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Kyle Okposo's Olympic chances and a historic rally

Kyle Okposo celebrates his second goal of the

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A few notes on the wacky 5-4 win here Sunday night:

-- As I briefly mentioned in the story off the game and on Twitter, Kyle Okposo’s case for a U.S. Olympic roster spot is quite strong, and many of his teammates, his coaches and his general manager have said the same to me the past few days.

To me, it’s not just the points -- Okposo has 37, tied for second among U.S.-born...

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John Tavares doesn't practice with lower body issue

John Tavares takes a faceoff during the first

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Islanders captain John Tavares did not practice with the team Friday because of a lower body issue and is day-to-day, coach Jack Capuano said.

Capuano said he did not know what the lower body issue was caused by and did not say whether Tavares would play Saturday at home against the Devils.

"Anytime your captain is out, you have some concern, there's no question," Capuano said.

Tavares...

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9 blown third-period leads for Isles so far

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate Valtteri Filppula's game-tying

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Nine times in 35 games.

That’s 25.7 percent of the Islanders’ season, over a quarter of the time they hit the ice -- that’s how often they have blown a third-period lead.

Four of those were two-goal leads, like Tuesday night. In three of them, the Islanders have allowed the tying goal in the final minute of regulation -- like Tuesday night.

A remarkable eight of those nine have...

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Ryan Strome, Islanders call-up, will sit against Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday

Ryan Strome participates in drills during Islanders minicamp.

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Glendale, Ariz. -- Ryan Strome has arrived with the Islanders, but his NHL debut will have to wait.

Jack Capuano said Strome will sit out tonight’s game with the Coyotes, as if the coach weren’t already one of the most unpopular people on Twitter (at least as far as my timeline is concerned).

“We wanted to get him in here, get acclimated to our meetings, have some time to sit down with...

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Islanders keep critics at bay -- at least for a night

Islanders' Thomas Vanek collides with San Jose Sharks'

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SAN JOSE -- The Islanders kept the wolves/demons/pitchfork-wielding Twitterers at bay for a night, doing what they did exceptionally well last season on Tuesday: Staying calm and rallying to win a game after falling behind.

This season, especially the past month, has been game after game of the Islanders playing well -- or at least, playing even -- for 10, 20, 30, sometimes even 40, 50 or...

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard placed on waivers, Ryan Strome to get called up

The Islanders' Ryan Strome, the organization's first round

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garth Snow has made his first move to change up the Islanders roster, placing veteran Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers to make room for Ryan Strome, who leads the AHL in scoring.

Bouchard, 29, signed a one-year, $2 million contract in July and Snow hoped the former Wild first-round pick could regain some of his scoring form he had before concussions cost him major time in...

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Stuck in mid-air Twitter jail, Staple keeps answering your Isles questions

Josh Bailey of the New York Islanders skates

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While on the flight from St. Louis to Los Angeles, Arthur Staple asked his Twitter followers to ask him questions on the Isles.

He received so many questions, he got put in Twitter jail for responding to so many tweets in such a short period of time.

Below are more responses to questions (responses are in bold).

 

OK, #Isles fans -- I'm in the air to LA and I'm here...

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Time for Isles to rebuild again?

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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ST. LOUIS -- Of all the questions that could be asked about the Islanders right now -- too many to list here, and I’ve got a plane to catch -- here’s one:

Is it time to rebuild the rebuild?

Garth Snow earned praise for jumping in as an inexperienced general manager seven years ago and committing to a bottom-to-top rebuilding of the organization. He stayed small-budget and low-key, amassing...

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Capuano sticks with same Isles lineup

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

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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,...

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Possible trade options for the Islanders

Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks in goal

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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:

Goaltenders

Jonas...

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