IPB Podcast: New beginning

Greiss lightning: Isles backup looks good in Monday win

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Islanders have been short their starting goaltender through the first three games of the regular season, but Thomas Greiss showed on Monday that the Isles’ don’t need to worry too much with Jaroslav Halak out.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders

The Isles’ backup made 22 saves and put a strong showing in front of the hometown fans, who witnessed a 4-2 win on Monday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets. It was the type of showing that Isles’ fans needed to see out of their backup net minder.

The players also took notice of Greiss’ performance on Monday.

“He was great,” Ryan Strome said. “No matter who’s in the net we’re going to be confident, that’s for sure. He’s made a good impression on everyone and if he can play like that every night then we have a really good chance.”

The former Pittsburgh Penguins backup had good movement in the net and made several impressive saves. In the first period, Greiss robbed Jacob Trouba of what looked to be a sure goal. To read more of this story, click here


Special teams comes up big in Isles 4-2 win over Winnipeg

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Islanders head coach Jack Capuano had emphasized that the team’s power play needed to better before Monday’s Columbus Day Matinee game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Capuano got his wish by the time the game was over as the Isles scored twice on the power play while securing their NHL: Winnipeg Jets at New York Islandersfirst regular season win at Barclays Center, a 4-2 victory over the Jets. Ryan Strome and John Tavares each capitalized during New York’s six man-advantage opportunities. Brock Nelson scored at even strength and Josh Bailey potted the empty netter.

“I think when you get an early power play you want to try and get that first blood. We were able to do that tonight,” Josh Bailey said after the win.

The overall performance was a much stronger one than the Islanders put on during Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Islanders started off Monday’s contest with much more urgency and pressured the Jets early. New York maintained that through most of the game, although the Jets picked up the pace in the final period.  To read more of this story, click here


Islanders top Jets for first victory of season

The Islanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period and hung on to beat the Jets, 4-2, on Monday afternoon at Barclays Center.

Ryan Strome‘s Power Play goal with 12 second left in the first period gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead that was also their first lead of the season.

In the second period, Brock Nelson‘s goal at the 6:46 mark put the Isles up, 2-0, and John Taveres‘ Power Play tally four minutes later increased the lead to 3-0.

With 15:41 gone by in the second period, Mark Scheifele beat Thomas Greiss to cut the Isles lead to 3-1.

Dustin Byfuglien scored a power play goal for Winnipeg 11:52 into the third period, trimming the deficit to 3-2, but Josh Bailey‘s empty-net goal with 18.1 seconds left in the game made it 4-2 and sealed the win for the Isles.

Greiss saved 22 of 24 shots.

The Islanders play the Predators on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center.


Today’s Game: Jets at Islanders

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — After a less-than-stellar opening weekend, the Islanders are back in Brooklyn to host the Winnipeg Jets in a Monday matinee at Barclays Center.

The Jets have started the 2015-16 campaign off with two straight wins over the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. NHL: Winnipeg Jets at New York IslandersThey will cap a four game road trip to start the year in Manhattan against the Rangers on Tuesday.

The Islanders saw Winnipeg twice last season and went 1-1-0 in those meetings. After this afternoon the Islanders will not see the Jets again until March 3, 2016 in Winnipeg.

Thomas Greiss will start in net for the Islanders and the roster will remain unchanged. It will be the third straight game that starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak has missed due to injury. Head coach Jack Capuano did not offer any updates on Halak when asked during his pregame media availability.

“Still day-to-day,” Capuano said when discussing Halak. “Still skating early with our goaltending coaches and as we go on we’ll figure out a game plan.”

Greiss surrendered three goals in Friday’s opening loss to Chicago, but performed well despite the defeat. Jean-Francois Berube allowed four the following night Chicago during a 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

Outside of goaltending, the Islanders looked off on Saturday night. The Isles struggled to generate much and will look to turn that around against Winnipeg.

“We need to score some goals,” Capuano said about what needs to be different on Monday. “Obviously special teams is always a factor and it’s proved to be a factor in both games. It’s still a one goal game. Shots in that game five-on-five in Chicago were 24-23 for the New York Islanders. 11-to-1 in shots on their power play, so when we get the puck on our power play obviously entry has been a little bit of a problem for us. Once we get in we have to find ways to get pucks to the net.”

Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m. with the game being broadcasted on MSG Plus and on WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, and WRCN 103.9 FM.


Chicago completes home-and-home sweep of Isles

Chicago goalie Scott Darling stopped 28 shots to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Islanders Saturday in Chicago.

Chicago got its second win in as many days in the second end of the home-and-home series The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime Friday in Brooklyn in the Islanders first regular season game at Barclays Center.

Jean-Francois Berube had 30 saves for the Islanders, who trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second.

Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

Cal Clutterbuck scored with 1:05 to deny Darling the shutout.

The Islanders host Winnipeg Monday at 1 p.m. in a Columbus Day matinee.

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What We Learned: A regular season hockey game was played in Brooklyn

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Friday night’s game was not quite the start the Islanders were hoping for in their first game of the season and their first game in Brooklyn. Patrick Kane spoiled the evening by scoring the game-winning goal on the power play in overtime. The Islanders did came away with a point on opening night and they will see Chicago again on Saturday.

Now here are a few things we learned from opening night: To read more of this story, click here


Islanders fall in OT to Blackhawks in season opener

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It was a unique night in Brooklyn as the Islanders kicked off their tenure at Barclays Center with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The ice was choppy, the fans were restless and their were some minor hiccups throughout the night, but the Islanders managed to come away with a point in their first night in their new barn. A power-play goal by Patrick Kane at 1:49 of the extra period ended the night on a sour note.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders

“It would have been nice to get the win, but I think we played pretty well,” Matt Martin said after the game. “I think it took a little bit to find our legs and get into. But it was our first game as a full group and we played a pretty good hockey team there tonight who already had a game under their belt.”

Chicago had entered Friday night’s matchup off a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers in their season opener on Wednesday and was much happier being on the other side of the pomp and circumstance Friday night.

Despite the ice tilting the Islanders way for the first few minutes of the first, the Blackhawks capitalized on an Islanders’ weakness at the 13:28 mark. With the Islanders on a power play, Artem Anisimov went on a shorthanded breakaway and backhanded the puck past Thomas Greiss, who was starting in net in place of Jaroslav Halak. To read more of this story, click here