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Ryan Strome of the New York Islanders celebrates his third-period goal against the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 2, 2014. The Islanders defeated the Senators 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Maturation Off The Charts As Islanders Now Know Who They Are

In previous years, the New York Islanders found a seemingly infinite number of ways to lose hockey games. This season, they’re finally putting that creative genius to work and finding ways to win.

12/04/2014

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak and other members of the Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 22, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Sit At Your Table Thursday And Be Thankful For The Islanders

This is a completely different hockey team than we’ve seen in years past. The Isles have tons of offensive firepower, defensive depth and quality goaltending.

11/26/2014

Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the New York Islanders celebrates a goal in the second period during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Despite Perceived Issues, Islanders’ Offense Is Doing Just Fine

If the Islanders’ offense is this prolific when it’s “struggling,” how dangerous will it be when it’s in tip-top shape?

11/21/2014

Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders scores an overtime shootout goal past Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on November 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Islanders would win 2-1. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Islanders Top Kings In Shootout, Sweep SoCal Swing

After back-to-back victories over two NHL powers, it’s clear the Isles got much more than a tan from their time in the sun.

11/07/2014

Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy, left, celebrates his third-period goal with center John Tavares on Oct. 14, 2014, at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders May Be On The Cusp Of Something Special

At this point, it would be reckless to say the Islanders will challenge for the top seed in the East, but a 3-0 start that includes a 6-3 win over the Rangers is absolutely delicious for this affection- and attention-starved franchise.

10/15/2014

Nikolai Kulemin #86 of the New York Islanders moves the puck ahead of Victor Rask #49 of the Carolina Hurricanes at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 11, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Top Canes To Open Final Season At Coliseum

John Tavares and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders began their final home schedule at Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Saturday night to sweep a season-opening two-game series from the Hurricanes.

10/11/2014

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 10: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on January 10, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Islanders defeated the Avalanche 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Nelson, Boychuk Lead Isles To 5-3 Win Over Carolina

Brock Nelson had two goals and two assists, Johnny Boychuk added a goal and two assists in his Islanders debut, and New York beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Friday night.

10/10/2014

The Islanders’ Nikolay Kulemin snaps off a shot against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on Sept. 26, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Projecting The Islanders’ Opening Night Roster Is No Easy Task

For weeks and weeks, we’ve talked about the glut of forwards the Islanders have under contract and the insane amount of depth they have in that department. It’s a great problem to have, but one they need to solve — soon.

10/01/2014

John Tavares (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: A Lot To Like As Islanders Prepare For Final Season At Coliseum

The Islanders are set to begin training camp and, albeit for different reasons than last year, are doing so amid a typhoon of optimism and potential.

09/18/2014

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Anders Lee (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Griffin Reinhart (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Better Not Play Games With Their Best Young Players

If Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Griffin Reinhart are going to be a big part of the Islanders’ core and they have enough to get by at the NHL level right now, they need to be on the team in 2014-15, plain and simple.

07/17/2014

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 10: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on January 10, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Islanders defeated the Avalanche 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Nelson, Isles, Top Sabres 4-3 In Shootout

Brock Nelson scored with 3:44 left in regulation to force overtime and then netted the decisive shootout goal to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night in a season-ending matchup of non-playoff teams.

04/13/2014

Islanders forward Ryan Strome. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Not Nearly The Trainwreck Everyone Thought Without Tavares

When John Tavares went down for the season no one thought the Islanders would be remotely watchable, let alone competitive. However, just the opposite has occurred.

04/04/2014

Islanders winger Kyle Okposo, right, celebrates with teammate John Tavares (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kyle Okposo Stars, Isles Defeat The Flyers In The Shootout

Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout for the New York Islanders, who rallied past the Flyers 4-3 Monday.

01/20/2014

Michael Grabner of the Islanders controls the puck against the Avalanche’s Cody McLeod at Pepsi Center on Jan. 10, 2014 in Denver. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Grabner Stuns Avs In OT As Islanders Run Road Win Streak To 6

Michael Grabner knocked in a shot from the slot at 1:46 of overtime, giving the New York Islanders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

01/11/2014

Kevin Poulin (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Continue To Lose, But The Kids Are Alright

If the Islanders are going to snap out of this funk, they must adopt an all-hands-on-deck mentality. I’ll say this, though, the kids have done their part.

12/06/2013

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