Isles waive Cory Conacher

The Islanders have placed Cory Conacher on waivers, the team announced on Friday.

Conacher has appeared in 15 games with the Islanders and has recorded three points ( one goal, two assists) in that stretch. The Islander forward started the year on the Isles top line, but has since been moved off of it and a has been scratched from the team’s lineup. Up until December 4, Conacher had not played since November 15.

Conacher signed a one-year deal with the Islanders on July 1.


IPB Breakdown: Islanders drop third straight game

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders came back from a two-goal deficit in the second period, but ultimately fell to the St. Louis Blues for the second time in three games.

Thursday was also the team’s third loss in a row. The Blues held a 2-0 lead in the second period, but goals by John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski evened the score. Alexander Steen scored an early third period goal and the Blues added three more in the final 20 minutes.

The Islanders are still one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division and are 19-10-0 on the season.

Links: IPB RecapAP RecapNewsday|| Lighthouse HockeyIslanders Insight

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Game Recap: Blues 6 – Islanders 3

Recap: The Islanders lost to the Blues on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Need to Know: The Isles fell behind early when Alexander Steen scored on the power play roughly six minutes in to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Later on in the first, Barret Jackman scored to increase the Blues’ advantage to 2-0.

At the 16:03 mark of the second period, John Tavares scored to draw the Isles within 2-1. With less than six seconds to go in the period, Mikhail Grabovski fired a wrist shot past Jake Allen to tie things up, 2-2.

Alexander Steen scored his second goal of the night With 4:32 gone by in the third, knocking a rebound past Jaroslav Halak to put the Blues up 3-2. With just under five minutes to go in the third, T.J. Oshie scored to give the Blues a 4-2 lead.

After the Blues took a 5-3 lead with roughly two minutes to go, Kyle Okposo scored almost immediately to cut the lead to 5-3. However, an empty-net goal by St. Louis with 1:04 to go put the game out of reach.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Isles return home to face the Blackhawks on Saturday night at 7.

Game day (29): Islanders at Blues, 8 pm

Scottrade Center — St. Louis, MO
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Blues… St. Louis has won their last four games against the Islanders and have beat New York in six of the last seven contests between the two teams… Vladimir Tarasenko has 17 goals this season for the Blues, which is third in the NHL. He is five goals shy of league leader Tyler Seguin… The Blues are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders will try to get some revenge tonight and put back-to-back loses behind them.

The Blues and Islanders will face-off against one another for the second time in less than a week. The Islanders will have Jaroslav Halak start in net tonight. He surrendered six goals on Saturday in a 6-4 loss to St. Louis at Nassau Coliseum.

Halak was scheduled to start in Minnesota on Tuesday, but a minor injury forced a last second change.

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will make some adjustments to the lineup. Eric Boulton came off of injured reserve and will take Josh Bailey’s spot. Bailey is suffering from a lower body injury. Matt Donovan will get back into the lineup as well and Griffin Reinhart will sit.

Keith Allen will start for the Blues. David Backes, Alexander Steen and Jay Bouwmeester will be in the lineup for St. Louis as well.

This will be the final meeting between the Western Conference foe and a chance for the Isles to put Saturday’s collapse behind them.

“We’re not very happy with the way we played,” Matt Martin told the team’s website about Saturday’s loss. “We’re not happy with the way we responded to their push. They were physical, fast, they were moving their feet and getting pucks on net. They were really doing everything we need to do to be successful. They beat us at our own game a bit.”

IPB Breakdown: Isles blow three goal lead to Minnesota


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Tuesday’s loss stung quite a bit, for both the team and the fans.

For the second consecutive game the Islanders blew a three goal lead — reminiscent to last years team — and lost in regulation to the Minnesota Wild. Almost fittingly it was ex-Isles Thomas Vanek and Nino Niederreiter who scored the tying and winning goals, respectively. Isles starter Chad Johnson made 25 saves on 30 shots in the loss.

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Game Recap: Wild 5 – Isles 4

Recap: The Islanders blew a late three-goal lead during a loss to the Wild on Tuesday night in Minnesota.

Need to Know: The Isles grabbed a 1-0 lead when Michael Grabner put one past a screened Nicklas Backstrom at the 8:31 mark of the first period. Late in the period, Brock Nelson tipped one in on the power play to extend New York’s lead to 2-0. Just 32 seconds later, Matt Martin scored from an odd angle to make it 3-0 Isles.

After Jason Pominville beat Chad Johnson to draw the Wild within 3-1 midway through the second period, Josh Bailey scored late in the period to restore New York’s three-goal lead.

About three minutes into the third period, the Wild began to erupt. First, Mikko Koivu scored to cut New York’s lead to 4-2. At the 11:03 mark, Erik Haula found the back of the net as Minnesota drew within one goal. Just 45 seconds later, Thomas Vanek scored to tie the game, 4-4.

With the Wild on the power play with 4:33 to go in the third, Nino Niederreiter scored what turned out to be the deciding goal, putting Minnesota up 5-4 to cap off their comeback.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Isles travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues on Thursday night at 8.