Matt Martin earns Bob Nystrom Award

Left wing Matt Martin was named the winner of the 2013-14 Bob Nystrom Award before Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers (Islanders, April 1).

This is the third straight season that Martin has won the award, which got its start in 1991. The honor is given to one Islander that best exemplifies the leadership, hustle and dedication of “Mr. Islander,” Bob Nystrom.

The 24-year-old Martin is in his fifth season with the Islanders and has scored seven goals and registered six assists in 71 games this season.

Game Day (75): Panthers at Islanders, 7pm

(27-41-8)                (29-35-10)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Panthers… Tuesday’s trip to Nassau Coliseum will be the Panthers final road game of the season. They will play their final five games at the BB&T Center. … With Ed Jovanovski out of Tuesday’s game, rookie defenseman Jonathan Racine will make his NHL debut. … Former Islander Brad Boyes scored his team leading 20th goal of the season on Monday against the New Jersey Devils… 

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders face-off against the Florida Panthers for the final time this season on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles have had a bit of trouble with Florida this year losing both previous match ups. On January 14, the Isles lost 4-2 to Florida in Fort Lauderdale and then dropped another two points to the Panthers on March 2, this time at Nassau Coliseum.

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will have Evgeni Nabokov start between the pipes and will have the lineup on the ice that appeared in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Devils. The Panthers did not announce a starter, but it likely will be Roberto Luongo.

Unlike Saturday night’s contest, there will be no playoff implications on the line. The Panthers are in the bottom of the Atlantic Division, sitting in seventh place, and the Islanders are last in the Metropolitan Division.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposo de Haan-Hamonic Nabokov
Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nilsson
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Czuczman
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner

Isles Future Taking Shape Now

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — If anyone looks at the Islanders roster as it currently is, one could say it may be a glimpse into the future of sorts.

The Islanders have 10 rookies in their lineup, and that includes highly touted prospects Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson. The final eight games will be an opportunity for them to make an impact and impress the team’s brass in hopes of starting in the NHL next season.

“I think it shows that there’s great opportunity in this organization,” Strome said on Saturday. “Obviously injuries are tough to come by, but guys are getting an opportunity. I mean those guys played a full year in Bridgeport last year, so obviously very exciting for them and for me it’s just trying to show them I’m here to stay.” To read more of this story, click here

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Report: Wang’s Buyer is Ex-Devils Bidder

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

It only took a weekend for word to come as out as to the (reported) identity of the bidder that is in talks with owner Charles Wang to buy the Islanders.

According to the New York Post, Wang is in talks with Andrew Barroway to buy the Islanders and it looks like Wang could get the $300 million price tag he has been asking for if the Montreal Canadiens make the playoffs the team hits specific revenue targets. The Post writes that Barroway is prepared to shell out $225 million for the team with the remaining $75M pending hitting those revenue targets.

The Post also has another interesting nugget; the yearly lump some the Islanders will receive from the arena agreement with Barclays Center will be $50 million per year, according to the paper. If you recall, the Islanders will not see much, if any, concession, ticketing and merchandise revenue in their new home. Instead, they’ll receive the yearly lump sum payment from the Barclays Center and the arena will pocket the variable yearly income from the different revenue streams. The arena will also manage the team’s business operations side, suggesting the only expenses the team will have are limited to hockey operations and player salaries.

So, who is Andrew Barroway?  To read more of this story, click here

Islanders 2, Devils 1 (SO): Nilsson and Nielsen Help Lead Isles to Win over New Jersey

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Nilsson kept the visiting New Jersey Devils to just one goal and Frans Nielsen secured a 2-1 Islander win in the shootout Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The victory was the Islanders third in their last four games and they have secured at least one point in the same span. The win also prevented the Devils from gaining ground in the playoff hunt, as they sit three points back from eighth in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think we gave them much,” said Islander coach Jack Capuano. “To have success you have to play your system. You have to play structured hockey. You have to play discipline hockey and I the guys are coming up and doing a good job.”

The Islanders controlled much of the first period. They outshot the Devils 9-2 in the opening period and outhit them 19-4. However the game remained scoreless until 2:12 into the second period. Nielsen drove to the net and the puck found its’ way past Cory Schneider and into the net to give the Islanders a 1-0.

