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Tom Coughlin takes a stroll down memory lane when he leads his 3-8 Giants down to Jacksonville to face the 1-10 Jaguars.

Kickoff: 1pm Eastern

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at (33-31-14) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(31-36-11)Prudential Center -- Newark, NJTV:?MSG+2?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Devils...?42-year old Jaromir Jagr has played 80 games for the Devils and leads the team with 64 points. Jagr trails Mike Gartner by three goals for sixth on the NHL's All-Time list... Ryan Clowe, Bryce Salvador and Adam Henrique all missed the team's last game with injuries... The Devils finish up their season Sunday at home against the Bruins... [/sny-box]

After a 2-0 win in Montreal last night, the Islanders are right back in action in New Jersey tonight against the Devils. The Devils have been knocked out of playoff contention since these two teams last met a couple weeks back on March 29.Jersey is 3-1-2 in their last six including two shootout losses, which has been their achilles heel all season. They are 0-12 overall in shootouts, the only team in the NHL this year without a shootout win. If the Devils continue without a shootout win this year, they will be only the fourth team to ever go a full season without a shootout win. They will also be the most futile in single season, almost beating the others combined:
  1. 2013-14 Devils (currently 0-12)
  2. 2012-13 Leafs (0-5)
  3. 2012-13 Flames (0-3)
  4. 2006-07 Hurricanes (0-5)
As for the Islanders, Anders Nilsson is expected to start in goal tonight against Corey Schneider Martin Brodeur for the Devils. The rest of the lineup will be revealed later this afternoon but it should be the same as last night save for Johan Sundstrom. Justin Johnson has been called up to replace Sundstrom.[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-BaileyHickey-HamonicNillson
Persson-Nelson-StromeCarkner-DonovanNabokov
McDonald-Cizikas-MartinCzuczman-Mayfield
Gallant-Halmo-Johnson
Scratches: Sundstrom, Martinek, Clutterbuck, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares
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at (33-31-14) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(31-36-11)Bell Centre -- Montreal, QCTV:?RDS, MSG+2?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Habs...?Bradon Prust and Travis Moen are out for tonight's game... Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Douglas Murray are all questionable... [/sny-box]

It's a trade deadline rematch tonight at the Islanders travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens and Thomas Vanek. The Islanders did end up swapping the second round pick with a fifth as Montreal clinched a playoff berth earlier this month. Both have been on a hot streak since Vanek was acquired; Vanek has 6 goals and 15 points in 16 games and the Habs have won 10 of their last 13.The Islanders start the final game of a three-game road trip to end the year. They'll be in New Jersey tomorrow night and Buffalo on Sunday. The goalies tonight are confirmed to be Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and Carey Price for the Canadiens.The Isles will also hold out all their injured players for the remainder of the year:https://twitter.com/StapeNewsday/status/454286923092074497Your lines are the practice lines from this morning per the Twitterer above.[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-BaileyHickey-HamonicNabokov
Persson-Nelson-StromeCarkner-DonovanNillson
McDonald-Cizikas-MartinCzuczman-Mayfield
Gallant-Sundstrom-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Clutterbuck, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders ended their home schedule on a sour note Tuesday night.The Ottawa Senators scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Isles 4-1 in front of a crowd of 12,922 at Nassau Coliseum. Jason Spezza scored back-to-back goals and Alex Hemsky scored the game winner for the Senators. Matt Kassian's empty net goal sealed the victory for Ottawa."I thought our kids battled," Islander Coach Jack Capuano said. "The most skilled team won the game tonight. There's no question. A highly skilled team that caught our D flat footed on a couple goals there. Spezza is a world class player obviously and Hempsky. We had our chances, but I thought we were pretty structured. I thought our kids worked hard."The game was a scoreless draw for the first 32:45 of the game before Spezza scored his first goal of the contest. His shot from the top of the left circle made it past Anders Nilsson and into the net to put Ottawa up 1-0. The Islanders responded in the opening minute of the third period. Frans Nielsen put home a rebound shot to even the game at one 22 seconds into the period.Nilsson played well after the tying goal and kept the Senators at bay, but at 12:45 Spezza struck again. A quick wrist shot from the Ottawa captain made it under the crossbar to put his team up 2-1. Hempsky scored roughly two minutes later on an impressive play that saw him wiz past the Islanders defense and beat Nilsson.An empty net goal in the final minute sealed the 4-1 victory.The loss was the 19th time the Islanders lost at home this season and marks the fourth straight year they have finished below .500 at Nassau Coliseum. It's not something that the players in the locker room are happy about, and they want the fans to know that."We've got some of the best fans in the league," Travis Hamonic said. "We want to be able to win here first of all for each other. For the organization, for the fans, for Long Island. We want to win here. It's a fun place to win games and the crowd gets behind you. We've got loyal fans and it would be nice to have some better efforts here at home."The Islanders realized that this season has not turned out the way they or the fanbase had hoped it would."Last year we took a step in the right direction, but this year we went back the other way," Matt Martin said. "We have to get back on track, but [the fans] stuck with us this year. My first few years here there wouldn't be people in the stands tonight and there have been a lot of people in the seats this whole season. We're grateful for that."The Islanders have three games remaining in the 2013-14 season. On Thursday they take on the Montreal Candians, followed by a trip to Newark on Friday and wrapping it all up on Sunday in Buffalo against the Sabres.
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at (33-31-14) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(31-36-11)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Senators...?The Senators will be without left wing Collin Greening when they take on the Isles on Tuesday. Greening has not played since March 30 due to an undisclosed injury. He did partake in practice with the Senators on Monday. ... Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa on Tuesday night. He played in last Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders in Ottawa. ... Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch could become the 89th player in Senators history to play in 100 games if he plays against the Isles... [/sny-box]

The Islanders get set to play their final home game of the year on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.Brett Gallant will make his NHL debut after getting called up on Monday from AHL Bridgeport. Gallant has a goal and an assist in 56 games for the Sound Tigers. He also leads Bridgeport in penalty minutes with 246. Scott Mayfield will make his home debut for the Islanders after playing in his first NHL contest on Sunday.Mayfield saw 17:04 of playing time in the 4-0 shutout loss in Columbus.Anders Nilsson will start in net for the Islanders. He is 6-6-2 on the season and was in net for the Islanders when they defeated the Senators last Wednesday in the Canadian capital.[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-BaileyCzuczman-HamonicNilsson
Persson-Nelson-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNabokov
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Mayfield
Gallant-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares
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The Columbus Blue Jackets, sitting in the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, looked hungry to solidify their playoff chances and took advantage against 11 Islander rookies. Given six power plays, Columbus made half of them count en route to a shutout on their home ice. They notched three power play goals in their first four opportunities, and the Islanders weren't able to answer. ?

With the loss, the Islanders Tank keeps pace with the Calgary Flames' Tank as the Isles hold the fourth position in the draft lottery. Both teams have 73 points in 78 games with the Islanders holding the tiebreaker of fewer ROW wins (regulation and overtime wins). The Florida Panthers are in third with 64 points and with three games to go, it's not possible for them to pass the Islanders.?

