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Puppy Blog: Radar Watches Islanders Practice

The Isles Puppy with a Purpose was at the team's practice on Thursday

by New York Islanders Community Relations NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Someone was barking orders at Thursday's morning skate - and it wasn't any of the Islanders coaches. 

Radar, the Islanders Puppy with a Purpose, was on hand at the team's morning skate, keeping an eye on Islanders before that night's 7-5 win over the Rangers. 

The Isles puppy was sniffing around the net, standing on his hind legs behind the bench and sitting like a good boy in the stands. Of course, he had a meeting with Head Coach Barry Trotz as well. Check out the photos of Radar's trip to practice. 

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Maven's Memories: Isles Take Step Forward in 1975-76

The Islanders start to become a force during the 1975-76 regular season

by Stan Fischler StanFischler / New York Islanders

Can The Islanders Do It Again? 

Over and over that question was asked as Al Arbour herded his skaters to their September training base in the Fall of 1975.

Many in the media wondered whether the Islanders would fall off the pedestal on which they rested. After all, they had marched all the way to the seventh game of the third playoff round during the previous Spring. 

Looking backward, we find that some journalists viewed the miracle triumphs over the Rangers, Penguins and almost-the-Flyers as a surrealistic hockey mirage. Arbour knew all about that and wondered how his skaters would react to their headlines.

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The Skinny: Islanders 7, Rangers 5

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

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders


Condensed Game: Rangers @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the New York Rangers at the New York Islanders

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The Skinny - Game 18
Isles 7, Rangers 5

Anthony Beauvillier scored three goals in the first 25:13 for his first career hat trick and later added an assist for his first career 4-point game as the Isles rallied from an early 2-0 deficit for a 7-5 victory over the Rangers before a crowd of 13,472 at Barclays Center.

Valtteri Filppula added three assists, including his 300th career helper, as the Isles extended their winning streak over the Rangers to a franchise-record eight games; the Isles have also opened the Metro Division schedule with seven straight wins - it's the first time the Isles have ever opened a season with seven straight wins in their own division.

Cal Clutterbuck's empty-netter cemented matters; it was the first time the Isles had scored seven goals against the Rangers since October 31, 1987 (8-2 win).

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Game Recap: Islanders 7, Rangers 5

Anthony Beauvillier records first-career hat trick as Islanders beat Rangers

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Anthony Beauvillier's first-career hat trick was the exclamation point on a night where the New York Islanders continued their recent dominance over the New York Rangers. 

The Isles 7-5 win at Barclays Center on Thursday was their eighth straight win over their arch rivals - a franchise record. The Islanders also improved to 12-1-0 in their last 13 games against the Rangers and a perfect 7-0-0 vs the Blueshirts in Brooklyn.

Beauvillier (3G, 1A), Valtteri Filppula (3A) and Leo Komarov (1G, 1A) powered the Isles offense, while Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss made 36 saves in the win, as the Isles improved to 7-0-0 vs divisional opponents for the first time in franchise history.

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Rangers

News, notes and quotes ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Rangers game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers on Thursday night at Barclays Center. Watch the game on MSG, MSG+2, or MSG GO. Listen live on 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News or online at RADIO.COM. Read the game preview. Check the game notes


Barry Trotz did not reveal his lineup or goalies for Thursday's game against the Rangers. 

Casey Cizikas (lower body), Andrew Ladd (lower body) and Matt Martin (upper body) were all put on injured reserve Thursday morning, so they will not play. As a result Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle were recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

Gionta is likely to play as the Isles are down to three healthy centers without Cizikas, while Dal Colle's status is up in the air as he stayed on for extra work after morning skate. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Cizikas, Ladd and Martin on IR

Michael Dal Colle and Stephen Gionta recalled from Bridgeport on Thursday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Casey Cizikas, Andrew Ladd and Matt Martin were placed on injured reserve on Thursday morning. 

Cizikas (lower body) is expected to miss two or three weeks, while Ladd (lower body) is out indefinitely. Both players were placed on IR retroactive to Nov. 13. Martin was placed on IR retroactive to Nov. 1, as he continues his recovery from a upper-body injury. 

As a result, Michael Dal Colle and Stephen Gionta were recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

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New York Islanders Transactions

A running feed of New York Islanders transactions

by New York Islanders @NYIslanders / New York Islanders

A running feed of New York Islanders transactions:

November 15: Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle have been recalled from Bridgeport.

November 15: Casey Cizikas (lower body) and Andrew Ladd (lower body) were placed on IR retroactive to 11/13.

November 15: Matt Martin (upper body) was placed on IR retroactive to 11/1.

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Rangers

The Islanders go for an eighth straight win over the Rangers (7 p.m., MSG+2)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders






The New York Islanders and New York Rangers always play for pride, but there's a little more on the line when the arch rivals meets on Thursday night at Barclays Center. 

The Isles and Rangers are tied with 20 points apiece and currently hold the second and third seeds in the Metropolitan Division. It's too early to be a make-or-break game for either side, but in an ultra-tight division, it's a chance to create a little separation.

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Floorball Program: PS 23Q

The Islanders Floorball program was at PS 23Q in Jamaica, Queens

by New York Islanders Community Relations NYIslanders / New York Islanders
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Isles Day-to-Day: Martin Returns To Practice

Andrew Ladd and Casey Cizikas absent from practice as Martin takes step forward in recovery

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Matt Martin took another step forward in his recovery from an upper-body injury, as he rejoined the Islanders at Wednesday's practice, his first full practice with the team since suffering his injury on Nov. 1. 

While practicing marked progress for Martin, Barry Trotz ruled the Isles winger out of Thursday's game against the New York Rangers. 

Andrew Ladd and Casey Cizikas were both absent from Wednesday's practice. Ladd left Tuesday's 5-2 win over Vancouver with a lower-body injury while Cizikas' ailment was undisclosed. 

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