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Bischoff Agrees To Entry Level Contract

Minnesota Alternate Captain Won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Jake Bischoff has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Bischoff, 22, served as an alternate captain for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in each of the last two seasons and scored a career-high 32 points (five goals, 27 assists) in 38 games this season. He went on to win the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award. Drafted by the Islanders in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft (185th overall), Bischoff led all Big Ten defensemen this season in scoring with 18 points during conference games. 

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Recap: Predators 3, Islanders 1

The Islanders fall to Nashville 3-1, lose ground in playoff race

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders fell 3-1 to the Nashville Predators on Monday night, a costly result during the team's late playoff push. 

Josh Bailey scored the lone Islanders goal, but one was not enough as New York dropped their second straight contest in regulation to remain at 82 points, two back of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot. 

"Tough loss obviously," Bailey said. "At this point you're just looking to get wins no matter how ugly they are." 

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Predators

The Islanders host PK Subban and the Nashville Predators (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (35-27-12) vs Nashville Predators (38-25-11)

7 p.m. Barclays Center - Buy Tickets

TV: MSG+

Radio: 660AM & 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU

With two weeks left in the New York Islanders regular season, the playoff race is going to come down to the wire. 

The Islanders (82 points) are two points back of the Boston Bruins (84 points) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Isles have a game in hand on the Bruins, but Boston holds the first tiebreaker (regulation/OT wins), so every point is crucial down the stretch. 

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Recap: Bruins 2, Islanders 1

The Islanders fall to the Bruins 2-1 at Barclays Center

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The stakes were clear on Saturday night for the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. 

Tied with 82 points apiece for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the head-to-head matchup was an important one for both teams. Unfortunately for the Islanders, a 2-1 loss cost them both a game and their playoff spot, even if just temporarily.

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Bruins

The wild card is on the line as the Islanders and Bruins meet at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (35-26-12) vs Boston Bruins (38-30-6)

7 p.m., Barclays Center - Buy Tickets

TV: MSG+

Radio: AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News

Game Notes

The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins face off with the second wild card spot on the line on Saturday. 

The Islanders and Bruins are tied with 82 points, with the Islanders holding a game in hand on the Bruins. It's the last head-to-head matchup between the Isles and Bruins this season. 

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Recap: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

Jaroslav Halak makes 37 saves as Isles beat Penguins in a shootout

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 4, PIT 3 - F/SO

Tavares, Halak propel Isles to 4-3 shootout win

John Tavares had two assists and scored in the shootout, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots in his return to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win

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Jaroslav Halak made a triumphant return to the Islanders lineup. 

Halak parachuted into one of the Islanders' biggest games of the season and turned in a gem, making 37 saves in a 4-3 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins - his first NHL action since Dec. 29. 

With the win, the Islanders (82 points) moved into a tie with the Boston Bruins for the second wild card, setting up a huge game with the Bruins on Saturday at Barclays Center. 

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Game Preview: Islanders at Penguins

Jaroslav Halak recalled as the Islanders kick off back-to-back games in Pittsburgh (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (34-26-12) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-17-9)

7 p.m. PPG Paints Arena

TV: MSG+

Radio: AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News

Game Notes, Morning Skate Updates

The New York Islanders control their own destiny as they start a pivotal back-to-back in Pittsburgh on Friday night (7 p.m., MSG+). 

The Islanders (80 points) are two points behind the Boston Bruins (82 points) for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, but the Islanders hold two games in hand. 

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Recap: Islanders 3, Rangers 2

Andrew Ladd scores game winner, as Islanders pick up a pair of huge points against the Rangers

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 3, NYR 2

Ladd lifts Islanders to 3-2 win against Rangers

Andrew Ladd scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period as the Islanders extended the Rangers' home losing streak to seven games

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The New York Islanders signed Andrew Ladd for his ability to score in big moments. 

Netting the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a tight playoff race? Well, that counts. 

"I think that's a pretty big goal," Interim Coach Doug Weight said of Ladd's go-ahead marker with 7:22 to play. "That's what he does, he finds areas and guys that score those goals, they're hard to come by."

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Game Preview: Islanders at Rangers

The Islanders and Rangers meet on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (33-26-12) at New York Rangers (45-24-4)

8 p.m., Madison Square Garden

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU

Morning Skate Updates

As big as the Islanders-Rangers rivalry is - and as fitting as it is that they're playing on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry - the Islanders are focusing more on themselves when they visit Madison Square Garden. 

The Islanders start the day three points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference. A win doesn't get them back in, but a loss would open the door for Toronto to start pulling away - the Leafs play Columbus at 7 p.m. - making Wednesday bigger than the usual Islanders-Rangers hoopla. 

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Recap: Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 OT

The Islanders take a point out of their matinee affair with Columbus

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders were able to take a point out of their 3-2 OT loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, but despite a comeback effort, the result had a glass-half-empty feel to it. 

John Tavares' seeing-eye wrister got the Islanders to overtime, but Cam Atkinson stung the Islanders playoff push with the game-winner 1:19 into the extra frame. It was half a result on a night where the Islanders needed a full one. At the final horn, the Islanders moved into a tie with Toronto with 78 points and one point above Tampa, but it'll be a nervous night of scoreboard watching as both the Leafs and Lightning play at 7 p.m. 

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