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at (34-30-13) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(31-35-10)Nationwide Arena -- Columbus, OHTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Blue Jackets...?Ryan Johansen has 31 goals for Columbus this year, the second most ever for the franchise by a player not named Rick Nash... Nathan Horton and Nikita Nikitin are both questionable for tonight's game...Sergei Bobrovsky is the confirmed starter for Columbus... ?[/sny-box]

The Islanders will look to play spoiler again for another Eastern Conference team's playoff hopes, as they travel to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets. Columbus is currently sitting in the final playoff spot in the East, one point ahead of New Jersey and Toronto.Both teams could be worn out for this one; tonight will be each team's fourth game in the last six games. Columbus' final week of the season is especially condensed, as they play five games in seven days this week and eight games in 12 April days overall.For the Islanders, Scott Mayfield is expected to make his NHL debut and Johan Sundstrom will also play after both were recalled last night. They will replace the re-injured Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan. Anders Nilsson is the confirmed starter in goal with Sergei Bobrovsky on the other side of the ice. Here's a guess at the lineup:[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-BaileyCzuczman-HamonicNilsson
Persson-Nelson-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNabokov
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Mayfield
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares
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UNIONDALE, N.Y -- The Islanders lost more than just a hockey game Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.New York fell 4-3 in the shootout to the Washington Capitals, as well as saw two players leave the game with injuries. Both Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan suffered injure that forced them to leave Saturday's contest early. Grabner went to the Islander room after taking a fist to the face in the first period and de Haan was shook up after getting tangled up with Alexander Ovechkin behind the net, and then getting hit in the body with a shot.Islander head coach Jack Capuano told reporters after the game that he will be out with an upper body injury. There was no update on de Haan's condition."You don't want to see anybody get hurt," Capuano said. "These are two really good players that log a lot of minutes for us, especially when you have eight to 10 rookies dressed in your lineup. We'll just wait to see what the outcome is and what the doctor has to say."Despite the injuries, the Islanders had been playing well. They jumped to a 1-0 lead 12:55 into the first period off a goal from Cal Clutterbuck. The Capitals tied the game early in the second, but the Islanders responded minutes later.John Persson put the Islanders ahead 2-1 after he shot the puck on net and it snuck through the pads of Capitals' goaltender Braden Holtby. The goal was Persson's first in the National Hockey League. Frans Nielsen made it 3-1 during the power play. Josh Bailey fed Nielsen down low and Nielsen fired a quick one-timer from the face-off circle.But the Capitals just as quickly tied the game back up.Nicklas Backstrom cut the Isles lead to 3-2 with a goal at 12:45 of the second period and Joel Ward tied the game at 15:01. The game tying goal came off a sloppy turnover in the Isles zone. Ward picked off a clearing attempt right in front of the net and easily beat Evgeni Nabokov.The game remained tied through the rest of the game and overtime. It was Evgeny Kuznetsov's lone goal in the shootout that secured the win for the visiting Capitals."Obviously we had that lead, but they kept pressing and they kept coming," Capuano said. "We lose Grabner then we lose de Haan, so I give our guys full marks against a real good team here. A very skilled team. We held some of their guys in check and overall it was good effort."The Islanders had a good effort for the most part in Saturday's loss, but obviously let a win slip away. What can be said for the Isles is that they are hanging with some good teams and giving other teams fighting for a playoff spot trouble."We beat Jersey, we beat columbus," Ryan Strome said after the game. "We've been beating some teams that have really been in the hunt right now. We know the standings. We know where we're at, but a lot of guys are in it for next year and trying to earn spots. These guys are pushing for the playoffs, we're pushing for a job."
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at (34-30-13) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(31-35-10)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Capitals...?Brooks Laich and former Islander Jack Hillen will both miss today's game due to injury... The Caps lost 2-1 in New Jersey last night and are 0-3-2 in their last five games... Alex Ovechkin is one goal away from his first 50-goal season since 2009-10... [/sny-box]

?The Capitals playoff hopes are nearly gone after a string of recent defeats. The Capitals haven't won since March 22 and they only have two points from the five games since that point. That's put their playoff hopes basically to the line, as they can now only achieve a maximum of 91 points with five games to go. They're going to need to win out and have teams in front of them collapse to have any hope of making it in. SportsClubStats.com has them with a 1.2% chance of making the playoffs right now.The Islanders have been hot of late despite not having John Tavares and Kyle Okposo in the lineup. They are 5-0-1 in their last six games. Today's start is a bit odd at 5pm, so take note of that if you're heading to the Coliseum. It's also the first night of a back-to-back, as the Islanders will play the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6pm in Ohio tomorrow night. No word on who tonight's goalie will be but I'd imagine the same lineup as the one that beat the Senators?on Wednesday night. Michael Grabner did skate yesterday, so it's possible he could play tonight but I would guess he would return next week out of precaution due to?the concussion.[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Baileyde Haan-HamonicNilsson
Persson-Nelson-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNabokov
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Czuczman
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner
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Since getting blown out by the Minnesota Wild 6-0 back on March 18, the Islanders have responded by winning five of their last six games.That includes Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Center in suburban Ottawa. All three goals in the contest came on the man advantage, with the Isles converting on two of their four power play chances. The Isles penalty kill also came up big Wednesday night going four for five."It's always nice. We changed it up a little bit," Islander Coach Jack Capuano said after the game. "We went into a spread and [Josh Bailey] Had the first one. Obviously the second one same thing, you know getting pucks to the net. I'm pretty happy with the way we're moving the puck. There's still opportunities to shoot a little more and we gotta be a little more conscious of that."The Islanders first goal of the game came late in the opening period. With the Isles on the man advantage, Ryan Strome fed Josh Bailey near the hashmarks and put the visitors up 1-0 at 17:09.The score would remain that way until 6:41 of the third period. The Senators found themselves on the man advantage after Johan Sundstrom was sent off for tripping. After a scramble in front of the Milan Michalek put the lose puck past Islander starter Anders Nilsson to tie the game at one. However the Islanders would answer right back moments later.Once again the Islanders power play unit came through with an unlikely member playing hero.Casey Cizikas snuck the puck by Craig Anderson to put the Isles back in front, 2-1. The goal was the first for Cizikas in the last 34 games. The previous goal was recorded back on January 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.New York held off the Senators the rest of the way, with Nilsson making 35 saves in the Islander win.The victory continues a stretch that has seen the Islanders put up strong showings against teams trying to make the postseason."It shows that there's no quit in here," Bailey said after the win. "I think it's frustrating when you look at the standings, but I think we still have a job to do. Obviously we wish we were in a different position than we're in right now, but that's the way it is and everyone has been working hard... I think it's showed for us by getting a few wins."The Islanders return to Long Island on Saturday to take on the Washington Capitals.
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at (30-35-10) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(32-29-14)Canadian Tire Center -- Ottawa, ONTV:?TSN, MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Senators...?Ottawa is on the outside of the playoff race, sitting five points back of eighth place Columbus... Bobby Ryan is out for the year after sports hernia surgery... Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Colin Greening are all questionable for tonight's game... Ottawa did not play last night, so Craig Anderson is the expected starter... Defender Erik Karlsson actually leads the team in points with 70 in 75 games... [/sny-box]

