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John Tavares scored a goal for the Islanders Tuesday as they dismantled the Rangers by a score of 4-1.

Tavares notched a power play goal late in the third period and added a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal in the contest. The Isles also received contributions from Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Martin and Ryan Strome in the victory.
Jan 27 - 10:42 PM

Jaroslav Halak was excellent on Tuesday night as the Islanders dropped the Rangers by a score of 4-1.

Halak's shutout bid was broken with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in the third period, but his performance was stellar nonetheless. After giving up just one goal on 41 shots, Halak sees his record improve to 26-9-0 while his GAA is 2.37 and his save percentage is .913.
Jan 27 - 10:33 PM

Matt Donovan will be a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

It's now late January, and Donovan has played just nine games with the Islanders this season. He has three points and little else to show for his efforts, making him anything but a fantasy option for your squad.
Jan 27 - 6:21 PM

Jaroslav Halak will face the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Halak is having a career season, he's 25-9-0 with 82 goals against through 34 games and has been an integral part of why the Islanders are just one point back of Tampa Bay for the conference lead. The Isles won both games versus the Rangers so far this season, outscoring their hated rivals 9-3 in the process.
Jan 27 - 5:09 PM

Eric Boulton is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Boulton has been placed on the injured reserve list as a result. He's only participated in four games this season.
Jan 27 - 11:20 AM

Mikhail Grabovski (lower body) will be back in the Islanders' lineup on Tuesday.

Grabovski will be replacing Kyle Okposo (upper body), both in terms of his roster spot and his role in the lineup. Meaning Grabovski is projected to play alongside John Tavares. This is a big opportunity for Grabovski, who has just six goals and 14 points in 38 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 27 - 11:19 AM

Kyle Okposo (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

No surprise there as it was revealed on Monday that Okposo would be out for six-to-eight weeks. With Okposo out, it looks like Mikhail Grabovski will get a chance to play on the Islanders' top line with John Tavares.
Jan 27 - 11:16 AM

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

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