Isles deal Pedan to Canucks for Mallet and 2016 pick

Andrey Pedan was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Alexandre Mallet and a 2016 third-round pick, the Islanders announced.

Mallet, in 14 ECHL games this season, has four goals and seven assists (11 points). He has been assigned to the Stockton Thunder.

The Canucks originally drafted Mallet in the second round, No. 57 overall, in 2012.

Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Howie Rose calls in

Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s almost Thanksgiving, and the Islanders are for real. NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank discuss the team’s shutout win over Philly, and their home-and-home sweep of Pittsburgh. Plus, Isles play-by-play man Howie Rose calls in (8:45) to talk about the closing of the Coliseum and the team’s success heading into Brooklyn.

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Longtime Islander Andrew MacDonald returns to LI with Flyers

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Andrew MacDonald hadn’t been in the visitor’s dressing room since his early days with the New York Islanders, so the experience was a bit of a new one for him on Monday night.NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

MacDonald, who spent five seasons with the Islanders, returned to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since he was traded on February 4.

“Obviously, my first time back and everything, but I think both sides have moved on,” he told reporters on Monday. “There’s been quite a bit of time since I’ve left now, so for us we’re just worried about playing well and getting two points.”

Philadelphia was only able to leave Long Island with one point after losing to the Isles in the shootout. In his first visit back to the Coliseum, MacDonald was shown on the video board during the first period and booed by a subset of Islander fans in attendance.

The 28-year-old defenseman spent his entire career in the Islander organization – which drafted him No. 160 overall in 2006 – and, for a while, he was a part of the team’s defensive core. During the 20013-14 season, MacDonald was seeing upwards of 20 minutes of playing time a night for the blue and orange.

But as the season progressed and the trade deadline came closer, it became clear that MacDonald was on the block to be traded. To read more of this story, click here

Halak leads Isles to shootout win over Philly

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders made some history in their 1-0 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday Night at Nassau Coliseum.USATSI_8226946_110579513_lowres

The Islanders secured their fifteenth win through their first 21 games of the season, doing so for the first time in franchise history. The milestone is in large part thanks to the goaltending of Jaroslav Halak, who made 21 saves through 65-minutes of action.

“I thought [Halak] played well,” Islander head coach Jack Capuano said. “He’s played well for us, both goalies have stepped in, but tonight he knew the guy at the other end was playing pretty well. The chances that he faced, they were some grade A chances there and he came up big for us.”

Monday night was a departure from the offensive track meets the Islanders played in the previous two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Steve Mason kept the Islanders off the board through three periods and five minutes of OT. To read more of this story, click here

Game Recap: Islanders 1 – Flyers 0 (Shootout)

Recap: The Islanders beat the Flyers in a shootout on Monday night on Long Island.



Need to Know: Although the Islanders were the aggressors throughout, out-shooting Philadelphia 46-20, Steve Mason was equal to the task and the game entered overtime in a scoreless tie.

After a scoreless overtime period, Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored the deciders in the shootout for the Isles.


Links: AP recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Isles host the Capitals on Wednesday night at 7.

Hickey, de Haan out due to illness

The Islanders announced that defensemen Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey will both miss Monday’s game against Philadelphia due to illness.