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Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The Close Out November Edition: 11/30/15

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche at New York Islanders

November has had a lot of attributes that Islanders’ fans would like to forget. The month started with a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, featured a demotion and recall of a key to the future in Ryan Strome, hit a depressing lull when a preseason trade request by fan favorite Travis Hamonic was made public and had three dates with the Montreal Canadiens that all ended with tough losses.

Despite the uncertainties around the team, the Islanders wake up on the final morning of this historically tough month for the franchise possessing a 6-6-1 record since the loss to Buffalo with a game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche in Brooklyn that will give them a chance to escape November with a winning record.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Blind Observations at Thanksgiving on the Isles

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The New York Islanders came back from a 2-0 deficit last night in Tampa to defeat the Lightning 3-2 on a power play goal by John Tavares with 3:36 left in the game. Josh Bailey also scored on the power play, and Cal Clutterbuck tied the game up in the 2nd period for the Isles. Unlike the previous evening against the Panthers in which the Islanders came back, but lost in the shootout, they managed to earn the 2 points and get 3 out of 4 on the mini road trip to the sunshine state.

Thanksgiving seems to fall around the quarter mark of the NHL season, so many places, including, seem to “review” the league and how teams are doing at this time of the year. Of course, some teams, like the Montreal Canadians and Dallas Stars are doing surprisingly well, while others, such as the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets, have started off disappointingly so far.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Dirty Win Edition 11/29/15

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Well, that’s a nice ‘how do you do’.

The New York Islanders won a game they maybe shouldn’t have last night in Tampa, defeating the Lightning 3-2 and coming home with three out of a possible four points in their pocket after completing their brief Florida swing.

Two Power Play Goals Lift the Islanders Over Tampa Bay

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TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 28:  Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders congratulates goalie Thomas Greiss #1 after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 at Amalie Arena on November 28, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders (12-8-4) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (11-11-3) 3-2 in Tampa Bay this evening. At the end of the first period it looked like the Islanders were prepared to hand in a lackluster performance as Tampa Bay went to the dressing room high in energy and leading 1-0. The Islanders fell behind 2-0 in the second period, but for the second consecutive night they came back from a two goal deficit on the road to salvage points.

Islanders Look to Strike Lightning in Tampa: Pregame Report

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NHL: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning


New York Islanders (11-8-4) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (11-10-3) : Game 24 of 82

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: No Saves For You 11/28/15

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I’m not sure, honestly, how to properly classify last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers that dropped the New York Islanders to 11-8-4 on the season and kept them entrenched in fourth place in the Metropolitan division.

Did they steal a point? Or did they lose a point?

Islanders Welcome Strome Back In Florida: Pregame Report

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New York Islanders (11-8-3) @ Florida Panthers (8-9-4) : Game 23 of 82

Navigating the Remainder of 2015 Important for Islanders

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Marek Zidlicky#28 of the New York Islanders checks Andre Burakovsky #65 of the Washington Capitals during the first period at the Barclays Center on September 28, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In the next four days, the New York Islanders play three times; twice against teams nipping at their heals for wild card position in the Eastern Conference. For now, and the remainder of 2015, it’s important to make sure they separate themselves from teams below them. That may seem defeatist, but, while doing so they will climb the Metro division ladder.

A Time To Give Thanks And Accept Islanders Reality: An Usher’s Story

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Once I was able to get myself off the couch after consuming what seemed to be about twenty pounds of food to celebrate American Thanksgiving, I was taken aback by the below story that was shared with me through Facebook.

It’s about giving thanks to all that we have, not necessarily what we want, and in that thanks, learning acceptance for the way things are. It comes to us from a former Nassau Coliseum usher who not only lost his team but his job. Without further adieu since I cannot really do it justice, continue reading below…


I’m thankful for the 15 seasons I spent as a Nassau Coliseum usher.

Islanders Insights Top Shelf: Strome Is Back Edition: 11/27/15

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NHL: New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks

Islanders fans will see a familiar face on the ice tonight when the Islanders meet the Florida Panthers. Ryan Strome has returned to the team after a three-week demotion to Bridgeport.

Strome was demoted after he was one of several players to get off to a slow start to the season, tallying only one goal and four assists in his first twelve games of the season. The Islanders had hoped he would slot into the top line next to his roommate John Tavares at the beginning of the season.

Brock Nelson has been riding a nice wave of productivity next to JT in Strome’s absence. Nelson has five goals and three assists over the last eight games.

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.

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