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Isles-Flyers Game 3 Moved to Saturday

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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers will resume their Second Round Series on Saturday, the NHL announced. The adjustment comes after a player-led initiative to halt play to protest social injustice.

The two Metropolitan Division rivals were scheduled to play Game 3 on Thursday night. The third game of the best-of-seven series will now be played on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Islanders and Flyers are tied 1-1.

Game 4, which was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will now take place at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. Game 5 has been moved from Monday night to Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Game 6 and Game 7, should they be necessary, will take place on Sept. 3 and Sept. 5 respectively.

The adjustments had to be made after a growing number of players felt that they should join other professional sports leagues and not play in protest.  That feeling pushed the NHL to postpone games on Thursday and Friday.

“All the guys in the league are coming together on something that we think has an opportunity to be better in the outside world,” New YorkIslanders captain Anders Lee said on Thursday. “Any time you have an opportunity to do that, you try to do the right thing and we’re trying to do that today in support of our teammates and everyone around the league and in our communities.”

All eight teams left in the postseason tournament released statements of support for the players’ actions on Thursday, including the New York Islanders.

“We are in total support of our players as they use their platform to bring further attention to a movement that is important to them, our organization and our game,” the Islanders said in a statement. “We will continue to work together as we promote equality and to end racial and social injustice.”

Below is the revised schedule for the Islanders-Flyers series:

Saturday, Aug. 29: Flyers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS

Sunday, Aug. 30: Flyers vs. Islanders, 8 p.m.| NBC, SN, CBC, TVAS

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Islanders vs. Flyers, 7 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS

*Thursday, Sept. 3: Flyers vs. Islanders, TBD | TBD

*Saturday, Sept. 5: Islanders vs. Flyers, TBD | TBD

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Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

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While the hockey world looks forward and waits to find out when or even if the 2020-21 season will start, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee took a moment to look back and reflect.

Lee and the Islanders are now just over a month removed from their season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to Tampa Bay. It had been the deepest the Islanders had gone in the playoffs since 1993 and the run shocked much of the hockey world.

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What Could Home Games Look Like for the New York Islanders Next Season?

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There are a lot of questions about the 2020-21 NHL season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the draft that the league was looking at a Jan. 1 start date. Outside of that, not much is known about their plan. The NHL has said in the past that they’d like to play a full 82 game schedule, but even that remains a question.

And for owners, the question of whether fans will be allowed in the building when games do start remains a major concern. The NHL, unlike NBA or NFL, is a gate driven league and relies heavily on paying customers filling the seats at arenas.

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Free Agency: Martin, Greene Likely to Return to Islanders for Next Season

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It seems all but certain that Andy Greene is returning to the New York Islanders, and the same goes for Matt Martin.

The Islanders continue to sit in a holding pattern as they look to free up cap space via trades, but things seem to be pointing to a return for the two NHL veterans. General manager Lou Lamoriello called the return of Greene “a very strong option” during a Zoom conference call on Monday night and multiple reports indicated that the Islanders and Martin are working on a deal.

Greene’s return makes even more sense following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado on Monday. Greene has worked with Noah Dobson, who will take Toews’ place on the blue line, in the past and proved extremely valuable during the postseason.

The soon to be 38-year-old — Greene’s birthday is on Oct. 30 — could be looking at a one-year deal from the Islanders to provide that veteran presence on the blue line. Greene had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 playoff games with the Islanders.

Martin also had an impressive postseason of his own with five goals in 21 games, which matched his regular-season total. The fan-favorite has been a mainstay on the fourth line alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

Martin’s deal with the Islanders, or anyone else for that matter should it get to that point, would be far less than the four-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. That carried a $2.5 million AAV and that is much higher than what the Islanders can afford at the moment.

Devon Toews Traded to Colorado for Second Round Picks

The decision to move Toews on Monday came out of necessity so that the Islanders could get back some pieces to sweeten any potential trades that would move some of their pricier contracts and free up some more salary cap room. The Islanders have been working with just $8.9 million in cap space.

The Islanders still need to re-sign restricted free agents Mat Barzal and Ryan Pulock and trading away the likes of Johnny Boychuk or another hefty contract would help make that task simpler.

The Fourth Period reported that the Islanders have been shopping Boychuk around. Boychuk has two years left on a deal that carries an AAV of $6 million and a list if eight teams he can be traded to. Leo Komarov is also reportedly being shopped by the Islanders.

Komarov also has two years left on his contract, which has a $3 million AAV and a seven-team no-trade list.

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