Player News - Islanders

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Lubomir Visnovsky recorded an assist in a 2-1 overtime win against Washington on Sunday.

That victory gave the Islanders a 2-1 series lead in the first round. Visnovsky was occasionally a healthy scratch during the regular season, but he's averaging 19:09 minutes per contest so far in the postseason. The 38-year-old defenseman also has two points in the three games.
Apr 20 - 9:50 AM

Nick Leddy had an assist in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime victory over Washington on Sunday.

It was Leddy's first point of the playoffs. He's being leaned on heavily in the postseason, as evidenced by that he's logged over 22 minutes in each of his last two games. Although he's still just 24 years old, he did win the Stanley Cup with Chicago, so his experience is doubtfully helpful for the talented, but young core of the Islanders.
Apr 20 - 9:46 AM

Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots in Sunday's 2-1, game three win in overtime.

Halak turned aside every Washington shot except Nicklas Backstrom's in the third period. The Islanders didn't rely on Halak in their game one win, but he was very solid this afternoon. New York is now up 2-1 in the series and they will play game four on Long Island on Tuesday night. Halak has a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage in three playoff games in 2015.
Apr 19 - 3:46 PM

John Tavares scored the overtime winner in the Islanders' 2-1 game three win over Washington.

Tavares scored just 15 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders the win, and a 2-1 lead in the series. Kyle Okposo's goal at the 12:37 mark opening the scoring, and that lead held until Nicklas Backstrom tied the game in the third period. Game four in Long Island will take place on Tuesday night. The goal was Tavares' first of the playoffs. He now has three points in three games in the 2015 post-season.
Apr 19 - 3:13 PM

Michael Grabner will be a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against Washington.

Joining Grabner in the press box will be Eric Boulton, Matt Donovan, Colin McDonald and Griffin Reinhart. Mikhail Grabovski and Travis Hammonic are both injured and will not play on Sunday.
Apr 19 - 12:23 PM

Jaroslav Halak will get the start in game three of the best-of-seven series against Washington on Sunday afternoon.

No surprise here. Halak has a 1-1-0 record with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage through two games. The Islanders got off to a strong start in game two, but they faded late in the second and third periods. New York may need to lean on Halak in order to shut down Washington's firepower up front.
Apr 19 - 11:00 AM

Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is still trying to get into playing shape.

Grabovski has been out of action for two months as he last played on February 19 and while he is skating, he is having some difficulty getting into playing shape. "I still feel not great," Grabovski said Friday. "My conditioning is better. But I don't play for two months and I'm still not 100 percent. It's very hard to just jump in for the playoffs."
Apr 19 - 8:22 AM

Mikhail Grabovski is close to returning to the New York Islanders' lineup, according to a report.

The veteran center has been out of action since February 19 because of concussion symptoms. He had nine goals and 19 points in 51 games before his injury. NHL.com says Grabovski is close to returning. The Isles play their third game of their opening-round playoff series against Washington Sunday. The teams are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 5:59 PM

Defenseman Travis Hamonic (leg) will not be back in the lineup for the New York Islanders Sunday.

Hamonic will miss the third game of the Isles' opening-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, according to NHL.com. The Isles could use Hamonic's defense against Alex Ovechkin and company but he's not an offensive force. There is no timetable, at least not publicly, for Hamonic's return. The Isles and Caps are tied 1-1 in this best-of-seven series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 5:55 PM

Jack Capuano was not pleased with the game his New York Islanders played in Game 2.

The Islanders had a 3-1 lead late in the second period in Washington after already winning Game 1, when things fell apart, leading to a 4-3 Capitals win. "We had chances to shoot pucks," Capuano said. "We didn’t, and we didn’t deserve it. We had 13-15 shots after two periods and that’s not going to get it done, even when we had the lead. You’ve got to make the goalie work." Capuano suggested there may be some changes for Game 3 so do not be surprised if that happens.
Apr 18 - 8:04 AM

Travis Hamonic has a leg injury.

It had been reported that Hamonic missed the first two games of the playoffs with an undisclosed injury but it has been a leg injury. Hamonic has been sorely missed on the blueline as he would likely be the rearguard responsible for being on the ice whenever Alex Ovechkin was on, so the Islanders need him back in the lineup as soon as possible. Stay tuned.
Apr 18 - 7:54 AM

Jaroslav Halak allowed four goals on 35 shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

The first round series between the Islanders and Capitals is now tied at one. New York gave Halak some goal support in this contest but they were unable to hold to a 3-2 lead entering the third period. Halak was perfect in the first period but he allowed two goals in each of the final two periods. Game three of this series will take place on Sunday afternoon in Long Island.
Apr 17 - 10:01 PM

Ryan Strome scored a loss in Friday's 4-3 game two loss to Washington.

Things looked promising for the Islanders early on, as they scored the first two goals of the game, and eventually went up 3-1 in the second period. Unfortunately for New York, the Capitals got three unanswered goals from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera. Strome's second period goal was his second of the post-season.
Apr 17 - 9:57 PM

Travis Hamonic will not dress for Game Two on Friday night against the Washington Capitals.

This will be Hamonic's third consecutive game out with an undisclosed injury. Calvin De Haan will continue to suit up in place of Hamonic.
Apr 17 - 6:47 PM

Jaroslav Halak will get the start in Game Two on Friday night against the Washington Capitals.

Halak was excellent in Wednesday's Game One 4-1 win over Washington, and will look to continue his dominance tonight. Halak has now allowed just one goal in each of previous four playoff starts versus Washington, and owns a 5-2 record with 15 goals against in seven games. Note, all games before Wednesday's was while with Montreal in 2010.
Apr 17 - 5:36 PM


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