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Brian Strait was a bit sour that the Penguins let him go on waivers in January; now, he’s looking to remind Pittsburgh that it made an error in letting the 25-year-old defenseman go.
Strait will be on the blue line with the Isles for this series and here’s what he thinks of the wild ride he’s had this season:
“Just thinking about it, it’s kind of fitting we’re playing the Penguins. When...Read more »
BUFFALO - The latest playoff picture snapshot is not a pretty one for the Islanders.
Amazing what one game without any points can do at this late stage, but the Isles definitely felt the sting of Thursday night’s 2-1 regulation loss to the Flyers (watch highlights here).
Even an OT or shootout point would have made this a bit easier to take. The Isles dropped from sixth and controlling...Read more »
Watch highlights from Thursday night's Islanders-Flyers game embedded below. (Newsday's app users can watch it at newsday.com/nhlvideo)addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', 'qxv62ic1obhw1msap6hoiob5g', 475, 468, 'perf3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq-qxv62ic1obhw1msap6hoiob5g', 'eplayer14');...Read more »
Some quotes from around the Islanders' locker room in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday night after they clinched their first playoff berth since 2007.
John Tavares: “We had to win a lot more games late because we put ourselves behind the eight-ball with the start to the season we had. We knew we needed to start winning some games that we’d been losing the first half of the season, and we needed to...Read more »
Below you'll find the video evidence that proves the Islanders qualified for the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night for the first time since 2007.
First up are highlights from the Islanders' 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, followed by the Winnipeg Jets' loss to the Washington Capitals. addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', '1fl5i61ymkgps138o11fxa61kf',...Read more »
It's obvious that the Isles' homegrown core never has experienced a playoff series — 16 of the 27 players on the roster never played in an NHL playoff game.
But even their veterans are fairly inexperienced. Evgeni Nabokov leads the way with 80 playoff games, all with the Sharks; next is Marty Reasoner with 23 games, his last coming in 2003.
The Islander with the most recent playoff run:...Read more »
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.
Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.
Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and...Read more »
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got some help to stay in sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race on Monday night when the Penguins beat the Senators, but received no help toward clinching a playoff berth with Winnipeg winning in Buffalo.
But the Islanders can still clinch a spot Tuesday night with a loss by the Jets in Washington and a win here against the Hurricanes, who sit 13th in the East.
The...Read more »
Lots of NHL games Thursday night among the teams in and around the Islanders and Rangers that could change things by the time we hit 11 p.m. Here’s what the chase looks like as of Thursday morning:
5th place -- Toronto Maple Leafs, 53 points (24-14-5)
Magic number to clinch playoff spot: 3
5 games remaining: 4/18 vs. Islanders, 4/20 at Ottawa, 4/24 at Tampa, 4/25 at Florida, 4/27...Read more »
BOSTON -- Evgeni Nabokov continued his workhorse ways, winning his 20th game, one more than he had last season, when the Isles played the full 82 games instead of the 41 they've played so far.
Nabokov lowered his goals-against average to 2.54 from nearly 3.00 through the first half of this shortened season....Read more »