Fantasy NHL
New York Islanders Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Kyle Okposo, RW12/23/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored the team's only goal in the, 3-1, loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Insight: Okposo scored on assists from John Tavares and Lubomir Visnovsky. Okposo also led the team with seven shots on net. He has eight goals and 21 assists this season.
Jaroslav Halak, G12/20/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed one goal in Saturday's victory against the Lightning.
Insight: Halak continued his impressive season, and is now 18-6-0 overall.
John Tavares, C12/20/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a goal during Saturday's victory over Tampa Bay.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night. Tavares now has 13 goals and 28 points through 33 games.
Brock Nelson, C12/19/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson recorded two points during Friday's win against the Red Wings.
Insight: He continued his strong season with a goal and an assist, along with six shots on goal and a plus-two rating. Nelson now has 14 goals and 26 points through 32 games.
Jaroslav Halak, G12/15/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak earned a shootout victory Monday versus New Jersey.
Insight: He made 26 saves on 28 shots, and raised his record to 16-6-0 overall. Halak has been a pleasant surprise this season.
Jaroslav Halak, G12/13/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak won his 15th game of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Halak stopped 23-of-25 shots to help the Islanders defeat the Blackhawks, 3-2. He came into the game with a .916 save percentage and 2.40 GAA. Halak is now 15-6-0.
Kyle Okposo, RW12/13/2014 10:24:00 PM
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.
Kyle Okposo, RW12/11/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo recorded two points and five shots on goal during Thursday's loss to the Blues.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, long with a plus-one rating on the night. Okposo now has six goals and 25 points through 29 games.
Brock Nelson, C12/9/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored a goal during Tuesday's loss to the Wild.
Insight: He also had two penalty minutes and was minus-one on the night. Nelson now has 13 goals and 24 points through 28 games. He is a solid option for owners at center.
Jaroslav Halak, G12/9/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was a last minute scratch on Tuesday due to a upper-body injury.
Insight: Halak was supposed to start, but Chad Johnson did instead. The seriousness of the injury is unknown.
John Tavares, C12/6/2014 3:55:00 PM
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.
Jaroslav Halak, G12/4/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed just one goal in the, 2-1, victory over the Senators on Thursday.
Insight: Halak stopped 20-of-21 shots versus the Senators to help the Islanders seize sole possession of first place in the Metropolitian division with a Penguins loss. Halak is 14-4-0 this season.
Jaroslav Halak, G12/2/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak earned a rather easy victory Tuesday against Ottawa.
Insight: The game did go into overtime, but Halak only faced 18 shots, stopping 16 of them. He is now 13-4-0 overall.
Brock Nelson, C12/2/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored his 11th goal of the season in Tuesday's overtime victory against the Senators.
Insight: Nelson also had an assist on the overtime winner, and now has 22 points through 25 games, and is proving to be a reliable option. Thomas Hickey netted the game-winner.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/29/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in a, 3-1, victory versus the Devils on Saturday.
Insight: Halak stopped 34-of-35 shots and held off a furious Devils push in the third period. New Jersey outshot New York, 16-2, in the final stanza. Halak is 12-4-0 this season.
John Tavares, C11/28/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored in the team's, 5-2, loss to the Capitals on Friday.
Insight: Tavares had four shots on net as he finished minus-one in the game. Tavares has 10 goals and 12 assists with a minus-five rathing through 23 games.
John Tavares, C11/26/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored the overtime winner on Wednesday against Washington.
Insight: It was a power-play goal, and his ninth of the season. Tavares now has 21 points in 22 games.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/24/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was not tested much, but earned a shutout Monday against the Flyers.
Insight: He stopped all 21 shots, and raised his record to 10-4-0 overall.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/22/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed one goal in Saturday's win over the Penguins.
Insight: He stopped 24-of-25 shots on goal and improved his record to a solid 9-4-0 overall.
John Tavares, C11/22/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares notched two points in Saturday's win against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and continued his strong play. Tavares now has 20 points on the season.
Kyle Okposo, RW11/21/2014 10:02:00 PM
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.
Michael Grabner, RW11/21/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner has been skating and will travel with the team to Pittsburgh Friday, according to Arthur Staple od Newsday.
