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The Morning Skate: 1/15

The Islanders had their four game winning streak snapped last night at the hands of the Florida Panthers. Below are all the Isles  stories to get you through your day:

Isles’ streaks broken in loss to Panthers — Newsday

Travis Hamonic out with upper-body injury — Newsday

Panthers ice Islanders’ win streak — NY Post/Associated Press

Panthers Snap Isles Four Game Winning Streak — Islanders Point Blank 

Isles’ road streak and comeback magic ends — Lighthouse Hockey

Florida Panthers start fast, beat New York Islanders — Miami herald

Upshall and young centers lead Panthers to 4-2 victory over Islanders — Miami Sun Sentinel 

Panthers shut down Tavares, top Islanders — Yahoo Sports/ The Sports Xchange 


New York Islander Game Notes: Islanders @ Panthers


New York Islanders (18-22-7) @ Florida Panthers (17-21-7)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
BB&T Center | Sunrise, Florida 

Looking for their season high fifth win in a row, the Islanders roll into Florida to take on the Panthers tonight. This is the first of three meetings this season between the the Isles and Panthers.

The Panthers enter tonight’s game 3-2-2 in their last seven contests and currently sit seventh in the Atlantic Division. However the Panthers have not had much luck against the Islanders. In their last four games against New York, the Islanders have defeated them each time.

To try and curb that the Panthers will start, kind of former Islander, Tim Thomas tonight in goal. Thomas was technically a member of the Islanders last season when GM Garth Snow acquired him from Boston in February. He did not play a single game the entire year.

The Islanders will have Kevin Poulin start in net for the fourth time in a row. The forward lines will remain the same for the Isles as they were on Sunday in Dallas, but they will be without the services of Travis Hamonic who is out day-to-day with an upper body injury. Matt Carkner will take Hamonic’s spot on defense.

Their is the chance for a little history to be made tonight. A fifth win in a row would be the first time the Islanders have done so since February of 2008. And an eighth consecutive win on the road would tie a franchise record of longest road winning streak set during the 1980-81 season.

Tonight’s Lineup (defense pairs from the morning skate, per Arthur Staple of Newsday):

Thomas Vanek – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Brock Nelson – Frans Nielsen – Josh Bailey
Michael Grabner  – Ryan Strome – Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Colin McDonald

Andrew MacDonald – Brian Strait
Calvin de Haan – Thomas Hickey
Matt Donovan – Matt Carkner.

The Morning Skate: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween Isles fans! Below are all the Islander stories you’ll need to read before going trick-or-treating:

Coach Jack Capuano on Isles’ recent slide: This is no time to panic — Newsday

Sound Tigers drop 5th in a row — CT Post

Not Big enough — Soundin’ Off

On Bridgeport and Defensive Call Ups — Islanders Point Blank

A New Approach — NY Islanders

Getting Defensive: The Isles Have Some Holes To Fill — The Checking Line

DiPietro loses debut with Hurricanes’ AHL team —

And finally, just some Halloween tunes to enjoy!

The Morning Skate: 10/30

It is the morning after the Islanders fell to the New York Rangers in their only meeting at Nassau Coliseum Below are all the stories (if you dare) to get you through the morning:

Could Changes be Coming to Isles Defense? — NYI Blog

Frustrated Capuano Wants More Out of Defense — Islanders Point Blank

After First Game, Still Much to Learn for Vanek, Linemates — Islanders Point Blank

Benoit Pouliot’s goal gives Rangers win over Islanders — Newsday


Thomas Vanek needs some time to get cohesive with John Tavares, Kyle Okposo — Newsday

Rangers ice Islanders in frantic finish — NY Post

Vanek pleased with effort in Islanders debut — NY Post

NY Islanders coach Jack Capuano mulls shaking up team’s defense — NY Daily News

NY Rangers 3-2 win over NY Islanders not lacking for spirit or atmosphere — NY Daily News

Islanders ready to throw Thomas Vanek right onto top line — Metro New York

Shifting to Higher Gear, Rangers Rally to Beat Isles — NY Times

Carl Hagelin returns, and Rangers beat Islanders, 3-2 — The Record

Rangers score twice in third to beat Islanders —

The Same Mistakes & Isles Fall to NYR — HockeyBuzz

Let Down in Uniondale — Isles Talk

Mistakes and Penalties Doom Isles in Loss to Rangers — LIB Magazine


The Morning Skate: 10/29

The Islanders take on the New York Rangers tonight at the Coliseum, but yesterday was all about Thomas Vanek. Below are all the Islander stories you’ll need to get you through the day:

Islanders happy Thomas Vanek is on board — Newsday

Trade of Matt Moulson sends message to Islanders — Newsday

Thomas Vanek trade shows Islanders mean business this season — NY Daily News

Vanek joins Islanders; no extension talks — NY Post

For the Islanders, the future is now — NY Post

Why Islanders GM thinks Thomas Vanek is a good gamble — CBC

Can Garth Snow sell Thomas Vanek on NY Islanders’ future? — Puck Daddy

Islanders fan retires Matt Moulson’s number in his bedroom (Video) — Puck Daddy

Thomas Vanek: I didn’t want to be part of Sabres’ rebuild — Puck Daddy

Garth Snow Reiterates: “You Need To Give Something To Get Something” — Eyes on Isles

Thomas Vanek Laces Up For First Practice As A New York Islander — Eyes on Isles

Trade For Sniper Vanek Shows Islanders Finally Mean Business — WFAN


The Morning Skate: Vanek Trade Edition

As many already know, the Islanders traded Matt Moulson and two draft picks for Thomas Vanek. Below are the stories you’ll need on the trade and anything else Isles related:

Islanders shake things up, trade Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek — Newsday

Thomas Vanek trade a solid move, but can Islanders keep him? — Newsday

Islanders acquire Thomas Vanek from Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, draft picks — NY Daily News

Win-now Islanders trade for high-scoring forward — NY Post

Snow Shakes Up Isles By Trading Moulson From Team’s ‘Core’ — Islanders Point Blank

Sabres send Vanek to Islanders, get Moulson and two picks in return — The Buffalo News

Stunner: Sabres deal co-captain Thomas Vanek to Isles for Matt Moulson and two high draft picks — Buffalo Hockey Beat

Vanek deal is good for Sabres, risk for Isles — NHL. com

Lighthouse Hockey’s Trade Coverage — Lighthouse Hockey

And finally, Matt Moulson says goodbye:

The Morning Skate: 10/20

Below are all the Isles links that you’ll need to get you through the day:

Isles fail to overcome early hole against Hurricanes — NY Hockey Journal

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3: Postgame Wrap-up — NYI Blog

Tlusty scores 2 in Hurricanes’ win over Islanders — Associated Press

Islanders fall to Carolina; Lubomir Visnovsky injured — Newsday

Islanders get a chance to test their depth — Newsday 

Thank goodness for a long hockey season — Newsday 

Islanders send Brock Nelson to Bridgeport — Newsday

Islanders fall behind early in loss to Hurricanes — NY Post 

Islander’s coach no fan of stats — NY Post 

Islanders can’t come back from large second-period deficit, fall to Hurricanes — NY Daily News

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3: Not as Close as It Appears — Islanders Point Blank

Lubomir Visnovsky Injury: After concussion, now what? — Lighthouse Hockey

Snap Shots: Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Islanders – 10/19/13 — Eyes on Isles