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Game Preview: Islanders vs Devils

The Islanders look for a third straight win when they host the Devils at NYCB Live (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (26-15-4) VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS (18-21-7)

7 PM | NYCB LIVE | BUY TICKETS

WATCH: MSG+ | MSG GO | NHL.TV

RADIO: 660AM/101.9FM WFAN | 88.7FM WRHU | 103.9FM LI NEWS | RADIO.COM/ISLANDERS


SEASON SERIES: NYI LEADS 2-0-0

This is the third meeting of the season between the Tri-State rivals. The Islanders won the two previous matchups, shutting out the Devils 3-0 on Nov. 3 and scoring a 4-3 OT win on Nov. 23. Thomas Greiss was in net for both wins. Mathew Barzal scored the OT winner in the most recent meeting. 

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Alumni Corner: Kenny Jonsson

After a successful hockey career, the former Islanders captain has become a firefighter in Sweden

by David Silverman NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

Quick travel tip for Islander fans: if you find yourself somewhere in southern Sweden, run into trouble, and suddenly think the fireman you see rushing to your rescue is ex-captain Kenny Jonsson - you're not hallucinating. It's the real Kenny Jonsson you remember, just doing what he does now. We'll get to that later, but first, let's dive into his resume. 

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The Skinny: Islanders 2, Blues 1 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Islanders win over the Blues

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

STL @ NYI

Condensed Game: Blues @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the St. Louis Blues at the New York Islanders

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The Skinny - Game 45
Isles 2, St. Louis 1 (OT)

Valtteri Filppula has had quite an NHL career but on Tuesday night at Barclays Center he did something he had never done in 918 previous regular season (and 158 playoff) games. Filppula scored 1:37 into overtime for his first career OT tally as the Isles defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 before a crowd of 10,042. 

Robin Lehner made 30 saves to improve to 9-1-0 in his last ten games as the Isles moved 11 games over NHL-.500 for the first time this season.  

Jordan Eberle's 200th career goal gave the Isles a 1-0 lead in the first period; David Perron extended his point streak to 12 games with the tying goal in the third period.

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Recap: Islanders Beat Blues 2-1 in OT

Valtteri Filppula scores OT winner, as Islanders sweep season series with St. Louis

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Valtteri Filppula scored the overtime winner 1:37 into the extra frame, as the New York Islanders downed the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Tuesday night at Barclays Center. 

Mathew Barzal set up the goal, luring Jaden Schwartz in close in the neutral zone before threading a cross-ice, blueline-to-blueline feed to Filppula, who ended the game with his 10th goal of the season. With the win, the Islanders sweep the season series with the Blues, pick up their second straight victory and improved to 8-2-0 in their last 10.

"I knew [Ryan] O'Reilly had been out there for a while since the start of OT, so I was going to see if they made a change, or see if we could catch them on a rush," Barzal said. "Fil stepped on in a great spot, he's a smart player obviously in the right spot and a great bury by him." 

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The Identity Line

Barry Trotz praises Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck for shaping the team's identity

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

On Tuesday morning, Barry Trotz was asked about the impact of his fourth line in Sunday's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay. 

The amicable coach was a little defiant, pausing before delivering his response: 

"Which one is that?" Trotz asked. 

Clearly, the question was about the Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck trio, who combined for six points in the win, but what's not clear is if they should still be referred to as a fourth line. Sure, they take their line rushes last during warmups, but that might be routine more than rank, as their contributions have exceeded the expectations of a fourth line. 

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Blues

News, notes and quotes ahead of Tuesday's Islanders-Blues game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders take on the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m. Buy tickets. Watch on MSG+, MSG GO, or NHL.TV. Listen live on 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News or online at radio.com/islanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes.


LINEUP NOTES: 

Barry Trotz did not make any official lineup announcements on Tuesday morning, but the Islanders are likely to go back to the same forwards and d-pairs from Sunday's win over Tampa. Robin Lehner was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate. 

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The Bridgeport Report: Week 15

The Sound Tigers hit the 50-point mark last weekend

by Alan Fuehring AlanFuehring / Bridgeport Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (22-12-4-2), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, recorded two points in as many games last weekend as the team began the second half of its 2018-19 schedule. Fourth-year forward Tanner Fritz led the way with three points during the two-game stretch, while Parker Wotherspoon scored an overtime winner and added one assist.

Wotherspoon's heroics came in a 4-3 win against the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Center on Friday, leading the Sound Tigers to their first win of 2019. The Islanders' fourth-round pick in 2015 netted his first career overtime-winning goal with less than 36 seconds left in the extra session.

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Blues

The Islanders look to sweep the season series from the Blues (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25-15-4) VS ST. LOUIS BLUES (20-20-4)

7 PM | BARCLAYS CENTER | BUY TICKETS

WATCH: MSG+ | MSG GO | NHL.TV

LISTEN: 88.7FM WRHU | 103.9FM LI NEWS | RADIO.COM/ISLANDERS


SEASON SERIES: NYI LEAD 1-0-0

The Islanders beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Jan. 5, scoring four goals on 14 shots in a comeback win. Barry Trotz said the Isles should have left in ski masks, insinuating his team stole a win in St. Louis. Robin Lehner made 29 saves in the win. 

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International Youth Hockey Tournament Comes to Long Island

Charles B. Wang Hope Cup set to kick off on January 14

by New York Islanders Amateur Hockey NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

The Charles B. Wang Hope Cup, hosted by the New York Islanders in conjunction with Charles B. Wang's Project Hope, is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 14 and runs through Monday, Jan. 21. The tournament brings teams from China, Japan, Slovakia, Canada and the United States to compete against each other, submerse themselves in different cultures and make long lasting friendships, all with the common bond of hockey.

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Islanders Prospect Report: Jan. 14, 2019

Dobson debuts in Rouyn-Noranda, Wilde and Durandeau post four-point weeks

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com
DOBSON DEBUTS IN ROUYN-NORANDA: 

Noah Dobson debuted with his new team, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, last week, recording four assists in his first three games with the new club. Dobson, who was acquired from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for draft picks on Jan. 6, made an immediate impact, dishing out a season-high three assists in his Huskies debut. 

Dobson, the 12th-overall pick in the 2018 draft, has 20 points (9G, 11A) in 31 games this season. 

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