Insight: Grabner will skate in the morning and then decide if he's ready to return. He was a 52-point scorer in 2010, but a 30-point season would be a realistic goal.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/18/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak picked up his eighth win of the season.
Insight: He defeated the Lightning, by stopping 26-of-28 shots on goal. Halak is now 8-4-0 on the season.
Ryan Strome, C11/18/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Ryan Strome scored one of the team's five goals in Tuesday's victory over Tampa Bay.
Insight: It was his third goal of the season, and Strome now has 12 points and a +5 rating through 18 games.
Brock Nelson, C11/15/2014 10:28:00 PM
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.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/14/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in Friday's shootout win over Florida.
Insight: He faced 38 shots, and played very well. Halak is now 7-4-0 on the season.
John Tavares, C11/14/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his seventh goal of the season.
Insight: He now has 17 points in 16 games, and is looking like one of the best players in the NHL.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak pitched a shutout Tuesday against the Avalanche.
Insight: That makes it back-to-back shutouts for Halak. The work has been rather light as he has had to stop just 39 shots in those two games. Halak is 6-4-0 on the season.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/8/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak pitched a shutout Saturday against Arizona.
Insight: He saved all 19 shots, which was needed, as the Islanders won 1-0. Halak is now 5-4-0 on the season.
Frans Nielsen, C11/8/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen scored the winning goal Saturday against the Coyotes.
Insight: He lit the lamp with under four minutes left in the third period, and now has five goals and nine points on the season.
Josh Bailey, LW11/3/2014 4:42:00 PM
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.
Dan Boyle, D11/3/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand and it's been just three weeks.
Insight: Boyle is 38-years-old has been skating, but isn't ready to return to game action. His numbers have been shrinking as is his fantasy value.
Jaroslav Halak, G11/2/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 31 shots against the Sharks.
Insight: The loss drops Halak to 3-4-0 on the season. He allows 3.44 goals per game and his season save percentage is .891.
John Tavares, C10/28/2014 10:06:00 PM
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.
Brock Nelson, CHot10/28/2014 10:02:00 PM
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.
Frans Nielsen, C10/27/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen scored four goals and an assist in three games last week.
Insight: Nielsen scored a hat trick on Saturday's game against the Stars. The great three games allowed him to earn the NHL's third star of the week.
Frans Nielsen, C10/25/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen recorded a hat trick in Saturday's win over Dallas.
Insight: He was +2 with six shots on goal as well. Nielsen now has eight points on the season, and should continue to provide a scoring punch for fantasy owners, as the season prgresses.
Mikhail Grabovski, C10/25/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski is off the injured reserved and is expected to play Saturday night against the Stars.
Insight: In four games, Grabovski has two goals, one assist, seven shots and a plus-three rating. He is a welcome addition to the Islanders and fantasy teams.
Josh Bailey, LW10/24/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey broke his hand on Thursday against the Bruins.
Insight: Bailey is supposed to miss several weeks according to the New York Newsday. He has three assists and six points this season.
Kyle Okposo, RW10/23/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored the first of two New York goals in the second period in a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday.
Insight: Okposo has three goals and six assists this season. He was plus-one with five shots on goal Thursday.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D10/23/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to make him season debut Thursday night against Boston.
Insight: Visnovsky is 38-years-old and injuries have become a huge concern after playing just 24 games last season. A young Visnovsky could score 60 points a season, this older version, not so much.
Travis Hamonic, D10/23/2014 12:14:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C10/21/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares notched his third goal of the season.
Insight: He now has 10 points, and is clearly looking like one of the best players in the game. Tavares has a chance to be a top-three fantasy player by season's end.
Jaroslav Halak, G10/21/2014 9:39:00 PM
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.
Jaroslav Halak, G10/18/2014 9:47:00 PM
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.
Thomas Hickey, D10/18/2014 9:41:00 PM
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.
Mikhail Grabovski, C10/17/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski did not travel with the team and is expected to miss Saturday's game with Pittsburgh.
Insight: Grabovski took a hard hit by San Jose's John Scott. He's posted two goals and an assist in the first four games playing alongside Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
Jaroslav Halak, G10/16/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has now won all three starts this season.
Insight: He did not play particulary well, stopping 20-of-23 shots, but did just enough to get the shootout win. Halak still may be on waivers, so owners need to be aware of that.