After winning at the Coliseum last night, the Islanders have won two in a row and four of their last five. They'll head up to Canada tonight to face the Senators?for the second of a back-to-back set of games.The young players that have been called up are?playing well, which is nice, although it's hard to get too high about it when the games don't mean much of anything. The Islanders actually have six players in the lineup that were on the Sound Tigers' opening night roster and you can add a seventh with an asterisk for Kevin Czuczman, who started the year in college. Hopefully this will translate to October.Anders Nilsson is the expected starter tonight, as Nabokov played last night. The projected lineup is as follows, with likely no changes after a win:[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Nelsonde Haan-HamonicNilsson
Martin-Bailey-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNabokov
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Czuczman
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner
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The Islanders (30-35-10)?defeated the Florida Panthers (27-42-8) by a score of 4-2?Tuesday evening at the?Nassau Coliseum.[sny-box]Less than a minute after Florida took an early 1-0 lead, Travis Hamonic tied up the game with a power-play goal.Josh Bailey tipped in a rebound?to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead 11:18 into the second. Bailey now has 2 goals and 10 assists in his?last 17 games.Matt Martin?scored his eighth goal of the season?-- the most Martin has ever scored in a season.Mike?Halmo scored his first career goal as he batted his own rebound out of the air to give New York a 4-1 lead at the 4:21 mark.[/sny-box]For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.The Islanders will return to action Wednesday?when they take on the Ottawa Senators?at the Canadian Tire Centre?at 7:00 p.m.
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at (27-41-8) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(29-35-10)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Panthers...?Tuesday's trip to Nassau Coliseum will be the Panthers final road game of the season. They will play their final five games at the BB&T Center. ... With Ed Jovanovski out of Tuesday's game, rookie defenseman Jonathan Racine will make his NHL debut. ... Former Islander Brad Boyes scored his team leading 20th goal of the season on Monday against the New Jersey Devils...?[/sny-box]

The Islanders face-off against the Florida Panthers for the final time this season on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.The Isles have had a bit of trouble with Florida this year losing both previous match ups. On January 14, the Isles lost 4-2 to Florida in Fort Lauderdale and then dropped another two points to the Panthers on March 2, this time at Nassau Coliseum.Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will have Evgeni Nabokov start between the pipes and will have the lineup on the ice that appeared in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Devils. The Panthers did not announce a starter, but it likely will be Roberto Luongo.Unlike Saturday night's contest, there will be no playoff implications on the line. The Panthers are in the bottom of the Atlantic Division, sitting in seventh place, and the Islanders are last in the Metropolitan Division.[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposode Haan-HamonicNabokov
Bailey-Nelson-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNilsson
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Czuczman
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Anders Nilsson kept the visiting New Jersey Devils to just one goal and Frans Nielsen secured a 2-1 Islander win in the shootout Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.The victory was the Islanders third in their last four games and they have secured at least one point in the same span. The win also prevented the Devils from gaining ground in the playoff hunt, as they sit three points back from eighth in the Eastern Conference."I don't think we gave them much," said Islander coach Jack Capuano. "To have success you have to play your system. You have to play structured hockey. You have to play discipline hockey and I the guys are coming up and doing a good job."The Islanders controlled much of the first period. They outshot the Devils 9-2 in the opening period and outhit them 19-4. However the game remained scoreless until 2:12 into the second period. Nielsen drove to the net and the puck found its' way past Cory Schneider and into the net to give the Islanders a 1-0.New Jersey evened the score at?one roughly eight minutes later off a rebound goal from Adam Henrique, but it would be the only goal Nilsson would surrender the rest of the game. He finished the game with 23 saves on the night -- which included several big stops in the third with the Devils pressuring -- and a save percentage of .958."It's nice to bounce back with my game a little," Nilsson said. "I tried to play a little calmer and I felt a difference in my game today. The guys helped me out a lot today. They didn't have a lot and the shots they had were from the outside."The guys made it easy for me to play cause I saw most of the shots."In the shootout Nilsson stopped Henrique and Patrick Elias. Nielsen scored in the shootout using his well known backhand shot and Brock Nelson scored as well."You gotta get [the puck] all the way up over his glove," Nielsen said about his shootout move. "It's not easy, but it's been working. So I might as well keep doing it."The Islanders return to action on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers at the Coliseum.
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at (31-28-14) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(28-35-10)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Devils...?The Devils are five points out of a playoff spot. ... Patrick Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils vs. the Isles. In 83 career games agains the Isles Elias has 83 points (32 goals, 51 assists). ... New Jersey is 2-0-1 against the Islanders this season. ... Cory Schneider will start for the Devils...? [/sny-box]

The Islanders host the Devils for the third and final time this season at Nassau Coliseum, and while the game does not have any playoff implications for the Islanders, New Jersey desperately needs the two points.Anders Nilsson will try to keep the Devils from leaving Long Island with a win. Nilsson has seen action against New Jersey, but has not recorded a win or loss against them this season. Cory Schneider, who is starting for the Devils, is 1-0-0 this year against the Islanders.The last time the Devils made a trip to Uniondale they defeated the Isles 6-1. Jaromir Jagr, who recorded his 700th career goal in the win, along with five other players scored for New Jersey that day.In their last 10 games the Islanders have gone 5-3-2, while the Devils are 4-5-1 in the same span.John Persson will make his home debut when he takes the ice on Saturday. Persson made his NHL debut on Thursday in Tampa Bay and is the fourth rookie to do so this season.[sny-box]
Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposode Haan-HamonicNabokov
Bailey-Nelson-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNilsson
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Czuczman
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner
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It took thirteen rounds of the shootout for a victor to emerge from the Islanders / Lightning game tonight. In Round 13, Tampa's Sami Salo scored to seal the victory for his club. Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas all scored for the Islanders in the extra session.

The first period went goalless but it took only 29 seconds for the Lightning to get on the board after the first intermission. Newly acquired Ryan Callahan deflected in a point shot from defender Radko Gudas to make it 1-0. The Islanders would answer?just over a minute later when Ryan Strome scored his fifth of the year at the 1:33 mark from a sharp angle. Matt Donovan would put the Islanders ahead halfway through the period. Nielsen made an excellent?feed from behind the net with his back turned to Donovan in the slot, who was able to put it in with a diving effort.

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at (27-35-9) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(39-24-9)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Lightning...?At the deadline veteran Marty St. Louis requested a trade and was moved to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks... Mattias Ohlund is the only major injury for Tampa that will miss tonight's game... Eight players have 10+ goals for Tampa this season, led by Valtteri Filppula with 24... Ben Bishop is the confirmed starter for tonight... ?[/sny-box]

Tonight is the 10th-to-last game of the year for the Islanders as they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay. As is tradition the tendency of Jack Capuano, there will not be any changes to the lineup after Tuesday night's win in Carolina. The rest of today's post is a combined Game Day/ Morning Skate. Lineups are?after the jump.

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The Islanders took it to a sleep-walking Hurricanes team tonight in North Carolina. With four goals in the first period including three in the first six minutes, the Islanders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and (almost) didn't look back.

Unlikely scorer Colin McDonald scored two of the Isles first three goals, which helped to chase Carolina netminder Cam Ward after only six saves in 6:12 of game time. McDonald jammed at a loose puck in the crease to open the scoring only 3:39 into the game and, after Cal Clutterbuck made it 2-0, McDonald deposited a brilliant feed from Calvin de Haan in the back of the net. The goals were McDonald's seventh and eighth of the year.