New Jersey evened the score at one roughly eight minutes later off a rebound goal from Adam Henrique, but it would be the only goal Nilsson would surrender the rest of the game. He finished the game with 23 saves on the night — which included several big stops in the third with the Devils pressuring — and a save percentage of .958.

“It’s nice to bounce back with my game a little,” Nilsson said. “I tried to play a little calmer and I felt a difference in my game today. The guys helped me out a lot today. They didn’t have a lot and the shots they had were from the outside.

“The guys made it easy for me to play cause I saw most of the shots.”

In the shootout Nilsson stopped Henrique and Patrick Elias. Nielsen scored in the shootout using his well known backhand shot and Brock Nelson scored as well.

“You gotta get [the puck] all the way up over his glove,” Nielsen said about his shootout move. “It’s not easy, but it’s been working. So I might as well keep doing it.”

The Islanders return to action on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers at the Coliseum.

Game Day (74): Devils at Islanders, 7pm

(31-28-14)                (28-35-10)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Devils… The Devils are five points out of a playoff spot. … Patrick Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils vs. the Isles. In 83 career games agains the Isles Elias has 83 points (32 goals, 51 assists). … New Jersey is 2-0-1 against the Islanders this season. … Cory Schneider will start for the Devils… 

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders host the Devils for the third and final time this season at Nassau Coliseum, and while the game does not have any playoff implications for the Islanders, New Jersey desperately needs the two points.

Anders Nilsson will try to keep the Devils from leaving Long Island with a win. Nilsson has seen action against New Jersey, but has not recorded a win or loss against them this season. Cory Schneider, who is starting for the Devils, is 1-0-0 this year against the Islanders.

The last time the Devils made a trip to Uniondale they defeated the Isles 6-1. Jaromir Jagr, who recorded his 700th career goal in the win, along with five other players scored for New Jersey that day.

In their last 10 games the Islanders have gone 5-3-2, while the Devils are 4-5-1 in the same span.

John Persson will make his home debut when he takes the ice on Saturday. Persson made his NHL debut on Thursday in Tampa Bay and is the fourth rookie to do so this season.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposo de Haan-Hamonic Nabokov
Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nilsson
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Czuczman
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner

Charles Wang statement on the Islanders potentially being sold

Islanders owner Charles Wang released a statement (Arthur Staple) about the rumors that he may sell the Islanders:

“In recent months, there have been numerous expressions of interest in the purchase of the New York Islanders. As I have consistently stated, I have been and remain willing to listen. However, potential buyers expressions of interest in the team or even my listening to them does not mean that any deal will be reached.”

Wang is reportedly asking for $300 million. (SBJ)

Preliminary Thoughts on Charles Wang’s Potential Sale

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Last night a TSN Insider – the one without strong connections to a Toronto-based team and not in the business of getting people riled up about the Islanders for no good reason – broke a story that Islanders owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell his majority stake in the franchise.

Bob McKenzie, if you remember, is also the same person who broke that the Islanders would be moving permanently to the Barclays Center after the team had, one October morning, unexpectedly announced a press conference at the venue.

When the Islanders announced the move to the Barclays Center, it came out of nowhere. The press conference’s aim was spoiled before it started but other than that it was a well-kept state secret. There were no leaks leading up to the course of action, no breaks in the press that the move was imminent or to be announced in the coming days. That’s how I always imagined a sale of the team, if Wang chose (chooses?) to sell, would work. One day we would all wake up and ta-da, that’s it. No advanced warning. Well, that sort of happened today.

After nearly 15 years of owning the Islanders – and coincidentally the amount of time an owner has to depreciate the purchase price of a team under IRS tax law – Charles Wang may be looking to move on from the Islanders, according to McKenzie.

With a new era already set to begin as the team moves to Brooklyn, this would make for a doubly new era in Islanders history.

To read more of this story, click here

Report: Wang in Talks to Sell Isles

Islander owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell a majority stake in the team, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The NHL insider sent out a tweet just after 12 a.m. Friday morning reporting that the long time owner was looking to sell.

No further information was reported following the initial tweet.