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ST. LOUIS -- Jack Capuano is a superstitious man. He’s proven that over and over in his tenure as Islanders coach, so sticking with the same lineup for a third consecutive game Thursday night here against the Blues is not a huge surprise.
That’s even with the major struggles of several forwards, and rookie Brock Nelson being a healthy scratch.
So Capuano will stick with Michael Grabner,...Read more »
Garth Snow has been on the hunt for some sort of help for the Islanders. He’s talked with any number of fellow GMs in recent weeks.
Given his team’s 2-10-2 skid, there’s room to add just about anywhere, but here are a few names that have been mentioned around the league as trade bait and where, based on conversations with several people across the NHL, the Isles might stand in trade talks:
Jonas...Read more »
Jack Capuano admitted he’s not a “stat guy” after the Islanders’ latest debacle on Tuesday -- don’t get excited, advanced-stats gang, he wasn’t even talking about those -- but even he had to mention the most ridiculous of all the ridiculous numbers coming out of this 8-15-5 team.
The Islanders are now 0-13-3 when scoring two goals or fewer. In a defense-first league, in a division where teams...Read more »
Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov, two of the Isles’ injured regulars, got back on the ice Monday morning.
Nabokov has been out since injured his groin on Nov. 16. He will likely join the Islanders on their five-game road trip that begins on Thursday in St. Louis, but it’s unlikely he will play until after the team returns home.
Strait has been out since Oct. 22 with a mysterious ailment,...Read more »
Thomas Hickey is in the lineup for Wednesday’s visit from the Jets, shaking off the bruised ankle he suffered blocking a shot on Saturday.
That’s good news for the Isles and their depleted defense corps, which could ill afford to lose another regular. Aaron Ness goes back in after sitting the last two games in place of Radek Martinek.
“It’s definitely fair to say we haven’t been at our...Read more »
Things haven’t been going well for the Islanders in their own end the last three weeks, but one of the bright spots head coach Jack Capuano sees is his fourth line.
More than just providing breathers for the top lines, the fourth line has found itself on the score sheet in the past handful of games.
Eric Boulton chipped in with his first goal as an Islander on Saturday against the Flyers,...Read more »
Some notes off Monday's skate:
-- Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Monday after practice that defenseman Thomas Hickey, who left Saturday's game in Philadelphia after taking a shot off his foot, is “day-to-day.”
Capuano did not provide any further comment regarding Hickey, who is one of the team’s more reliable defenseman. The Islanders’ defense has been marred with key injuries as...Read more »
The Islanders are in trouble on defense -- bigger trouble now that Thomas Hickey, one of the few remaining reliable defensemen, is likely out.
The Rangers need to make a change and want Michael Del Zotto to be the one moving out.
Here is a not-so-modest, but sensible, proposal: A real trade between the Isles and Rangers.
Garth Snow has been working the phones to find a defenseman...Read more »
PHILADELPHIA - Must-win on Saturday night? You bet.
It’s come to this for the Islanders, playing their 25th game of the season against the Flyers. They have lost six straight on the road, are 2-7-0 in the last nine and come into play tonight in last in the Metro Division -- they are four points out of third, but still.
Nearly everyone around them is headed upwards, most of all Saturday’s...Read more »
PITTSBURGH -- Jack Capuano said he wants to go with a more veteran lineup against the Penguins on Friday night, so he’s shuffled the deck a bit.
Thomas Vanek is back, and that was a no-brainer. After missing five games with a strained upper-body muscle, Vanek did not even need to skate Friday morning to pronounce himself ready to go for the first time in nearly two weeks. He’ll be back with...Read more »