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at (27-35-9) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(31-31-9)PNC Arena -- Raleigh, NCTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Hurricanes...?Cam Ward will get the start in goal tonight for Carolina... ?The Canes only injured is Joni Pitkanen who is out for the season with a heel injury... Carolina is 4-3 in their last seven games...[/sny-box]

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Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposode Haan-HamonicNilsson
Bailey-Nelson-ClutterbuckCarkner-DonovanNabokov
McDonald-Strome-MartinHickey-Czuczman
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner
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With 41 saves from Evgeni Nabokov, the Islanders put a damper on Columbus' playoff hopes at the Coliseum this afternoon with a shutout win. For Nabokov, it was his third shutout of the year and he was named first start of the game.?In a post-game interview with MSG's Peter Ruttgaizer, he reminded those in attendance that he was feeling good by telling the Coliseum crowd "I still got it!" before telling the same to the assembled media in the Isles hallway.?Maybe today was a bit of public posturing by the 38-year old unrestricted free agent to be or maybe it was some of his trademark personality.Regardless of the reason, Nabokov brought to the forefront an off-season question for the Islanders; do they stick with the safety blanket that has been effective but not amazing between the pipes or do they move on to someone else?Goaltending has not been the Islanders strong suit this year by any stretch of the imagination. The team, prior to today's 41-save shutout, had a NHL-worst .888 save percentage, which is the best metric of goaltender evaluation. Nabokov had a personal mark of .898 prior to the game, which was better than Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson but well below ?this year's NHL average of .913.So do the Islanders bring Nabokov back as a starter or backup? You'd certainly have to hope they don't choose the former and pursue a better option either via trade (the unhappy James Reimer from Toronto?) or an unrestricted free agent.The re-sign Nabokov campaign started in earnest at the Coliseum this afternoon, but it doesn't make sense in anything more than a backup role. After three seasons, it's time to move on.

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Of course there was a whole hockey game played, the result of which matters now in determining the Islanders draft pick at the end of the year, should they choose to not give it to Buffalo for the Thomas Vanek trade.

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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Blue Jackets... The Blue Jackets are 7-3-1 in the month of March as they've climbed back into the Eastern Conference playoff race. At the moment, they sit one point back of both Detroit and Washington for the final spot... No major injuries save for defender Ryan Murray, the team's 2nd overall pick in 2012... Ryan Johansen is having a breakout year, leading the team with 27 goals and 52 points in 70 games. [/sny-box]

Ding, dong the black jerseys are dead.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It was a fitting performance for Matt Moulson in his first trip back to Long Island since being traded by the Islanders in October.Moulson scored two goals in the Minnesota Wild's ?6-0 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night. Five different Wild players scored, with Moulson scoring the game's first as well as final goal. Former Islander Nino Niederreiter also got his name on the score sheet with an assist on Jared Spurgeon's goal."I was pretty nervous before the game," Moulson told reporters from his stall in the visiting locker room at Nassau Coliseum. A place that has been alien to him up until now. "I don't think I slept a minute during pre-game nap today. It was an emotional one coming back here obviously. It was tough at the start for me to really get my mind into it, but getting that first goal kind of calmed me down."That first goal came at 12:23 of the opening period. Moulson was able to sneak a shot by Anders Nilsson from in front of the net to put the Wild up 1-0, and then flashed an all too familiar celebration.Spurgeon scored nearly four minutes later to give the Wild a 2-0 lead over the Isles. Mikael Grunlund made it 3-0 late in the second period and Clayton Stoner pushed the Minnesota lead to four after scoring on a breakaway 4:56 into the third. Justine Fontaine scored moments later and Moulson scored his second of the night on the power play at 16:34.The loss was the fourth time the Islanders have been shutout this season by an opponent."I thought we played a good first period," Islander coach Jack Capuano said. "We were physical. We were doing some things the way we want to play. We played a north-south game and then after that we started playing as individuals. We didn't manage the puck very well."Despite outshooting the Wild 36-22 through three periods, which included a 16-6 shot advantage in the first, the Islanders could not find a way to score. The Islanders had some scoring chances, but failed to really pressure Minnesota for most of the game.However, most of the night was focused on Moulson and how he would handle his first game against his former team.?It's safe to say it was a successful return for the three-time 30 goal scorer.And the Coliseum faithful welcomed him back with cheers during introductions, after each time he scored and with a "We Want Moulson" chant near the end of the game."Coming back you don't know what the receptions is going to be like, but nothing but good things from my time here with the fans and the people. It's a great feeling when something like that happens and I appreciate [Islander fans] just as much as they were showing out there. I have a big place in my heart for this place," said Moulson.
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Wild... Minnesota sits seventh in the Western Conference, five ahead of ninth place Dallas... ?With Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom out the Wild are down to their third netminder, which led to the acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov at the trade deadline... [/sny-box]

Matt Moulson will return to the Coliseum for the first time since the October trade that sent him to the Buffalo Sabres. Since then, the Sabres flipped him to Minnesota at the trade deadline for Torrey Mitchell and two second rounders.?Between Minnesota and Buffalo, Moulson has racked up 12 goals and 31 points in 50 John Tavares-less games.[/sny-editoria]

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? The Islanders have struggled to hold on to a two goal lead in the third period this season.But on Saturday night they did just that, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum. It was the first time since February 27 that the Islanders have won a game at home.?That was a good 60 minutes we played tonight,? Kyle Okposo said after the win. ?There was never really a doubt and when they scored that power play goal [Strome?s] line came back with a huge goal there to put us back with a two-goal lead. We didn?t look back from there.?The Islanders opened the scoring early in the first period. Frans Nielsen beat Sabres? goaltender Jhonas Enroth with a shot from along the boards to put New York up 1-0 at 3:31. The Isles jumped ahead by two late in the period off a power play goal by Kyle Okposo at 17:24.The score would remain that way until the third period when the Sabres finally scored their first goal of the night.Tyler Ennis scored 56 seconds into the period to pull Buffalo within one goal, but Ryan Strome answered right back with a highlight reel goal 40 seconds later to put the Islanders back in front by two. Cal Clutterbuck secured the win with an empty net goal at 17:47.?We got a lead, didn?t give it up. They scored one on the power play and we responded within a minute. It?s nice to see. It?s different guys stepping up at this point. The way things have gone as of late, we got the lead and we held on to it.? We had a pretty good game. One of the better games as of late,? Travis Hamonic said.The Islanders finished the game outshooting the Sabres 38-34 and the defense kept the Buffalo power play to just one goal on six chances. Isles starter Anders Nilsson made 37 saves, which included 10 in the third when the team needed them the most.Nilsson credited his performance with the play of the defenseman saying, ?they played so good.??They helped me out a lot,? Nilsson said. ?They cleared out the guys in front of me so I saw pretty much every shot and had a clear view. No backdoor plays or nothing, so all the guys in front of me played a good game.?
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Sabres... The Sabres are the worst team in the NHL and by a good margin. They trail 29th place Edmonton by nine points... Tyler Myers and Chris Stewart will miss tonight's game with an injury. Newly acquired Torrey Mitchell is questionable... The Sabres have lost 4 of 5 but are actually 4-4 since the Olympic break... [/sny-box]

Tonight at the Coliseum the Islanders will face off against the Sabres, who have been in the NHL's basement since pretty much the start of the season. Buffalo, as you are probably aware, has had a fire sale all season. They traded away Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson, got rid of Ryan Miller for Jaroslav Halak and at the deadline they were able to flip Moulson and Halak for more picks and prospects. The one guy they tried unsuccessfully to get rid of was one-time sort of Islander Christian Erhoff, who remains a Sabre.??

