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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Flyers

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Wednesday's Islanders-Flyers game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m. Tune into MSG+, stream the game on MSG GO, listen to the game on 88.7FM, 103.9FM, or AM970 and follow on Twitter at @NYIslanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes. 

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Flyers

The Isles and Flyers kick off a home-and-home series at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (11-7-2) VS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (8-9-4)

7 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+, MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM, AM970, 103.9FM

MORNING SKATE UPDATES GAME NOTES


The Islanders and Flyers are spending the holidays together, playing a home-and-home set the day before and after Thanksgiving, beginning on Wednesday in Brooklyn. 

The Islanders are 6-0-2 at home this season, but their sound home record will be tested by their Metropolitan Division rivals, who have won four straight games in Brooklyn. 

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5 Takeaways: The First 20 Games

Looking at the Islanders 11-7-2 start to the season

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

A quarter of the way through the season, the Islanders are 11-7-2 with 24 points, currently occupying the fourth spot in the Metropolitan Division and the first Wild Card in the Eastern Conference. 

A good start was a team focus, especially given how last season's slow start - 6-10-4 through 20 games - cost them at the end of the season. The Islanders are already ahead of last season's pace, getting to 11 wins in 19 games, as opposed to 31 games from last season. 

There's a lot to like about the Islanders through the first 20 games of the season, from the increase in scoring, their ability to consistently bank points and the emergence of Mathew Barzal. Here are five takeaways from the first quarter of the season. 

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The Bridgeport Report: Week 7

The Sound Tigers have won three straight games

by Alan Fuehring AlanFuehring / New York Islanders

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (9-7-0-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, won each of their three games last week and will go for their fourth straight victory this Friday against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Second-year defenseman Devon Toews scored in all three contests (four goals total) as Bridgeport defeated a trio of Atlantic Division opponents.

On Friday, the Sound Tigers went beyond regulation for the first time this season and edged the Wolf Pack in overtime, 2-1, at the XL Center. Toews scored both goals for Bridgeport, including the game-winning tally with just 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and Christopher Gibson backstopped the effort with a season-best 35 saves.

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Islanders Prospect Report

Cockerill scores first collegiate goal, Sorokin gets fourth shutout

by John Napolitano NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The Islanders collegiate prospects had solid weeks, including Logan Cockerill, who scored his first goals and points for Boston University. Over in Europe, Ilya Sorokin recorded his fourth shutout in 21 games. Read more in the Islanders Prospect Report. 

COCKERILL NETS FIRST COLLEGE GOALS, POINTS

Boston University's (BU) Logan Cockerill recorded his first four collegiate points - including his first two goals - in a pair of games against the University of Maine over the weekend.

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The Skinny: Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Hurricanes

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Islanders lose to Hurricanes, 4-2

NYI Recap: Leddy has goal, assist in loss to Canes

Nick Leddy scored a goal and picked up an assist on John Tavares' power-play marker in the Islanders' 4-2 road loss to the Hurricanes

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Game 20
Carolina 4, Isles 2

Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before the game was four minutes old to give Carolina a 2-0 lead, and despite a strong 2nd period the Isles could never catch them, as the Hurricanes defeated the Isles 4-2 before a crowd of 11,390 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The loss snapped an Islander three-game winning streak and deprived the Isles (9-4-1 in their last 14 games) of an opportunity to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

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Recap: Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

A slow start and special teams cost the Islanders in Carolina

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders' three-game winning streak ended on Sunday night, as the Isles fell to the Hurricanes 4-2 at PNC Arena. 

A slow start and an off night on special teams cost the Islanders, as they fell behind 2-0 early and trailed 3-1 after the first period. The early hole proved too deep to climb out of, despite the Islanders turning it on in the second and third periods. 

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The Golden Years

Brock Nelson's grandfather, who won an Olympic Gold with Team USA in 1960, is on the Isles dad's trip

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

As a kid, Brock Nelson didn't have a full grasp on what it meant for his grandfather, Bill Christian, to have an Olympic Gold hockey medal. Bill was a part of Team USA's first gold medal in hockey at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, but it's easy to think that a gold medal in hockey is normal when three members of your family have one.

Nelson even brought his grandfather's medal to school for show-and-tell - and kudos to Christian for trusting a grade schooler with one of his most prized possessions.

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Game Preview: Islanders at Hurricanes

The Islanders look for their fourth-straight win when they take on the Hurricanes (5 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (11-6-2) AT CAROLINA HURRICANES (8-6-4)

5 P.M. PNC ARENA

TV: MSG+, MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM, 103.9FM, AM970


Fresh off a 5-3 win over the NHL's top team, the New York Islanders look to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (5 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO). 

The Islanders are feeling good after a pair of marquee wins on their current streak, beating the Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues 5-2 last Saturday and defeating the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday. 

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The Skinny: Islanders 5, Lightning 3

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles win over the Lightning

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 5, TBL 3

Lee's two goals power Islanders past Lightning, 5-3

Anders Lee scored a pair of goals, while John Tavares and Josh Bailey each collected three points as the Islanders took down the Lightning 5-3

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The Skinny - Game 19

Isles 5, Tampa Bay 3

Anders Lee scored two goals to help the Isles build a 4-0 lead and Thomas Greiss made 36 saves as the Isles held off a fierce Lightning rally to defeat Tampa Bay 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

The Isles are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games. They have won three straight games, all with Greiss in goal, and have closed within one point of the Metropolitan Division lead.

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