Islanders fall to Ducks in seventh straight home loss

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Picking up wins at Nassau Coliseum has been tough this month for the Islanders and things didn’t get easier on Saturday afternoon.

The Islanders fell 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in front of a sellout crowd in Uniondale. It was the seventh straight home USATSI_8482088_110579513_lowrescontest that the Islanders have failed to win and it was their seventh loss in the last eight games.

“We’re trying to figure it out,” John Tavares said after the loss. “We’re not playing as complete of a game as we did before… I think we’re seeing how tight the games are at that time of year. I men we’re not far off. We’re losing a lot of games by one goal. You have to stick with it for 60-minutes. We’re facing some adversity and we have to find a way to overcome it.”

Although it wasn’t the shooting gallery it was on Thursday against the Kings, the Islanders were outplayed in the opening period and let in the game’s opening goal at 8:23. The puck bounced off Nick Leddy’s skate and into the net.

The Islanders were able to even up the score late in the period with a goal from Lubomir Visnovsky. A shot from the point by Visnovsky hit off the skate of a Ducks’ player and past goalie Frederik Andersen. The Ducks retook their lead 1:46 into the second period, with Kyle Palmieri scoring the goal, and then took a two-goal advantage with 4:50 remaining in the second. To read more of this story, click here

Game Recap: Ducks 3 — Islanders 2

Recap: The Islanders lost their seventh in a row at the Coliseum to the Western Conference-leading Ducks.

Need to Know: The Islanders had just four shots on eight power-play minutes in the second, including 1:54 when they had a 5-on-3.

Lubomir Visnovsky tied it at 1 with 2:52 left in the first period, eight minutes after the Ducks’ Richard Rakell opened the scoring. Kyle Palmieri and Andrew Cogliano scored in the second for Anaheim, which clinched a playoff berth.

Casey Cizikas scored in the third for New York. . .Michal Neuvirth had 21 saves for the Islanders.

The Islanders have not allowed a power-play goal in their last 12 games, killing 25 consecutive power plays (they had no penalties Saturday).

Defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk were both minus-2.

Since opening the season with a 17-4-0 home record, the Isles have gone 6-10-1 in their last 17 at home.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Islanders host Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m.

Today’s Game: Ducks vs Islanders, 1 p.m.

The Islanders are back in action this afternoon hosting the Anaheim Ducks. The game will be televised on MSG Plus and can be heard on WHRU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM.

Home cooking just hasn’t been the same for the New York Islanders as of late. The Islanders have failed to win in their last six home contests and have dropped six of their last seven games.

They have managed to catch a break with the Pittsburgh Penguins going through a slump of their own, keeping the Islanders in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Ducks (47-22-7) are first in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference. A win this afternoon would secure the Ducks a spot in the playoffs.

The Islanders will change up their lineup a bit for the afternoon matinee. Anders Lee moves back to the top line with John Tavares and Josh Bailey. Kyle Okposo will play on the wing with Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin. Lubomir Visnovsky will return from a lower body injury. He will take Calvin de Haan’s spot on the blue line.

Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Islanders. Frederik Andersen will start for the Ducks.

This afternoon is the first time the Islanders and Ducks have seen one another since November 5, when the Islanders beat them 3-2 in OT.

Practice Notebook: Neuvirth gets the start in net against the Ducks

NHL: New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

With  back-to-back games scheduled for this weekend, the Islanders will start Michal Neuvirth in Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Head coach Jack Capuano made the announcement after Friday’s practice at Islanders IceWorks in Syosset. The move was a change from Capuano’s usual routine of waiting until game day to announce the starting goaltender. The decision to start Neuvirth Saturday likely means Jaroslav Halak gets the nod on Sunday.

The Islanders haven’t been scoring, but goaltending has been strong the last three games.

Capuano once again reiterated that Lubomir Visnovsky is “real close” to returning to the lineup, according to Rich DeKort. The Islander coach also said Visnovsky could play against the Ducks.

If Visnovsky does play the coaching staff will have to make a decision regarding who will come out of the lineup.

Capuano has been hesitant to take Brian Strait out of the lineup, so Calvin de Haan could be the player who sits once again. de Haan struggled a bit on Thursday during the Islanders 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. He was a healthy scratch on Saturday in New Jersey when the Isles beat the Devils.

Visnovsky has not suited up for the Islanders since March 13. He has been sidelined by a lower body injury.[/sny-editorial]

Forest City Ratner files suit against Blumenfeld Development over Coliseum renovation


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Update: Forest City Ratner has filed suit against Blumenfeld Development Group. The suit alleges that BDG has tried to make “unilateral changes” to the Coliseum redevelopment plan, according to Newsday.

Forest City Ratner also alleges that the dispute has led to “delays and gridlock” in filing plans with the Town of Hempstead. Forest City officials do not believe the suit will hold up the time frame of the project, which is expected to begin in August.

However, a Long Island Business News report suggested that the suit could hold up the project for months. 

The disagreement stems from the retail and entertainment component of the project. Sources told LIBN that Forest City Ratner wanted to downsize that portion of the project to a third of what BDG had planned. The Blumenfeld plan included a 100,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops mega-store, a Dave & Buster’s, Modells, an indoor trampoline park, a multi-screen movie theater and a several restaurants.

Ranter’s group wants to downsize that to area to a bowling ally, movie theater and restaurant. To read more of this story, click here

Islanders fall to Kings off late third period goal

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Jack Capuano was visibly frustrated after the Islanders suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at New York IslandersThe defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings scored a late third period goal as the Islanders failed to clear the puck out of their own zone. Anze Kopitar redirected a shot from the point through the legs of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who finished the game with 34 saves, to score the game wining goal with 4:23 left in the game.

It was the culmination of a game that saw the Islanders outshot in the first period 14-5, but battle back to play a close game with the Kings through the rest of the contest. In the end, mistakes in their own zone and mishandling of the puck cost the Islanders potential points in the standings.

“You don’t manage the puck you can’t win,” Capuano said after the loss. “That’s the frustrating part for me. We played a good team. A really good team battle… I thought we came back in the second and played well. Our third period is going well and then all of sudden we try to be fancy. Try to make the sexy plays and all of sudden it’s in the back of your net. It’s a simple game by [the Kings].

“They did all the right things. They got pucks in, they grinded it out, they used their D, they got pucks to the net.”   To read more of this story, click here

Recap: Kings 3 – Islanders 2

Recap: The Kings knocked off the Islanders on an Anze Kopitar goal at 15:37 in Uniondale, New York.

Need to Know: The Islanders scored first on a goal from Frans Nielson, and then tied the game up early in the third period on a score from Johnny Boychuk on the power-play. The Islanders couldn’t muster the game-winner, however, as it dropped the game to the visiting Kings.  The Kings had 37 shots, 15 in the final period. Tyler Toffoli scored short-handed early in the third period for the Kings. Jonathan Quick had 25 saves while Jaroslav Halak had 34.

Links: Gameview

Next up: The Islanders host the Ducks on Saturday.