Player News - Islanders

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John Tavares has been having trouble scoring goals at even strength as of late.

In fact, Tavares has not scored a goal in a five-on-five situation in seven games and has not registered an assist in any situation in the Islanders' last six games. Tavares is understandably frustrated. "All of it starts with me, setting an example for the group", said Tavares. "So, I’ve just got to go out there and be really reliable all over the ice. Five on five we’d like to be a lot more productive." Stay patient with Tavares. he will turn it around.
Feb 24 - 12:12 PM

Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal Saturday evening against New Jersey.

Halak, who is coming off a 28-save, 4-3 shootout loss to Toronto this past Thursday, has played well for the Isles of late allowing 14 goals in his last five starts and posting a .927 SP. We wouldn't talk you out of starting him tonight.
Feb 24 - 12:03 PM

Alan Quine has sustained a lower-body injury.

The Islanders have put Quine on the injured reserve list as a result, so clearly they don't expect him to be back in the very near future. Beyond that though, there aren't any details about his status yet so it's not clear how long he'll be sidelined.
Feb 23 - 2:01 PM

Josh Bailey has agreed to a six-year, $30 million contract extension with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders didn't release the financial terms of the deal, but TSN's Bob McKenzie revealed them. Bailey has 15 goals and 62 points in 58 games this season so if he continues to play anything like that over the years to come then this will be a terrific signing for the Islanders. Even if he regresses a bit though, which seems likely, this will still be a decent price. The X-Factor of course is what this will mean for John Tavares. Bailey has been playing on a line with Tavares this season and we imagine the Islanders hope that re-signing Bailey will make Tavares more inclined to stick around too. If this deal helps them in their efforts to re-sign Tavares then that alone will make this worth it.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 1:49 PM

Anthony Beauvillier registered two assists in the Islanders' 4-3 shootout loss to Toronto Thursday night.

Beauvillier has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has 14 goals and 23 points in 51 contests this season.
Feb 23 - 5:14 AM

Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced on Thursday night as the New York Islanders dropped a 4-3 shootout decision the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Halak and the Islanders held an early 2-0 lead following goals by Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal but the Leafs came back strong with goals from Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly to tie it up. New York took back the lead on a goal by Jordan Eberle but Matthews redirected a Jake Gardiner shot past Halak with just under four minutes left to play in the third. Tyler Bozak put one past the Isles' goaltender to earn the Leafs the victory. Halak is now 18-19-5 with a 3.20 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Feb 22 - 10:25 PM

Mathew Barzal scored a goal and added two assists but it wasn't enough as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Islanders in the shootout by a score of 4-3.

It is Barzal's seventh game with more than three points this season, his rookie year. His goal came midway through the first period off a rebound and put the Islanders up to an early two-goal lead. The lead didn't stand however as the Leafs bounced back with two goals of their own before Barzal assisted on Eberle's go-ahead goal early in the third period. Unfortunately for the Isles, that wasn't enough either as Auston Matthews tied it late, leading to a shootout loss for New York. Barzal now has 17 goals and 65 points in 62 games this season.
Feb 22 - 10:13 PM

Jason Chimera will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Chimera has two goals, nine assists and a minus-11 rating in 58 games this season. This is the fourth game in a row that he'll watch from the press box. Alan Quine and Dennis Seidenberg are also expected to serve as healthy scratches.
Feb 22 - 6:41 PM

The New York Islanders and Josh Bailey are reportedly close to a multi-year agreement.

The final terms will reportedly be in the ballpark of five or six years with an annual cap hit of about $5 million. If that ends up being what happens, it seems pretty reasonable. Bailey is enjoying a huge season with 15 goals and 62 points in 57 contests, so if he manages to stay at that level then the Islanders will be getting a big bargain. Of course, they're also assuming a risk given that for most of his career, Bailey has been a 30-40ish point player. That being said, he did have 13 goals and 56 points in 2016-17, so while he's reaching new heights this season, it didn't come completely out of nowhere. Plus, if re-signing him helps convince his frequent linemate John Tavares to stay with the Islanders, then this will be money well spent.
Feb 22 - 5:59 PM

Jaroslav Halak will be the Islanders' starter Thursday night.

Halak will attempt to bounce back after allowing five goals on 32 shots on Monday. He has a 3.22 GAA and .911 save percentage in 42 contests this season.
Feb 22 - 12:25 PM

Tanner Fritz scored his first career NHL goal on Monday.

Fritz was playing in his 14th career game. The 26-year-old did excel offensively at the AHL level, but we don't anticipate him making a big impact in the NHL.
Feb 20 - 5:15 AM

Jaroslav Halak permitted five goals on 32 shots in a 5-3 loss to Minnesota on Monday.

Halak had a 50-save shutout against the Rangers on Thursday, but he was unable to build on that performance. He has played some solid games lately, but it hasn't been a good season for Halak or anyone else in the Islanders' crease. Halak's record slips to 18-19-4 on the year with a 3.22 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 4:06 PM

Anders Lee notched a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to Minnesota on Monday afternoon.

Lee earned his second straight 30-goal season. He has amassed 48 points in 61 games this season. Tanner Fritz and Ross Johnston had the other markers for the Islanders in the loss.
Feb 19 - 4:01 PM

Jaroslav Halak has been confirmed as New York's starter for Monday's matinee match against Minnesota.

Thomas Greiss is out with a lower-body injury, so Halak was expected to be in the crease. Halak has posted a record of 18-18-4 this season with a 3.17 GAA and .912 save percentage in 41 appearances.
Feb 19 - 11:15 AM

Christopher Gibson has been called up on an emergency basis by the Islanders.

Gibson will be Jaroslav Halak's backup Monday afternoon against Minnesota because Thomas Greiss is sidelined with a lower-body injury.
Feb 19 - 11:12 AM


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