Islanders News: More recalls, Cizikas regrets; NHL playoff picture

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Another chance to spoil tonight.

The New York Islanders lost in a shootout last night, giving the Washington Capitals a bit of life, while the Isles move on to play in Columbus tonight.

Of more significance than the loss: Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan went down with injuries, eliciting the recall of Johan Sundstrom and Scott Mayfield.

Islanders Outplay Capitals, Lose in Shootout

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The Islanders might be out of the playoff picture, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing like contenders every game recently.

Islanders : Mayfield Gets The Call

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In the wake of the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss today to the Washington Capitals, the injury bug bit hard yet again, as it seems like the bad karma of the 2013-14 season will last right to the end.

Scott Mayfield, Johan Sundstrom Recalled to New York Islanders

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With @#$% injuries, comes opportunity.

The New York Islanders play Sunday in Columbus after losing via shootout at home to Washington on Saturday. In addition to the skills drill loss, they lost Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan to injury.

That means, fire up the rookie train again.

Johan Sundstrom -- who, to make room for Grabner's one-period return, had only enough time to go to Bridgeport for his demotion Saturday -- and Scott Mayfield get the call from AHL Bridgeport.

Sundstrom, of course, already has nine NHL games under his belt during this late-season onslaught of injuries and rookie recals.

Washington Capitals 4*, New York Islanders 3 (*SO): de Haan, Grabner injured, John Persson scores 1st NHL goal

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The hockey gods smiled on John Persson and every Capitals goal scorer, but they had bones to pick with Michael Grabner and their favorite target, Calvin de Haan.

The New York Islanders lost a shootout on Fan Appreciation Night, but more importantly they lost two players who have been positive contributors in this lost season. Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan each left the game with injuries, while rookie John Persson scored his first NHL goal and point in his fifth NHL game.

New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 4 (SO); NYI – Clutterbuck (12), Persson (1st NHL Goal), Nielsen (24); WSH – Kuznetsov (3), Backstrom (15), Ward (23)

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Hockey from the Blind Side, It Is a Big Deal …

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My brain is actually in vacation mode at the moment. I’ll be out of the loop for a week starting tomorrow, but I wanted to write one last article that has been inspired by conversations I have had with a few friends and I have read online as far as fan opinions go. I know myself, Paul, Gary and others have basically expressed what I am going to write as it is, but it is worth repeating.

The subject is just how important seeing the Islanders win happens to be at this stage of the season. The Isles were “officially” or “mathematically” eliminated from the playoff race a few days ago, which, of course, we pretty much figured was going to be the reality for a while now. However, since the Olympic break, the tam has been playing well and I believe they are 5-0-1 in their last 6 games since a 6-0 loss at home to the Wild.

Should Griffin Reinhart Make The Isles

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Reinhart could help fix this mess.

Reinhart could help fix this mess.

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/5/14

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There have been lots of smiles going around the New York Islanders lately even though the team was eliminated from playoff contention much earlier in the 2013-14 National Hockey League season. Winning 6 of 8 games will do that for you.

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Caps vs Isles: How Bad Do they Want It?

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With five consequtive losses, the Washington Capitals will not be in a good mood and looking for those elusive points.  My fear is that they will also be looking to welcoming some of the Isles rookies to the NHL  by laying them out on the ice.

There may only be less than a handful of games left, but the Isles really can't afford any more injuries.  The Caps may want this game bad -- but they better be good about how they play it.

New York Islanders Gameday: A chance to finish the Capitals

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The Capitals are arguably dead already, but tonight presents a chance to roll them to the coroner.

The Washington Capitals' fragile playoffs took another big hit last night with a 2-1 loss in New Jersey, allowing the Devils to leap them in the chase for the East's wild card spots. Washington is four points behind Columbus, but given the Caps' low number of regulation/overtime wins (the first tiebreaker), they're essentially five points out with five games to go.

For them, tonight versus the New York Islanders is critical.

NHL March Power Rankings

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Contributor Tom Ballantyne is back with his latest edition of the NHL monthly power rankings. Teams are still jockeying for playoff position as the season winds down to its final week while others look to play spoiler.

The top 2 division winners will draw the wild card participants and the 2/3 teams in each division will square off in the opening round of the playoffs, which is every hockey fans favorite time of the year.

It does not matter who you root for, there is nothing more exciting in sports I would argue than playoff hockey. The intensity, drive, skill and pure guts shown are something that cannot be replicated in any other sport.

Without further adieu, Tom presents his latest rankings below….

SBJ: Islanders Valued at $370 Million, Barroway Seeking $30-50 More in Financing

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Philadelphia lawyer and hedge fund artist Andrew Barroway is continuing his pursuit of the New York Islanders, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Citing financial industry and NHL sources, SBJ writer Chris Botta reports that owner Charles Wang has valued the entire team at around $370 million, which means Barroway still has a ways to go before pulling off a bid for a stake in the team:

The group is seeking to raise another $30 million to $50 million in order to complete the deal.

One alternative to the original quest for a majority stake: buying "between 30 and 49 percent" to start off with, before increasing the Barroway group's stake over time.

Islanders : Triantaphilisms – 10 Things I Think I Think 4/4/14

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Mr. March and April, Josh Bailey, seems to be at it again.

After another extremely sluggish November, December, January and February, Bailey is set to surpass his career-high in points. His 33 points (8 G, 25 A) have him only 2 points behind the career-best he set during his sophomore season. With 6 games to go, it will probably happen - the Islanders  9th overall pick in 2008 has recorded 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 15 games since March 1.

Sports Illustrated Announces Collector's Edition NHL Fan Misery Rankings Swimsuit Issue

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Legendary teams. Staggering losses. Now with boobs.

NEW YORK - Sports Illustrated will publish a special Collector's Edition Swimsuit Issue of its critically acclaimed NHL Fan Misery Rankings, commemorating the venerable magazine's groundbreaking expose of incompetence, instability and bad luck by adding spectacular photographs of girls in bikinis.

Reinhart Wins Game 1; Petrov Stays In KHL

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Game 1 goes to Griffin.

Game 1 goes to Griffin.

Reinhart Takes Game 1

Griffin Reinhart had 2 assists, recorded a plus 1 and was named the second star of the game as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-0. Edmonton outshot Brandon 45-15 while also going 2-for-7 on the man advantage in the Game 1 victory.  From the Oil Kings Web site:

“We got off to the start we wanted,” said Oil Kings captain Griffin Reinhart, who finished with two assists. “We want to learn to keep our foot on the gas … we’ve just got to keep working hard and make sure they don’t come back in games.”

Islanders News: Your playoff dream died quietly, surrounded by loved ones

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We regret to inform you of the passing of the 2013-14 season.

Columbus beat Philadelphia last night, which is enjoyable on one level but also officially eliminates the New York Islanders from the playoffs. Oh, you didn't know that hadn't happened yet? Well math is hard, but FanShots are helpful.

Isles University Weekly - Episode 15 w/ Dan Petriw

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This past week we had Dan Petriw join us on the podcast. We talk a bunch of different things and I spent a good chunk of the podcast stuck in Fantasy Baseball land. It's still a decent show. Thanks Dan for joining us, sorry I took so long to post this. 

Kirill Petrov’s agent says Isles’ prospect will remain in KHL for another season

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Rookies' Surge Will Prove Valuable For Islanders

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Nobody saw this coming.

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