Player News - Islanders

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Ross Johnston has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.

Johnston is signing as an undrafted free agent prospect. He had 32 points and 124 penalty minutes in 44 QMJHL games with the Charlottetown Islanders in 2014-15. Although he was never drafted, he has previous ties with the New York Islanders as he took part in their 2014 rookie camp.
Mar 31 - 10:06 AM

Ryan Strome found the back of the net in a 5-4 win against Detroit Sunday night.

Strome is on a three-game point streak. He has 16 goals and 48 points in 76 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 30 - 10:16 AM

Nick Leddy recorded two assists in the Islanders' 5-4 win over Detroit on Sunday.

Leddy now has 10 goals and 31 points in 73 games in 2014-15. He's reached the 30-point mark in each of his last three campaigns (not including the lockout shortened 2013 season), and at the age of 24, he should have many more campaigns like that ahead of him.
Mar 30 - 10:14 AM

Jaroslav Halak allowed four goals on 25 shots in Sunday's 5-4 win over Detroit.

Halak allowed three goals in the first period alone but he settled down nicely after that. The 29-year-old is now 1-1-1 in his last three games and his overall record improves to 36-16-2 in 2014-15. Halak has a 2.42 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage. It's just the second time in six games that Halak has allowed more than two goals in a game.
Mar 29 - 8:05 PM

John Tavares has three assists in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Islanders fought back and the game was tied at three after 20 minutes. Tavares helped set up goals by Ryan Strome and Kyle Okposo in the first period and Frans Nielsen in the second period. The 24-year-old has emerged as a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season. Tavares has 34 goals and 77 points in 77 games this season. He will come close to reaching his career-high of 81 points.
Mar 29 - 7:47 PM

Calvin De Haan and Michael Grabner were scratched from Sunday's tilt with the Detroit Red wings.

This is Grabner's sixth straight game in the stands. He's produced just 12 points and 59 hits over 31 games this season. De Haan meanwhile has been a workhorse for the Islanders and fantasy owners alike, accumulating 130 blocks and 136 hits through 64 games.
Mar 29 - 5:39 PM

Michael Grabner has been a healthy scratch for the last five games but he may be ill.

Grabner was a healthy scratch for four games but may have been in the lineup Saturday if not for the illness. He has seven goals and 12 points in 31 games this season.
Mar 29 - 10:03 AM

Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal for the Islanders Sunday.

Halak is 35-16-2 this season with a 2.39 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The Islanders take on the Red Wings Sunday. Start him with confidence.
Mar 29 - 10:00 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky's goal wasn't enough as the Anaheim Ducks beat his New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday.

It was the first time "Lubo" has played since March 13. You likely know that injuries are a consistent concern for Visnovsky, who's production has slipped in advancing years, too.
Mar 28 - 4:44 PM

Michal Neuvirth could not help the New York Islanders turn things around as the Anaheim Ducks won 3-2 on Saturday.

Neuvirth is now 1-3-1 with unimpressive numbers as a member of the Islanders after giving up three goals on 24 shots.
Mar 28 - 4:42 PM

Do not be surprised if John Tavares and Kyle Okposo are not on the same line Saturday.

Both have struggled since Okposo returned to the lineup seven games ago, so coach Jack Capuano could go back to playing Tavares with Josh Bailey and Anders Lee, a line that played so well together during Okposo's absence. If that is the case, then Okposo will play alongside Frans Nielsen.
Mar 28 - 10:08 AM

Coach Jack Capuano said that Mikhail Grabovski is not close to returning from a concussion.

While it appears that the remainder of the regular season is gone, it may be the playoffs as well for the center. He has been out since February 19 and has not started skating as of yet.
Mar 28 - 10:03 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky (lower body) has pronounced himself ready to play on Saturday.

Visnovsky has missed the last five games with the lower body injury. "There’s a real good chance that he could be ready," coach Jack Capuano said. Visnovsky has four goals and 15 points this season in 46 games.
Mar 28 - 9:59 AM

Michal Neuvirth will play between the pipes on Saturday.

Neuvirth will attempt to rebound after losing back-to-back games on March 14th and 17th. He has a 2.91 GAA and .882 save percentage in four games since being acquired by the Islanders.
Mar 27 - 2:38 PM

Josh Bailey had an assist in the Islanders' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night.

Bailey has 15 goals and 38 points in 63 contests in 2014-15. At the age of 25 and with 469 NHL games under his belt, we don't see Bailey taking a big step up in the future. At this point what you see if pretty much what you should expect to get going forward.
Mar 27 - 11:27 AM


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