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Islanders' Jesse Joensuu happy to return to NHL

Islanders left wing Jesse Joensuu controls the puck

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Jesse Joensuu's first NHL game in nearly two years on Saturday felt "weird,'' as he put it, being that he was returning at the tail end of this shortened season after sports hernia surgery.

But the forward still is excited to have a home with the Isles, two years after he left for Europe under less-than- pleasant circumstances.

"I feel like on every level, as a human being,...

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Isles to play preseason game in Brooklyn

A view of the matrix board announcement of

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The Islanders will play a preseason game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sept. 21, their first game in the team’s future home.

Tickets for the game go on sale April 17 at 10 a.m.

The Isles and Devils meet that night, as the two teams had planned to play this past Oct. 2 at Barclays Center before the NHL’s four-month lockout killed the entire preseason schedule.

On Oct. 24, the...

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Ryan Strome scores in AHL

Ryan Strome skates during Islanders' training camp. (Jan.

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While Anders Lee had a goal in his first period of NHL action Tuesday night against Winnipeg, Ryan Strome, the Isles' 2011 first-round pick, did the same in his pro debut with Bridgeport. Strome scored for the Sound Tigers in the opening period of their game in Worcester, Mass., a day after reporting to the team following the elimination of his Niagara squad from the OHL playoffs....

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Mark Streit apparently not signing pact with Islanders before trade deadline

Mark Streit follows through on a pass during

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Mark Streit will not be signing a contract extension before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, it appears.

But unless Islanders general manager Garth Snow receives a trade offer than he couldn't possibly refuse -- and that would have to include a first-round draft pick -- Streit, the Islanders captain, still will be with them through the end of the season.

Sources told Newsday...

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Sizing up Isles' NHL playoff race-mates

Islanders' forward Matt Moulson says he's ready to

A look at the five teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference in a fight for the final two playoff spots:

7TH PLACE -- DEVILS, 15-12-9, 39 points

12 games remaining: 4/4 at Boston, 4/6 vs. Toronto, 4/7 at Buffalo, 4/10 vs. Boston, 4/12 vs. Ottawa, 4/15 at Toronto, 4/18 at Philadelphia, 4/20 vs. Florida, 4/21 at Rangers, 4/23 vs. Montreal, 4/25 vs. Pittsburgh, 4/27 at Rangers.

Outlook:...

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Video: Post-game reactions from Isles vs. Rangers

Marian Gaborik's power play goal in overtime gave

We put a camera crew in each locker room at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night after the Islanders lost to the Rangers in overtime.

Above is the edited result of their efforts....

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Lubomir Visnovsky's son OK

Lubomir Visnovsky controls the puck against Jiri Tlusty

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Lubomir Visnovsky reported that his 4-year-old son had successful, unspecified surgery in Bratislava, Slovakia, over the weekend and that his wife and two children soon will be joining the defenseman on Long Island.

Visnovsky did not report to the Islanders when training camp began due to concerns over his son’s health. He hoped to stay the entire season in Slovakia but the KHL said he could...

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Michael Grabner looks forward to 2014 Winter Olympics

Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the

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Michael Grabner has something special to look forward to next February. Austria, Grabner’s native country, qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia, with a 3-2 overtime loss to Germany on Sunday — Austria needed only one point to win the qualifying group. Grabner, who played for his hometown Villach during the lockout, will certainly be on the Olympic roster if the...

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Free hockey for Islanders fans

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano directs his

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The Islanders' practices on Tuesday (11 a.m.) and Thursday (10 a.m.) at Nassau Coliseum are open to the public, as is Wednesday’s 7 p.m. scrimmage with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Tickets and parking are free for all three events.

Discounted food -- $1 hot dogs and sodas -- and Islanders team store items will be available during the scrimmage....

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Lubomir Visnovsky staying in Slovakia for rest of year

Lubomir Visnovsky, left, looks for an open teammate

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Lubomir Visnovsky, the veteran defenseman the Islanders acquired for a second-round pick on draft day in June, will stay in his home country of Slovakia for the remainder of this season, his agent told Newsday.

Visnovsky, 36, is in the final year of his NHL contract, but there is no iron-clad agreement prohibiting him from staying in the Russia-based KHL, so he has decided to finish out the...

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