Islanders Point Blank Podcast: NESN’s Billy Jaffe calls in’s Brian Compton and Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank discuss the first few days of training camp, including a Grabo/Kulemin reunion and the importance of a solid season for Josh Bailey. Plus, Brian breaks down the Atlantic Division with NESN’s Billy Jaffe.

For the show rundown, click here...

  • Training Camp reaction
    • Grabo / Kulemin reunite
    • Where will Strome end up?
    • Speed a factor in camp
  • Billy Jaffe interview (8:45)
  • Josh Bailey needs to step it up (20:45)

Game Recap: Isles 3, Senators 2 (Shootout)

Result: The Islanders beat the Senators 3-2 in a shootout on Monday night in Newfoundland in their second preseason game.

Need to Know: Mikhail Grabovski and Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders in regulation.

Cory Conacher and Nikolai Kulemin assisted on Grabovski’s goal, Grabovski assisted on Bailey’s goal.

Jaroslav Halak saved 7 of 9 shots, while Kevin Poulin saved all 11 shots he faced.

Links: Boxscore | Game View

What’s Next: The Islanders host Carolina at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Game Recap: Isles 3 – Senators 2

Result: The Islanders beat the Senators 3-2 on Monday afternoon in Newfoundland for the first preseason game.

Need to Know: Brock Nelson, Sebastian Collberg and Jack Skille scored for the split-squad Islanders.

Anders Lee and Ryan Strome assisted on Nelson’s goal, Nelson and Kevin Czuczman assisted on Collberg’s goal and Casey Cizikas and Harry Zolnierczyk assisted on Skille’s goal.

David Leggio made 13 saves, while Chad Johnson had six saves in net.

Links: Boxscore | Game View

What’s Next: The two teams play again on Monday night.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

One preseason game in the books.

Since the game was not viewable — only a radio a TSN 1200 radio feed was available — it is hard to really pass judgement on the game. It was good to hear that Brock Nelson scored, along with two new Islanders. At the very least, team management is happy to see Collberg, Skille and Nelson get their names on the score sheet.

Wednesday’s game against Carolina will be more telling.

Tavares, Halak and Capuano on camp

Islanders center John Tavares, goalie Jaroslav Halak and head coach Jack Capuano talk about the new season.

Lines announced for Monday’s split squad game

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Monday marks the first preseason game of 2014-15 for the Islanders. They will host the the Ottawa Senators in a split-squad game in St. John’s, NL.

The exhibition contest will be the first look at the players in game situations and, while it is still early, will be telling to where everyone is at this point in training camp. Especially interesting will be the line combinations that head coach Jack Capuano puts together for the game.

Newsday’s Arthur Staple revealed the lineups for Monday’s games via twitter:  To read more of this story, click here

Training camp notebook: Nelson unfazed by top line chatter


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Uniondale, N.Y. — Brock Nelson is aware that his name has been thrown around as a candidate for a spot on the Islanders top line, but the second year forward isn’t harping on all the talk.

“I think you just have to go out there and wherever you’re put you have to go out there and play,” Nelson said. “You know have fun with it and kind of embrace your role. Whether it switches everyday or whether you’re in the same spot on the wing or the center. It doesn’t really matter. Just go out there play to the best of your abilities and continue to work and get better.”

The 22-year-old Islander had a strong 2013-14 season and took a lot away from his first full season in the NHL.

“On the ice, off the ice whatever I could I just tried to take as much away from it as I could,” he explained. I think going into this summer it helped me know what to expect and kind of reevaluate where I was, and know what I needed to work on. I think this summer was a good summer for me. Another step in the right direction.”

Nelson said he worked on his quickness and shooting during the offseason, as well as adding some size and strength. The Minnesota native has been skating on a line with Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas during the fist couple of days of training camp on Long Island.

Josh Bailey knows he struggled last season. The former first round draft pick recorded only eight goals in 77 appearances last season.

Bailey, who is signed to a five year, $16.5 million contract, also went long stretches of the season without scoring. However, Bailey is putting that behind him heading into this season.

“To be honest I’m tired of hearing about the up and down stuff about last year,” Bailey said. “No matter what happens the year before — good or bad — You try to get better and look forward. And that’s been my mind set all summer.”

Bailey said he did work on his shooting during the offseason. “I tried to tweak some things with my stick and be more of a shooter out there, and worked on my shot a lot. Hopefully it pays off,” he said.

Halak, Johnson acclimating to new teammates


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Uniondale, N.Y. — Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson knew what they were getting into when they signed on to play on Long Island.

Islander goaltending has had its’ struggles in the past and it is a position that needs to be strong since the team’s defense is relatively young. Halak knows that Johnson and himself will need to be good this year.

“I would say you need two good goalies,” he said. “They need to push each other in practices and in games. That will only make them better. When the guys see that then it’s going to just rub off on them and then we’ll get better as a group.”

Johnson also understands that for his new team to be successful both goaltenders will need to be on top of their game.

“I think for me and Halak we just want to come in and be sort of the backbone here. Try and just help this team be better then they were last year,” Johnson said. “That all our focus is on, at least mine is. It doesn’t matter what team you’re on, for me it’s about just winning hockey games and doing what you can as a goalie to help the team win… So for us we’re just trying to come in and really be steady and confident in there for the guys.” To read more of this story, click here