Description: Islanders center John Tavares had three assists in the, 6-3, victory over the Penguins on Friday.
Insight: Tavares drew in defenders and setup his linemate Kyle Okposo three times. Okposo set a career-high with four goals. The last assist for Tavares came on the power play. Tavares was also plus-three in the game which raises his plus/minus to even for the season. The Islander captain has 19 goals and 23 assists in 44 games this season.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo had a career night versus the Penguins Friday.
Insight: Okposo always seems to play his best versus Pittsburgh. Okposo scored the first hat trick of his career and added a fourth goal for good measure. The final tally came on the power play. Okposo has 13 goals and 28 assists in 44 games this seaosn.
Description: Islanders winger Anders Lee scored his 11th goal of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Lee scored on a rebound in front of Henrik Lundqvist in the middle of the second period to break the scoreless tie against the Rangers. It was the first of three Islanders goals in the period. They won, 3-0.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak recorded his fourth shutout of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Halak stopped all 27 shots he faced against the Rangers, which is extremely impressive considering the Rangers had won 14 of their last 15 games heading into Tuesday. Halak is 23-8-0 this season.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares netted the overtime winner Friday against the Devils.
Insight: Tavares had a point on all three of the team's goals (two goals, one assist), along with five shots, two penalty minutes, and a plus-two rating. He now has 19 goals and 39 points through 41 games.
Description: Islanders forward Ryan Strome had four points against the Jets.
Insight: Strome started the scoring with a goal close to the 10 minute mark of the first period and then assisted Frans Nielsen's power-play goal later in the period. Strome also assisted Strome's second goal and Anders Lee's scored in the third. Strome finished with a goal and three assists to increase his numbers to seven goals and 20 assists this season.
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen scored a pair of goals on New Year's Eve.
Insight: Nielsen scored a power-play goal towards the end of the first period and scored again with fewer than five minutes to go in the second period. The second score was on even strength. Nielsen also had an assist on Anders Lee's score in the third period. He has eight goals and 13 assists in 37 games this season.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a pair of goals versus the Sabres on Saturday.
Insight: Tavares led the team with six shots on net and scored twice in the second period. Unfortunately, Buffalo rallied to score three goals in the third and won in a shootout. Tavares has 15 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season, but he is minus-four as well.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has been placed on injured reserve due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Halak is now 18-6-0 with a 2.24 GAA and .919 SV%. Chad Johnson should get most of the work with Kevin Pulin being called up as a backup. Johnson (5-5-0) doesn't hold much fantasy value with his 3.54 GAA and .867 save percentage.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored the game-tying power-play goal on Saturday as the Islanders rallied to beat the Blackhawks, 3-2.
Insight: Okposo cleaned up a loose rebound to score his seventh goal of the season and tie the game with under 10 minutes left. Less than a minute later, Lubomir Visnovsky scored the game-winner. Okposo has 20 assists to go with those seven goals.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a go-ahead power-play goal towards the end of the second period, but St. Louis rallied in the third period to win, 6-4.
Insight: New York jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to see it disappear in the second period. Tavares' score gave the Islanders the lead back, 4-3, but the Blues scored three unanswered goals in the final stanza. Tavares had two shots and finished minus-one. He has 11 goals and 13 assists this season.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to defeat the Penguins, 5-4, on Friday.
Insight: Unfortunately, fantasy owners don't get create for that goal. In regulation and overtime, Okposo had no points and posted a minus-one rating. He has five goals and 13 assists in 19 games this season.
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored a goal and had an incredible seven shots on net against the Lightning on Saturday.
Insight: Just when fantasy owners likely thought it was safe to drop Nelson, he has a game where he is heavily involved in the offense. Coming into Saturday's game, Nelson had just three points in November after registering 12 points in October. Fantasy owners should keep Nelson for the moment.
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey is hoping to return to the ice this week according to New York Newsday.
Insight: Bailey broke his hand just 10 days ago. He was originally ruled out for weeks, but reports say his hand is really improving. Bailey will receive another x-ray before clearance and then get on the ice for workouts.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his fourth goal of the season Tuesday.
Insight: Tavares scored on the power play as New York notched the final two goals of the second period on the man advantage to tie the game. Winnepeg, however, won on Andrew Ladd's score in the third period.
