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Eight Straight Losses For The New York Islanders

from Ethan Sears of the New York Post,

The last time the Islanders faced the Penguins, they ended Pittsburgh’s 2020-21 season with Game 6 victory in a first-round playoff series. Much has changed since that night in May.

Chief among those changes: The Islanders, who took the Lightning to seven games in the Stanley Cup semifinals last season, look less and less like a playoff contender with each passing day. After a 1-0 loss to the Penguins on Friday night, the Islanders (5-10-2) have now been beaten in eight straight games and face a 17-point climb just to make it back to a postseason berth.

“This is one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced in 20-some years,” head coach Barry Trotz said, referring to the injury and illness that have hit the Islanders. “And I started with an expansion team.”

The Islanders looked overmatched from the start Friday. The Penguins accounted for 10 of the game’s first 12 shots, and Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin was the sole reason the final score wasn’t uglier.

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The Reeling New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of The Athletic,

On Wednesday, for the first time in a week, there were no additions to the COVID protocol list. But it still wasn’t a step in the right direction as Noah Dobson became the fifth regular defenseman to be sidelined, this time by a lower-body injury. That left Scott Mayfield as the only top-six regular D-man in the lineup for the Ranger game, with Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDue the latest Islanders (along with center Otto Koivula) to make their season debuts.

It went about as you’d expect: The Isles worked hard, they played well at times but it wasn’t enough. It seems impossible to believe it can ever be enough while missing 10 of the original 21 skaters on the roster at the start of the season. And it’s not as if the Islanders entered this COVID-and-injury minefield playing well; they’d lost three straight before the things started to fall apart with the roster.

Now it’s seven straight, all by at least three goals. A mind-boggling stretch that doesn’t have an endpoint yet — all seven players in COVID protocol are still testing positive despite reportedly mild symptoms. Josh Bailey is eligible to come out of protocol Friday, Anders Lee and Ross Johnston on Sunday.

By then it may feel too late to do enough to right this season that’s gone so terribly wrong.

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The New York Islanders Are Down Six Players Due To COVID

from Sportsnet,

Veteran defenceman Zdeno Chara has become the seventh New York Islanders player to be added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list.

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello made the Chara announcement Tuesday.

Lamoriello said he had discussions with the NHL about the Islanders' schedule on Monday and said as of now, the team is getting ready to play on Wednesday against the New York Rangers.

"There is no decision to my knowledge. We’re preparing to play unless we hear otherwise," Lamoriello said.

Forwards Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows and Ross Johnston, and defencemen Adam Pelech and Andy Greene are also in protocol.

The NHL postponed three Ottawa Senators game last week after they had 10 players on the list. Those were the first NHL games postponed because of COVID this season.

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The New York Islanders Have Their Home

from Neil Best of Newsday,

Islanders fans finally got their turn on Saturday night.

For a decade and a half, they had watched new or rebuilt sports palaces rise across the region, from Newark to Queens to the Bronx to East Rutherford to Brooklyn to, yes, midtown Manhattan.

But it never, ever was about them, fans of a team that has been looking for a modern home to call its own for as long as many of those fans have been alive.

Now they not only can say they have one but can argue — and probably will — that they have the best one of all:

UBS Arena, the $1.1 billion facility that opened with the Islanders hosting the Flames before a crowd that spent much of the night oohing-and-aahing its way through wide concourses and architectural flourishes.

"I’ve been waiting for this since the early ’80s; it’s unbelievable," Mike Galligan of Deer Park said as he watched the third period from his seat in front of the Tailgate Bar. "I can’t believe I’m here tonight."

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KK member Kaszycki and his Krew was at the game and gave his views in the comment section of this post.

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The New York Islanders Are Finally Home At UBS Arena

from Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post,

It feels like forever, yes, but it was just 150 days ago. That was the last time the Islanders were truly islanders, the last time they actually played a match on the Island, and it was one of the grandest sporting moments we’ve had around here in so, so long.

There were 12,000 true believers in the old house, the Old Barn, Nassau Coliseum, desperate to keep hockey season alive for another few days. That was June 23. The Islanders were two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals but also only one loss away from their first tee times of summer.

Fort Neverlose was asked to rise to one more occasion.

And did. It took a little extra work. It took Anthony Beauvillier beating Andrei Vasilevskiy 68 seconds into overtime to give the locals a 3-2 win over the Lightning, to send the Old Barn into one last frenzy. In the moment, there was hope there might be still more hockey games at the old address — 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, 11553 — but that dream died on a steamy St. Petersburg night two days on.

One-hundred-fifty days later, at last, the lads come back home.

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The Rights To Johnny Boychuk Have Been Acquired By The Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres are now above the salary cap.

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Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To Mike Bossy

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The New York Islanders Will Be A Force This Year

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

While battling in a difficult division in 2021, the Isles again earned a playoff spot and won their first-round showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins, then lost again to Tampa Bay.

But the most crucial thing they did was prove the previous two years were no fluke, and that the days of disregarding the Islanders were at an end. And now, as they prepare to begin the 2021-22 campaign, the Isles no longer are considered an underdog.

If their health holds up, they’re going to be one of the favorites to win the highly competitive Metropolitan Division, and nothing less than a return trip to the Eastern Final will suffice.

For a team that has almost always been the hunter, the Islanders now are the hunted. And despite the accompanying pressure that always comes along with being a top dog, that change in status is a great thing for them.

The turnabout in fortunes may have happened at the precise time veteran NHL GM Lou Lamoriello took over the Isles’ reins and he hired Cup-winning head coach Barry Trotz away from the Washington Capitals, but the Islanders’ improvement hasn’t all been about management.

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Report-  Zdeno Chara Will Be Joining The New York Islanders

via Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

Big Z is heading home.

According to ESPN's Kevin Weekes, Zdeno Chara is returning to the New York Islanders on a one-year contract.

Chara, 44, began his career with the Islanders in 1997-98, spending four seasons with the team before getting traded to Ottawa in 2001 in a deal that sent Alexei Yashin to Long Island.

Chara played 55 of 56 games for Washington last season, recording two goals and 10 points in a reduced role for the team. Chara spent 14 years with the Boston Bruins before that, serving as captain for the entirety of his tenure while winning a Stanley Cup and a Norris Trophy.

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The New York Islanders Sign Four Players

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