Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Marching Forward: 1/9/16

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The Islanders are set to face their third Metropolitan Division rival in four games, the Flyers, in Philadelphia at 1 PM today. The luster of the Blue and Orange’s divisional record has been tarnished by two recent poundings they’ve received from the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, but the Islanders are the second place team in the Metro (49) so they must regroup and march forward.

On the Rails – Islanders New Year’s hangover

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It’s the first full Week of 2016… did everyone survive?

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I’ll admit, the thought of going back to work for a full five-day week after two straight awesome three-day weeks was not on the top of my list of things I was looking forward to. After all, regular commuting sucks the life out of you some times, am I right?

But you know who else didn’t have a good start to 2016? (Segue alert!)

The Islanders.

REPORT: Isles Place Boulton on IR, Call Up Mayfield

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With Johnny Boychuk already sidelined by an upper-body injury, the Islanders may have lost another defenseman. Travis Hamonic appears to have been injured in Thursday’s loss to the Washington Capitals after taking a puck to the left foot. According to Newsday, the team, already stretched thin on the blueline, has recalled Scott Mayfield from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. To make room for him on the roster, veteran forward Eric Boulton has been placed on injured reserve.

Recap: Capitals Beat up on the Islanders

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On Thursday night, the New York Islanders lost 4-1 to the Metropolitan-leading Washington Capitals in predictable fashion. The Capitals out-possessed them, Ovechkin scored to put the Caps ahead, Jaroslav Halak looked rusty in his first game back and overall, the Islanders were just out matched by the best team in the Eastern Conference. Despite entering […]

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Brooklyn Shakedown: Where’s the Islanders Spark?

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens hits Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders following a collision with Carey Price #31 at the Barclays Center on November 20, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The canadiens defeated the Islanders 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Shakedown: Where’s the Islanders Spark?

For those of us who have watched hockey for a long time, we have learned it’s difficult to understand the issues with a hockey team during the season. Whether the team is playing well, as the Islanders have been (for the most part), under performing, or just plain bad it’s never easy to pinpoint what’s missing.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1/8/16

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 25: Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders and Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals exchange shoves during the first period as linesman Steve Barton #59 stands between them during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tragically reminiscent of Game 7, the Islanders were outmatched by their opponent last night in a 4-1 loss.

Holtby Hammers Halak; Caps Beat Islanders 4-1

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals takes a slapshot against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 4-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

When the Isles looked at the schedule a couple of weeks ago, they saw trouble dead ahead. They had two straight games against the top two teams in the NHL. Game number one turned out pretty good,; a 6-5 win against the Stars. Tonight? Not so much. The Islanders just couldn’t keep up with the Capitals, just like last Spring. Only this time, they looked way more overmatched in a deflating 4-1 loss.

Why Adam Pelech?

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First, Johnny Boychuk is out and everyone wants him back as soon as possible, but until that happens…

Scott Mayfield,

No,

Ryan Pulock,

No,

Ryan Pulock and Joe Whitney Selected to AHL All-Star Game

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Ryan Pulock and Joe Whitney will be represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this year at the American Hockey League All-Star game located in Syracuse.

Islanders Battle League’s Best as the Capitals Visit Brooklyn

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Islanders Battle League’s Best as
Capitals Visit Brooklyn

When: Thursday, January 7, 2016
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Time: 7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG +  (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM and WRCN 103.9 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker)

Islanders Insights Top Shelf: Capital Offense in Brooklyn

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 25: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders attempts to move the puck around John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Insights Top Shelf: Capital Offense in Brooklyn

The Washington Capitals visit Brooklyn tonight for what should be an entertaining match up, the first since the Islanders playoff run was ended earlier this year in a heartbreaking game seven. The Islanders and Capitals play three more times this season.

World Junior Championship Wrapup: Islanders Edition

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2016 World Junior Championship Overview

A thrilling World Junior Championship saw Finland capture the gold on their home ice, in overtime against the Russians. The U.S. team beat Sweden in the Bronze medal game, while defending champions Canada finished a disappointing 6th after losing in the quarterfinals to Finland.

The New York Islanders had three prospects play in the tournament; 2014 4th round pick Linus Soderstrom suited up in goal for Sweden and 2015 1st round picks Matthew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier played forward for Canada.

Islanders Give and Takeaways – Week 1

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  The New York Islanders celebrate their 6-3 victory over 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)

Give and Takeaways is a new weekly column taking a look at a few statistical elements of the Islanders game over the past week. This week, looking at games 38-40.

Islanders Tweaking Morning Skate Routine

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Newsday’s Arthur Staple recently announced via twitter that the team will hold Thursday’s morning skate at their practice facility on Long Island, opposed to their normal routine at the Barclays Center.

It is not yet known if this will be permanent move or just a trial but the change does make sense on a lot of levels.

MSG Network set to Expand Islanders Coverage

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On Tuesday, Islanders statistician Eric Hornick announced via twitter that Patrick Flatley will be joining the MSG Network Isles telecast for Thursday’s game against the division leading Washington Capitals.

Flatley, joined the Islanders in the 1983-84 season just as the dynasty was coming to an end. He was a member of the organization for 13 years, playing in 712 games, registering 160 goals and 328 assists.

“Pat brought a unique energy and exuberance to his playing career that surely will translate to his broadcasting style,” said Allan Kreda of the New York Times. “His personality should shine through.”

Tavares To Represent Islanders at All-Star Game

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COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 25:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders and Team Toews takes a shot Marc Andre-Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Team Foligno during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on January 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL will be trying a new format this year at the All-Star game and John Tavares will be the only player representing the Islanders.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1/6/16

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Washington Capitals v New York Islanders - Game Four

The Islanders are off again today, and are prepping for tomorrow night’s showdown in Brooklyn, when they take on the league-leading Washington Capitals. Tomorrow will be their first regular season meeting since their playoff series last season, and the bad blood may still be present on both sides of the ice.

Christopher Gibson Sent Down, Halak to Return

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On Tuesday, the New York Islanders assigned goalie Christopher Gibson to the AHL and activated Jaroslav Halak off the injured reserve. Halak hasn’t played since December 21 after suffering an upper-body injury and being placed on the injured reserve, but should at least be on the bench on Thursday. In twenty games this season, he has […]

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Islanders Insights Top Shelf: Time to Regroup: 1/5/16

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The New York Islanders are in the midst of a four day break, giving the club some time to regroup after a wild 10 game stretch. During those games, the Islanders ran the gambit of ways to win and lose games; by a lot, a little, complete games, lazy games – you name it, they did it. The team’s New Year’s resolution should (hopefully) boil down to one word: Consistency.

Is It Time To Panic?

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With news that New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk will be out for the next 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury, fans are wondering if it’s time to hit the panic button? Not at all. The Islanders are literally half way through their season and are now third in the Eastern Conference. Should they be concerned? Absolutely! Losing Johnny Boychuk is similar to losing Travis Hamonic in last years playoffs, the Islanders were in every game, but didn’t have enough to put them over the top. That experience should be a lesson to bring up in that there area few players who now need to step up and show not only that the belong on this Islanders team, but in the NHL.

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