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders' young guns played well Friday night, but the more experienced San Jose Sharks left Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory.The loss was the 17th defeat on home ice this year for the Isles and moved them to an NHL worst 9-17-8 at home. The Islanders started off the game well, but the Sharks responded and were first to score in the opening period.Matt Nieto was able to beat former Shark Evgeni Nabokov stick side to put the visitors ahead 1-0. The Sharks jumped ahead 2-0 1:19 later courtesy of a tough angle shot from Jason Demers. The Islanders were able to pull within one in the second period, but San Jose extended their lead back to two goals after Joe Thornton took advantage of a juicy rebound given up by Nabokov.The Islanders came within one goal once again at 17:02 of the second, however the Sharks scored over a minute later to make it 4-2. Frans Nielsen scored with 22 seconds left in the third period to cut it the San Jose lead to 4-3, but the Islanders could not tie the game with the remaining time."Great effort from our guys tonight," Islander Coach Jack Capuano said. "That's one hell of a hockey team over there. They have a lot of skill. You can see early on when you get a little bit of a breakdown it's in the back of your net... ?A couple of our young guys, we had a couple mistakes that we gotta correct in the D-zone, but they worked hard tonight as a group."And the Islanders did play decent for most of the game. The start of the contest saw the Isles swarm San Jose, but they just didn't capitalize. Rookies Brock Nelson and Anders Lee continued their strong play, with each scoring a goal in the loss.Lee was on the Isles top line and finished the game with two points (1 goal, 1 assist)."I'm just trying to get the pucks to the net.?Try to hang around there and sometimes they go," he said after the game in response to a question about his strong play.Friday night was also the NHL debut of Johan Sundstrom, who played 10:28 against the Sharks.As well as some of the young Islanders played there is still things for them to learn. Players like Ryan Strome, who finished the game a minus-3 and struggled a bit in the loss, still have aspects of their game to iron out and Capuano understands that."Some of these are learning now," said Capuano. "They're learning the tough way and you can see that when you see a couple of the goals that were against tonight. But as a coach you have to stay positive with these young guys. They're 20-years-old, you have to keep teaching them and you have to find a way."
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Sharks... San Jose has won four in a row and five of six... They are on the second half of a back-to-back, having won in OT in Columbus last night... No players are questionable for tonight. Thomas Hertl and Brad Stuart are out with long-term injuries... [/sny-box]

Despite the fact that it has been almost four years since Evgeni Nabokov last suited up for the San Jose Sharks, tonight will actually be his first start against the team for which he spent ten years between the pipes. Nabokov was injured the last time the Islanders were in San Jose -- and got a nice standing ovation from the crowd -- but tonight he will square off against the Sharks as the Islanders starting goaltender.??

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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Canucks... Vancouver traded Roberto Luongo back to Florida at the deadline for Jacob Markstorm, and Stephen Matthias... Dennis Wideman and Matt Stajan are all expected to miss tonight's game... Daniel Sedin and Zack Kassian will miss tonight's game due to injury... Vancouver is 2-3-1 since the Olympic Break...[/sny-box]

Tonight the Islanders will finish up their Canadian road trip with a late night matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, having gone 1-1-1 thus far. It's the fourth game of the trip before returning home for back-to-back games at the Coliseum on Friday and Saturday.??

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The Islanders surrendered a lead in the third period for the second straight game tonight in Calgary with a 4-3 loss to the Flames. It was also the second time this week allowing 3+ goals in the third period. After leading 3-1 at the second intermission, Calgary stormed back with three in the third to hand the Islanders a regulation defeat.

Standout rookie Sean Monahan scored his 19th of the year for the Flames sandwiched between two goals from Joe Colborne, his sixth and seventh tallies of the season.

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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Flames... Calgary is 2-2 since the Olympic break and is way out in the Western Conference... They are 27th in the NHL, two points behind the Islanders... Jiri Hudler, Dennis Wideman and Matt Stajan are all expected to miss tonight's game...[/sny-box]

For the second game in a row it will be a Battle of Bottom Five Teams in Alberta. The Flames trial the Islanders by two points in the league standings, making tonight a draft battle. Just like the Islanders, Calgary will be without their leading scorer Jiri Hudler. Although Hudler and leading scorer are odd words to pair up.??

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In the first game of the post-Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald era, the Islanders fell to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime on the road.The Islanders held a 2-0 lead going into the third period -- an all to familiar situation -- when the Oilers scored two goals in the final frame to force overtime. Sam Gagne forced a neutral zone turnover in overtime and drove to the net. His shot deflected off the stick of Taylor Hall and into the net to pull off the come from behind win for the Oilers."I think our young guys struggled," Islander Coach Jack Capuano told MSG Plus after the loss. "Right before Travis's penalty that line had a tough shift. You should always be in support as a low centerman there and I know we got walked, and gave them momentum. They scored on that and then obviously in overtime we mismanaged the puck."The Islanders opened the scoring on a short handed goal by Frans Nielsen at 9:58 of the first period. Cal Clutterbuck and Nielsen started a two-on-one rush and Nielsen blasted a shot past Oilers' starter Ben Scrivens. Anders Lee made it 2-0, redirecting a shot from the point past Scrivens.The score would remain 2-0 until the third, when the Islanders started to let the game slip away. Through two periods they were the better team and outshot the Oiler 23-14 in that span.But Edmonton scored two goals in the third period and Hall scored the overtime winner to hand the Islanders their fifth loss in their last eight games."We shut them down for most of the game.I don't know, we played solid and it was just a couple of breakdowns," said Calvin de Haan.Thursday's game began a stretch where the overall outcome of games does not really matter, rather players are playing for jobs next season. Rookie Anders Lee understands that and has stepped up to the challenge."It's a huge opportunity," He said. "We have a chance to come in here and try to make a difference and try to make a positive impact. You don't get too many of these [opportunities] ?and you wanna take full advantage of it."The Islanders have a quick turn around after Thursday's loss; They take on the Calgary Flames on Friday night in Calgary.
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Oilers... Despite having the 29th best record in the NHL, Edmonton has won 6 of 10... They played some goalie carousel at the trade deadline sending Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a fourth round pick and they acquired Anaheim's Viktor Fasth for a third and a fifth...[/sny-box]

When you look at the Oilers and Islanders there are certainly some (sad) similarities. Both teams have struggled since dynasties of the 1980s -- save for Edmonton's run in 2006 -- and both have been rebuilding since the first lockout. Both fanbases are also equally upset about trades; most of the Oilers blogosphere is upset about the team consistently trading for fighters, although the Fasth trade looks good on paper, and the Islanders, well, their deadline deal did not go over well (meanwhile in Montreal, a online retailer has swipe at Garth Snow in the description of their Thomas Vanek Canadiens jersey).?

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After a 6-1 drubbing at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, the Islanders looked as though they had rebounded nicely on Sunday in a matinee against the Florida Panthers. If you stopped watching after the second period, as the team did, the Islanders had a nice 3-1 lead in front of the home crowd. But that's why they play sixty minutes.

The Panthers came up with four goals in the third period and made it look easy en route to a 5-3 victory. For the Islanders, it was their third straight home defeat where they blew a two-goal lead.?

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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Panthers... Florida trails the Islanders by three points in the standings, making today a tank battle... Florida played in Columbus yesterday, losing 6-3... Tomas Kopecky (concussion) and Aleksander Barkov (knee) are both out after suffering injuries at the Olympics... [/sny-box]

The Islanders will play another matinee at the Coliseum this afternoon and hopefully it won't be the train wreck that yesterday's game was. The Florida Panthers and pseudo ex-Islander Tim Thomas come to town for the 3pm start, and yes, you can expect Thomas to get the start as backup Scott Clemmensen played for the Panthers on Saturday.?

