road. The Islanders are having a generally positive season through the first three weeks of play and sit just one point behind the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers in the Metropolitan division in the Eastern Conference.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Struggling Strome 11/7/15

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The New York Islanders yesterday made a surprising and shocking move in response to their latest 4 loss in 5 game slide by ‘loaning’ Ryan Strome to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as a way of awakening everyone on the roster to up their compete level and start producing as expected when general manager Garth Snow kept the roster in-tact throughout the s

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Soul Searching Edition

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Losses happen. It’s part of the game. The mark of a good team, however, is bouncing back and learning from them. Our New York Islanders are in the middle of a funk after defeating some good Western Conference opponents earlier this season. Losses to the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, and New Jersey Devils (albeit without marginally talented  Islanders captain John Tavares) were disappointing for a team who, on paper, seemed to be as deep at the forward position as some of the best teams in the NHL.

Islanders Run Out Of Petrol In Third, Lose To Canadiens

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MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 17: Calvin de Haan #44 of the New York Islanders stick handle the puck during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on January 17, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Islanders 6-4.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)


The New York Islanders hung in for two periods in Montreal against the best team in the league but could not close the deal, falling to the Canadiens 4-1 in front of a typical sell out crowd.

Islanders Hope To Break The Hab-it In Montreal: Pregame Report

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders takes a shot on goal under pressure from P.A. Parenteau #15 of the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 14, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)


New York Islanders (7-3-3) @ Montreal Canadiens (11-2-1) : Game 14 of 82

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: John Tavares Wants to Play Edition: 11/5/15

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates a second period goal by Brock Nelson #29 against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on October 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Islanders received some good news yesterday when team captain John Tavares practiced with his Islanders teammates before traveling to Montreal for tonight’s game against the Canadiens. It was his first full work out since waking up with the bug Saturday morning.

Tavares told Newsday yesterday, “I basically didn’t leave my room for two days. I’m just trying now to get myself back to where I need to be and put a little weight back on.”

Islanders Insight’s ‘Flatbush Five’

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: An exterior view of the arena prior to the game between the New York Islanders and the San Jose Sharks at the Barclays Center on October 17, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Rationale Revisited

Welcome to Islanders Insight’s second installment of the Flatbush Five.

Remember how it works: the players listed below were chosen for both their individual and collaborative efforts. Their play and presence are inextricably entwined with whatever success the team is currently experiencing.

And our “F Flies” section below stores previous installments, so be sure to check it out and see who made the cut last time around.

Is The Glass Half Full Or Empty?

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The New York Islanders defeated the new Jersey Devils last night by a score of 2-1. Since my last post the Isles have gone 1-1-2 and many fans are not happy with how the Isles have played. Writing for myself, I was hoping for a 4-0 run this past week. I was really expecting the Islanders in first place and have a really good buffer between the other teams who have struggled. Alas, the Islanders stay in third place in the Metropolitan Division and still ahead of last seasons pace of 101. So are you a glass half full or empty kind of fan. Let’s go over the relatively short season and find out.

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