Player News - Islanders

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Jaroslav Halak will get the start in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The 29-year-old has a 35-15-22 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. He is coming off a shootout loss to Minnesota in his last start. Halak has a 1-2-1 record in his last four starts.
Mar 26 - 5:49 PM

It looks like Michael Grabner will spend his fourth straight game in the press box on Thursday.

Grabner stayed on after Wednesday's practice to get extra work in, which is usually a good indicator of his status for the upcoming contest. He has seven goals and 12 points in 31 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 26 - 9:57 AM

Kyle Okposo had an assist in the Islanders' 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.

Okposo didn't record a point in his first four games after returning from a detached retina, but he's bounced back by registered a point in each of his last two contests. He has 15 goals and 46 points in 52 games this season.
Mar 25 - 11:25 AM

John Tavares scored the Islanders' lone goal in a tough 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Tavares was a force to be reckoned with, scoring only after following up his own shot for a gritty goal to give the Islanders the lead just before the second period ended. He also led all skaters with eight shots during the game with three takeaways. With the point, he tied Sidney Crosby for the league-lead in points with 74 points on the season.
Mar 24 - 11:09 PM

Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves, plus one more, in a tough 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Halak had yet another quality start for the Islanders, who are mired in a 3-4-3 slump over their last 10 games. The loss drops Halak's record to 35-15-2 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA this season. He's 2-3-3 over eight career starts with a shutout and 16 goals against versus Minnesota.
Mar 24 - 11:06 PM

Michael Grabner, Colin McDonald, and Eric Boulton will each be scratched against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, none of these three forwards offer much fantasy value. Though Grabner clearly is the most talented, at least in terms of real-life skill. This will be his third straight game in the stands, and has only produced a dozen points and 59 hits in 31 games this season.
Mar 24 - 6:30 PM

Calvin De Haan will tag in for Matt Donovan in Tuesday night's tilt with Minnesota.

De Haan will pair with Thomas Hickey to form their first defensive unit. He's had a nice season, racking up 12 points, 124 blocks, and 134 hits through 62 games this season. He'll turn just 24 in May, so look for De Haan to keep developing.
Mar 24 - 6:26 PM

Jaroslav Halak will get the start against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Halak comes in with a 35-15-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.41 GAA across 51 games this season. He also owns 30 Quality Starts against five Really Bad Starts. Halak is 2-3-2 over seven career starts with a shutout and 15 goals against.
Mar 24 - 5:36 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky (lower body) might be able to return in a couple days.

Visnovsky hasn't played since March 13. He has four goals and 15 points in 46 games this season.
Mar 24 - 4:42 PM

Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) isn't skating yet, according to Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

That contradicts a previous report that Grabovski has been skating on his own. If he's not skating yet, then we wouldn't be surprised if he misses the remainder of the regular season.
Mar 24 - 11:17 AM

The New York Islanders are getting ready for a key four-game homestand.

The Islanders have gone 3-5-2 over their last 10 contests, which has all-but killed their chances of winning the Metropolitan Division title. At this point their primary concern is battling with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second seed in the division and the first round home-ice advantage that comes with it. Beyond that, they would just like to have some momentum going into the playoffs. The Islanders will start the four-game stint against Minnesota on Tuesday.
Mar 24 - 11:15 AM

Travis Hamonic had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over New Jersey on Saturday.

Hamonic was held off the scoresheet in his previous four contests. He has a career-high 29 points in 63 contests in 2014-15. He also has plus-16 rating, which if the season ended today would shatter his previous personal best.
Mar 22 - 10:15 AM

John Tavares had an assist in a 3-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Tavares ended a four-game point drought, which was tied for his longest in his last three campaigns. The fact that four contests without a point is as bad as it's gotten for Tavares in recent years when he's been healthy speaks volumes about his consistency. With 33 goals and 73 points in 73 contests, he's just one point back in the Art Ross Trophy race.
Mar 22 - 10:12 AM

Ryan Strome recorded two points in the Islanders’ 3-0 win over the Devils on Saturday night.

Strome scored the game’s first goal in the first period, then assisted on Travis Hamonic’s third-period tally. The 21-year-old had not scored since Feb. 27. Still, he has been generating chances and the Isles can’t complain about the production they’ve gotten from him: 15 goals, 44 points. Hamonic also had an assist on Kyle Okposo’s empty-netter.
Mar 21 - 9:31 PM

Jaroslav Halak blanked the Devils on 25 saves in the Islanders’ 3-0 win Saturday night.

Halak got his first win in three games, while earning his fifth shutout. With a 2.41 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, it’s not like Halak has been all that great this season. He’s just been leaps and bounds better than what the Isles have gotten between the pipes in recent years.
Mar 21 - 9:30 PM

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