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? After getting a feel good win on Thursday, The Islanders were steamrolled by the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.The Islanders were already trailing 1-0 after the first period when Devils scored four goals in the second period to put away the game.? Jaromir Jagr started off the second period scoring at 3:31. His goal was the 700th of his career and put New Jersey ahead 2-0. A little over a minute later Ryan Clowe scored 10 seconds into a Devil Power play.The Islanders cut the lead back down to two goals, as Kyle Okposo was able to redirect a Thomas Vanek shot past Martin Brodeur. But the Devils moved ahead 4-1 after Marek Zidlicky scored New Jersey's third power play goal of the game. Mark Fayne made it 5-1 with a blast from the point at 14:54 of the second period.Eric Gelinas scored on the power play at 19:21 of the third to make it 6-1 New Jersey."We gave up some power play goals there and I think that fourth one really put a dagger in us," Okposo said after the game. The Devils capitalized on four of the eight power play chances they had. The play of the Islanders' special teams did not sit well with head coach Jack Capuano."For me it starts with the first eight seconds and we had chances to really pressure in the first eight seconds, and we didn't. We allowed some seams that we normally don't allow," said Capuano. "We just didn't respond after the first couple they got and that's the one thing we have to address to our guys. It's how you respond and we didn't really do a good job of that there tonight. We left our goalie out to dry on a few of those."Nabokov, who made 14 saves in the loss, was pulled after the second period. Anders Nilsson made 15 saves and gave up one goal in relief.The Islanders will play again in less than 24 hours, hosting the Florida Panthers on Sunday at three. The Isles are 5-5-2 on the back end of back-to-back contests this season.The quick turn around gives the team the chance to quickly put the loss behind them. "You just have to forget about it and we're lucky we can play tomorrow so we can come out with a better effort," Okposo said.Capuano would not say who would get the start for Sunday's later afternoon contest against the Panthers or if Thomas Vanek will sit.
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Devils... New Jersey won their first game after the break against Columbus 5-2. Adan Henrique score twice and Patrick Elias notched three points... Adam Larsson and Damien Brunner are injured and out today while Bryce Salvador is questionable... [/sny-box]

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has played 88 games against the Islanders but today could be the last time the Islanders have to face teh future Hall of Famer. Today's game will be Brodeur's 1454th start in a Devils uniform. ?Yesterday he spoke as if this was the end of the road.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In their first game since the Olympic break ended the Islanders came away with a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.Despite blowing a one-goal lead in the third period, the Islanders came from behind twice to in the game's final frame to force OT. Newly crowned assistant captain Lubomir Visnovsky scored the game winner 1:55 into the extra period. The Islander defenseman was in the right place at the right time as the puck found him in the slot and he shot it past Jonathan Bernier."I just shoot on the net," Visnovsky said of the game winner. "I think the goalie (might have) touched it. It was a little bit of a lucky shot."The win was a boost for the Islanders, who struggled going into the Olympic break. And without their captain John Tavares the team is facing an even tougher battle to climb back into the playoff picture. Thursday night the Islanders responded well in their first game without Tavares. Michael Grabner scored two shorthanded goals and rookie Anders Lee had two goals of his own in the third.With the Isles trailing ?1-0 in the first period Michael Grabner recorded two shorthanded goals in the span of 48 seconds to put his team ahead 2-1. It was the first time since April 17, 1999 that an Islander player scored two goals on the same penalty kill.The score remained that way until the Leafs found the back of the net in the third period. Paul Ranger tied the game 8:50 into the game and Dion Phaneuf gave Toronto the 3-2 lead moments later off a one-timer from the face-off circle.Lee scored the first of his two goals at 12:52 during a power play, but Joffrey Lupul gave the Maple Leafs the lead right back a little over minute later. However with things looking bleak for the Islanders, Lee found the back of the net again. This time finding a way to push the puck past Bernier during a scramble in front of the net."He (the ref) saw it moving. Didn?t stop until it got in," Lee explained. The two goals were the first for Lee this season and the first time he's scored since his NHL debut back on April 2, 2013 against the Winnipeg Jets.Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano was happy with what he saw for Lee, along with Ryan Strome and Mike Halmo. Halmo and Lee were making their first NHL appearances of the year, and Strome was playing in his first NHL game since January 14."(Lee) is as advertised," Capuano said. "He's a big that goes to the net and that's where he scores goals."
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Maple Leafs... Toronto's James Van Riemsdyk has a bruised hand but took part in the morning skate and is expected to play tonight. The same goes for Peter Holland who has a lower body injury... Jon Bernier will start in net tonight and has a .927 save percentage...[/sny-box]

Tonight at the Coliseum the Islanders will begin playing out the stretch, without John Tavares and Frans Nielsen, and double digits out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 21 games to go. Matt Martin is still banged up as well and will sit out tonight's game.??

