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Vande Sompel Moving Up in Bridgeport

Rookie defenseman is piling up points in first AHL season

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Mitchell Vande Sompel doesn't get the attention of Devon Toews or Sebastian Aho, but the rookie defensemen is quietly putting together a strong offensive season in Bridgeport. 

Vande Sompel has 20 points (3G, 17A) in 34 games in Bridgeport, and is tied for third on the team in scoring and first among active players. He's also tied for third in rookie scoring among AHL defensemen. 

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Bruins

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Bruins game

by Yali Cohen NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m. See it live. Watch on MSG+2, MSG GO or SN360 in Canada. Listen on 88.7FM, AM970 or 103.9FM. Read the game preview

LINEUP NOTES:

Jaroslav Halak is in net. Josh Bailey is back in the lineup after missing four games with an injury. Alan Quine and Dennis Seidenberg are out, Tanner Fritz draws back in.

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Bruins

The Islanders look for their first win against the Bruins this season (7 p.m., MSG+2, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright and Dan Hanson NYIslanders / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (23-19-4) VS BOSTON BRUINS (25-10-8)

7 P.M. - BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+2, MSG GO, SN360

RADIO: 88.7FM, AM 970, 103.9FM

MORNING SKATE UPDATES


After playing the second night of a back-to-back on Tuesday vs New Jersey, the New York Islanders get the benefit of being the rested squad when they take on the red hot, but travelling Boston Bruins squad on Thursday. Boston played against Montreal on Wednesday night. 

The Islanders are looking to get back into the win column after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Devils on Tuesday. The Isles are currently one point out of the Eastern Conference Wild Card, a point behind Pittsburgh and the Rangers. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Injured Isles Skate

Bailey, Boychuk, Cizikas, Ladd and Kulemin skate during Islanders off day

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Five injured Islanders were on the ice at Northwell Health Ice Center on Wednesday, skating while the rest of the team did off-ice work. 

Josh Bailey, Johnny Boychuk, Casey Cizikas, Andrew Ladd and Nikolay Kulemin were all on the ice with Tanner Fritz, Isles coaching staff and goalie coach Fred Brathwaite, who strapped on the pads in net. 

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Islanders Kick Off 10th Annual International Tournament

Teams from China, Japan, Italy and Long Island competing in pee-wee tournament

by Yali Cohen NYIslanders / New York Islanders

From Commack to China, Jericho to Japan and Islip to Italy, teams have come from across the globe to participate in the 10th annual Islanders International Tournament hosted by the New York Islanders. This year the tournament proudly welcomes seven pee-wee teams from near and far, including two local Long Island teams as well as teams from Italy, Japan and China.

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The Skinny: Devils 4, Islanders 1

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

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NJD @ NYI

Condensed Game: Devils at Islanders

Extended highlights of the New Jersey Devils at the New York Islanders

  • 08:20 •

The Skinny - Game 46

New Jersey 4, Isles 1

Damon Severson scored two goals in a 1:26 span of the second period to break a 1-1 tie as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Islanders 4-1 before a crowd of 12,695 at Barclays Center.

The loss, which was the Isles' first-ever in Brooklyn to the Devils, dropped the Isles out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Recap: Islanders lose to Devils 4-1

The Islanders three-game winning streak is snapped in loss to Devils

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders saw their three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday, falling 4-1 to the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. 

Anders Lee scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season, but the Devils answered with four straight goals, including a pair of tallies from Damon Severson 1:26 apart to break open a 1-1 game in the second period. The loss was the Islanders first home loss to the Devils in nine games and dropped the Isles record to 13-2-1 in their last 16 games against New Jersey. 

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The Bridgeport Report: Week 15

Sound Tigers move into fourth place in Atlantic Division after 2-0-1 week

by Alan Fuehring AlanFuehring / Bridgeport Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (18-13-4-2), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, collected five of six possible points last week in a pair of divisional games against the Hartford Wolf Pack and Providence Bruins. With that success, the Sound Tigers have climbed to fourth place in the Atlantic Division as the club gears up for a busy, four-game slate this week.

Each of Bridgeport's three games last week were decided by just one goal, including a 2-1 shootout setback to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday night at Webster Bank Arena. The Sound Tigers fired a season-high 47 shots at Wolf Pack goaltender Marek Mazanec, but only Travis St. Denis could find the back of the net for his ninth tally of the season. Between the pipes, Kristers Gudlevskis (4-6-4) made 25 saves in the rivalry matchup.

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The State of the Sound Tigers

Checking in with the Islanders AHL affiliate halfway through the year

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Last season is a bit of a sore subject around Webster Bank Arena. By all accounts, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers had a pretty good year. They went 44-28-3-1, making them the fifth best team in the AHL's Eastern Conference. 

But when the season ended on April 15 in Wilkes-Barre, the Sound Tigers were outside of the playoffs, falling victim to the AHL's division-based playoff format, where only the top-four teams in each division make the postseason. They had 92 points, which was two more than the North Division leading Syracuse Crunch, but left them fifth in the Atlantic Division and ultimately watching the postseason.

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Islanders Prospect Report

Kieffer Bellows has seven-point week in return from World Juniors

by Yali Cohen NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The Islanders prospects are all back in action in the junior, collegiate and European leagues. Kieffer Bellows has carried a strong World Juniors performance into WHL action, while Anatoly Golyshev and Otto Koivula also make noise in this week's report. 

BELLOWS RECORDS SEVEN POINTS LAST WEEK:

After winning bronze - and leading the tournament in goals - at the World Juniors Kieffer Bellows returned to the Portland Winterhawks without missing a beat. Bellows had seven points (3G, 4A) in three games last week, extending his point streak to four games overall. 

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