Ryan Strome

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

Nate Schmidt #88 of the Washington Capitals works the puck past Johnny Boychuk #55 and Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders during the first period at Verizon Center on November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Capitals Beat Streaking Islanders 5-2

The Islanders will try for their first six-game winning streak in seven seasons when they take on the Capitals in Washington on Friday in the back end of a home-and-home set.

11/28/2014

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

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates a goal in the second period with Anders Lee #27 and Nick Leddy #2 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)

Islanders Rally In The 2nd, Beat Lightning 5-2

Cal Clutterbuck, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome scored in the second period to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

11/19/2014

The Islanders’ Brock Nelson, right, celebrates his first-period power-play goal with teammate Kyle Okposo on Nov. 6, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. New York won the game 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Friedman: When Things Get Dicey, Islanders Pull Themselves Together

Just as the wheels appeared to be falling off, the New York Islanders pulled over to the side, brought out their toolbox and, sure enough, got back on the road.

11/07/2014

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

Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils tends net against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Prudential Center on April 11, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Beat Devils’ Brodeur In His Possible Last Start

Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome scored in the shootout, and the Islanders beat the New Jersey 3-2 in what might have been Devils goalie Martin Brodeur’s final start.

04/11/2014

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

Anders Nilsson of the New York Islanders makes the first-period save as Jesse Winchester of the Florida Panthers looks for the rebound at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 2, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders’ Disastrous Season Continues With Epic Meltdown Against Panthers

Scottie Upshall scored twice in the third period as part of a four-goal Panthers surge and Florida downed the New York Islanders 5-3 on Sunday.

03/03/2014

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

Islanders Send Prized Prospect Strome Down To Bridgeport

The 20-year-old center, who was the No. 5 overall pick by the Islanders back in 2011, had just a goal and three assists during his one-month stay with the big club.

01/15/2014

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Led By Strome, Islanders’ Reinforcements Are Stepping Up

Ryan Strome should’ve been an Islander in October, but he’s here now and he’s making a difference. And he’s not the only reason the team’s been better of late.

01/10/2014

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Report: Islanders Have No Plans To Fire Capuano — For Now

Fresh off their first playoff appearance in six years, the Islanders have won just nine of their first 32 games. Logic suggests a substantial change should be coming, right?

12/11/2013

Ryan Strome skates during a preseason game on September 19, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Recall Hot-Shot Prospect Ryan Strome From Bridgeport

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ryan Strome has been recalled from Bridgeport and is expected to make his NHL debut Thursday when the New York Islanders take on the Coyotes in Phoenix. Strome leads the AHL […]

12/11/2013

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