Isles hope to hang onto playoff spot vs. rival Rangers

Every game the New York Islanders have played the last several weeks has been accompanied by a playoff-like urgency. On Tuesday night, the Islanders might get a preview of the real thing against their biggest rivals. The Islanders (35-27-15, 85 points) will try to remain hot and maintain their grip on third place in the Metropolitan Division when they host the first-place New York Rangers in Elmont, N.Y. The Islanders have been off since Saturday

Islanders still in playoff picture, visit Blue Jackets

On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders picked the most opportune time possible to play one of their best third periods of the season and finally win the second game of a back-to-back set. Whether the Islanders can continue a timely winning streak on Thursday night might determine whether their season continues beyond mid-April. New York will look to continue its last-ditch climb into the playoff race when it visits the Columbus Blue Jackets in

Islanders keeping guard up vs. Blackhawks

A disastrous visit to the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 19 led to the end of Lane Lambert’s time behind the New York Islanders’ bench. It also set the table for a climb in the Eastern Conference that the Islanders are enduring under successor Patrick Roy. Now the Islanders are three points out of the second wild-card spot in the conference with eight games remaining in the regular season. They hope to avoid another letdown against

Lightning surging toward postseason while Islanders desperate for points

With just 10 games remaining in the regular season and their spot in the playoffs very solid, the Tampa Bay Lightning seem as locked in as they have been all season. Winners of two straight games and owning an eight-game point streak (7-0-1), Tampa Bay will play the New York Islanders on Saturday night in one of just six home games remaining on its schedule. In a stout March, the Lightning (40-25-7, 87 points) have

‘Tons of urgency’ for Islanders vs. Devils

The New York Islanders spent two weeks flirting with the possibility of falling well out of contention in the Eastern Conference wild-card race before delivering one of their best performances of the season on Saturday. The Islanders know their strong performance will be rendered meaningless if they cannot produce another similar effort to start getting on a roll. Their next chance at a victory will occur Sunday when they host the New Jersey Devils in

Inconsistent Islanders aiming to halt slide vs. Jets

A six-game winning streak seemingly vaulted the New York Islanders into a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Now, a six-game skid (0-5-1) is undoing all of their progress. Inconsistent all season, the Islanders (29-25-15, 73 points) attempt to avoid a seventh straight loss on Saturday afternoon when they host the Winnipeg Jets in Elmont, N.Y. The Islanders moved into the second wild-card spot when they rolled to a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks

Islanders searching for a spark in key clash in Detroit

The last time the New York Islanders visited Detroit, they snapped the Red Wings’ six-game winning streak. In their return trip Thursday night, those teams will play a pivotal game in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. In a group battling for the final wild-card spot, Detroit (35-28-6, 76 points) has a three-point edge over the Islanders (29-24-15, 73). Not long ago, the Red Wings held the top wild-card berth. They lost their grip on that

Now on the wrong kind of streak, Isles seek turnaround vs. Hurricanes

As the New York Islanders built a season-best six-game winning streak, their final regular-season clash against the Carolina Hurricanes loomed as a potential playoff preview. But four straight losses have turned Tuesday night’s game against the Hurricanes into a borderline must-win battle to remain in the postseason hunt for the Islanders, who will look to snap their untimely skid when they host Carolina in Elmont, N.Y. Both teams were off Monday after completing back-to-back sets

Islanders looking to snap scoring slump vs. Senators

The first half of a cross-country road trip couldn’t have gone any better for the New York Islanders. But the back half couldn’t have gone much worse for the Islanders, who will look to begin steadying themselves for a playoff run when they return home Saturday to host the Ottawa Senators in Elmont, N.Y. Both teams were off Friday after playing on the road Thursday, when the Islanders lost to the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 and

Islanders seek to better playoff positioning vs. Kings

It took the New York Islanders just two weeks to jump from 12th place in the Eastern Conference into the second wild-card spot. Now the Islanders only have to wait a day for an opportunity to even more drastically improve their playoff positioning. The Islanders will look to continue their timely surge Monday night when they complete a back-to-back road set by visiting the Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders extended their season-long winning streak to