Player News - Islanders

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Lubomir Visnovsky had an assist in a 3-1 loss to Montreal on Tuesday.

Visnovsky has two goals and 10 points in 24 games in 2014-15. His fantasy value in recent years has been limited due to injuries, but he's an above average blueliner from an offensive perspective when he's healthy.
Dec 24 - 6:21 AM

Kyle Okposo was the lone goal scorer for the Islanders in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Canadiens.

The tally is the eighth of the campaign for Okposo, who has now racked up 29 points in 34 games, but those numbers could be much better if the winger wasn't saddled with an unlucky shooting percentage of 6.9. John Tavares and Lubomir Visnovsky drew assists on the goal.
Dec 23 - 9:58 PM

Chad Johnson struggled Tuesday as the Islanders dropped a 3-1 decision to Montreal.

Johnson was beaten for three goals on 21 shots in the loss, which was his third straight defeat. Johnson now possesses a 5-5-0 record to go along with a 3.54 GAA and an .867 save percentage. There's no question Jaroslav Halak should be in goal for the Isles' next game.
Dec 23 - 9:54 PM

Jaroslav Halak won't dress in Tuesday's game against Montreal.

He received "maintenance days" on Monday and Tuesday. The Islanders will start Chad Johnson and Kevin Poulin has been recalled on an emergency basis to serve as his understudy. We'll update news on Halak as it becomes available, but no injury has been reported yet.
Dec 23 - 6:28 PM

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

Unfortunately, there is no fantasy value to speak of between these three.
Dec 23 - 6:21 PM

Kevin Poulin has been summoned from the minors.

He will serve as Chad Johnson's backup on Tuesday night. Jaroslav Halak has been off for the past two days for "maintenance," but it sounds like he is dealing with an injury.
Dec 23 - 4:58 PM

Chad Johnson will be in goal for the Islanders on Tuesday.

Jaroslav Halak received a maintenance day on Monday and he got another one on Tuesday. He started five straight games, including a back-to-back situation over the weekend. Johnson hasn't played since Dec. 9 when he allowed five goals in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. He owns an .868 save percentage and a 3.59 GAA in 10 appearances this year.
Dec 23 - 4:15 PM

Jaroslav Halak took Monday's practice off after starting on Friday and Saturday.

Halak still did some on-ice work prior to the Islanders' morning skate. It's likely that he just needed a breather, but we're still passing this along as an FYI.
Dec 23 - 9:12 AM

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

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