Isles Shutout Sabres, Inch Closer To Playoff Berth

The New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Saturday night for their second to last home game of the regular season at Nassau Coliseum. In honor of the fact that the Islanders will soon be leaving Nassau County for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the franchise dedicated this evening’s game to a few select players that have played major roles for this team over the past four decades.

Such players included Ed Westfall, Gary Howatt, Bobby Nystrom, Butch Goring, Ken Morrow, Pierre Turgeon, Steve Webb, Eric Cairns and Shawn Bates.

Each player was honored with a video tribute highlighting their contributions to the franchise during their respective decades.

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Jack Capuano Needs To Rewrite A Happy Ending To This Tragedy

Blowing a two goal lead in the third period of a hockey game is never acceptable by the standards of most coaches and players, but to let it happen when you are looking to solidify a playoff spot is downright atrocious.

And that’s what the New York Islanders did last night.

With all due respect to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that has now won eight games in a row, they are not a contending playoff team. They currently sit fifth in the Metropolitan Division, 15 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (and the Pens sit in one of the Eastern Conference wild card spots, only one point away from knocking the Islanders out of the top three in the Metropolitan Division).

This was a game that they needed to win and should have won – and they were well on their way until they blew it; a common theme for the Islanders over the past several weeks.

Islanders Face Daunting Week Ahead at Coliseum

With less than three weeks left in the regular season, the Islanders have positioned themselves nicely for a top-three finish in the Metropolitan Division. Their 92 points (44-25-4) is currently good for second, two point ahead of Pittsburgh and four points clear of Washington and a wild card spot. Yes, it will be disappointing not to win the division after being atop it for so long, but the goal right now should be a top three-finish, and just as important, home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.

Playoff Success or Bust for Islanders

If someone went up to an Islander fan in September and asked them if they would be happy if by St. Patrick's Day, the team would be sitting at second plance in the Metropolitan Division with 90 points and comfortably in a playoff position, what percentage would have said "yes?" 90 percent? 95? Heck, would it even get as high as 99.9999 percent (yes, there's always one)? If wins lead to success and success leads to happiness, then surely we should be grinning ear to ear, unable to hide our joy of the 2014/15 season, right?

Johnny Boychuk Inks Seven-Year Extension With Isles

The New York Islanders have helped solidify their blue line for the next seven years by inking top-pairing defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a new contract that will see him in an Isles uniform through the 2021-2022 season.

...it doesn't appear that he will be going back to Boston after all.

The contract will pay Boychuk a total of $42 million with an annual cap hit of $6 million per season.

Okposo Set To Return For Last Islanders/Rangers Game of the Regular Season

The New York Islanders will have a welcomed face back in the line-up tonight as Kyle Okposo is set to return as they take on the New York Rangers for the last time at Nassau Coliseum tonight.

This will also be the last time that these two teams will meet, barring a match-up in this year’s playoffs.

Okposo has missed the last six weeks of the season due a detached retina that required immediate surgery. According to Newsday, the surgery was so serious that he was unsure of whether or not his vision would have officially been restored to his eye.

Okposo's Return Imminent; Isles Face "Forward" Questions

If the only good news the Islanders received Thursday night was that they picked up another big two points in Nashville, it would have been a good enough day. But the night was made a little sweeter when it was reported that forward Kyle Okposo would be joining the team in Florida for its Saturday night game against the Panthers. It is unlikely Okposo will suit up, but the idea of number 21 back in the lineup is enough to excite the Islander fans who were stunned to see him go down with injury over the All-Star Break.

Has Garth Snow Earned Our Trust?

It’s time for me to give the devil his due, and in this case, the devil is the general manager of the New York Islanders: Garth Snow. The much-maligned general manager has had his boisterous critics (*raises hand*) and while much of it has been well-deserving, maybe, just maybe, Snow is ready to have the last laugh.

Islanders Move Johnson, Acquire Kennedy and Neuvirth At Trade Deadline

The New York Islanders weren’t anticipated by many to be busy today during the NHL’s annual trade deadline. But to the contrary, Garth Snow’s phone was ringing plenty today as the Islanders GM made a handful of moves.

Cappy's Battle Level Trade Deadline

The Islanders have been playing decently well, having a rare clunker here & there as the season starts to wind down (boy that Carolina game was rough). With the rash of injuries both offensively & defensively, it's tough for the Isles to get on the roll they had earlier in the season.