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New York Islanders ’15-16 Outlook


After years of slumming it in an aging building, the New York Islanders are moving to the snazzy Barclays Center in Brooklyn … and they’re bringing a stylish team with them.

Indeed, the Isles may boast the ideal mix of talent to resonate in The Land of the Hipsters, especially if head coach Jack Capuano sports these glasses.

Jack Capuano, Michael Grabner
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

(Sure, they’re not as natural a fit for Brooklyn as Dan Bylsma’s lids, but you can’t win them all.)

The Islanders’ potential seems like a mystery, at least beyond the likelihood of the team being fun to watch.

Could a division title be a possibility? Maybe a deep run?

You’d think that the group GM Garth Snow assembled should at least win a playoff series for the first time since 1993. The Isles boast a little of everything: an outstanding offense featuring John Tavares, a solid defense including Johnny Boychuk and steady goaltending.

If nothing else, maybe more casual hockey fans will realize just how special Tavares is. In the meantime, we have accounts like the one Jonathan Quick shared with The Players’ Tribune:

Just like with [Sidney] Crosby, Tavares doesn’t kill you with one thing, he kills you with how insanely balanced his game is in all aspects. Tavares can deke you, or roof a shot, or make a great pass, or if nothing is there, he’ll do the smartest thing and chip it in deep to live another day. He’s similar to Crosby in another way, too. He’s one of the most tenacious guys I’ve ever played against. A lot of guys that skilled might choose to work the perimeter and wait for their linemates to open up space for them. Tavares gets right into the dirty areas and mucks it up. You’ll see him score just as many greasy goals as pretty ones.

He could help the Islanders be a trendy choice in 2015-16.

Snow says Isles will stick with Capuano

New York Islanders Name John Tavares Team Captain

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow ended any offseason suspense about head coach Jack Capuano’s future on Thursday, telling New York Newsday that they’ll keep him around heading into 2015-16.

Going further, Snow confirmed that other staff members will return, from assistants Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum to goalie coach Mike Dunham.

“Our coaches did a great job, whether it was preparing our players or with the communication between coaches and players, which was outstanding,” Snow said. “There were some aspects of our game, whether it was with our penalty-kill that struggled early on and became a strength for us by the end, or our power play, which was a strength at times early on and we didn’t have one in the playoffs. That’s an area of concern. We’ll analyze all different areas of our team and try to get better.”

Assuming everything goes as Snow says it will, Capuano would enter his sixth season as the head coach of the Islanders. In that time, the Isles have made the playoffs twice, falling in the first round each time.

To his credit, the Islanders battled the Capitals hard even as their defense corps was decimated by injuries.

While the old regime seems like it will stay in place, it won’t all be familiar for the Islanders, as they’ll play their first season in Brooklyn next season.

Burning question: are these sufficient hipster glasses?

Jack Capuano, Michael Grabner
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Is Grabner among the Isles’ walking wounded?

Michael Grabner

The Islanders came into their Round 1 series against Washington without the services of defenseman Travis Hamonic, and have since lost Lubomir Visnovsky and Calvin de Haan to injuries.

Now, Michael Grabner could be on the shelf as well.

After appearing in the first two games of the series, Grabner was dropped from the lineup for Game 3 and reported as a healthy scratch — but, according to a report from Austrian news outlet Laola 1, Grabner suffered a groin injury, possibly a hernia, that may require offseason surgery.

The speedy winger has a history of these problems. He underwent sports hernia surgery at the beginning of this year, a procedure that sidelined him for all of October and November (it’s worth noting, however, that surgery was done on Grabner’s left side; the Laola 1 report says this latest injury is on the right.)

The 27-year-old returned to the Isles early December and went on to score eight goals and 13 points in 34 games, and had an assist in his first playoff appearance — a 4-1 Game 1 victory in which Grabner played nearly 13 minutes.

New York is back in action on Saturday at Nassau, trailing the Caps 3-2 in the series and facing elimination for the first time. It seems highly unlikely that Grabner will draw back into the lineup.

Watch Live: Capitals at Islanders

John Tavares

The Islanders will look to retake the lead in their matchup with the Washington Capitals as the series shifts to New York this afternoon.

The Caps evened the series at one with a 4-3 win on Friday night.

Braden Holtby returns to the Caps net after missing Game 2 due to an illness. Tyler Kennedy replaces Michael Grabner in the Islanders lineup for Game 3.

Puck drop is at 12 p.m. ET on NBC. You can also stream it using NBCSports.com’s Live Extra.


Some relevant linkage for today’s affair:

Goalie Update: Hiller and Holtby expected to start Sunday

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for today

Agent: Grabovski is ‘very close’ to returning

Capuano says Isles ‘didn’t deserve’ Game 2, hints at lineup changes

New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

As the 1-1 series shifts to Long Island, both the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders fumed about a different game so far.

That might seem like a no-brainer with a loss apiece, but sometimes teams are happy with efforts and unhappy with results. The Islanders didn’t seem happy about the way they dropped a 4-3 loss tonight, and it sounds like head coach Jack Capuano is mulling over changes, as the New York Daily News’ Stephen C. Lorenzo reports.

“These are the tough decisions you have to make as a staff and now it comes down to personnel,” Capuano said. “We have to make sure we put the lineup in that’s going to help us win Game 3.”

The harshest comment from Capuano was “we didn’t deserve it.”

Here’s a list of the scratches from Game 2, excluding injured blueliner Travis Hamonic (who would be an obvious add-in):

Eric Boulton
Matt Donovan
Tyler Kennedy
Colin McDonald
Griffin Reinhart

That’s not an awful collection of players to insert into the lower level of the lineup. Playing armchair coach for a moment, one obvious scratch possibility would be Michael Grabner, who didn’t manage a single shot on goal and whose numbers look especially hideous when you consider “fancy stats.”

A swap or two might not change everything, yet with a switch to home ice in a rowdy old barn – and with a team that’s one game removed from leaving the Capitals worried about slow feet – the tenor of the situation could change quickly.

Going further, John Tavares didn’t seem too upset:

However they feel about the overall level of play, the Islanders had 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but go back home with the series tied.

Now Capuano’s key is to put his team in the best position possible to have the Capitals picking up the pieces next.