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson was a force on the power play Tuesday night.
Insight: Nelson scored the first goal of the game on the man advantage less than two minutes into the contest. He then added an assist on John Tavares' power-play score. Nelson has six goals and six assists this season.
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic not play Thursday due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Hamonic has just one goal and zero assists through the first six games and isn't a fantasy-worthy defenseman. The 38-year-old Lubomir Visnovsky, just back from injury himself, will take Hamonic's spot on the blue line.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was pulled in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.
Insight: He let up five goals on 23 shots, before being yanked in the third period. It was Halak's second loss of the season, but he remains entrenched as New York's top goaltender. Chad Johnson replaced Halak and stopped all five shots he faced.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed just two goals, both on the power play, against the Penguins on Saturday.
Insight: Halak was superb, stopping 35-of-37 shots for a .946 save percentage. The Islanders held a 1-0 lead in the second period when New York took consecutive penalties and found themselves down two men. The Penguins scored on both power plays and then added an empty netter.
Description: Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey scored on a wrist shot in the first period against the Penguins, but New York lost, 3-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Hickey finished with a plus-one rating. The Islanders were trying to start the season, 5-0-0, for the first time in franchise history, but fell just short in a well fought game on the road in Pittsburgh.
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (upper body) has been activated from the injured reserve.
Insight: The 23-year-old blueliner has been sidelined since Sept. 23, but will make his debut this evening. He should be paired with Brian Strait. He totaled three goals and 16 assists in 51 games last season and doesn't hold much fantasy value.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had a goal and an assist as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 6-3, on Tuesday.
Insight: Tavares scored at the 15:03 mark in the second period to tie the game, 2-2. The Islanders then scored the first four goals of the third period to turn the game into a rout. Tavares assisted the Islanders' final goal from Nick Leddy.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 of 24 shots against the Hurricanes on Friday to capture his first victory of the season.
Insight: Halak was pitching a shutout through two periods and looked good, but gave up three goals in the final period. Halak has never played more than 57 games in a season during his career, but he should easily surpass that if he stays healthy.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had three assists, two penalty minutes and three shots in the season opener against the Hurricanes.
Insight: The Islanders power play was really clicking on opening night. New York scored twice on the man advantage in the first two periods and the one time they did not score on the power play, the Islanders put the puck in the net about a second after the Hurricane penalty expired. All three of Tavares' points came on the power play.
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored two goals to help New York score the first three goals against the Hurricanes in the season opener, and the Islanders won, 5-2.
Insight: Two of the first three Islanders' goals came on the power play with the other coming about one second after a Hurricane penalty expired. For all intents and purposes, the Islanders scored all three goals on the man advantage because Carolina still did not have their fifth guy in position. Nelson also added two assists and finished plus-two.
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
Insight: Grabner's timetable is for a mid-November return. He was a 52-point scorer in 2010, but this will prevent him from getting anywhere near those totals. A 30-point season would be a realistic goal.
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle has some sleeper potential in the 2014-2015 fantasy season.
Insight: Boyle is 38 years old and has shown signs of slowing down, but the Rangers hope he can be rejuvenated in the new scenery. Boyle will compete with fellow defenseman Ryan McDonaugh for playing time on the power play.
Description: Islanders winger Anders Lee could get minutes with center John Tavares.
Insight: The Islanders know Tavares and 26-year-old Kyle Okposo will play together on the first line, but other wingers are battling for the other spot. Players are also competing for power play minutes with Tavares. Lee should land on one of the top-two scoring line and make a fantasy impact, but his value is obviously a lot higher if he plays on the top line.
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will man the first D-line with Lubomir Visnovsky this season.
Insight: Nothing changes as the two have played together for awhile. Even at 38-years-old Visnovsky will be the more offensive defenseman, so he is the one to own in fantasy. Hamonic had three goals and 15 assists a year ago.
Description: It will be difficult for Islanders center Frans Nielsen to score 25 goals and 58 points again this year.
Insight: Nielsen made his money on the power play's top line a season ago, but New York has Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and added Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, alll of whom will likely cut into Nielsen's power play minutes. We project Nielsen to score 21 goals and 49 points this year and even that seems to be on the high-end of what to expect from Nielsen this season.
Description: Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski looks to man the second-line and have a role on the power play in 2014-2015.
