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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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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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Michael Grabner expected the scratch

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

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TORONTO -- Michael Grabner says he felt this move coming on.

Grabner will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday night here against the Leafs, the first time he’s missed a game without an injury or the impending birth of his son since Oct. 9, 2010, shortly after he was claimed off waivers from the Panthers.

“Everybody knows what my role is and I haven’t scored a point in 12 games,” Grabner...

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Thoughts after Thursday night's loss

Casey Cizikas scores a second-period goal past Ben

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A few thoughts before the Wings come to town on Saturday and I take off for the weekend -- you’ll be in Jim Baumbach’s capable hands for Saturday night game coverage:

-- Thursday night was a real stinger, and it was evident after the game. Jack Capuano usually tries to zig when everyone else zags, so his mild postgame comments are not a sign of denial. He’s not one to pile on when he sees...

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Kevin Poulin to start again for Islanders

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin stops a shot against

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Kevin Poulin will make his second consecutive start in goal on Tuesday for the Islanders, his first set of back-to-back starts since Feb. 20-21, 2012 -- of course, Poulin only played 95 seconds of the Feb. 20 game, pulled after allowing two goals.

But it’s still a bit of a change for the Isles, going with the 25-year-old goaltender to see if he can help right the team after a four-game losing...

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Nabokov gets start over Poulin on Saturday

Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders makes a save

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COLUMBUS --  Evgeni Nabokov gets the call on Saturday night here against the Blue Jackets, who have lost five straight.

Cue the internet outrage!

But here's the case for Nabokov on Saturday and Kevin Poulin on Sunday, in his hometown of Montreal:

-- Poulin has started on consecutive nights in the NHL just once, on Feb. 20-21, 2012. He was pulled after allowing two goals in...

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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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