Some thoughts on the Isles 6-0 win over Colorado


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders repaid the Colorado Avalanche for the 5-0 beating they gave New York back on October 30. Six different Islanders scored as they trounced the Avs 6-0 at Nassau Coliseum. It’s safe to say Tuesday’s win was the best all season and that the Islanders played a pretty flawless 60 minute contest.

For the game story click here and for the Islander notebook click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes from the Isles 6-0 win over the Avalanche: To read more of this story, click here

Islanders notebook: Halak records second straight shutout


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Second straight start, second straight shutout for Jaroslav Halak.

The Islander net minder keep his opponent scoreless for the second game in a row on Tuesday night. A feat that has not been done since Rick DiPietro was patrolling the net back in December of 2006. It was also Halak’s 32nd career shutout.

“I always say it’s a team effort,” Halak said about the win Tuesday night. “They kept the shots low again tonight, the same as last game. They blocked a lot of shots again like the last game. It’s always easier when you have these types of games, when everyone plays well.”

Halak moves his record to 6-4-0 through 10 games and improves his save percentage to .912. In his last three starts he has only given up two goals.  To read more of this story, click here

Islanders proving November woes are thing of the past

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders certainly know their history in November in years past, but they are not letting that creep into their minds this year.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at New York IslandersCoach Jack Capuano didn’t even want to address the matter when asked by a reporter about it Tuesday night.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” he said.

On Tuesday night, there was certainly no need for him to talk about it following an emphatic 6-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche on Nassau Coliseum ice. Six different Islanders scored in the blowout win and players from the top line down to the fourth appeared on the score sheet.

It was another staunch reminder of just how different this Islander squad is from past teams.

The Islanders earned their 10th victory — a number they didn’t reach until Dec. 23 last season — and did so in resounding fashion. There were no lapses, no defensive breakdowns or bad goaltending. The Islanders controlled play for 60 minutes, the defense did not allow the Avalanche to establish zone time and Jaroslav Halak recorded his second straight shutout.

Not to mention the Islanders had 46 shots.

“We just came out knowing we needed a good start after the couple of days,” John Tavares said. “Getting those first couple of goals gave us our legs and fed off the crowd. Had good energy and we just kept going. We saw what was bring success and we just stuck with. We didn’t try to change a whole lot and made it tough for them. If we’re doing that it makes us hard to play against.” To read more of this story, click here

Game recap: Islanders 6 — Avalanche 0

Recap: Twelve days after a 5-0 loss in Denver, the Islanders repaid the Avalanche at Nassau Coliseum and won their fourth in a row.

Need to Know: Nikolay Kulemin and Ryan Strome both had a goal and an assist. Johnny Boychuk, who missed a game with a knee injury, returned and had an assist. The Islanders had two goals in each period.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots for his second shutout in a row, also his second of the season. Halak is the first Islander with back-to-back shutouts since Rick DiPietro in December 2006. Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov had 40 saves.

The Islanders now have a 181-minute, 11-second shutout streak; the team record of 199:24 was set in 1998. New York is 8-1 when scoring three goals or more.

Colorado (4-8-5) has gone 0-5-3 away from home since beating Boston 2-1 on Oct. 13 for its only win in eight road contests. It’s the club’s longest road skid since an 0-11-3 slide in 2012-13.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Islanders visit Florida Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Game day (15): Avalanche at Islanders, 7 pm

Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus 2 Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Avalanche… Colorado has won just one game in their last five games, which came in the form of a 4-3 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs… Nathan MacKinnon has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last six games. MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the year against the Islanders on October 30… The Avalanche are ranked 22nd in goal against per game with three. They are one spot in front of the Islanders.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders and Colorado Avalanche will meet for the second time in less then two weeks.

This time the two clubs will meet on Long Island for a Tuesday evening affair. The last go around the Islanders were shutout by the Avs 5-0 at the Pepsi Center in the opening game of a west coast road trip. The Islanders finished off the road trip in winning fashion with a 3-2-0 record over the five-game swing.

The Islanders would like to avoid a let down after three very good games to close out the trip. Though having a bad game on Tuesday is not something that has crossed the coaching staffs mind.

“We don’t even talk about it,” head coach Jack Capuano said in response to a question about avoiding a let down. “We just talk about our video and everyday the message is to get better. And make sure that we continue to do the right things at the right times… We have good character and leadership on that group there. We rely on those guys in that room  to make sure we come out and get a good start here tonight against a real good team.”

Jaroslav Halak start in net against the Avalanche and Corey Conacher will return to the lineup. A decision on Johnny Boychuk’s status for Tuesday’s game will be determined later in the day.

The Avalanche will likely start Semyon Varlamov in net.

The Islanders would like to avoid the same result that they had last game against Colorado, but they feel that their performance was not as bad as the score reflected. Capuano called the loss to the Avalanche and the loss in San Jose two of the better games that his team played without getting any points.

New York did manage 40 shots on net, but failed to score once that night. The power play unit also went o-for-6 in that game.

“I think you look at the shots in the first period we put up a ton of shots,” John Tavares said. “We had a lot of puck possession, we generated a lot of chances. Varlamov was very good that night and our power play…the first four or five power plays we created a lot.”

Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Chris King calls in’s Brian Compton and Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank reflect back on a fantastic end to the team’s west coast road trip, and discuss the never-ending adventure with Jack Capuano’s lines. Plus, Isles radio play-by-play man Chris King calls in (8:20) to give his take on a superb start to the season.

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Practice report: Bailey close to return, Boychuk not seriously hurt

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders were back on the ice Monday in Syosset following a five-game road trip on the west coast.

Two injured Islanders were on the ice at IceWorks. Michael Grabner skated prior to the full team practice and Josh Bailey was on the ice with the rest of the team. Bailey will not play on Tuesday when the Islanders host the Colorado Avalanche at the Coliseum, but his return to the lineup does seem inevitable in the near future.

The lines from practice, per the Islanders:

Bailey will be a welcomed addition to the Islanders lineup when he does return. He was playing some of his best hockey prior to his injury and will hopefully pick up where he left off. The big question is where will he fit in the lineup. Up until now the Islanders coaching staff has, for the most part, avoided having to make any major personnel decisions.

Johnny Boychuk appears no worse for the wear after taking shot to his knee in Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Kings and then missing the following game on Saturday. Capuano said following practice that he is probable for Tuesday’s game.

Boychuk did not practice with the team on Monday.

The hit on the Islanders’ top defenseman was questionable, at the very least. Boychuk did finish the game following the hit.

Brian Strait took his place on Saturday in the Isles 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.