Kyle Okposo, RW10/16/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo notched his second goal of the season against the Sharks.
Insight: He also scored in the shootout, and has helped the Islanders to a 4-0-0 start. Owners, get Okposo into your lineups.
John Tavares, C10/16/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares continued his stellar start to the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He had two assists on the night, and now has nine points on the season. Tavares has a great chance to finish as a top-three fantasy player this season.
Calvin de Haan, D10/16/2014 3:24:00 PM
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.
Evgeni Nabokov, G10/14/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Lightning netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves and allowed just two goals, but it wasn't enough against Cory Schneider and the Devils.
Insight: It was Nabokov's first action of the season. He allowed one even-strength goal and a power-play goal versus the Devils. Nabokov will be the backup this year to Ben Bishop.
John Tavares, C10/14/2014 9:52:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C10/11/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had another solid game with a goal, an assist on three shots.
Insight: The Islanders power play scored two more times tonight. He's been scoring a point-a-game for three seasons so this isn't anything we weren't expecting.
Brock Nelson, CHot10/11/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson has now scored six points in his first two games after posting a goal and assist Saturday night versus Carolina.
Insight: Perhaps fantasy owners should pay attention to the 22-year-old as he's getting plenty of opportunites on the Islanders second line.
Jaroslav Halak, G10/10/2014 9:58:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C10/10/2014 9:49:00 PM
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.
Brock Nelson, C10/10/2014 9:38:00 PM
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.
Michael Grabner, RW10/10/2014 10:20:00 AM
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.
Dan Boyle, D10/10/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand Thursday night, according to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.
Insight: Boyle is 38-years-old and his numbers have been shrinking. This won't help.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D10/7/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is on injured reserve due to back spasms.
Insight: Visnovsky is 38-years-old and injuries have become a huge concern after playing just 24 games last season. A young Visnovsky could score 60 points a season, this older version, not so much.
Matt Carkner, D10/7/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner is on injured reserve
Insight: Carkner offers almost no offense (three points last season and has little fantasy value above his fighting ability (149 PIM).
Dan Boyle, D9/30/2014 8:03:00 PM
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.
Anders Lee, C9/30/2014 7:31:00 PM
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.
Travis Hamonic, D9/30/2014 7:29:00 PM
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.
Frans Nielsen, C9/30/2014 7:16:00 PM
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.
Mikhail Grabovski, C9/30/2014 7:12:00 PM
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.
Ryan Strome, C9/30/2014 7:08:00 PM
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.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D9/30/2014 7:04:00 PM
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.
Kyle Okposo, RW9/30/2014 6:59:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C9/30/2014 6:53:00 PM
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.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D9/29/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com.
Insight: Visnovsky left Monday's practice because of the spasms. His back has always bothered him, so we will see if Visnovsky gets healthy enough to play the season opener.
Mikhail Grabovski, C7/2/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract.
Insight: In just 58 games for the Capitals last year, Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). He's produced 50-plus points twice in his career and is a solid second- or third-line center.
Dan Boyle, D6/9/2014 8:11:00 PM
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.
Dan Boyle, D6/5/2014 7:51:00 PM
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.
Jaroslav Halak, G5/22/2014 8:20:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C5/15/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares has resumed skating. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: Tavares (24 goals, 42 assists in 59 games) missed the second half of the year after tearing his MCL at the Olympics. It's unknown if he'll be ready for the start of next season.
Jaroslav Halak, G5/1/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the Islanders. SOURCE: Islanders.com
Insight: Washington is receiving a fourth-round pick for him. The Islanders will be Halak's fourth team in his last six seasons.
Anders Lee, CHot4/13/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee scored three goals in his last two games.
Insight: Lee will finish with 14 points (nine goals) in 22 games after being summoned from the AHL after the Olympic break.
Ryan Strome, C4/11/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Islanders rookie Ryan Strome has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: Strome, the 2011 No. 5 overall pick, has produced 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 21 games since he was recalled from the minors following the Olympic break.
Evgeni Nabokov, G4/10/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves in a shutout of the Canadiens Thursday night.
Insight: Nabokov has been splitting starts with 24-year-old Anders Nilsson since the beginning of March and is trying to show he still has something left. He'll be a free agent after the season.
