Josh Bailey

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin, left, makes a save against the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, center, at the United Center on Oct. 11, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Islanders Give Defending Champion Blackhawks A Go Before Falling

Michal Handzus scored the go-ahead goal 6:45 into the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

10/11/2013

Matt Donovan Islanders

Friedman: Depth, Speed, Solid Goaltending Propel Islanders To Strong Start

The Islanders might still have what to work on, but they have the depth and determination to pull through — something they have not had for a very long time.

10/10/2013

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’ Josh Bailey, left, celebrates his shorthanded goal against the Devils with Kyle Okposo at the Prudential Center on Sept. 19, 2013 in Newark. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Bailey Poised To Take Himself And Islanders To The Next Level

Islanders forward Josh Bailey is entering his sixth NHL season. The 23-year-old from Bowmanville, Ontario is working his tail off to ensure it’ll be better than the previous five.

09/25/2013

Islanders captain John Tavares watches the action against the Devils during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Expectations Way Up For Tavares-Led Islanders In 2013-14

With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.

09/24/2013

Josh Bailey (credit: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Islanders Sign Center Josh Bailey To 5-Year Deal

The New York Islanders announced on Monday that they have signed center Josh Bailey to a five-year contract.

07/15/2013

Garth Snow (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Gallof: Islanders’ Playoff Story Ends, But A Better Team Looms On The Horizon

The Isles will assess and look to see what they can improve on this summer. However, the shopping list that has excited fans on Twitter, message boards and in regular conversation is simply unrealistic.

05/16/2013

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Islanders Are Excited About Their Future After This Past Season

This is just a first step for the Islanders, who have a good young nucleus with Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey.

05/12/2013

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck through Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's legs on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

04/30/2013

The New York Islanders celebrate a power-play goal by Mark Streit #2 (3rd from left). (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Have Opportunity To Make Name For Themselves Again

No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.

04/25/2013

Islanders center Frans Nielsen, left, and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Drought Is Finally Over: Islanders Make Playoffs For First Time Since 2007

The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

04/24/2013

Evgeni Nabokov and Radek Martinek celebrate the Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on April 16, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders’ Unrelenting Road Warrior Prowess To Get 1 Final Test

There’s plenty of time to play golf. Why not do it in June? The Islanders now seem destined to do their early spring gripping and ripping on the ice.

04/17/2013

The Islanders' Thomas Hickey skates up ice with the puck, away from the Bruins' David Krejci during the teams' meeting at the TD Garden on April 11, 2013 in Boston. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Islanders Send Message To NHL, Stun Bruins In Boston To Continue Stellar Run

Josh Bailey scored twice and the New York Islanders added another big win in their surge toward the playoffs by beating the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night.

04/12/2013

Kyle Okposo tied up the Islanders' game in Washington on April 3, 2013, late in the third period. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Islanders Fall To Caps In Shootout, But Jump Into 7th Place In East

By virtue of the quirky way the NHL decides tie games — with a skills competition that rewards the team that loses — both the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals have completed a steady climb into playoff position.

04/04/2013

The Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, right, carries the puck ahead of the Devils’ Ryan Carter during the teams’ meeting at the Prudential Center In Newark on April 1, 2013. (Photo by Norman Y. Lono/Getty Images)

Islanders Conclude Telling Road Trip With Big Win Over Devils

With a little more than three weeks left in the lockout-shortened regular season, the New York Islanders are in an unexpected position — fighting for their first playoff berth since 2006-07.

04/01/2013

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