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Game Preview: Islanders at Blue Jackets

The Islanders look to extend their winning streak to four games when they take visit Columbus (MSG+, 7 p.m.)

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The Islanders close out a two-game road trip at Columbus' Nationwide Arena on Friday evening, their first multi-game trip of the season. The Isles are riding a three-game win streak, in which they've rallied from behind to win in all three games. With a win over Winnipeg on Thursday, the Isles are over NHL .500 for the first time this season.

The Blue Jackets are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, snapping a two-game winning streak. The Blue Jackets led 2-1 in the third period, but Chicago's Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal to send the game to overtime as Jonathan Toews sealed the Blackhawks victory with 46 seconds remaining in the extra period. Blue Jackets rookie goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 30 saves in his second NHL game. 

Last season against the Blue Jackets, the Islanders went 3-1-0 against their Metropolitan Division rivals. Thomas Greiss had shutouts in two of the Isles games, while Columbus' sole win was a 4-0 blanking on March 26. 

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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Jets 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles win over the Jets

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Condensed Game: Islanders @ Jets

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Winnipeg Jets

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Game 7
Isles 3, Winnipeg 1

Mathew Barzal scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves as the Isles extended their winning streak to three straight games with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets before a crowd of 15,063 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg.

Josh Bailey added an empty net goal as the Isles completed a season sweep of the Jets and improve to 9-1-1 against the Jets since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg.

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Notebook: Barzal Scores Twice As Isles Fly Past Jets 3-1

Mathew Barzal scored a pair of goals, Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves as Isles picked up third straight win

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Mathew Barzal scored twice as the Islanders snatched a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on Oct. 17 - the team's third-straight win. Josh Bailey capped off a two-point night with an empty-netter, while Isles goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves. 

The Islanders opened up their two-game road trip against the high-flying Jets who were seeking redemption after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Isles on Oct. 6. Instead of the Jets getting even, the Islanders improved to 9-1-1 in Manitoba since the Jets returned to Winnipeg and completed the second season sweep in four years.

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Rescue Mission

Ryan Pulock and his girlfriend Paige Friesen are rescuing dogs in Manitoba

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Back in Brandon, Manitoba, Ryan Pulock's home often serves as a halfway house for rescued dogs. 

Pulock estimates he's had up to 10 or 15 dogs living in his house at once, if only for a night or two. His girlfriend, Paige Friesen, who is the driving force behind the rescue effort, said she's taken as many as 30, at times kenneling them in her parent's heated barn while they wait to be transferred to open rescues or new homes. 

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Isles Day to Day: Bode Wilde Assigned to Bridgeport

19-year-old Isles prospect Bode Wilde will begin his pro career in Bridgeport.

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Bode Wilde has been assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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Game Preview: Islanders at Jets

The Islanders shoot for a third straight win when they take on the Jets (8 p.m., MSG+)

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Currently riding a two-game winning streak, the New York Islanders kick off a two-game road trip on Thursday night in Winnipeg. Thursday's game marks the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs, as the Isles beat the Jets 4-1 on Oct. 6 for their first win of the season. 

Friendly Manitoba has lived up to its name for the Islanders, who are 8-1-1 in Winnipeg since the Jets returned. 

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Islanders Partner With America's VetDogs To Raise Future Service Dog

Islanders select puppy to start service dog training, shoot fourth-annual pucks and paws calendar

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New season. New puppy!

With future guide dog Radar closing in on completing his puppy raising journey, he'll soon be heading back to the Guide Dog Foundation begin his formal training to become a guide dog for someone visually-impaired, the New York Islanders drafted a new doggo to become part of the team. 

The Islanders new Pup with a Purpose is an adorable, female, 11-week old Labrador Retriever, who will grow up to become a service dog through America's VetDogs, to one day assist a veteran or first responder with disabilities. The raising will last between 14 - 16 months and will include on-site training at Islanders facilities, games and community events. 

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PHOTOS: Islanders Puppy Calendar Shoot

The Islanders posed with puppies for the team's 2020 Pucks and Paws Calendar

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The Islanders posed with puppies for the fourth-annual Pucks and Paws calendar, benefitting America's VetDogs. Take a look at some behind the scenes action from Tuesday's photo shoot. The calendar will go on sale on Black Friday.

The Islanders also announced a new puppy with a purpose for the 2019-20 season! See some adorable pictures, read about her mission and help us find a name for this new doggo here!

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The Bridgeport Report: Oct. 15, 2019

The Sound Tigers pick up a win against the Calder Cup champs, while Arnaud Durandeau scores first pro goal

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For more prospect coverage, read this week's Islanders Prospect Report and check out our In The System page.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-2-1), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, split two games last weekend against the defending Calder Cup champion Charlotte Checkers in their only trip to North Carolina this season. Matt Lorito continued to garner points early in the year and Christopher Gibson showed his reliability in net, earning his first win of the season in his second appearance.

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Wahlstrom Wows in NHL Debut

Oliver Wahlstrom "didn't look out of place at all" in his NHL debut on Monday

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When Oliver Wahlstrom wrapped-up his first professional training camp, he noted that he had a feeling he would be back with the New York Islanders sooner than later. The gut feeling was dutifully justified less than three weeks later, as Wahlstrom made his NHL debut on Monday afternoon in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.

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