Player News - Islanders

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Travis Hamonic had a big fantasy night on Saturday with 17 penalty minutes in addition to being a plus-one.

Hamonic went after Steve Downie of the Penguins at the 4:23 mark of the third after Downie took some liberties with Frans Nielsen in the corner, earning Hamonic an instigating penalty as well as five for fighting and a ten minute misconduct. But coach Jack Capuano was behind him 100 percent although it meant the Islanders were in trouble on their backend for the last 15 minutes of the game. "I support that all day long," Capuano said. "I hope we have more guys to step up if it happens again."
Oct 19 - 7:55 AM

Thomas Hickey scored the lone goal for the Islanders in their 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome had the assists. The goal was his first of the season, after a 22-point 2013-14 campaign. Hickey’s offensive upside is limited, but he could get into the 30-point range this season. Travis Hamonic had 17 penalty minutes in the loss.
Oct 18 - 11:33 PM

Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in the Islanders’ 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

The Isles’ four-game winning streak comes to an end. Despite the loss, New York is showing that it has the ingredients to be a contender in the Eastern Conference. It starts with the man between the pipes — Halak is a major upgrade from previous seasons. He has a 2.70 goals-against average and .913 save percentage on the year.
Oct 18 - 11:32 PM

After initial reports indicated that he avoided a concussion, it appears that symptoms surfaced for New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski.

He received a thunderous hit from San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott. The team labels him out indefinitely and there won't be an update until early next week, according to New York Newsday. Grabovski seemed to be fitting in well with the Islanders, scoring three points in four games (including that abbreviated contest against San Jose).
Oct 18 - 5:20 PM

Colin McDonald could draw into the New York Islanders lineup for the first time this season.

McDonald had eight goals and 18 points in 70 games last season but has been a healthy scratch through the first four contests of this season, all Islander wins. He would replace the injured Mikhail Grabovski in the lineup as Grabo is out indefinitely with an upper body injury.
Oct 18 - 8:07 AM

The New York Islanders were sold for a reported $485 million according to a Forbes website.

There has been no confirmation of this figure from the team as a team spokesman refused to comment. If true, this is great news for NHL franchise owners as both the Islanders and Coyotes, two of the weaker franchises, have sold for well above perceived value in the last couple of months.
Oct 18 - 8:04 AM

Mikhail Grabovski is out indefinitely after he was hit hard by San Jose's John Scott on Thursday night.

He won't travel with the Islanders to Pittsburgh for Saturday's contest. Grabovski is good at bouncing back after big hits, so he was clearly rocked badly from the collision. It's still unconfirmed what the "upper-body injury" is exactly, but the Islanders didn't think it was a concussion after the game.
Oct 17 - 6:43 PM

John Tavares had two assists in the Islanders' 4-3 shootout win over San Jose Thursday night.

Tavares also scored the deciding goal in the shootout. He's started the season with at least two points in each of his first four games. He has a league-leading nine points.
Oct 17 - 5:29 AM

Mikhail Grabovski was knocked out of Thursday's game after absorbing a hard hit by San Jose's John Scott.

Grabovski has an upper-body injury, but the good news is that the Islanders don't think he has a concussion. He has two goals and three points in four games this season.
Oct 17 - 5:28 AM

Mikhail Grabovski played just 3:11 Thursday night after being trucked by John Scott of the San Jose Sharks.

It was a routine play off the wall as Grabo collected the puck on his offensive left wall. Scott met him with Grabo's head down on a clean, but devastating, shoulder-check. It appears Scott's shoulder met Grabovski's chin, however Grabo was not concussed on the play. The type of injury and how much time, if any, he's expected to miss has not been announced yet.
Oct 17 - 12:25 AM

Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves on 23 shots to earn a shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks, bringing the Slovakian's record to 3-0 so far this season.

Halak watched the Isles pummel Alex Stalock and the Sharks for 45 shots, but the 29-year-old took center stage in the shootout, stopping four of five skilled San Jose shooters to earn his third victory in a row. Halak has a .900 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average.
Oct 16 - 10:37 PM

Kyle Okposo notched a goal and an assist to go along with his shootout marker which helped the Isles sink the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night.

Okposo has picked up right where he left off after his breakout year last season. The nifty 26-year-old has found the scoresheet in each of the Isles' four games this season, totaling seven points in the young season so far. Okposo is far from a lock to continue exceeding a point-per-game pace, but John Tavares' right winger has shown he is a fantasy star.
Oct 16 - 10:16 PM

Griffin Reinhart has been assigned to AHL Bridgeport.

The Islanders made the transaction in order to activate Calvin de Haan from injured reserve. Reinhart played in three games with New York and saw his ice time decline each contest. He logged just 11:26 against the Rangers on Tuesday. Reinhart will get plenty of playing time in the minors.
Oct 16 - 1:30 PM

Calvin De Haan (upper) has been activated by the Islanders.

The 23-year-old defender has been sidelined since Sept. 23, but he's ready to make his season debut on Thursday night. He averaged just over 21 minutes per game with the Isles last season, while posting 16 points, 114 hits and 104 blocks.
Oct 16 - 1:23 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky (back) has skated for three straight days.

Visnovsky hasn't taken part in the Islanders' practices though, so we doubt his return is imminent. He's a great offensive defenseman when healthy, but he was limited to 24 games in 2013-14.
Oct 16 - 8:56 AM

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