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The story line for Saturday night's loss was eerily similar to the one from Thursday.Despite being the better team early on -- at one point outshooting the Colorado Avalanche 10-1 -- the Avs took the lead in the first period and never looked back. The Islanders did cut the Colorado lead to just one late in the third, but the visitors added two goals in the final minute to secure a 5-2 win."Same old story," Islander Coach Jack Capuano said after the loss. "We dominated the game and we don't win a hockey game... We had some unbelievable chances."The Avalanche tallied the game's first goal 13:04 into the first period. Nathan MacKinnon put one past Evgeni Nabokov after Eric Boulton had pushed an Avalanche player into the Islander netminder, making it impossible for Nabokov to make the save.Matt Duchene made it 2-0 Avalanche early in the second period, tallying his first of two goals in the contest. He gave Colorado the 3-0 lead 2:44 later. A tough angle shot from the Avs' star went past Nabokov's glove and top shelf into the net.But an avalanche of penalties against Colorado allowed the Islanders to claw back into the game midway through the third.With Cody McLeod, Andre Benoit and Maxim Talbot all in the box the Islanders had a five-on-three power play opportunity. John Tavares got the Islanders on the board at 11:17 to cut it to a 3-1 Avalanche lead. Colorado took another penalty less than a minute after the Islander goal and put the home team back on the five-on-three advantage.Four seconds later a blast from the point by Lubomir Visnovsky cut the Avs lead to just one.But the Islanders couldn't find the equalizer with the remaining power play time. It looked as though Brock Nelson had tied the game in the waining minutes of regulation, but his shot just glided across the goal line.Colorado added two empty net goals in the final minute and came away with the win."There's a lot of frustration," said Travis Hamonic, who was appearing in his first game since January 12. "I feel like we had a great start and kind of shot ourselves in the foot there in the second period to be quite honest with you. Power play definitely hasn't been clicking and it was nice that we could take advantage of kind of an unfamiliar setting when you have that many five-on-threes in a row."The Tavares power play goal ended an 0-33 power play drought that the Islanders had going, but the fact that the two power play goals came on a two man advantage dampened the fact that the special teams had finally come through. When the Islanders needed it the most, the power play unit failed to convert on a five-on-four power play."Yeah a five-on-three goal, a little relief," Capuano said. "It was good to see guys shoot pucks. Again we shot a puck. [Josh Bailey] throws it over to Johnny and he shoots a puck. That's what we gotta do, but we had some other ones that were so so."The Islanders will now head into the 18-day Olympic break having lost five of their last six games and the latest loss moves the Isles further out of playoff positioning."It leaves a pretty sour taste in your mouth going into the break," Hamonic said. "But you try to use that as a bit of motivation heading into the last 22 [games]."
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at (36-16-5) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(22-29-8)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders will get some help on their back end Saturday night as Travis Hamonic will return to the Islander lineup for the first time since January 12.?He has been out with an upper body injury since the game in Dallas and has been itching to return to action."It's never easy," Hamonic said about having to sit out. "To be quite honest with you I wish I could play 60 minutes a night. Having to sit on the bench I'd rather be on the ice... ?It pissed me off every night, whether we were winning or losing. When we're winning you wanna be out there with the team doing it and if you're losing you wanna be out there trying to help."It really gets me going when I have to sit out and watch a game, so I've been looking forward to this moment."Hamonic has missed the last 12 games and over that span the Islanders have gone 4-7-1 without him in the lineup. The Islanders did catch a break earlier in the week with the return of Lubomir Visnovsky.However, there is a question of necessity as to why play Hamonic with just one game to go before the NHL pauses for the lengthy Olympic break. Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told reporters that it was the defenseman who wanted to hit the ice tonight."He wanted to play the last game and he could have played the last game," Capuano said. "He wants to get in there. He wanted to get in the last game. We would never put anyone in a situation that wasn't 100 percent. The same thing with Nabby in the stadium game, so he's ready to go."Hamonic will be paired up with Calvin de Haan during Saturday's contest agains the Colorado Avalanche and the team will not monitor Hamonic too much during the game. "He's ready to go," Capuano reiterated.Isles Healthy for a ChangeThe Islanders will enter Saturday's game against the Avalanche fully healthy for the first time since the beginning of the season. The return of Travis hamonic, and Lubomir Visnovsky earlier this week, the Isles have no players on the injured reserve."Like every other team now you have some bumps and bruises, but guys are battling through it," Capuano said after the morning skate. "In the back end now we've got our guys and both goaltenders are healthy now. We've gone through some tough stretches."Hamonic Added: "I'm not gunna lie it's nice to see everyone healthy. It's nice to see a full roster, but we're not going to use that as an excuse for whats gone on here. There's teams that have had more injuries than we have and that's just part of the process. As a teammate you never wanna see guys sitting out injured."Matt Donovan Sent to BridgeportThe Islanders loaned defenseman Matt Donovan to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday morning.Donovan was the odd man out with the return of Travis Hamonic and he will get to time to continue to work on his game down in Bridgeport. In a 17 game stint earlier in the year he recored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) for the Sound Tigers. 
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders had every chance to win Tuesday night, but in the end it was the lowly Calgary Flames that came away with the 4-2 win at Nassau Coliseum.Matt Stajan scored with 5:32 remaining in the game to put the Flames ahead 3-2, but it came down to the Islanders just not capitalizing on scoring chances. The Isles power play went 0-4 on the night and ?has been shutout the last 28 times they've had the man advantage."We find ways to lose games more than we find ways to win them," said Islander Captain John Tavares. "And it's one we let slip away."Calgary started off the game slow and disinterested for a large chunk of the first and second periods. The Islanders outshot the Flames 22-11 through the first two periods, but it was the Flames that struck first late in the second period.Sean Monahan was the recipient of a lucky bounce. The puck bounced off the back of one of his teammates and landed right in front him. Monahan quickly shot it off the crossbar and into the net at 14:15.Denis Wideman made it 2-0 at 18:08 of the second, but the Islanders found an answer with 6.1 seconds left in the period. Thomas Hickey scored a rebound goal to pull the Islanders within one.Calvin de Haan scored 7:31 into the third period to tie the game, but the tie would only last a few moments. David Jones scored the game winner for Calgary, although it could be argued that it was goaltender interference since it looked as though Evgeni Nabokov was being run into by a Flames player."At first I thought it was a high stick," Hickey explained when asked about his thoughts on the go ahead goal. "On the replay I guess it wasn't a high stick. Nabby felt he got pushed. [The officials] said our D pushed him in. I'd have to look at it again, but we felt like their guy was moving in and pushing Nabby into the net."The Flames added and empty netter with three seconds left to seal the win."It's really frustrating," Hickey later said about the loss. "Especially as the game went on I thought there were parts of our game that got better. Our power play got better after a rough start, but it's frustrating because you need those points."The lack of power play production played a big role in Thursday's loss. The Islanders have not had a goal on the man advantage since January against the New York Rangers.Despite the lack of success on the power play, Tavares said he didn't believe it wasn't functioning."I think we're getting chances and we're just not putting them in," he said. "We're shooting the puck and sometimes it doesn't go in. Sometimes it does. Obviously it can be a little sharper. Always can be better, but to say it's not producing anything is wrong. But clearly it's costing us some hockey games." 
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at (21-28-7) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(22-28-8)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV:?MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Flames... The Flames have almost an identical record as the Islanders and have also struggled this season... However, the Western Conference was hot to start the year and Calgary was out of playoff contention a bit earlier although both conference's eighth seeds are now in a similar spot... Calgary also has a similar goaltending combo as the Isles, as Karri Ramo ?(.908) and Reto Berra (.894) have below average and well below average numbers...[/sny-box]

Tonight the Islanders return home for the first of two games prior to the Olympics break. They'll host the Calgary Flames tonight in the first of two matchups this year, with the other coming in a few weeks on March 7. On Saturday night Colorado comes to town and then we'll all focus on the dogs and missing doorknobs... I mean SPORTS ... in Sochi.??

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at (21-27-8) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(29-23-3)Madison Square Garden (renovation edition) -- New York, NYTV:?TSN2, NBCSN?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Capitals... Washington has struggled lately, as they had a seven game losing streak in mid-January. They're currently 3-5-3 in their last 10... Alex Ovechkin will be looking for his 40th goal of the year. It would be his first 40-goal season since 2009-10... Philipp Grubauer is another backup who has impressed, with a .926 SVP in 16 games...[/sny-box]

After a three day break -- one that's seemed an awful lot longer with the Vanek news -- the Islanders are back in action tonight against their first non-Ranger opponent in more than a week. They'll travel to Washington to play the Capitals in front of the whole continent on TSN2 and NBCSN.??

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NEW YORK -- After defeating the Islanders 2-1 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Rangers did it again on Friday in the final meeting of the year between the two rivals.A span of 2:45 saw a 1-1 game turn into a 3-1 Ranger lead, and eventually a 4-1 Blue Shirt win. Derek Brassard scored the game winner, and Brad Richards and ?Ryan McDonagh scored the insurance goals for New York."It was fairly even game. I think when they pushed and we didn't respond like we normally do," Thomas hickey said. "Their goalie was phenomenal and made some really good saves. They earned their chances and definitely had some grade A's that we didn't really have an answer to in the third period."Another slow start put the Islanders at an early disadvantage. With the Rangers buzzing to start the first period, Brian Boyle found the back of the net 3:29 into the period. Marc Staal fired a shot from the point that Boyle was able to redirect in front.It wasn't until late in the second period that the Isles evened the score at one. Calvin de Haan had a shot from the point go off the glove of Ranger goaltender Henrik Ludnqvist and bounce right to Kyle Okposo, who buried the rebound.The game would remain tied at one until midway through the third period. The Rangers had an extra attacker on the ice due to a delayed penalty that was going to be called on the Islanders. Mats Zuccarello passed over to Marc Staal, who sent a cross-ice feed to Brassard that he put home and gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead.Richards gave the Rangers some wiggle room scoring less than three minutes later to make it 3-1 and McDonagh scored the empty net goal with one second left in the game.The loss was the Isles fifth in a row and over that span the Islanders have picked up just one of the 10 points available."It's so magnified for us now," John Tavares said. "The wins we need and the points we need, and it's no secret. This loss, the outdoor game, the game before that. They're all important games and we've had some opportunities going into third periods being in games. We haven't gotten the job done."The Islanders are continuing to struggle getting their offense going. They had 39 shots on Lundqvist, but had just one goal to show for it and the Islanders power play did not convert on any of their chances Friday night."They're making the plays, obviously they have opportunities," Islander Coach Jack Capuano said. "From the bench it looked like a couple of them had eyes and were going to go in. I don't think the power play was good. I think that we still got around the perimeter and we had opportunities to shoot the puck."That was a little bit of a disappointment for me tonight."The blue and orange now sit nine points out of a playoff spot and have three games before the Olympic break. On Tuesday they take on the Washington Capitals in the nation's capital before returning to the Nassau Coliseum to play Calgary and Colorado.Getting points from the next three games is something the team knows it must do, but they are trying to take things one step at a time."It's gotta be one game at a time, but you'd be stupid if you don't look at the big picture," Hickey said. We need the points, we need every point especially before this break here. Every point's going to matter. The one's that matter most are the two in front of you."
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at (28-23-3) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(21-26-8)Yankee Stadium -- Bronx, NYTV: NBCSN?Radio: 880 AM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Rangers... The Rangers are 4-3 in their last 7, including a 5-3 loss to the Isles at the Garden last Tuesday... The Rangers beat the Devils at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, 7-3...?[/sny-box]

