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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

John Tavares (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Canadiens Send Islanders To 4-2 Defeat At Bell Center

Montreal defeated the Islanders 4-2 on Sunday. The Isles played their second game in less than 24 hours and were without recently acquired forward Thomas Vanek.

11/11/2013

Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders celebrates his first NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Depth, Battle Level Put To The Test

Going into this week, the New York Islanders were already facing a substantial amount of adversity. That, however, would pale in comparison to what they’d have to deal with from that point on.

10/25/2013

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Why Did Islanders Bounce Strome To Bridgeport?

It became obvious to me that both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson deserved to make the cut. However, the better player didn’t get the job, as far as I’m concerned.

10/01/2013

The Islanders announced on Sept. 30, 2013, that 19-year-old defenseman Griffin Reinhart made the 23-man roster. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Name 23-Man Roster — Reinhart In, Strome Sent To Bridgeport

The club released its 23-man roster on Monday and, perhaps in a somewhat surprising move the Isles chose to keep young defenseman Griffin Reinhart on the big club while sending sniper-in-waiting Ryan Strome to Bridgeport.

09/30/2013

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