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John Tavares thinks the Islanders need to get better at protecting leads.

The Islanders were 15-6-6 when taking a lead into the third period, which was the worst winning percentage in the league in that situation. Every other squad won at least two-thirds of their games when leading through 40 minutes. Tavares also feels the team needs to improve its play at home and on special teams. "We have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, our consistency has to be a lot better," Tavares said. "When we're playing well and doing the right things consistently we're a good team. We showed that last year and we showed that during the stretch from December into January and the young guys showed it at the end of this season."
Apr 17 - 9:54 AM

The New York Islanders have to decide whether or not to allow the Buffalo Sabres to take their 2014 first round pick to complete the Tomas Vanek trade.

The Islanders have the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Given that, it might seem obvious that the Islanders would keep the pick and hope to improve in 2014-15. However, the 2015 draft is far deeper and includes two potential superstars in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. It would be terrible for the Islanders if they miss the playoffs again in 2014-15 only for their lottery pick to belong to Buffalo.
Apr 16 - 10:03 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky isn't out of the woods yet when it comes to his recovery from a concussion.

"Sometimes I feel good, sometimes not too well," Visnovsky said. "It's a long summer, four, five months, so hopefully I will be OK . . . [Retirement] is not for me yet. Think positive." Visnovsky had 11 points in just 24 games in 2013-14. He's dealing with his second concussion since the beginning of the campaign.
Apr 15 - 10:31 AM

John Tavares denied the rumors that he wants to be traded.

"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There's no part of me that wants to leave," Tavares said. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we've still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn't changed." Tavares' season was cut short due to a knee injury sustained during the Olympics. Before that happened, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.
Apr 15 - 10:29 AM

Islanders GM Garth Snow said that Jack Capuano will be back behind the bench next season.

"Cappy will be back," Snow said Monday. "If we have an opportunity to add to our staff, the way we'd look to add a player, then we'll do that. But I don't expect to change the current staff." He just finished his fourth season with the club, where he has compiled a 118-120-39 record.
Apr 14 - 4:30 PM

Ryan Strome had six goals and 14 points in his last 22 games.

Strome began to show why the Islanders selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft and if he progresses, not too many teams will have the strength up the middle in their top two lines like New York has. John Tavares is unquestionably the top dog on the Island but with Strome fitting in nicely as the number two center, the Islanders have as solid a 1-2 punch as anyone with the exception of the Penguins, in the NHL.
Apr 14 - 8:40 AM

New York Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson finished his season on a positive note, helping his team win 4-3 (SO) on Sunday.

That win pushes Nilsson over .500 (8-7-2) on the season with a .896 save percentage and 3.11 GAA.
Apr 13 - 8:55 PM

The 2013-14 season was by far the best ever in New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen's NHL career.

He collected four assists in the last two games (two assists apiece) to finish with career-highs in goals (25), assists (33), points (58) and SOG (167).
Apr 13 - 8:49 PM

Anders Lee potted his seventh goal of the year in the Islanders' 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey on Friday.

He snapped a 12-game goalless drought in the process. Lee had two assists during his goal slump. In his previous eight NHL games, he amassed six markers and three assists.
Apr 12 - 11:54 AM

Anders Nilsson blocked 25 of 27 shots to lift the Isles to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils on Friday night.

Nilsson snaps a two game losing slump and improves to 7-7-3 on the year with a struggling .894 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average. The 24 year old Swede is now 3-0 in shootouts.
Apr 11 - 11:28 PM

Frans Nielsen piled on two assists and scored a goal in the shootout to power the Islanders past regional rival New Jersey 3-2 on Friday night

Nielsen has been superb this season, setting career highs in goals (25), points (56) and now tying his career high in assists on Friday night with his 30th and 31st of the season. The 29 year old Dane has four points in his past five.
Apr 11 - 11:21 PM

Johan Sundstrom is dealing with a neck injury.

Given that the New York Islanders have been eliminated and the season's ending on Sunday anyways, it wouldn't be surprising if Sundstrom misses the rest of the campaign. He has an assist in 11 games this season.
Apr 11 - 6:44 PM

The New York Islanders have called up Justin Johnson.

Johnson has five points and 183 penalty minutes in 48 AHL games this season. The 32-year-old will make his NHL debut on Friday.
Apr 11 - 5:54 PM

Anders Nilsson will start for the New York Islanders on Friday.

This will be Nilsson's third start in four games. He has a 3.21 GAA and .892 save percentage in 17 contests this season.
Apr 11 - 5:52 PM

Brock Nelson scored a power-play goal in the Islanders' 2-0 win on Thursday.

Nelson didn't record a point in his previous 10 games. He has 12 goals and 13 assists in 70 contests in 2013-14.
Apr 11 - 9:50 AM


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