Insight: Grabowski scored 13 goals and 22 assists last year, but his fanasy value this year lies in how much playing time and how effective he can be on the power play with John Tavares. He is a guy that can give fantasy rosters depth and an occasional start.
Description: Islanders forward Ryan Strome is a fantasy flier to be taken late in drafts.
Insight: Last season, Strome showed flashes of the skill that led to 49 points in 37 games as a 20-year-old in the AHL, but overall he could not land on a scoring-line. He has a slight chance to play on the top line with John Tavares, and if he does, his value goes through the roof. The likelihood of that happening, however, is not very high.
Description: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is the Islanders best fantasy defenseman by default.
Insight: Visnovsky is 38-years-old and has seen his offensive numbers decrease over the last few years. He will likely still run the point on the power play because no other defenseman seems poised to take the job. If he does run the power play, he could see big fantasy numbers with John Tavares scoring a lot. Therefore, Visnovsky is a high-risk, high-reward player on draft day.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo will have a chance to score 30 goals this year.
Insight: It took a few extra years to develop, but Okposo has become a true star winger playing alongside John Tavares. Okposo creates space for Tavares, who also compliments Okposo perfectly to make him better. Okposo scored 27 goals and 69 points last year. If Tavares is healthy the entire season, expect Okposo to hit those numbers again or even exceed them.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares said he is happy to be playing in preseason games after missing the end of the 2013-2014 with a knee injury according to New York Newsday.
Insight: Tavares broke his leg skating for Team USA at the Olympics, which prevented him from finishing last season. Many experts believe that Tavares will be in the Art Ross Trophy conversation this year. He scored 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games last season.
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle reportedly has no interest in playing for the New York Islanders, who acquired the veteran blueliner's rights from the Sharks on June 5 for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, Big 550 KTRS.
Insight: The 37-year-old Boyle will become a restricted free agent on July 1 and is only interested in playing for a contender. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Description: The Sharks have traded Dan Boyle's rights to the Islanders for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick.
Insight: The pick becomes a fourth-rounder if Boyle signs with the Islanders. He'll become a restricted free agent on July 1. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Description: Jaroslav Halak has agreed to a four-year, $18 million extension with the Islanders. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: The 29-year-old spent most of last season with the Blues before being sent to Washington at the trade deadline. He was traded again a few weeks later. Halak was going to be a free agent this offseason but now he's under Islanders' control until 2018.
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) is not expected to play again this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and sat out the last two games. Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Thursday that none of New York's injured players will play again this season. That means no Kyle Okposo, Lubomir Visnovsky, John Tavares, Brian Strait, Michael Grabner, Cal Clutterbuck or de Haan.
Description: Islanders right wing Colin McDonald was all over the ice Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: He finished with two goals and one assist. Tuesday marked McDonald's first multi-goal game in almost a year (March 28, 2013 against the Flyers). We'll see if he can stay hot Thursday versus the Lightning.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo had two assists Friday against the Sharks.
Insight: Okposo's stock was hurt when John Tavares suffered a season-ending injury, but he's recorded a goal and five assists his last three games. The ascension of rookie Anders Lee to the top line should help both Frans Nielsen and Okposo, as Lee has nine points in eight games since the team called him up.
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee had another two-point game Friday against the Sharks.
Insight: The 23-year-old has put up six goals and three assists in eight games since being called up from the AHL. He was moved up to the top line following Michael Grabner's concussion and may stay there. He's gone from someone to watch to someone to add immediately.
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee will join Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo on the top line, according to Newsday.
Insight: The 23-year-old has contributed five goals and two assists in seven games since he was called up from the minors. Lee had 22 goals and 19 assists over 54 games with Bridgeport (AHL) this season.
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen hasn't produced a point since Jan. 27.
Insight: Nielsen, who returned from a broken hand two games ago, is on a seven-game drought. He has 18 goals, 43 points and 120 SOG in 62 games, but his numbers probably will take a hit with John Tavares out for the season and Thomas Vanek traded.
Description: Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson made 36 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Insight: The 23-year-old Nilsson has started the last two games after Evgeni Nabokov was shelled for five goals in 40 minutes Saturday. The Islanders are playing for the future so Nilsson may see the majority of the starts down the stretch, but New York's defense isn't very good and Nilsson's AHL stats were unimpressive the last two seasons.
