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Lubomir Visnovsky (UBI) is expected to return to the Islanders lineup Tuesday night against the Rangers.

Visnovsky has been out of the Isles lineup since January 4th but is set to return Tuesday night to face their cross-town rival, Rangers. The veteran defenseman has three goals and eight assists in 29 games played this season. Kyle Okposo will be placed on injured reserve with Visnovsky coming off IR.
Jan 26 - 10:16 PM

Updating an earlier item, Kyle Okposo is projected to miss six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury.

That's a tough blow for the Islanders, as Okposo is the second on the team with 44 points in 46 games. He's formed an excellent tandem with John Tavares this season. Ryan Strome could be a candidate to replace Okposo on the top line.
Jan 26 - 3:09 PM

Kyle Okposo didn't take part in Monday's practice because of an upper-body injury.

The Islanders didn't provide any additional information, so it's unclear if he'll be ready to play on Tuesday against the New York Rangers. Consider him day-to-day for now and we'll update the situation as we learn more.
Jan 26 - 2:39 PM

John Tavares wasn't upset over being snubbed for the All-Star MVP.

Tavares had four goals, but the award and car that came with it instead went to hometown favorite Ryan Johansen, as per a fan vote. "I had my parents, two sisters and girlfriend here, and they all said they wanted a new car," Tavares said. "So it's almost good that I didn't win." He's the sixth player in history to get four goals in a NHL All-Star Game.
Source: NY Post
Jan 26 - 9:50 AM

John Tavares scored four goals in Team Toews' 17-12 win over Team Foligno in Sunday's NHL All-Star game.

The four goals tie an NHL All-Star game record which he now shares with five others. The 17 goals scored by Team Toews and the 29 goals combined are both All-Star game records. Flyers' forward Jakub Voracek led all skaters with six points, while Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks) and Patrice Bergeron (Bruins) had five points each.
Jan 25 - 8:24 PM

Jaroslav Halak stopped six of 10 shots for Team Toews in the third period of Sunday's All-Star game. Team Toews won the battle, 17-12.

Of note, Halak helped prevent Ryan Johansen, Patrick Kane, and Steven Stamkos from each recording a hat trick. So there's that. Halak's Islanders meanwhile lead the Metropolitan division with 63 points, and trail eastern conference leading Tampa Bay by just one point. Much due to Halak's career season, he's 25-9-0 with 82 goals against through 34 games.
Jan 25 - 8:08 PM

Up to two feet of snow is expected to hit the New York City and Long Island area starting on Monday morning, but there's still no word if the Islanders will take on the Rangers Tuesday evening.

While those involved in the actual traveling won't appreciate the "wait and see approach", it makes sense to first see how the five boroughs and two counties respond to the downfall. At the earliest, we'll know Monday afternoon. The Islanders lead the Metropolitan with 63 points, three more ahead of Pittsburgh, and five ahead of the Rangers, who currently own the third slot in the Metro.
Jan 25 - 5:25 PM

Kyle Okposo has six goals and 12 points in his last nine games.

Of course a four goal game won't hurt that stat as Okposo managed to do on January 16. Okposo has been hot, along with linemate John Tavares, who has six goals and 13 points in the same nine games. Okposo has 14 goals and 44 points in 46 games which ranks him tied for 13th in NHL scoring, along with Phil Kessel and Henrik Zetterberg.
Jan 25 - 8:30 AM

John Tavares says the vast improvement of the Islanders who were the 26th best team last season but are currently fourth best in the NHL, have to do with the acquisitions of Jaroslav Halak, Johnny Boychuck, Nick Leddy and others.

Garth Snow was certainly busy in the off-season and the lead up to the start of the regular season. "You look at the depth of our team and the contributions everyone has made in all places -- up front, the back end and goaltending,'' Tavares said. "You really see everyone has kind of identified with the way they need to play, within the team concept. "It's a great mix." Of course, it never hurts to have a great talent like Tavares on your team.
Jan 25 - 8:25 AM

Jaroslav Halak was happy to be named as an injury substitution for the All-Star game.

While Halak's wife wasn't as happy as the family was slated to spend some time in Florida during the break, she was happy for him. Halak is 25-9-0 this season with a 2.41 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
Jan 24 - 8:03 AM

Travis Hamonic has been averaging 22:08 minutes per game in January.

Even still, that's a light workload compared to how much the Islanders leaned on Hamonic last season. He was averaging 25:00 minutes per contest in 2013-14, but his playing time has come down to more reasonable levels thanks to the Islanders' defensive upgrades. Hamonic isn't a force offensively, but he does have 60 penalty minutes, 122 hits and 74 blocked shots in 36 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 23 - 4:25 PM

John Tavares scored a goal and registered an assist in a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tavares is on a three-game multi-point streak. He has 21 goals and 45 points in 46 contests in 2014-15. It wouldn't be surprising to see him reach or surpass the 80-point mark.
Jan 20 - 9:42 AM

Nick Leddy had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 victory over Philadelphia on Monday.

Leddy has seven goals and 21 points in 46 contests. His transition from the Blackhawks to Islanders has been seamless. It has certainly helped that both teams have excelled offensively during his time with them. Look for him to roughly maintain his point-per-game pace after the All-Star break.
Jan 20 - 9:31 AM

Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 of 29 shots in a 7-4 win against Philadelphia Monday afternoon.

Halak surrendered two goals on just eight shots in the third period, but fortunately his teammates provided him with plenty of support. He's allowed at least three goals in each of his last three starts.
Jan 19 - 3:55 PM

Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist in a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kulemin now has 11 goals and 20 points in 46 games this season. Michael Grabner, John Tavares, and Nick Leddy each had a goal and an assist. Josh Bailey and Anders Lee also found the back of the net for the Islanders. Johnny Boychuk assisted on two of New York's seven markers.
Jan 19 - 3:52 PM

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