Kyle Okposo

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 20, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Kyle Okposo To Return To Isles’ Lineup Tuesday Against Rangers

The 26-year-old will play in his first game since Jan. 19. He underwent emergency surgery to repair a detached retina some time around late January or early February.

03/10/2015

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 20, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Report: Okposo Skating, May Rejoin Isles Soon

Several factors played into why the Islanders didn’t try to make a bigger splash at the trade deadline. The impending return of star winger Kyle Okposo was certainly one of them.

03/03/2015

Nick Leddy, center, and other members of the New York Islanders celebrates the defenseman’s goal against the Nashville Predators at  Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 19, 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: At This Point, It Feels Like Only The Islanders Can Stop The Islanders

The Kyle Okposo injury? No problem. Tough loss to the Rangers at home? It’s forgotten about the very next game. There is no quit in this hockey club.

02/20/2015

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Brock Nelson (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Islanders, Rangers Fighting Through Injuries And Individual Scoring Slumps

Odds are good the Islanders and the Rangers will make the playoffs, but what shape each will be in when they get there is anyone’s guess.

02/10/2015

Islanders goalie Chad Johnson, left, watches a shot by Montreal’s David Desharnais go into the net on Dec. 23, 2014, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Better Figure Out How To Fix Their PK And Backup Goalie, Pronto

While the Islanders are all but assured of a postseason berth, they’ve got quite a bit of holes to plug up. Their penalty kill and backup goalie situation are a mess — and that’s putting it nicely.

02/06/2015

Ryan Strome #18, John Tavares #91 and Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrate Tavares' third-period power-play goal against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the NY/NJ sports landscape.

01/29/2015

John Tavares, left, Mikhail Grabovski, center, and Johnny Boychuk of the New York Islanders celebrate a first-period goal by Grabovski against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Jan.  27, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Smooth-Sailing Islanders Will Face Challenges In Second Half

The Islanders are no longer about being a feel-good story or rising above expectations. What they have done so far is set the bar very high.

01/28/2015

Cam Talbot #33 of the New York Rangers makes a save against Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Out To Prove A Point Against First-Place Islanders

After being outscored 9-3 in their two previous meetings at MSG, the 27-13-4 Rangers are fired up, and they have a point to prove.

01/27/2015

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 20, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

First-Place Islanders Suffer Big Blow, Lose Kyle Okposo For 6-8 Weeks

A season that has seen basically everything go right for the New York Islanders has just taken a detour.

01/26/2015

Henrik Lundqvist  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

They Were Robbed! 7 NHL All-Star Game Snubs

As always, there are some pretty notable snubs who will not be attending the festivities. Here are three from the local teams, as well as four others from outside the area.

01/22/2015

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Okposo Scores Four As Isles Top Penguins 6-3, Regain 1st Place In East

Kyle Okposo scored three of his four goals in the third period to complete his first NHL hat trick, and the New York Islanders jumped back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

01/16/2015

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates with the puck in the first period against the Washington Capitals during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Top Line Woes Are Fixable, But A Trade Is A Last Resort

What is of particular concern to the Islanders is that the third spot on their top line has been a revolving door for much of the season. The solution has yet to prevent itself.

01/09/2015

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders moves in on Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 13, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Strike Late, Snap Blackhawks’ Winning Streak

Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat Chicago 3-2 on Saturday night to snap the Blackhawks’ NHL-best, eight-game winning streak.

12/13/2014

Nick Leddy (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Special Teams Misfires At The Root Of Islanders’ Current Problems

After jumping out to their best start in franchise history, the New York Islanders have hit a bit of a snag.

12/12/2014

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

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