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Thomas Vanek trade falls short of expectations

Thomas Vanek reacts after a stop in play

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EDMONTON -- The deadline has passed and it's safe to say just about every observer, from the professional types on TSN and Sportsnet up here to just about every fan on Twitter, feels the Islanders failed. A few thoughts and notes on the last several weeks of profound disappointment in Islander country:

-- The Thomas Vanek trade quite obviously fell short of expectations. Once Vanek rejected...

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Good and bad afterthoughts from Isles-Rangers

John Tavares points towards Thomas Vanek, not pictured,

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A few notes after another two-goal rally by the Islanders to beat the Rangers:

-- I noted it a bit on Twitter throughout the game and even Jack Capuano didn’t let it go uncommented upon afterwards: The bad start Tuesday night had a lot to do with the John Tavares line. True, both Rick Nash goals came off near-misses at the other end -- the puck hopping on Tavares off a two- on-one and Thomas...

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In praise of Calvin de Haan

Calvin de Haan controls the puck against the

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A few thoughts as the second week of this road trip begins... And we go from -15 a week ago to the low 80s on Monday:

-- I focused quite a bit on Calvin de Haan in Monday’s game story. That may have given short shrift to some other key contributors to Sunday night’s 4-2 win over the Stars: Kevin Poulin, who was solid again after giving up a couple of stoppable goals...

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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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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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Too many points-less Isles right now

Islanders' Frans Nielsen controls the puck against the

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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...

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Notes: Hickey, MacDonald, power-play problems

Pittsburgh Penguins' Beau Bennett collides with Islanders' Thomas

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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...

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Thomas Vanek back, Brock Nelson out for Penguins game

Brock Nelson celebrates his first-period goal during a

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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...

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