ISLANDERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Capuano hints at Isles changes after Brock Nelson letdown

TAMPA, Fla. — Moving Brock Nelson up in the lineup spurred an offensive outburst from the Islanders in Game 1. Keeping him there was a detriment in Game 2. Now Islanders coach Jack Capuano has a decision to make after a 4-1 loss to the Lightning on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena tied this second-round...
Via New York Post
9 hours ago

Halak or no Halak, Islanders must stick with Greiss

Isn’t it amazing how quickly fan sentiment can change in the NHL playoffs? Isn’t it fascinating how drastically one’s reputation can rise or fall? Just two weeks ago, Islanders’ fans were holding their breath at the thought of Thomas Greiss starting in goal for the team’s first-round series against the Panthers. And now they’re all singing his praises at once. Through...
Via The Hockey Writers
21 hours ago

Travis Hamonic’s odd spot: Isles work pays off amid trade hope

BRANDON, Fla. — There has to be a bittersweet undercurrent for Travis Hamonic, and though it doesn’t come through in his words, it’s there. “I know what you’re trying to get at,” the Islanders defenseman told The Post on Friday afternoon after practice, a respectful way of deflecting attention from his personal situation — the...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

WATCH: Islanders top Lightning in Game 1

Jack Capuano, John Tavares and Shane Prince meet the media after the New York Islanders claimed a 5-3 victory in Game 1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Via SNY
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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders: Stats Behind The Victory

The Islanders are going to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 23 years. We have compiled some statistics to help you relive the excitement that was the six game series with the Panthers. (H/t to Isles’ statistician Eric Hornick for compiling many of the statistics repeated on the broadcast and therefore here). The Islanders played back-to-back...
Via Islanders Insight
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Five Greatest Playoff Moments For These Islanders

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is complete and the New York Islanders are advancing. The Stanley Cup remains the ultimate goal and the ultimate prize, but after twenty-three years of futility the New York Islanders and their fan base deserve at least one day to pause and celebrate. In fact, they should probably celebrate for awhile. For years, if you were an Islanders’...
Via Islanders Insight
5 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders’ Three Keys To Victory

The Islanders are 60 minutes away from breaking the longest playoff series win drought in the NHL. Here is what will give the Islanders a date with the Lightning next week. 1. SPECIAL TEAMS The Islanders have been winning the special teams battle, and it hasn’t been close. The Islanders are 5-18 (27.77%) on the power play. The Panthers on the other hand are 2-18 (11.11%). The Isles...
Via Islanders Insight
6 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
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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