Description: The Bruins and Ducks are both in on Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek, who is expected to be dealt before tomorrow's trade deadline. SOURCE: David Pagnotta, TheFourthPeriod.com
Insight: With no guarantee that Vanek (21 goals, 32 assists) will re-sign as a free agent this summer, it makes sense for the Islanders to deal him now so they can at least get something in return. Boston acquired Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline last season and could make another big splash at this year's deadline. Acquiring Vanek would certainly qualify.
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Vanek has recorded four points the last two games despite playing without John Tavares, who is out for the season with a knee injury. The 30-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season and likely will be traded before the deadline.
Description: Islanders winger Matt Martin is questionable for Saturday's game against the New Jersey due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Martin was back at practice and could return for Saturday's game, but more likely will miss one more contest. His absence from the lineup shouldn't affect any fantasy teams as he's totaled just eight points in 60 games with a -9 rating. He has accumulated 95 SOG and 74 PIM.
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored his third goal of the season Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Visnovsky had two points in New York's last game before the Olympic break but before that hadn't picked up any points since October 15. He missed more than three months with a concussion and has six points in 15 games.
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Grabner had three two-point games in January but only eight points for the entire month, and he hadn't scored in his first three games of February before Thursday. The 26-year-old has just 22 points (11 goals) in 57 games.
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee scored two goals Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Lee has scored a point in all three NHL games he has played in his career. His first two came last April. The former sixth-round pick had 41 points (22 goals) over 54 games in the AHL this season. There's no reason to rush out and pick him up.
Description: New York has officially placed center John Tavares on injured reserve. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: It's just a formality as Tavares (24 goals, 42 assists in 59 games) has already been ruled out for the season with a torn MCL. The Islanders are hoping he'll be ready for the start of next season.
Description: New York center John Tavares has been diagnosed with a torn MCL. He's out for the season. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: The Islanders weren't going to make the playoffs anyway but this is still a devastating injury and one that could have a huge impact on whether or not NHL players will be allowed to compete in the next Olympics. Islanders GM Garth Snow voiced his frustration on this subject Thursday by saying, "It's a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt." Tavares will finish the year with 24 goals and 42 assists in 59 appearances.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares suffered a knee injury while playing for Team Canada in the Olympics and will sit out the rest of the tournament. SOURCE: newsday.com
Insight: Tavares isn't that important to Canada's chances because he plays on the fourth line, but he's a fantasy superstar who has produced 24 goals, 66 points and 188 SOG in 59 games this season. The Isles next game is on Feb. 27, and his status for that game is unclear.
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been activated from the injured reserve list for Saturday's game against Colorado
Insight: Hamonic hasn't played since Jan. 12 due to his condition. He only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season so fantasy owners have little interest, but the 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing.
Description: The Islanders are looking to trade left wing Thomas Vanek before Friday's Olympic trade deadline. SOURCE: Renaud Lavoie, Le Journal de Montreal
Insight: It's become increasingly clear to the Islanders that Vanek is going to leave when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Vanek (19 goals, 28 assists) would make a nice supporting piece for a contender like Anaheim or Minnesota.
Description: The Islanders are looking to trade left wing Thomas Vanek before Friday's Olympic trade deadline. SOURCE: Renaud Lavoie, Le Journal de Montreal
Insight: It's become increasingly clear to the Islanders that Vanek is going to leave when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Vanek would make a nice supporting piece for a contender like Anaheim or Minnesota.
Description: According to Newsday, New York left wing Thomas Vanek is preparing to test the open market this summer. Vanek's current contract expires after this season.
Insight: His other option would be to sign a long-term deal with the Islanders. Returning to the Isles remains an option for the 30-year-old Vanek though it makes sense for him to see what else is out there. Vanek had spent his previous eight and a half seasons with Buffalo before being traded to the Islanders in October.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo has produced at least one point per game in three of the four months this season.
Insight: Okposo collected 35 points (18 goals) across 29 games combined in December and January. His next goal will be his 25th, setting a new career high, and he already has a career-high 58 points in 56 games this season.
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Hamonic hasn't played since Jan. 12 due to his condition. He only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season so fantasy owners have less interest, but the 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing.