Player News - Islanders

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Chad Johnson is having a hard time getting back in goal for the Islanders.

Johnson was expected to play in 30-35 games for the Islanders but his struggles, along with the fine play of Jaroslav Halak, has forced him to sit on the bench far more than he wanted to. Johnson is 5-4 this season, but his peripherals of 3.59 and .868 leave a lot to be desired.
Dec 21 - 8:31 AM

Nikolay Kulemin scored an empty net goal to seal a 3-1 win for the Islanders on Saturday.

When the Islanders inked Kulemin in the off-season, it was thought he could return to his former glory in Toronto as the New Yorkers planned to play him with Mikhail Grabovski, his linemate with the Maple Leafs. But Kulemin is now a third liner with the capabilities to score 10-15 goals a season. He now has six.
Dec 21 - 8:27 AM

John Tavares is OK after taking a puck to the ear late in Saturday’s game.

The Islanders captain just needed to get stitched up, according to coach Jack Capuano. He scored the game-tying goal in the third period, his 13th of the season.
Dec 20 - 9:59 PM

Anders Lee netted the game-winning goal as the Islanders defeated the Lightning 3-1 on Saturday night.

All of the scoring in this game came in the third period. The Lightning scored first, then John Tavares answered about seven minutes later to tie it up. Lee scored 12 seconds later and Nikolay Kulemin added the empty-netter for good measure. Lee has seven goals and 10 points this season. His output should increase as he becomes more comfortable in the league.
Dec 20 - 9:55 PM

Jaroslav Halak blocked 20 of 21 shots Saturday night in the Islanders’ 3-1 win over the Lightning on Saturday night.

Halak’s masterful season continues. It looked like he was going to wind up the loser as the Lightning couldn’t solve Andrei Vasilevskiy until late in the third period. Halak has now won four straight games. He is 18-6-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.
Dec 20 - 9:54 PM

John Tavares left late in Saturday’s game after taking a puck to the ear.

Tavares scored the game-tying goal at 16:51 of the final frame, then headed to the dressing room minutes later after a shot hit his ear. The Islanders’ captain has 13 goals and 28 points in 33 games.
Dec 20 - 9:31 PM

Jarslav Halak will get the nod Saturday night against the Lightning.

Believe it or not, the Islanders have a chance to tie Pittsburgh for first place atop the eastern conference with 46 points, assuming Pittsburgh loses in regulation tonight that is. To wit if they were even in games played, the Isles would hold the top slot because they own the season series thus far. Imagine that, Islanders fans. First place.
Dec 20 - 5:17 PM

Jaroslav Halak made 17 saves in the Islanders' 2-1 win over Detroit on Friday.

Halak has now won three straight starts and 14 of his last 16 decisions in his first year with the Islanders. His 17 wins is good enough for fourth in the NHL as he has been a standout backstop for a strong Islanders squad this season. He carries a 2.30 goals against average and .918 save percentage into his next start.
Dec 20 - 1:05 AM

Brock Nelson scored and added an assist in the Islander's 2-1 win over Detroit on Friday.

Nelson made a diving play to earn his 14th of year in his breakout year. The second year standout for the Isles now has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points in 32 games. Anders Lee also added a goal and an assist in the win.
Dec 20 - 12:58 AM

Brian Strait, Matt Donovan, and Eric Boulton will all be healthy scratches on Friday night against the Red Wings.

With Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic making their return, Strait and Donovan will take a seat. Boulton meanwhile is an extra body, but like Strait and Donovan, has no fantasy value.
Dec 19 - 7:22 PM

Confirming an earlier report, Travis Hamonic will indeed return to the Islanders Friday night against the Red Wings after a six game absence.

Perhaps not quite a fantasy stud, Hamonic has put up six points, 46 blocks, 48 PIMs, and 66 hits through 21 games this season while averaging over 21 minutes a night. If you need a quality depth defenseman who'll do a bit of each of those categories, Hamonic may just be your man. He'll line up on their second unit with Calvin de Haan.
Dec 19 - 7:18 PM

Confirming an earlier report, Johnny Boychuk will indeed return from a nine-game absence on Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

Boychuk has been one of the most influencial defensemen this season, through 21 games he has 14 points, 10 PIMs, 33 blocks and 45 hits while averaging over 22 minutes a night. He'll line up on their first unit with Nick Leddy.
Dec 19 - 7:04 PM

Jaroslav Halak will get the nod for the Islanders against the Red Wings on Friday night.

Halak is having a resurgent season for the Islanders and comes in to the game with a .917 save percentage and 2.35 GAA and three shut outs. Through 21 starts, he also has 15 quality starts on the season, tied for fith with Carey Price, which is save percentage of at least 88.5% on at least 20 shots in a given game.
Dec 19 - 5:58 PM

Travis Hamonic (upper body) has been taken off of the injured reserve list.

That sets the stage for Hamonic to play on Friday. He has six points and 48 penalty minutes in 21 contests this season. Johnny Boychuk (upper body) will also return to the lineup Friday night, which will likely result in Matt Donovan being listed as a healthy scratch.
Dec 19 - 12:21 PM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

Boychuk is expected to play on Friday after missing nine straight contests. He has two goals and 14 points in 21 games this season. With Boychuk and Travis Hamonic now healthy, Matt Donovan will probably be scratched Friday night.
Dec 19 - 12:19 PM

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