Player News - Islanders

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Anders Lee has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for February.

Lee scored seven goals and 15 points in 15 games throughout the month. The 24-year-old was the Islanders' sixth round pick in 2009. Lee has 20 goals and 33 points in 58 games this season.
Mar 1 - 2:14 PM

Johnny Boychuk is looking for a contract extension as he is eligible to become a UFA on July 1.

Both sides are not talking to the media at this time but it's hard to believe that with the Islanders having such a successful season, that they would trade him if the two sides do not agree before the Monday trade deadline. He has seven goals and 30 points in 54 games with a plus-16 rating.
Mar 1 - 8:06 AM

Michael Grabner broke a four game pointless drought with his seventh goal of the season.

Grabner now has 11 points in an injury-riddled 25 games this season. He is worth a shot in deep pools as he has hit the 30 goal mark once in his career.
Mar 1 - 8:00 AM

Things didn't go very well for Chad Johnson and the New York Islanders on Saturday, as they fell 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Johnson gave up five goals on 41 shots, with the Hurricanes slowing the pace in a third period that at least kept it from being a total disaster (as he didn't get pulled). He's now 8-8-1 as a mediocre-at-best backup for the Isles.
Feb 28 - 8:11 PM

John Tavares scored his 30th goal of the 2014-15 season on Saturday, but the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 5-3.

That represented his 65th point of this campaign, at least briefly putting him alone at first place in NHL scoring. That could change as Saturday goes along, but the bottom line is that he's having another strong season.
Feb 28 - 8:09 PM

The New York Islanders are going with Brian Strait instead of Lubomir Visnovsky on defense Saturday.

It says a lot about the Isles' improved defensive depth that they can scratch "Lubo" fairly regularly, although it does also highlight the fact that the injury prone (yet talented) blueliner isn't the offensive threat he once was.
Feb 28 - 3:04 PM

Jaroslav Halak picked up his 33rd win of the season on Friday to set a New York Islanders record for wins in a season.

Halak was sharing the record of 32 held by Billy Smith, Rick Di Pietro and Chris Osgood before the win over the Flames on Friday. Halak is 33-13-0 with a 2.46 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He is expected to get the night off on Saturday.
Feb 28 - 8:27 AM

Look for Chad Johnson to be between the pipes on Saturday for the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have been relying a lot on Jaroslav Halak and he played on Friday so this could be a perfect spot for Johnson as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Johnson has been mediocre this season with an 8-7-1 record to go with a 2.95 GAA and a .890 save percentage. Adjust your lineups if you need to.
Feb 28 - 8:23 AM

Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 of 27 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over Calgary.

The Flames weren't able to beat Halak until the final minute of play. Halak has brought some consistency to the Islanders' goaltending position this season. He is third in the NHL in wins with 33 and he has a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in 46 games this season. The 29-year-old has won two of his last three starts. He was named the game's first star.
Feb 27 - 9:53 PM

Ryan Strome scored a goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Strome scored his 14th goal of the season at the 11:39 mark of the first period. That was the game's only goal until Cal Clutterbuck scored into an empty net late in the third period. Strome was the Islanders first round pick (5th overall) in 2011 and this is his first full NHL season. The 21-year-old has 40 points and a plus-21 rating in 63 games this season. Strome has a bright future ahead of him.
Feb 27 - 9:50 PM

Jaroslav Halak will be the Islanders' starting goaltender on Friday.

Halak has an opportunity to break the Islanders' record for the most wins in a single season. He currently has 32 victories, which puts him in a three-way tie with Bill Smith and Chris Osgood.
Feb 27 - 11:27 AM

Anders Lee is likely in for a big payday.

Lee accepted a one-year, $850,500 qualifying offer for the 2014-15 campaign and has given the Islanders plenty of bang for their buck. He has 20 goals and 32 points in 56 contests in his first full campaign. At the age of 24, Lee is scheduled to become just a restricted free agent this summer, so the Islanders aren't in any significant danger of losing him, but they'll need to give him a significant raise all the same. It wouldn't be surprising if the two sides come to terms on a multi-year contract now that he's established himself as an important part of the Islanders.
Feb 26 - 9:49 AM

Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory on Tuesday.

Mouillierat, 27, was playing in his third career NHL game. He had been held off the scoresheet in his first two contests. "There's times you think it's never going to happen," Mouillierat said. "It's pretty unbelievable, especially at my age, in my first crack in the NHL."
Feb 25 - 10:14 AM

Colin McDonald had two assists in a 5-1 victory over Arizona Tuesday night.

McDonald has two goals and eight points in 12 contests in 2014-15. He's making it hard for the Islanders to send him back to the minors once they start getting healthy.
Feb 25 - 10:12 AM

Brock Nelson scored a goal and added an assist for the Islanders in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Coyotes.

Nelson had recorded just two points in his prior 10 games entering tonight so this was a welcome breakout for his fantasy owners. Unheralded rookie Kael Mouillerat also picked up his first two career points with a goal and an assist in the victory while Matt Martin, Johnny Boychuk and Anders Lee also tallied for the Isles.
Feb 24 - 9:48 PM

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