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37-35-10 84
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Top Mathew Barzal News

  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Wants to remain an Islander

    Barzal wants to sign a long-term contract before the start of the season, according to Kevin Kurz of The Athletic.

    While GM Lou Lamiorello wants Barzal on the Island for a long-term deal as well, nothing has been done thus far as Barzal is heading into the final year of a three-year, $21 million bridge deal. Barzal had 15 goals and 59 points in 73 games last season and has only had one 20-goal season in his six-year NHL career, that being his rookie season when he had 22 goals and 85 points.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: One goal in final 15 games

    Barzal finished the season by scoring only once in the last 15 games for the Islanders.

    While that is the pessimistic outlook, Barzal also had five assists in his last three games. Barzal is likely miscast as a top-line center but is also not a third-line player, which is where former coach Barry Trotz had played him for about the last month of the season. There is some speculation that part of the reason Trotz was let go was because of his handling of Barzal and how his play has stagnated under his watch. One of the biggest priorities for the next head coach for the Islanders will be to get the most out of Barzal and several other underperforming forwards.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Only 15 goals this season

    Barzal has 15 goals and 40 assists along with a rating of minus-15 in 71 games this season.

    The goal total will likely represent a career low unless Barzal can light the lamp twice in the last two games. The rating may even be a bigger concern, as Barzal was plus-15 last season and plus-5 the season before. Coach Barry Trotz will not be happy with those numbers, as he emphasizes defensive zone play by all of his players.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Adds three helpers

    Barzal picked up three assists in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Capitals.

    Barzal assisted on a pair of power-play goals in the first period before adding his third on a Josh Bailey goal in the third. The 24-year-old forward now has nine assists in his last nine games while only scoring one goal in that span. Barzal has yet to match the 85 points he posted as a rookie in 2017. He has 58 points in 71 games this season with 15 goals and 43 assists.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Registers helper in win

    Barzal recorded an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Friday's 3-0 win over the Canadiens.

    Barzal set up Zach Parise on the opening tally 4:25 into the third period. This was Barzal's third straight game with an assist since he snapped a four-game point drought. The 24-year-old center hasn't been able to replicate his 85-point form he showed in his rookie year -- he's at 14 goals, 37 helpers, 146 shots on net and a minus-12 rating in 65 outings this season.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Stays hot in Friday's win

    Barzal scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-0 win over the Rangers.

    That's now three straight multi-point performances for Barzal, who took a while to regain his form after returning from a lower-body injury in early March. On the season, the 24-year-old is up to 14 goals and 48 points through 58 games.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Ends 15-game goal drought

    Barzal notched a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

    Barzal assisted on Oliver Wahlstrom's goal to put New York up 2-0, then restored that two-goal advantage with an unassisted tally of his own in the third. The goal snapped a 15-game drought for Barzal, who's proficient in using his speed to set up teammates but often struggles to finish himself. With 13 goals and 33 assists, Barzal's on pace to reach 40 helpers for the fourth time in the past five seasons while falling short of 20 goals for the fourth consecutive campaign.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Dishes two helpers in win

    Barzal produced two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Red Wings.

    As expected, Barzal showed no ill effects from the cut he suffered late in Tuesday's win over the Senators. He set up Oliver Wahlstrom in the first period and Brock Nelson on the man advantage in the second. Now that Barzal has his first multi-point game since Feb. 24, he can work on snapping a goal drought that dates back to Feb. 17.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Expected to be fine

    Barzal took a cut to his leg late in Tuesday's game versus the Senators, but head coach Barry Trotz expects the center to be fine, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Barzal exited the contest late in the third period with an apparent cut. Fantasy managers and Islanders fans can breathe a sigh of relief that he's unlikely to miss time. He's earned three assists in his last seven games, but his goal drought has reached 11 contests after a quiet showing Tuesday.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Serves helper in second game back

    Barzal added an assist in a 4-3 win over the Ducks on Sunday.

