Player News - Islanders

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The New York Islanders have inked Parker Wotherspoon to a three-year entry-level contract.

The Islanders selected Wotherspoon in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old had 11 goals and 56 points in 71 games with the Tri-City Americans in 2015-16. He also made his professional debut, as he recorded one assist in six games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. Wotherspoon is the younger brother of Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon.
May 2 - 9:17 PM

Ryan Pulock (upper body) took part fully in Monday's practice.

If he is ready to return on Tuesday for Game 3 against Tampa Bay then he could bump Marek Zidlicky from the lineup. Pulock has sat out New York's past two postseason matches with an upper-body injury.
May 2 - 6:44 PM

Josh Bailey (upper body) participated fully in Monday's practice.

"I felt good the last few days, been progressing where I need to be," said Bailey. "See how it is tomorrow but as long as I keep feeling the same way, should be good." He could be back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing the last two playoff games with an upper-body injury.
May 2 - 6:41 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) feels close to being ready to return.

He has been skating for a few weeks now, but there won't be any rush to get him back into the lineup. Thomas Greiss has been great in the postseason and the Islanders don't plan to use Halak as a backup yet because he hasn't played since Mar. 8. "It's always hard just to watch the guys from the press box or from home and not able to help," Halak said. "But I think they've done a good job and obviously now I'm just trying to get back. We'll see. Just take it day by day right now. That's all I can do. Hopefully I'll be back soon."
May 2 - 6:39 PM

Michael Dal Colle has been summoned by the New York Islanders.

The Islanders took Dal Colle with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but he hasn't made his NHL debut yet. That's unlikely to happen in the playoffs, but this will give him a chance to participate in some practices and absorb the playoff atmosphere.
May 2 - 4:33 AM

Josh Bailey (upper body) was on the ice Sunday.

Bailey's next step could be participating in Monday's practice. He last played on April 24.
May 2 - 4:31 AM

Ryan Pulock (upper body) is expected to practice on Monday.

The goal is for Pulock to return for Game 3 on Tuesday, so naturally Monday's practice should be a key step in that process. He has a goal and three points in four playoff contests.
May 2 - 4:30 AM

Ryan Pulock (upper body) is hoping to return to action for Game 3 Tuesday.

Pulock has been out since Game 4 of the first round and the Islanders really miss his presence, especially on the power play because of his dynamite shot from the point. Stay tuned.
May 1 - 10:11 AM

Nikolay Kulemin scored his first goal of the postseason during Saturday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay.

Kulemin's tally gave the Islanders a brief breath of life, cutting their deficit to 2-1 late in the first period. Unfortunately, it'd be the only offense of the game as New York fell 4-1. He now has two points during the playoffs.
Apr 30 - 6:28 PM

Thomas Greiss and the Islanders fell 4-1 on Saturday to Tampa Bay in Game 2.

Greiss turned away 27 of 30 shots, including three of four on special teams. Greiss will surely want this game back, but at least he'll take the solace in knowing the series is merely knotted at one.
Apr 30 - 6:27 PM

Coach Jack Capuano will forego any lineup changes for Saturday's Game 2 versus Tampa Bay.

Which means Adam Pelech will be joined by a cast of mostly injured Islanders; Brian Strait, Eric Boulton, Jaroslav Halak, James Wright, Anders Lee, and Mikhail Grabovski.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 2:52 PM

Thomas Greiss will be in net against Tampa Bay in Game 2 on Saturday.

Greiss turned away 33 of 36 shots the Lightning put on net in the 5-2 Game 1 win on Wednesday. He's still rocking a .941 save percentage through seven games this postseason, and there's little reason to see him slowing down.
Apr 30 - 1:47 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) was on the ice with the Islanders on Friday.

Halak skated and took some shots. If he's getting close to returning, and we can't say for certain that he is, then it will be interesting to see where the Islanders go from there. At this point the starting job is probably Thomas Greiss' to lose.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

When Ryan Pulock (upper body) is healthy, there's a good chance that he'll draw back into the lineup.

That would likely be at the expense of Marek Zidlicky, who has participated in the Isladners' last three playoff games. Pulock has been ruled out for Game 2, but he might be back for Game 3.
Apr 29 - 10:41 AM

Ryan Pulock (upper body) isn't expected to return for Game 2 on Saturday.

Pulock last played on April 20. He had a goal and three points in four playoff contests before being sidelined.
Apr 28 - 3:45 PM


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