Cal Clutterbuck, RW4/10/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) is not expected to play again this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Isles coach Jack Capuano said Thursday that none of New York's injured players will be back this season.
Calvin de Haan, D4/10/2014 5:07:00 PM
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.
Michael Grabner, RW4/10/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (upper body) is not expected to play the rest of this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Grabner returned from a concussion Saturday night after missing nearly a month, but he suffered another upper-body injury during the game.
Calvin de Haan, D4/8/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Senators, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and sat out Sunday. de Haan has three goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.
Michael Grabner, RW4/8/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (upper body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Ottawa, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Grabner returned from a concussion Saturday night after missing nearly a month, but he suffered another upper-body injury and sat out Sunday.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/8/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo (lower body) will not play Tuesday against Ottawa, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury and could be done for the season.
Calvin de Haan, D4/6/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan will miss Sunday's game due to a lower-body injury, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and was unable to return. de Haan has three goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.
Michael Grabner, RW4/6/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (upper body) will miss Sunday's game, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Grabner returned from a concussion Saturday night. No word on whether he suffered another one or has a different upper-body injury.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/5/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo is doubtful for Saturday's game against Washington due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury. Only a -9 rating hurts his fantasy value.
Michael Grabner, RW4/5/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington due to a concussion.
Insight: Grabner skated for an hour on Friday and could return on Saturday. He has 25 points, 136 SOG and a -11 in 63 games this season, so only has low-end fantasy value.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/2/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo is not expected to play Wednesday, according to the Islanders on Twitter.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury. Josh Bailey has been playing in his place on the top line and generated four points in the last four games.
Josh Bailey, LW4/1/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey had two points (1 G, 1 A) Tuesday against Florida.
Insight: Bailey (7 G, 24 A) has been playing on the top line with Kyle Okposo out. He's recorded four points over his last four games.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/1/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo will not play Tuesday, according to the Islanders on Twitter.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury.
Colin McDonald, RW3/25/2014 10:02:00 PM
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.
Matt Martin, LW3/25/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: New York left wing Matt Martin had one of his best games of the season Tuesday in a win over Carolina.
Insight: Martin added two goals and finished the night with a +4 rating. With just 12 points on the season, Martin isn't someone fantasy owners need to be on the lookout for.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D3/24/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is having troubles with concussion symptoms again and is out indefinitely, according to Arthur Staple of New York Newsday.
Insight: Visnovsky first concussion was back in October and has limited him to 24 games this season. It's possible the Islanders will shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Evgeni Nabokov, G3/23/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov was a perfect 41-for-41 on save opportunities Sunday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: It's Nabokov's third shutout of the season. Before Sunday's outing, the veteran had allowed three or more goals in seven consecutive appearances.
Kyle Okposo, RW3/21/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo left Friday's practice with a lower-body injury. SOURCE: Islanders.com
Insight: That leaves him questionable for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets. Okposo is tied for sixth in the league in scoring with 69 points in 69 games this season.
Michael Grabner, RW3/15/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is questionable for Saturday's game against Buffalo with a concussion.
Insight: There is no concrete timetable for his return. Grabner has 25 points, 136 SOG and a -11 in 63 games this season, so he should be easily replaceable in fantasy lineups.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot3/14/2014 10:13:00 PM
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.
Frans Nielsen, C3/14/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen has recorded five points (three goals) in his last four games after going seven games without one.
Insight: The 29-year-old had two points Friday against the Sharks to set a career high with 48. He has 21 goals, four more than any other season in his eight-year career.
Anders Lee, CHot3/14/2014 10:10:00 PM
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.
Michael Grabner, RW3/13/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to Newsday.
Insight: Grabner has 25 points, 136 SOG and a -11 in 63 games this season, so he's easily replaceable in fantasy.
Anders Lee, CHot3/13/2014 5:32:00 PM
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.
Frans Nielsen, C3/5/2014 3:59:00 PM
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.
Anders Nilsson, G3/4/2014 10:59:00 PM
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.
Thomas Vanek, LW3/4/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Thomas Vanek will not play Tuesday against the Jets, according to John Shannon of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Vanek (21 goals, 32 assists) has played his last game with the Islanders, as the team is expected to trade him before Wednesday's deadline.
Thomas Vanek, LW3/4/2014 6:11:00 PM
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.
