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John Tavares | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
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John Tavares recorded an assist in the Islanders' 4-1 win against Washington in Game 1 of the first round.
Tavares finished second in the NHL with 86 points in 82 contests in 2014-15. He'll need to play a big role in order for the Islanders to go far in the playoffs, but it was encouraging to see them have a commanding game on a night where his offensive production was minimal. Apr 16 - 9:40 AM

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John Tavares registered two points in the Islanders’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

He had a goal and a helper. However, nothing went right for the Islanders tonight in their Coliseum regular season finale. After Jamie Benn's four-point night, Tavares lost out on the Art Ross trophy. He still finished with a remarkable season, 38 goals and 86 points. Further, the Isles lost out on home ice in the first round against the Capitals. Kyle Okposo and Nikolay Kulemin also had a goal and an assist. Eric Boulton picked up the other marker. Nick Leddy had two assists. This figures to be a very exciting series.
Apr 11 - 10:42 PM

John Tavares scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tavares extended his point-streak to five games and has 10 points during that span. The Islanders had already clinched a playoff spot coming into this game but this win locked up the third seed in the Metropolitan Division. New York took many by surprise this year and even though they've struggled in the last few weeks, they have now hit the 100 point mark in 2014-15. Tavares has 37 goals and 84 points in 81 games this season. He should be one of the finalists for the Hart trophy (league MVP).
Apr 10 - 9:42 PM

John Tavares nearly led his Islanders to a comeback win over the Flyers with a goal and two assists, but a soft goal with 2.1 seconds left would seal it for Philadelphia 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Tavares was a man on a mission, leading all skaters with 23:10 of ice time, winning 58% of his draws, blocking two shots, throwing four hits, and sending five pucks to the net. In the end, he's only tied with Sidney Crosby for most points in the NHL with 83 to go along with his 36 goals. All of which are career highs, as well.
Apr 7 - 11:25 PM

John Tavares notched a goal and an assist in the Isles’ 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old has now surpassed the point-per-game rate with 79 points in 78 games this season after collecting five points in his last two contests. Tavares needs two more points to match his career high set in 2011-2012.
Apr 2 - 10:49 PM

John Tavares has three assists in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Islanders fought back and the game was tied at three after 20 minutes. Tavares helped set up goals by Ryan Strome and Kyle Okposo in the first period and Frans Nielsen in the second period. The 24-year-old has emerged as a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season. Tavares has 34 goals and 77 points in 77 games this season. He will come close to reaching his career-high of 81 points.
Mar 29 - 7:47 PM

Do not be surprised if John Tavares and Kyle Okposo are not on the same line Saturday.

Both have struggled since Okposo returned to the lineup seven games ago, so coach Jack Capuano could go back to playing Tavares with Josh Bailey and Anders Lee, a line that played so well together during Okposo's absence. If that is the case, then Okposo will play alongside Frans Nielsen.
Mar 28 - 10:08 AM

John Tavares scored the Islanders' lone goal in a tough 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Tavares was a force to be reckoned with, scoring only after following up his own shot for a gritty goal to give the Islanders the lead just before the second period ended. He also led all skaters with eight shots during the game with three takeaways. With the point, he tied Sidney Crosby for the league-lead in points with 74 points on the season.
Mar 24 - 11:09 PM

John Tavares had an assist in a 3-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Tavares ended a four-game point drought, which was tied for his longest in his last three campaigns. The fact that four contests without a point is as bad as it's gotten for Tavares in recent years when he's been healthy speaks volumes about his consistency. With 33 goals and 73 points in 73 contests, he's just one point back in the Art Ross Trophy race.
Mar 22 - 10:12 AM

John Tavares hasn't registered a point in his last four games.

That ties his longest scoring drought of the past three seasons and it's his longest skid of the 2014-15 campaign. Tavares is expected to be reunited with Anders Lee and Josh Bailey for Saturday's match against New Jersey.
Mar 21 - 8:42 AM

John Tavares hasn't recorded a point in three straight games.

The Islanders have lost all three of those contests. "I just try to go out there every night and approach it the same way," Tavares said. "I believe I can be better than I played this past week. It's an opportunity to go out there and respond . . . Obviously, I try just to lead by example, do all the right things and know I'm counted on for a lot." He's still leading the league in points with 72 in 71 games.
Mar 17 - 11:25 AM

John Tavares has scored seven points in his last three contests.

Tavares scored the overtime winner in yesterday's game in his hometown of Toronto. The 24-year-old collected two points against Nashville, three points against Florida and two more points against the Leafs. Tavares has 72 this season which is tops in the NHL. He has emerged as a legitimate hart trophy candidate. The Rangers will present an interesting challenge for him and his teammates on Tuesday night.
Mar 10 - 6:24 PM

Islanders captain John Tavares scored with 21.8 seconds remaining in overtime Monday night to give New York a 4-3, come-from-behind victory against the beleaguered Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Tyler Kennedy, Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas scored in the third period for the Islanders (43-21-4), who were down 3-1 with 13:54 left in regulation. Tavares drew an assist on Kennedy's goal and now has 72 points on the season (39 assists, 33 goals). Kennedy's goal was his fifth of the season but first with the Isles. He was on a line with Tavares and compared Tavares with another NHL superstar, Sidney Crosby, whom he once played with in Pittsburgh. The Isles acquired Kennedy from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline for a conditional pick in the 2015 or 2016 NHL draft. Kennedy, 28, had four goals and nine points in 25 games with the Sharks. In 464 NHL games, Kennedy has 84 goals and 194 points. Nielsen's goal Monday was his 12th and Cizikas now has seven. Travis Hamonic and Josh Bailey each had two-assist nights.
Mar 9 - 10:53 PM

The New York Islanders don't want to underestimate the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Islanders are set to play against Toronto on Monday. "The games this time of year are tight, no matter who you play," John Tavares argued despite Toronto's 5-21-2 record since Jan. 1. The Islanders have dropped three of their last four games with all of those losses coming against squads that don't hold playoff spots. They certainly don't want to miss out on another two points that they really should have in the bag.
Mar 9 - 10:56 AM

John Tavares contributed to all the Islanders’ goals in their 4-3 shootout loss against the Panthers on Saturday night.

He scored and assisted twice. The current Art Ross Trophy leader, Tavares should also be getting a serious look for the Hart Trophy as well. The Islanders captain has three goals and seven points over his last five games, good for 32 goals and 70 points on the year. Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey also got goals in the loss.
Mar 7 - 10:45 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Brock Nelson
4Eric Boulton
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Josh Bailey
3Tyler Kennedy
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Cal Clutterbuck
6Colin McDonald
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Griffin Reinhart
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Michal Neuvirth