Player News - Islanders

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John Tavares was clearly pumped up as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 to force a Game 7 in a testy first-round series.

Tavares scored a goal and an assist, with his helper on the game-winner by Nikolay Kulemin being most noteworthy, as he drew a ton of attention thanks to Alex Ovechkin's highly questionable hit. Tavares now has six points in as many playoff contests.
Apr 25 - 6:20 PM

The New York Islanders forced a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win on Saturday in large part due to Jaroslav Halak's efforts.

Halak stopped 38 out of 39 shots as he beguiles the Capitals in elimination situations all these years later. He's faced 30+ shots in four of the last five games, and while he hasn't won every time, Halak is giving the Islanders the kind of goaltending they've been lacking for many years.
Apr 25 - 6:17 PM

Brock Nelson isn't just returning to the New York Islanders lineup, he's skating with Ryan Strome and John Tavares on the first line against the Washington Capitals in Game 6.

Nelson has had some very nice runs of offense this season, especially when handed a prime opportunity linemates-wise like this one. He's a great option in various formats, including daily fantasy sports such as FanDuel.
Apr 25 - 2:57 PM

With their season on the line, the New York Islanders are keeping forward Anders Lee out of the lineup against the Washington Capitals in Game 6.

This is definitely a bit of a surprise, as Lee has had a nice season with New York, not looking out of place while getting some turns with John Tavares' various lines. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Apr 25 - 2:54 PM

Look for Brock Nelson to return to the New York lineup on Saturday.

Nelson was a healthy scratch in Game 5 as coach Jack Capuano decided to put Mikhail Grabovski in the lineup. But the Islanders are having trouble scoring of late and Nelson could provide that as he had 20 goals and 42 points in the regular season.
Apr 25 - 8:34 AM

Do not expect to see Calvin De Haan (shoulder) in the Islanders lineup Saturday.

De Haan suffered the injury in Game 5 when he banged shoulders with Troy Brouwer. De Haan had a couple of shoulder surgeries in the past few years and was unable to practice on Friday. Stay tuned.
Apr 25 - 8:31 AM

Nick Leddy had an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Leddy is now on a three-game point streak. He also was on the ice for 23:45 minutes Thursday night, which was second only to Johnny Boychuk on the Islanders.
Apr 24 - 11:09 AM

John Tavares registered an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Tavares also had a minus-two rating though and he wasn't happy with his performance. "It's 2-1 going to the third, still a great chance to win the game," said Tavares. "It starts with myself. It just wasn't a good period." Washington now has a 3-2 series lead, so the pressure will be on Tavares and the Islanders to win on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 11:07 AM

Ryan Pulock might make his NHL debut in Game 6 of the Islanders' series against Washington on Saturday.

It's not an ideal time to put Pulock in his first game, but Calvin De Haan is now injured in addition to Lubomir Visnovsky. With the Islanders' defense depleted, they need all the help they can get. Pulock was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He had 17 goals and 29 points in 54 contests with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2014-15.
Apr 24 - 11:02 AM

Calvin De Haan suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

De Haan sustained the ailment on a shoulder-to-shoulder hit, which is troubling given his history of shoulder problems. We don't know how serious the injury is, but it would be a blow to the Islanders if he's not available on Saturday when New York fights to stay alive in their first round series. If he can't play, Ryan Pulock might be inserted into the lineup.
Apr 24 - 10:58 AM

Jaroslav Halak allowed five goals on 35 shots before getting pulled midway through the third period as the Capitals destroyed the Islanders 5-1 on Thursday night.

It wasn't completely Halak's fault as the Capitals were the better team in nearly every department in Game 5 and deserved to win the game by a wide margin. The 29-year-old and his teammates will have to stave off elimination as they return back to Nassau Coliseum for Game 6.
Apr 23 - 10:02 PM

Josh Bailey's second goal of the playoffs was the only bright spot for the Isles on Thursday in Game 5, as Washington easily beat New York 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Bailey is having a strong post-season so far with five points in as many games. The 25-year-old had 41 points in 60 games during the regular season, and has eight points in 10 playoff games dating back to last year.
Apr 23 - 9:57 PM

Updating an earlier note, Brock Nelson will indeed be scratched in place of Mikhail Grabovski on Thursday night for Game Five versus Washington.

Nelson had a quality sophomore season, posting 20 goals and 42 points in all 82 games this year. And he even scored a pair of goals through the first four games versus Washington, but Coach Capuano has other ideas for tonight.
Apr 23 - 7:11 PM

Griffin Reinhart is expected to play in the place of Lubomir Visnovsky on Thursday night for Game Five versus Washington.

Reinhart, still just 21 years old, has recorded just a point over eight NHL games. But he recorded seven goals and 22 points for AHL Bridgeport over 59 games. He'll pair with Thomas Hickey to form New York's third defensive unit. Ryan Pulock was on the ice with the Islanders' other scratches at the end of practice.

Forward Michael Grabner will be joined by forwards Colin McDonald, Eric Boulton, along with defenders Matt Donovan, Ryan Pulock in the press box for Game Five versus Washington.

With Tyler Kennedy remaining in the lineup and Mikhail Grabovski returning and centering the third line, Grabner finds himself without a line to play on. But even if he did play, the speedy defensive winger doesn't offer much fantasy value. And neither do the rest of his benched mates.


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