Ryan Strome, C3/2/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Islanders rookie Ryan Strome scored a goal Sunday against Florida.
Insight: The Islanders are going nowhere and most likely will give Strome, the 2011 No. 5 overall pick, top-six minutes the rest of the season. He had 49 points over 37 games in the AHL.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot3/2/2014 7:28:00 PM
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.
Matt Martin, LW3/1/2014 11:00:00 AM
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.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D2/27/2014 10:07:00 PM
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.
Michael Grabner, RW2/27/2014 10:05:00 PM
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.
Anders Lee, C2/27/2014 10:01:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C2/24/2014 8:16:00 PM
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.
Frans Nielsen, C2/24/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have officially placed center Frans Nielsen on injured reserve. He broke his hand prior to the Olympic break. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: He's probably still a few weeks away from returning. Before the injury, Nielsen had 18 goals and 25 assists. Fantasy owners with extra roster space can definitely afford to stash him.
John Tavares, C2/20/2014 7:55:00 PM
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.
John Tavares, C2/19/2014 3:52:00 PM
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.
Frans Nielsen, C2/11/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen suffered a broken bone in his left hand when he was slashed by Colorado's Erik Johnson on Sunday. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: Nielsen will have the luxury of healing during the Olympic break, but there's a chance he'll still miss some time when the NHL resumes its schedule.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D2/8/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist Saturday against the Avalanche.
Insight: They were Visnovsky's first points since Oct. 15. He missed more than three months due to a concussion before returning on Jan. 27.
Travis Hamonic, D2/7/2014 4:25:00 PM
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.
Thomas Vanek, LW2/6/2014 7:55:00 PM
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.
Evgeni Nabokov, GHot2/4/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has blocked 87 of the 92 shots (.946 SV%) he's faced in three starts since returning from a quad injury.
Insight: Nabokov shut out the Washington Capitals with 22 saves Tuesday to bring his record to 10-10-5. He has two shutouts this season.
Thomas Vanek, LW2/4/2014 6:36:00 PM
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.
Thomas Vanek, LW2/4/2014 6:36:00 PM
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.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot2/2/2014 10:10:00 PM
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.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/29/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will start for the first time since Jan. 6 Wednesday against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Insight: Nabokov played in relief Monday against Boston after missing three weeks due to a quadriceps injury. He's 9-8-5 with a 2.85 GAA and .905 SV% this season.
Travis Hamonic, D1/28/2014 5:35:00 PM
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.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/28/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was activated Monday, servering as backup and even played 12 minutes.
Insight: Nabokov is 9-8-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .905 SV% and should resume his starting role as neither Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson did enough to take the spot away from him.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D1/25/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) may play on Monday, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Visnovsky suffered a concussion on Oct. 19 and hasn't returned yet. He had a goal and two assists in the first eight games of the season.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: The Penguins put a stop to Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek's six-game scoring streak Thursday, but Vanek came back with a goal and an assist Saturday against the Blues. He had a second goal, which would have been the game-winner with 1:15 left in overtime, overturned by review because league officials ruled that Vanek kicked the puck in.
Insight: After starting off slowly following his trade from the Sabres to the Isles, Vanek has generated 25 points (nine goals) in his last 19 games. However, he wasn't happy about the call that cost his team a point. "I think it's a terrible call," said Vanek. "I don't know if it's who we are. If that's Pittsburgh or a top team, that's maybe a goal. It's just a terrible call. We all know what a kicking motion is."
Thomas Vanek, LW1/23/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Don't be surprised if Thomas Vanek re-signs with the Islanders when he becomes a free agent next summer. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: Even if the Islanders trade him, Vanek said he'd be open to returning to New York. He's averaged exactly a point per game in his 36 contests for the Isles this season.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/22/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek has come up with 23 points in his last 17 games.
Insight: It took some time for Vanek to develop chemistry with John Tavares after coming over from Buffalo in a trade, but the top line of Tavares-Vanek-Kyle Okposo has been clicking in the past month.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/22/2014 12:02:00 AM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek added a goal and an assist against the Rangers Tuesday night.
Insight: Vanek has 18 goals and 27 assist in 48 games. He's certainly living up to the hype.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot1/20/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo came through with two points (both on the power play) Monday against the Flyers.
