ISLANDERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Islanders not sure what to do with struggling sophomore

Ryan Strome had two assists against the Lightning in the series opener. In Game 2, he played the fourth-most minutes of any Islanders forward. On Tuesday, he was a healthy scratch for the third time in the playoffs. Heading into Game 4 on Friday in Brooklyn, even coach Jack Capuano sounded like he didn’t yet...
Via New York Post
11 hours ago

Islanders have focus on the positives, eliminate the negatives, going into Game 4

BROOKLYN – New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano was talking about the tying goal in Game 3 of his team’s second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the goal that never should have happened and led to the overtime loss that now finds the Islanders needing to win three of the next four games to take the series. He talked about having the players he wanted out there,...
Via The Hockey News
13 hours ago

Islanders Have No Choice But to Bounce Back

There is no doubt the New York Islanders Game 3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning is a tough pill to swallow. They were 38.4 seconds away from taking a two games to one lead in the series. But Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov changed all that. The Islanders have no choice but to bounce back. If they don’t they will be packing up for their off-season in the next few days. With his game...
Via The Hockey Writers
17 hours ago

WATCH: Islanders lose to Lightning in Game 3

New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and captain John Tavares talk about the road ahead after falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
Via SNY
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Video: Brian Boyle lights up Thomas Hickey, scores OT winner

Thomas Hickey had himself quite a night in Game 3. He probably had two of the most influential plays of the night and they were for two completely different reasons. First, he dished out a vicious hit on Jonathan Drouin. This time he was the victim of the big hit. The person laying down the hit? Brian Boyle – all 6’7″ of him. Following the hit, Boyle joined the play and chipped...
Via Puck Drunk Love
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Josh Bailey’s Isles return had everything except a finale

It was some return for Josh Bailey, even if it didn’t end the way he would have liked. The Islanders’ veteran winger returned after a two-game absence for an upper-body injury to score twice in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series on Tuesday night at Barclays...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

Three Keys to a New York Islanders Victory in Game 3

For the fourth straight playoff series, the Islanders come back home for Game 3 with the series tied up at one apiece. In the last two series, New York has won the third game to take an early lead. Against Tampa Bay, the Islanders will look to rebound from a disappointing last four periods on the road in front of their home Brooklyn crowd. Here are three things the Islanders need...
Via Islanders Insight
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Scary eye injury couldn’t stop Kyle Okposo’s Islanders rise

It was a dreary, raining Tuesday morning as Kyle Okposo drove from his home on Long Island into his new professional home in Brooklyn. Before he approached Atlantic Avenue and the swirling rust-colored behemoth of Barclays Center, the longtime Islanders forward from Minnesota had a rare moment of reflection amid the din of the postseason....
Via New York Post
1 day ago

How Can The Islanders Get The First Goal In The Postseason?

The New York Islanders ousted the Florida Panthers in six games despite scoring first one time in the series. In the Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Islanders allowed the opening goal in the first two games, yet found a way to split those games on the road. Now with the series shifting back to Brooklyn, the team’s main focus should be getting the opening tally...
Via Islanders Insight
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Islanders’ Bailey, Pulock could be back for Game 3, Halak not ready yet

The Islanders went into Tampa Bay and shocked the Lightning in Game 1 en route to splitting the first two games of the second-round series, and as the series shifts to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4, New York could be in line to get a boost to the depth their lineup. Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock missed the first two games of the series with upper-body injuries that were sustained in the...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Islanders look to bounce back in Game 3 against Lightning

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders know there are several areas they need to improve to avoid falling behind in their second-round series against Tampa Bay. They need to find a way to beat the Lightning's defensive pressure, step up their passing and just be more aggressive. Returning home after the loss in the last game evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Sign Parker Wotherspoon To Entry Level Deal

The New York Islanders today announced that they have signed defenseman Parker Wotherspoon to a three-year, entry-level contract. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images) Wotherspoon, 18, was the Islanders’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  He has spent the past three seasons with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. He scored 11 goals and added...
Via Islanders Insight
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders coach Jack Capuano takes puck to face, watches team win (VIDEO)

New York Islanders' Jack Capuano may want to ask his equipment manager to bring an extra helmet for Game 2 of his team's second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning after the head coach was nailed in the face with a puck during the opening matchup. Capuano was forced to leave the bench after a puck deflected from the ice and hit him directly in the face. But what might have...
Via The Other Paper
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Prince, John Tavares power the Islanders to Game 1 win

TAMPA, Fla. -- Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist in the New York Islanders' 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.Taking up where he left off in helping the Islanders advance beyond the first round for the first time in 23 years, Tavares assisted...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders coach Jack Capuano takes puck to face

It’s not that rare to see hockey players leave a game with an injury, but it’s rarer to see that happen to the head coach. That’s what happened to New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano in the third period of their second-round series opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night, though. A puck traveling through the neutral zone took a deflection and went into...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Casey Cizikas demolishes Erik Condra

Sometimes at the beginning of a series you have a slow feeling out period or two. In the case of the Lightning and Islanders, that lasted all of five or so minutes. Watch as Casey Cizikas absolutely lays out Erik Condra in the corner. It is a violent looking hit and immediately caused a stir on the ice. The Islanders aren’t going to be content with winning the first round ...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Do The Islanders Stack Up Against The Lightning?

The Tampa Bay Lighting and the New York Islanders have fought their way out of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders earned a hard-fought victory over the Florida Panthers in double overtime of Game 6 and the Lightning made quick work of the Detroit Red Wings in a five-game series. The Islanders proved themselves the better team in the regular season, finishing...
Via The Sports Quotient
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders have been Tavares' team from day he was drafted

The New York Islanders have been John Tavares' team from the moment he was the No. 1 overall pick seven years ago. After enduring four losing seasons in his first five, the captain has led the team to consecutive playoff appearances and gave the rabid fans the signature playoff victory they've been craving for 23 years. Tavares says the Islanders aren't done yet. ''We want to keep...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Lightning vs. Islanders

VitalsNew York: 45-27-10 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Tampa Bay: 46-31-5 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Season SeriesNew York took the three-game series 2-1, with Thomas Greiss getting both wins for the Isles.Playoff HistoryThe only time these teams met in the playoffs, Tampa Bay beat New York in five games in the first round in 2004....
Via Yardbarker
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NY Islanders win first playoff series since 1993

Captain John Tavares’ game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 6 propelled the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday night that clinched their first playoff series victory since beating the Penguins in the 1993 Patrick Division(!) Finals. The end of ridiculously long droughts allows for one of our favorite parlor games at Rumors and Rants (or, for...
Via Rumors and Rants
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL opening round quick hits: Panthers vs. Islanders

VitalsFlorida: (47-26-9) 1st in Atlantic DivisionNew York: (45-27-10) 4th in Metropolitan DivisionSeason SeriesThe Panthers won two of the three meetings between the two teams this season.Looking at the MatchupThe Isles enter these playoffs with a bevy of injuries. They will have to start the first round without starting netminder Jaroslav Halak, and it has not yet been determined...
Via Yardbarker
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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