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Islanders need to start winning Wednesday vs. Rangers to have chance at playoffs

Islanders left wing Matt Martin shoots on goalie

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The Islanders definitely took in all the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday’s Stadium Series game during their Tuesday practice and family skate.

A few guys asking which Yankees had which lockers -- for the record, massage therapist Jim Miccio had the place of honor, assigned Derek Jeter’s stall -- and marveling at the surroundings.

Well, maybe not all of them marveled -- Bostonian and...

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Visnovsky back in lineup for Isles

Lubomir Visnovsky skates during a game against the

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Lubomir Visnovsky returns to the Islanders lineup on Monday night after missing 46 games with a concussion. That’s good news for the team’s defense corps.

“It’s basically like picking up a veteran at the trade deadline,” Thomas Hickey said. “He played such big minutes for us, first-unit power play, last couple minutes of a game. For us young guys, we’d never had those experiences, so it took...

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If traded, Thomas Vanek open to signing with Isles after season

Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek skates during the

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With comments in recent days ranging from Steve Bartlett, his agent, to ESPN's Pierre Lebrun and then some response from Islanders GM Garth Snow on Wednesday regarding Thomas Vanek's contract status, I thought I'd talk to Vanek about it Thursday morning.

Candid as always, Vanek said he understands that the Islanders need to know in the next week or two whether he's open to signing here long-term....

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Updates on Vanek, MacDonald, Hamonic, Nabokov

Thomas Vanek celebrates his third-period goal against the

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Had a brief chat with Isles GM Garth Snow earlier Wednesday, covering a few topics of interest. Here are some takeaways from that conversation:

-- Snow and Steve Bartlett, the agent for Thomas Vanek, have had some dialogue over the past few weeks and that should pick up in the next couple of weeks. Snow and the Islanders need to know in fairly short order if Vanek is willing to sign long-term....

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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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Travis Hamonic returns to Long Island for more testing

Travis Hamonic (3) takes a shot on goal

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Travis Hamonic has gone back to Long Island for further evaluation of his upper-body injury, which is believed to be a concussion.

That’s obviously bad news for the Islanders, who need to muddle through another game Thursday night against a fast Lightning team without their top defenseman.

Concussions are scary. Given the situation with another important Isles defenseman...

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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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Islanders play reminiscent of 2013 squad

John Tavares skates during Game 1 of the

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TORONTO -- I never want to make too many direct comparisons between this year’s Islanders and last year’s, but it was hard to avoid last night. This 5-3 win looked an awful lot like the 5-3 win here on April 18.

John Tavares dominating? Check. He was 2-1-3 in April, 0-3-3 last night. Early deficit? Check. Down 2-0 last season, 1-0 last night. Continuing a run of resilient play on the road?...

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On Olympic picks and Islander goalies

Thomas Vanek of the Islanders celebrates his second-period

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TORONTO -- The big deal up here Tuesday is the Canadian Olympic roster announcement at 11 a.m.

From an Islanders perspective, there isn’t much mystery. John Tavares will be named to the squad for the Sochi Games and it was a lock even before Monday night’s hat trick/five-point game, though that was probably a nice bonus for Steve Yzerman and the rest of the Canadian brain trust.

Thomas...

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Thoughts on Kyle Okposo, Olympic hockey and Isles' win streak

Kyle Okposo skates during the first period of

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A few thoughts from the past couple days, including the Islanders’ third straight win:

-- It certainly made for a tidy storyline Thursday night that Kyle Okposo fired home the OT winner.

-- The Isles’ first overtime victory in nearly a full calendar year and first home OT win in nearly two calendar years -- and, since I was home and not racing around the locker room as Mark Herrmann...

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