Player News - Islanders

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John Tavares recorded two points in the Islanders’ 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Tavares scored in the second, then assisted minutes later on Nick Leddy’s power-play marker. Tavares has quietly had a strong season, though he’s still left us wanting more. He has points in five games in a row. Tavares has 21 goals and 45 points in 51 games. Matt Martin got the other marker.
Feb 13 - 9:54 PM

Jaroslav Halak gave up six goals on 28 shots in the Islanders’ 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

He was pulled for the start of the third. Halak is pretty much your average goaltender. He has been pulled in two of his past three starts, however. Halak has a 2.42 GAA and .914 SV%. Thomas Greiss stopped three shots. He has a 2.21 GAA and .930 SV%.
Feb 13 - 9:53 PM

Marek Zidlicky, Jean-Francois Berube and Steve Bernier will be scratches Saturday night.

Coach Jack Capuano indicated he would go with the same lineup as last game against Los Angeles. The same lineup has started three straight contests.

Jaroslav Halak will start Saturday night when the Islanders visit Carolina

Halak has amassed a record of 13-11-4 in 29 appearances, earning a 2.27 goals against average and .918 save percentage.
Feb 13 - 6:30 PM

The New York Islanders are only 14-14-4 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.

What's even worse is that they are only 3-8-1 against teams that are in the playoffs. The good news is that the Islanders were 12-0-2 at home against the West. "We’ve got to be better against those teams, especially the ones in our division," Frans Nielsen said. "To be fair, though, I think the last time we played Washington (a 3-2 loss on Feb. 4), that was one of our best games of the season. It was still a loss though, so we have to find ways to get points against the better teams."
Feb 13 - 10:58 AM

Kyle Okposo had an assist in a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday.

That extended Okposo's point streak to four games. He has 15 goals and 43 points in 51 contests in 2015-16.
Feb 12 - 11:23 AM

Thomas Greiss made 28 saves on 30 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Kings on Thursday night.

The 30-year-old improves to 15-6-2 this season with a 2.24 goals against average and .929 save percentage. Greiss is enjoying a career season in virtually every meaningful stat category so far.
Feb 11 - 10:25 PM

John Tavares potted a goal and an assist in the Isles' 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

It was Tavares' fourth straight game with at least a point. Though the 25-year-old's stats are a bit lower this season than in past years, he now has nine points in six February games, totaling 43 points in 50 contests.
Feb 11 - 10:14 PM

Marek Zidlicky will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Islanders are opting to ice the same lineup they used in their 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. That means that Jean-Francois Berube and Steve Bernier will also watch from the press box.
Feb 11 - 6:42 PM

Thomas Greiss will start for the Islanders on Thursday.

It will be Greiss' second start in three games. He has a 2.26 GAA and .929 save percentage in 22 contests in 2015-16.
Feb 11 - 11:15 AM

The New York Islanders are reportedly not engaging in contract talks for Kyle Okposo.

Okposo is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is due for a big raise over his current $2.8 million cap hit. The silence is making it increasingly more likely that he'll end up getting paid elsewhere though. Perhaps the Islanders will even deal him before the deadline rather than avoid losing him for nothing over the summer, but given that the Islanders are in the hunt for a playoff spot, any trade likely wouldn't be a veteran for prospects-styled move.
Feb 11 - 11:11 AM

Eric Boulton's undisclosed injury is related to his upper-body.

Boulton last played on Dec. 12 and we've been given no reason to believe his return is imminent. At this point you should regard him as being out indefinitely.
Feb 10 - 9:17 AM

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 29 of 31 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 30-year-old now sports a 13-11-4 record to go along with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage. Halak is 3-5-1 in his last 9 starts. Over that same span, Halak has allowed three or more goals five times.
Feb 9 - 11:45 PM

Anders Lee scored his eighth goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Lee tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period on the power play. The 25-year-old has eight goals and 23 points in 52 games this season, including four points in his last 10 games.
Feb 9 - 11:35 PM

Marek Zidlicky and Steve Bernier will be scratched from Tuesday's match with Columbus.

Through 43 games in this, his final NHL season, Zidlicky has posted just three goals and 14 points with 52 blocks. Not exactly the kind of send off he or the Islanders were hoping for.
Source: Craig Merz
Feb 9 - 6:30 PM


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