Bailey to return to lineup in Florida

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Josh Bailey will be back in the lineup Friday night when the Islanders take on the Florida Panthers.

The Islanders took Bailey, who broke his hand in Boston on October 23, off injured reserve Thursday night and Jack CapuanoNHL: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres announced that he would return to the lineup following Friday’s morning skate in Florida.

Bailey has missed the last eight games due to the injury, but Bailey has been practicing with the team and skated with Fran Nielsen and Mikhail Grabovski on Thursday.

“I felt good the past few days here,” Bailey told Islanders Point Blank following Thursday’s practice at Nassau Coliseum. “I’ve been able to basically take part in every practice for the past…going on a week now. Obviously we had a lot of games so it was a few more morning skates. I’ve had a couple full practices now and I feel good. There’s no hesitation and I feel confident.

“I feel good to go, so we’ll see what the decision is. I’m hoping to play in the next couple games.” To read more of this story, click here


Josh Bailey activated from IR

C Josh Bailey has been activated from IR, the Islanders announced.

Bailey had been placed on IR on October 25 after suffering a broken hand.

To make room for Bailey on the roster, LW Eric Boulton was placed on IR retroactive to November 10.

Bolton reportedly suffered a lower-body injury during practice earlier this week.

Matt Martin discusses fighting in the NHL

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The age old debate over fighting has been reignited in hockey thanks to the actions of Connor McDavid on Tuesday night.NHL: Preseason-Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders

In case you weren’t aware, or have been under a rock the last few days, McDavid — the consensus number one overall pick in this years draft — broke his hand in a fight Tuesday night. Aside from the conversation over his own decision making, McDavid’s injury is being used to bolster some peoples arguments against fighting in hockey.

A few weeks back, Matt Martin spoke with Islanders Point Blank about his thoughts on fighting in the sport when the debate was being talked about throughout the NHL. Martin is not a player who’s sole purpose is to fight, but he is not hesitant to drop the gloves to defend a teammate or himself.

It should be noted that this conversation took place before the McDavid incident and Martin is speaking on fighting in general in the NHL.

IPB: What place do you think fighting has in the sport?

Martin: I think it’s always going to have a place in the sport. I mean, obviously that’s not my decision to make. People with more power are going to make those decisions, but I think it’s something that the players like in the game. I think the league is starting to get away from the stage fighting, and I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. It’s good to see guys fighting out of emotion, it’s good to see guys competing. You see Jamie Benn and [Nick] Foligno the other night and you see [Ryan] Nugent-Hopkins and Dan Hamhuis fighting, and guys like this fighting. They seem to want to do it, they seem to get involved and it’s a physical game. It’s always been a part of the game. I think it has a place in the game and I don’t really see it changing. 

IPB: What are your thoughts on some of the stuff being said about fighting in the sport? More specifically the comments made in recent weeks by Mike Milbury saying the sport needs to grow up.

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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.