It's finally time for the Isles' outdoor game at Yankee Stadium, as they "host" the Rangers tonight. It'll be very cold tonight as the Weather Channel predicting a 21*F temp at puck drop, which will surely drop throughout the night. TWC says it will "feel like" 7*F, whatever that means.

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at (34-11-5) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(21-25-7)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV: MSG+?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Blues... St. Louis is 3-4 in their last seven, 7-4 in 2014... They're in the middle of a Metro road trip, having stopped in New Jersey and the Garden earlier in the week... Alex Steen leads the team with 42 points in only 39 games...[/sny-box]

The Blues come to the Coliseum for a matinee game today. Their star Alex Steen is questionable for today's game, having suffered a lower body injury against the Rangers on Thursday night. Steen had a 13-game point streak earlier this year and might be in the NHL points race if he hadn't missed 10 games at the end of December due to injury. St. Louis will be starting Jaroslav Halak in net today.

No morning skate for the Islanders today, but Matt Carkner comes in for Radek Martinek. Everything else is the same.

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Projected Lineup:
Vanek-Tavares-Okposode Hann-DonovanPoulin
Bailey-Nielsen-ReginMacDonald-StraitNilsson
Grabner-Nelson-ClutterbuckHickey-Carkner
Martin-Cizikas-McDonald
Scratches: Boulton, Martinek, Hamonic IR: Visnovsky, Nabokov
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UNIONDALE, NY ? Coming back from a two-goal deficit, no problem. Holding onto a two-goal lead, not as simple for the Islanders.Thursday night the Isles jumped to an early lead, but like so many before, it disappeared just as quickly. The Islanders showed fight in the end, but the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins held off the home team and won 6-4.?They played a good and they did a lot of the little things," John Tavares said. "And they executed better than us.?Things looked like they were going to go well for the Islanders to start the game. Micahael Grabner found the back of the net at 1:39 after a bouncing puck made its? way to his stick, and he fired it past Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff.Then Paul Martin made a costly turnover in the neutral zone and Grabner took the puck the other way, with Brock Nelson on his wing. Grabner sent the puck to Nelson, who made it 2-0 with his ninth goal of the year.However, just as quickly as the Isles took the lead Pittsburgh evened it up.In span of 1:52 Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby tied the game at two. Kunitz scored at the top of the slot off a feed from the Penguins? captain and Crosby himself scored off a pass from Kunitz, who was behind the net.Olli Maata made it 3-2 a little over five minutes into the second period and Kris Letang scored while the Penguins were on the power play to make it 4-2.The Islanders cut the lead to one after Josh Bailey scored his first goal since October 25, but Evgeni Malkin put Pittsburgh back in front by two roughly three minutes later in the contest's final period.Kyle Okposo brought the Islanders back within one midway through the third. The goal was initially waved off, but changed after a review by the officials.The Islanders had several chances late in the game to tie it up, including a 50 second five-on-three opportunity, but they could not convert and Brandon Sutter scored an empty net goal with three seconds left in the game to seal the win.?We gotta learn to play with the lead,? Calvin de haan said. ?We?ve had leads and blown them. It starts from goaltending out. Including D, forwards, everybody. It?s frustrating sometimes, cause anyone can beat anyone.?And for parts of the game the Islanders played like they could beat anyone. The Islanders played well early nand after Okposo had cut the Penguins lead to one in the third the Isles gave their opponent a run for their money. Frans Nielsen nearly tied the game while the Islanders were on the power play, but Zatkoff robbed him.However what frustrated Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano was not the missed scoring chances, but the blunders that put the team in another come back situation.?The frustration part for me was?you gotta move. You can?t watch,? he said. ?This is a team that?s gunna skate. It?s a function of you managing the puck properly. Let the puck do the work and play in the offensive zone. And that?s the way this team plays. If we?re going to have any success that?s the way we need to play.?
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at (35-13-2) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(21-24-7)Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NYTV: MSG+2?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Penguins... Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 in 2014... Sidney Crosby leads John Tavares in the NHL scoring race by 7 points, 69 to 62... Defender Matt Niskanen leads the NHL in +/- with +26... The Penguins are playing on the second ?night of a back-to-back, having beaten Montreal 5-1 in Pittsburgh last night...[/sny-box]

It's a national TV night on Long Island, with the Penguins and Islanders facing off at the special time of 7:30pm, giving everyone an extra half hour leeway to get home from work. Tonight's game is on NBC Sports Network, so check your guide channel to figure out where exactly that's located. The last couple of years Isles/Penguins has been very entertaining, so hopefully tonight is no different.

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at (20-24-7) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(27-21-3)Madison Square Garden -- New York, NYTV: MSG+2?Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Rangers... Cam Talbot gets the start in net tonight against Kevin Poulin for the Islanders... The Rangers are 7-1-1 in their last nine games... They have allowed only five goals in their last five games... Derek Stepan had a three point night on Saturday in Ottawa... ?Chris Kreider is point-less in his last four and has only three points in his last 11...[/sny-box]

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Projected Lineup:
Vanek-Tavares-Okposode Hann-DonovanPoulin
Bailey-Nielsen-ReginMacDonald-StraitNilsson
Grabner-Nelson-ClutterbuckHickey-Martinek
Martin-Cizikas-McDonald
Scratches: Boulton, Carkner, Hamonic IR: Visnovsky, Nabokov
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It's been happening a lot lately and it happened again on Monday afternoon at the Coliseum; the Islanders trailed by two goals heading into the third but managed to complete a comeback to force overtime. They would win in the shootout, completing their fifth comeback win in the last eight games.

First star of the afternoon should probably go to Kyle Okposo, who pulled off the Gordie Howe hat trick. Okposo got into a fight with Braydon Coburn in the first period. The American seemed to take special offense to a slash from Coburn, maybe something that carried over from Saturday night as well. In the second, he would assist on the Isles first goal and in the third, as has been the case many times this year, Okposo would be instrumental in the Islanders comeback. He would score the game-tying goal on the power play with about three minutes to go, sending the game to the extra session. All that continues a stellar year for the American, with 20 goals and 49 points in 50 games. That's only three off a career high in points and four off a career high in goals.

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