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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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Thomas Hickey back in Isles' lineup

Thomas Hickey of the Islanders defends against Eric

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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...

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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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Test of leadership for Isles, Tavares

Toronto Maple Leafs' Jay McClement, left, battles for

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TORONTO -- A few thoughts on the latest blah performance from the Islanders here on Tuesday night:

-- The players kept the doors to the locker room closed for a few extra minutes after the game. They did the same thing after the loss in Columbus 10 days earlier. It wasn’t exactly a cure-all then, and I think these players-only meetings can be a bit overblown at times.

Nearly every Islander...

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Fixing the Isles' power play problems

Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek skates during the

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COLUMBUS -- We don’t need another 1200-word breakdown of what’s doing with your Islanders today. But we can dive into some of the bad and some of the good coming out of Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes:

-- Atop the list of bad things is the power play, now at 0-for-21 and sliding. It is also 0-for-18 since Thomas Vanek arrived, though John Tavares’ goal in DC was essentially a PPG, since...

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Colin McDonald returns for Islanders

Islanders right wing Colin McDonald follows through on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Poulin goes into the Isles' net on Thursday against the Hurricanes, Colin McDonald goes back in the lineup after missing five games and Aaron Ness makes his season debut on defense.

A few changes for Jack Capuano and the Isles for their game here.

Poulin, who stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday, was an assumed change. So was the return of...

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Isles' Frans Nielsen says team should be angry after 6-2 loss

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) tries

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got back to work on Wednesday, trying to erase the bad memories of the second period in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Caps in Washington.

“For me, it was the first time all year I didn’t think we channeled our energy the right way,” Jack Capuano said. “There was a lot of frustration on the bench and I thought it carried over in that period.”

The Isles gave up five...

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Islanders assign players to Bridgeport, junior teams

Travis Hamonic talks to reporters as Islanders clean

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The Islanders assigned 19 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Islanders also assigned two players to their junior teams.

The players assigned to Bridgeport include Marc Cantin, Casey Cizikas, Jason Clark, Calvin de Haan, Brandon Defazio, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov, Jon Landry, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Nino...

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