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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The Happy Thanksgiving Edition: 11/26/15

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: The New York Islanders celebrate their win against the Calgary Flames at the Barclays Center on October 26, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders shut out the Flames 4-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving 2015 has arrived. As we give thanks for our family and friends let’s also feel thankful for a 3-1 Islanders victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night at the Barclays Center.

Islanders Return Home To Take Down The Flyers

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Brooklyn, NY – After dropping both legs of a home-and-home series with the Montreal Canadians over the weekend, the New York Islanders returned to Barclays Center as they hosted the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season. Riding a solid team performance, the Islanders came away with the 3-1 victory and improved their record to 11-8-3 (25 points).

Sound The Division Bell; Islanders Battle Flyers: Pregame Report

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UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders and Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers fight during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-5) @ New York Islanders (10-8-3) : Game 22 of 82

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: “The Special Teams” Edition: 11/25/15

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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders

Islanders’ fans will be happy to hear that the team emphasized special teams in practice yesterday. Everyone will be anxious to see if the team reaps any fruit from the additional work tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers and Islanders matchup for the first time all season at the Barclays Center.

Islanders: First Marking Period Grades Are In

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Believe it or not, the 2015-16 National Hockey League season is now 25 percent complete. It seems like just yesterday when the New York Islanders were getting ready to christen Barclays Center in Brooklyn as its new home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

But alas, 21 games out of 82 have been played and its time to grade the Islanders from top to bottom in the first marking period.

NHL: New York Islanders at Vancouver Canucks


Who Leaked the Hamonic Trade Request?

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When Elliot Friedman tweeted last Wednesday that Travis Hamonic requested a trade from the New York Islanders, general manager Garth Snow’s leverage in trade negotiations was greatly reduced. Once the world knew that the defenseman not only asked to be traded by the team, but that he had a very specific list of teams he was willing to go to, his potential suitors were made aware of their competition in the trade negotiations.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: “We’re Going to Keep You Around Kid” Edition: 11/24/15

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Bryan Trottier’s “Letter to My Younger Self” was published yesterday in the Players Tribune and if you love hockey, the New York Islanders, Bryan Trottier or any combination of the three it’s a definite must read if you missed it.

The most refreshing element about Trottier’s piece is that his individual career achievements; the Calder Memorial Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the All-Star Games and the five goal games don’t get a single mention.

Haunting Flashbacks & Lessons From Montreal

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The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens concluded their season series with the Canadiens taking the final third game by a score of 4-2 and sweeping the regular season 3-0. For the Islanders, it was good to get these games over in November than have to play the Canadiens in March or April while still in the playoffs race. For Montreal, it’s more separation from other teams in their division and a message to the NHL that they’re making another serious run for the Cup this year. But this series will also shed some light on what the Islanders can do to improve the hockey club and make a stronger push to the playoffs so if they have to meet Montreal in the playoffs, they’ll be better prepared.

Islanders Tweets of the Week: 11/16 TO 11/22

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Reminder: If you are using #Isles and tweeting stuff about the Boys of Long Island-Brooklyn, we’ll be watching you.

How quickly things can unravel.

Coming off a successful road trip, the Islanders returned to Brooklyn last Monday night to craft a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. They seemed to be playing like their old relentless selves of last season, while Brock Nelson began to come to life and Frans Nielsen tied briefly for the team lead in goals.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Change This Feeling Edition: 11/23/15

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Fans arrive for the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 21, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are now twenty-one games into their season and have amassed twenty-three points with their 10-8-3 record. Last night’s loss was a bitter pill as the Montreal Canadiens completed their season sweep of the Islanders with a 4-2 victory in Montreal.

Islanders Late Meltdown Leads To Canadiens Season Sweep

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Round Three: Islanders – Canadiens Pregame Report

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 05:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders scores a third period goal against Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.  The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 6-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


New York Islanders (10-7-3) @ Montreal Canadiens (15-4-2) : Game 21 of 82

Playing GM: Potential Suitors For Islanders Hamonic

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Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

Standard disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been, a National Hockey League general manager. I don’t play one on television and I certainly didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Sooner Or Later? 11/22/15

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NHL: New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets

The Islanders arrived in Montreal yesterday following an optional practice at IceWorks in Syosset with a familiar face in tow, for now at least.

Travis Hamonic was still among the 20 players who made the trip north as the team prepares to take on the Montreal Canadiens for the third time in two weeks. After Friday’s 5-3 home loss, New York is in need of a boost tonight on all levels, starting with their defensive play, which was abysmal in the first 20 minutes of the previous game.

Arbour’s Islanders Overcame Adversity to Beat Canadiens, and So Must These Islanders

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Al Arbour Press Conference

Let’s hope the Islanders’ players aren’t feeling the prospect of Travis Hamonic leaving as badly as the fans are. Overall, the team put a solid effort together in last night’s loss against one of the NHL’s best teams and came within one goal of tying the game in the 3rd period after allowing three first period tallies.

If you look at Jaroslav Halak and the power play’s performance, maybe the team is being affected by the Hamonic trade rumors. But if you look at the fact that Brock Nelson scored again, Hamonic scored his first of the year and the tying goal slid across the goal line in the third, perhaps this team’s heart and mind is completely where it needs to be despite the Hamonic rumors.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Separation Anxiety Edition 11/21/2015

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders playing in his first game of the season defends his net against the San Jose Sharks during the game at the Barclays Center on October 17, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders played their first game since news of Travis Hamonic‘s trade request broke and the result was neither appealing to the eyes or on the scoreboard.

The Price Is Right; Canadiens Goalie Returns To Beat Islanders

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Trading Hamonic Now Is Good For Isles

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When news of the trade request by Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic broke a few days ago, I’m usually one for writing a rumor piece strictly because I love the entertainment value of talking about where certain players may go and for whom. This time however, I refrained from it because of the peculiar circumstances and who requested the trade. Travis Hamonic is a player very dear to the fans on Long Island and he’s probably one of the core players fans had hoped to see his number raised to the rafters of Nassau Coliseum. Unfortunately, the Barclays Center will have to do. Hamonic signed a long-term contract and many were sure that with him and the rest of the core that he’d experience winning a Stanley Cup as a New York Islander. It may still happen, but it doesn’t look realistic. There are many rumors now about where he will be traded to as he has requested a trade closer to his home for personal reasons. I’m not writing this piece as to where he may go, but when.

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