Player News - Islanders

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Pulock will draw into the Islanders' lineup on Thursday.

Pulock is drawing into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for six straight games. The hope is that he might be able to contribute offensively, especially given that the Islanders haven't gotten a goal from their defensemen yet this season. He's also projected to play on the top power-play unit, which is 0-for-20 so far. In other words, this is a big opportunity for him. Nikolay Kulemin is expected to be scratched with the Islanders dressing seven defensemen.
Oct 19 - 4:38 AM

Jaroslav Halak will start for the Islanders on Thursday.

Halak will be facing the rival New York Rangers. He has a 1-2-0 record, 2.62 GAA, and .907 save percentage in four contests this season.
Oct 18 - 1:38 PM

The Islanders are in the bottom-third of the league with their 2.50 goals for per game.

New York hasn't looked any better recently as the Islanders scored just seven goals in their last three games - six against goaltenders as one was an empty-netter. A major part of the problem has been their power play as the Islanders are one of just two teams without a goal with the man advantage thus far. To make matters worse, the Islanders have surrendered three shorthanded goals, meaning that their power play has actually been a net negative so far. Part of the problem is that the Islanders' best player, John Tavares, has started slow with three points in six games, but he's not the only one that's left something to be desired thus far. The Islanders don't have a goal from a defenseman yet for example. The Islanders will try to turn things around on Thursday against another team that has struggled: The New York Rangers.
Oct 17 - 10:01 AM

Ryan Pulock was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight time Sunday.

The defenseman has yet to play this season. He had 15 goals and 46 points in 55 AHL games last season but he is of no fantasy value at this time.
Oct 16 - 9:06 AM

Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 27 shots in a 3-2 loss to the LA Kings on Sunday night.

Halak falls to 1-2 this season with a 2.62 goals against average and .907 save percentage. He's allowed three goals in each of his starts this season.
Oct 16 - 2:04 AM

Casey Cizikas's third goal of the season wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss in Los Angeles.

Cizikas now has three goals and five points through six games in a productive start to the season. The 26-year-old has a career high of 29 points.
Oct 16 - 2:00 AM

Jaroslav Halak will get the nod Sunday night versus Los Angeles.

The decision isn't surprising after Thomas Greiss worked hard for a 3-1 win over San Jose on Saturday. He stopped 40 shots in the victory. Halak has a 1-1-0 record this season with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He has been sharing time in the crease with Greiss in 2017-18.
Oct 15 - 2:54 PM

The New York Islanders defensemen have yet to score.

The Islanders have been credited with 13 goals in five games but no blueliner has found the back of the net. Nick Leddy is the Islanders top offensive force on defense as he had 11 goals and 46 points last season. Look for similar numbers this year as it is just a matter of time before the Islanders get a goal from a rearguard.
Oct 15 - 9:06 AM

Jordan Eberle (undisclosed) was able to play on Saturday October 14.

Eberle was hurt during Thursday's practice, but he didn't end up missing a game due to the issue. He registered an assist in 17:34 minutes of ice time on Saturday.
Oct 15 - 1:55 AM

Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) returned to action on Saturday October 14.

Clutterbuck was sidelined for three straight games. He found the back of the net in his return.
Oct 15 - 1:55 AM

Thomas Greiss dominated the San Jose Sharks, stopping 40 of 41 shots in a 3-1 win.

Pavelski and Burns were left frustrated all night by Greiss continuously smothering their combined 11 shots on goal. Greiss tends to run hot and cold and our only advice is to ride the German netminder while he's hot. The win marks his first of the season, improving his record to 1-1-1 on the year with a 3.07 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
Oct 15 - 1:25 AM

Brock Nelson scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Nelson was left wide open alone in front of the net and quickly buried the feed Josh Ho-Sang for his 3rd goal of the season. All three have come in the last two games for the Islanders. Nelson is up to four points in four games but should finish off the season around the 40-50 point mark. Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders in the win.
Oct 15 - 1:20 AM

Jordan Eberle is hopeful about his prospects of playing in Saturday night's game against the San Jose Sharks.

He was injured in practice Thursday after taking a hit from a teammate but didn't seem to be too distressed by the whole incident. Check back with us closer to game to determine if Eberle will suit up.
Oct 14 - 10:12 AM

Jordan Eberle sustained an undisclosed injury during Thursday's practice.

Eberle missed Friday's practice as a result. Islanders coach Doug Weight doesn't think Eberle's injury is a long-term issue, but he's still being evaluated. For now, consider him questionable for Saturday's game.
Oct 13 - 3:20 PM

Thomas Greiss will be the Islanders' starter on Saturday.

Greiss struggled badly in his first start of the season, allowing five goals on 26 shots before being yanked halfway through the contest. He was better on Monday though as he stopped 33 of 35 shots in regulation in a 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis.
Oct 13 - 3:18 PM


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