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Game 1 recap: Isles lose to Devils, 2-1

Tim Sestito of the New Jersey Devils plays

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

With a little time to reflect and review, here are some thoughts on the Isles’ 2-1 loss to the Devils in Saturday’s opener: -- I still say there was more to like than dislike last night. The first period was brutal, but the Isles dictated most of the play in the second and third periods. The Devils are the Devils, as they seemingly always will be -- consistent, relatively passive and able to pounce...

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One day left = two new Islanders videos

Nino Niederreiter celebrates his goal in the first

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Embedded above is the Islanders video we shot Friday at Nassau Coliseum on the eve of the start of the lockout-shortened NHL season.

It includes interviews with John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo.

Embedded below is highlights of our sitdown with Arthur Staple to discuss the start of the season for the Islanders.

Those reading this on Newsday's apps can watch the...

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Scrimmage thoughts

Islanders' Mark Streit controls the puck in the

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

A few notes from last night’s scrimmage: -- There was a little bit of chatter before the game about how the Bruins’ AHL affiliate, Providence, had “beaten” their parent club in a scrimmage the night before. Last night’s event result was hardly a cause for concern, seeing as how both Isles goaltenders played and played well at times. So there’s that. The Isles may get their doors blown off on Saturday,...

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Training camp thoughts, Day 3

Some Day 3 camp notes as the Isles head into tonight’s scrimmage with Bridgeport (7 p.m. at the Coliseum, and it’s free!): -- Euro journalist Matias Strozyk tweeted some translated quotes from Lubomir Visnovsky that seem to indicate he’s going to report in 2-3 weeks’ time, after his young son’s health issues are sorted out. Isles GM Garth Snow still isn’t sure when exactly Visnovsky will be arriving;...

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Training camp thoughts, Day 2

Jack Capuano directs his players during Islanders training

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Hey, long time, no blog! Back after a hectic few days with some observations and updates that could not fit in the main story from Syosset today: -- Unless there’s a drastic shift in Jack Capuano’s thinking after Wednesday’s scrimmage, don’t expect lots of changes before opening night. That means the line combos are pretty well set, as are the defense pairs, though the Lubomir Visnovsky fiasco may...

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Free hockey for Islanders fans

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano directs his

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

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

(Credit: AP)

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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