    Barzal assisted on the first goal of the game, setting up Zach Parise for Barzal's 26th assist of the season. The center had missed the previous six games due to a lower-body injury before returning March 11 against the Jets. Barzal had racked up seven assists in 11 February contests before missing time to begin March.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Game-time call Friday

    Barzal (lower body) was ruled a game-time decision for Friday's tilt versus Winnipeg, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.

    Barzal has missed the last six games while dealing with a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old has generated 37 points over 45 games this season. Kieffer Bellows is likely to draw into the lineup if Barzal is ruled out Friday.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Good to go Friday

    Barzal (lower body) is in Friday's lineup against Winnipeg, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

    Barzal is set to return from a six-game absence Friday. The star center had eight points over his previous seven games prior to the injury, giving him 37 points through 45 appearances this season. He's averaging 18:28 of ice time per game, with 2:46 of power-play time.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Remains out Thursday

    Barzal (lower body) will not play Thursday against Columbus, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.

    Barzal has averaged 18:27 of ice time -- 2:46 during the man advantage -- and registered 37 points over 45 appearances this season. Thursday will mark his sixth consecutive absence and coach Barry Trotz did not seem optimistic about the 24-year-old's return for Friday's tilt versus Winnipeg, Gross adds.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Out Monday

    Barzal (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against Colorado, per Kevin Kurz of The Athletic.

    Barzal will miss a fifth consecutive game while dealing with a lower-body injury. He has averaged 16:49 of ice time -- 2:27 during the power play -- and recorded six points over his last five appearances. The 24-year-old still has no clear timeline for recovery, Pantorno adds.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Game-time decision Saturday

    Barzal (lower body) was ruled a game-time call for Saturday's tilt against St. Louis, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

    Barzal has missed the last three games while dealing with a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old has averaged 16:49 of ice time -- 2:27 during the power play -- and recorded six points over his last five appearances. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has seen a slightly expanded role in Barzal's absence.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Remains out Saturday

    Barzal (lower body) will not participate in Saturday's game against St. Louis, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

    Barzal will set his sights on returning for Monday's game against Colorado. The 24-year-old will miss a fourth consecutive game while recovering from a lower-body injury that he incurred in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles last Saturday.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Not expected to return Thursday

    Barzal (lower body) is not expected to play Thursday for the Islanders when they take on the Canucks, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Assuming Barzal misses the game Thursday, it would be the third straight game he has missed due to the injury. Coach Barry Trotz admitted Tuesday that he didn't expect Barzal to play Thursday, which means the best the Islanders can hope for is a return Saturday versus the Blues. Barzal is considered the most skilled player for the Islanders, but he still only has 12 goals and 25 assists in 45 games.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Out Tuesday

    Barzal (lower body) will not participate in Tuesday's game against Colorado, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Barzal will miss a second consecutive contest while dealing with a lower-body injury. Coach Barry Trotz doesn't expect Barzal to return Thursday against Vancouver, Gross adds. The 24-year-old forward has averaged 17:49 of ice time -- 2:22 during the power play -- and tallied nine points over his last 10 appearances.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Not available Sunday

    Barzal (lower body) will not play Sunday against the Ducks.

    Both Barzal and Zdeno Chara will miss Sunday's game with injuries that were suffered Saturday against the Kings. The 24-year-old forward has 37 points while averaging 18:28 of ice time through 45 games this season. Either Ross Johnston or Josh Bailey will slide into the lineup with Barzal out.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Exits Saturday's game

    Barzal (lower body) didn't return to Saturday's game versus the Kings, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Barzal was hurt on an awkward collision in the second period. He took one shift after going to the locker room, but he didn't play at all in the third. The severity of the center's injury is unknown, so he can be viewed as day-to-day going into Sunday's game versus the Ducks. Barzal had an assist before exiting, giving him 37 points in 45 appearances overall, and it could be tough for the Islanders to cover for their top-line center if he misses time.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 187 lbs
Birthplace: Coquitlam, BC
Age: 25
Experience: 6
Shoots: Right