Player News - Islanders

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Brock Nelson will play on the Islanders' top line Saturday.

Nelson has six goals and 12 points in 10 games this season and he's done that without playing much with the Islanders' top two forwards. If he ends up playing regularly with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, then he's far less likely to simply fade away as the season progresses.
Oct 31 - 5:44 PM

Kyle Okposo's four-game point streak came to an end on Thursday.

The Islanders as a team couldn't do much in that game as they suffered a 5-0 loss to Colorado. Okposo emerged last season as one of the Islanders' top players and he's gotten off to a great start in 2014-15 with three goals and 11 points in 10 games.
Oct 31 - 11:04 AM

It wasn't pretty for Chad Johnson in Denver on Thursday night, as he was beat five times on just 23 shots.

They weren't dispursed evenly either as Colorado had five in the first and just four in the second. Then again, they scored in each of those periods as well. Save for Marc-Andre Cliche's goal to make it 3-0 early in the second, the Avs earned each of their goals. Thus the woes for a team that is not good defensively. The Avs won 5-0.
Oct 30 - 11:52 PM

Travis Hamonic (upper body) won't be in the lineup Thursday.

Coach Jack Capuano said that Hamonic was "real close" to playing, so Saturday's match at San Jose is a real possibility for his return.
Oct 30 - 4:22 PM

Chad Johnson will get the nod for the Islanders on Thursday versus Colorado.

He allowed five goals on 31 shots in his last outing, but he won 7-5 decision against Dallas. Johnson owns a 3-0-0 record with an .891 save percentage and a 3.00 goals-against average. Jaroslav Halak has lost his last three games, while allowing 11 goals against.
Oct 30 - 2:24 PM

Travis Hamonic (upper body) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Hamonic wasn't ready to participate in contact drills though. He's doubtful for Thursday's game.
Oct 30 - 9:24 AM

John Tavares scored a power-play goal in a 4-3 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Tavares has four goals and 12 points in nine games this season. He's currently on pace to surpass the century mark this season and while it's still early, we do think he's capable of doing that.
Oct 29 - 9:06 AM

Johnny Boychuk recorded two assists in the Islanders' 4-3 loss to Winnipeg Tuesday night.

Boychuk cooled down after a hot start with the Islanders by going five games without a point. He still has two goals and six assists in nine contests in 2014-15 though.
Oct 29 - 9:04 AM

Brock Nelson tallied once and added an assist for the Islanders Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg.

The phenom has been excellent for the Isles in the early going and he has now racked up 10 points in nine contests playing on a line with fellow youngsters Ryan Strome and Anders Lee. Mikhail Grabovski and John Tavares also counted for the Islanders in the defeat.
Oct 28 - 9:53 PM

Jaroslav Halak wasn't at his best Tuesday night as he allowed four goals on 30 shots in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets.

Halak possesses an even 3-3-0 record on the season, but his arrival on Long Island has been far from stellar as the team's offensive output is the only reason his stats don't seem worse. His GAA of 3.50 is horrific while his .889 save percentage isn't much prettier.
Oct 28 - 9:49 PM

The New York Islanders will go with Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday.

Halak will try to rebound after allowing five goals on 23 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 21. He has a 3-2-0 record, 3.38 GAA, and .893 save percentage this season.
Oct 28 - 2:37 PM

Frans Nielsen was awarded with the NHL's third star of the week on Monday.

He netted four goals and added an assist in three games for the Islanders. Nielsen posted a hat trick on Saturday night versus Dallas.
Oct 27 - 6:35 PM

Cal Clutterbuck led the Islanders in hits on Saturday with seven.

That was one better than Brian Strait. Just an FYI in case you play the category.
Oct 26 - 9:07 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist Saturday.

It was only the second game of the season for the defenseman as he missed the start of the season with a back injury. A more significant fantasy development is that he has taken back his spot on the point during the first power play as he saw 2:39 minutes of pp time compared to Johnny Boychuk's 1:15 and Nick Leddy's 58 seconds. Grab him if you can.
Oct 26 - 9:04 AM

Frans Nielsen scored three times in the Islanders’ 7-5 win against the Stars on Saturday night.

Incredibly, Nielsen, with the help of the empty-netter, recorded his hat trick in the third period. He now has four goals and seven points in eight games this season, and should be able to score around 25 with 55-60 points by the time this campaign comes to a close. A trio of players registered a goal-assist performance: Lubomir Visnovsky, Brock Nelson and Nikolai Kulemin. Anders Lee rounded out the scoring. Mikhail Grabovski got two helpers. Good news for the Islanders: They score seven goals and John Tavares didn’t need to record a point, and in fact, had just one shot on goal.

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