Insight: Okposo scored a goal, picked up an assist and got into a fight to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick. The 25-year-old has 49 points (20 goals) in 50 games, just three points away from his career high.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/20/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov skated with the team Sunday.
Insight: Nabokov is eligible to come off the injured reserve whenever he is ready - likely in about a week. He's 9-8-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .905 SV% and should resume his starting role when healthy as neither Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson did enough to take the spot away from him.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D1/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) finally returned to the ice for Sunday's practice.
Insight: Visnovsky is a solid offensive force, but hasn't played since Oct. 19 and there is still no timetable, but this update is encouraging.
Travis Hamonic, D1/20/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body) has gone back to Long Island for further evaluation of his injury, according to newsday.com.
Insight: It is believed that Hamonic has a concussion. 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.
Travis Hamonic, D1/16/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body) has gone back to Long Island for further evaluation of his injury, according to newsday.com.
Insight: It is believed that Hamonic has a concussion. The 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing, but he only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season.
Jesse Joensuu, RW1/16/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota while dealing with flu-like sypmtoms.
Insight: Joensuu isn't much a factor for fantasy owners with a career best point total of nine in 42 games back in 2010. He's only managed two points this season with an ugly -15 rating so fantasy owners should leave him alone.
Travis Hamonic, D1/14/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is questionable for Tuesday's game against Florida due to illness.
Insight: Hamonic was a decent fantasy defenseman averaging 25 points with 121 SOG from 2010-11, but posted just 10 points in 48 games last season and has nine points in 47 games this season. Look elsewhere for defensive help.
Jesse Joensuu, RW1/14/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Dallas while dealing with flu-like sypmtoms.
Insight: Joensuu isn't much a factor for fantasy owners with a career best point total of nine in 42 games back in 2010. He's only managed two points this season with an ugly -15 rating so fantasy owners should leave him alone.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot1/12/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo found the net twice Sunday in a win over Dallas.
Insight: He was +3 for the game. Okposo is having a terrific year. His next goal will be his 20th of the season. In 2012, he didn't score his 20th goal until March 31st.
Kyle Okposo, RW1/7/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo scored his 17th goal of the season in his return to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Okposo missed Monday's game after his wife gave birth to their first child. The winger is attached to a dominant center in John Tavares and has 43 points in 44 games. The 25-year-old's career high is 52.
John Tavares, CHot1/7/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares followed up his three-goal, two-assist game Monday against Dallas with three assists Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Tavares has posted 16 points during his seven-game scoring streak and 54 points (20 goals) in 44 games this season.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/7/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury after New York's win over Dallas Monday. SOURCE: nhl.com
Insight: Nabokov left Monday's game in the first period with the injury. The veteran missed a month from mid-November to mid-December with a groin injury, and this may be related. He had gone 4-3-2 with a .926 SV% in nine games since returning to the lineup. Kevin Poulin will start Tuesday and beyond, but he struggled during Nabokov's first absence and is not a trustworthy fantasy option.
Andrew MacDonald, DHot1/6/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has scored at least one point in five straight games.
Insight: MacDonald has eight points during the streak, all of them assists. The 27-year-old has three goals and 22 points in 44 games.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/6/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek's two assists Monday against the Stars extended his scoring streak to nine games.
Insight: Vanek has five goals and 14 points during the streak. After failing to make an impact initially, playing with John Tavares is finally yielding positive results for Vanek.
Ryan Strome, C1/6/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Islanders rookie Ryan Strome scored his first NHL goal Monday against the Stars.
Insight: Strome has four points in his first 11 games and skated under 14 minutes per game so far.
John Tavares, CHot1/6/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares had a hat trick, two assists, six SOG and a +3 Monday against the Stars.
Insight: The Isles star is on fire and has put up 13 points in his last five games and now has 300 in 334 games in his NHL career. He's having his best season, scoring 20 goals and adding 31 assists, 137 SOG and 32 PIM in 43 games.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/6/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov left Monday's game in the first period with an injury.
Insight: No word on what the injury is. Nabokov missed a month from mid-November to mid-December with a groin injury and had gone 4-3-2 with a .926 SV% in nine games since returning to the lineup.
Kyle Okposo, RW1/6/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo is not on the ice for pre-game warmups and is not expected to play Monday, according to Dan Rosen of nhl.com.
Insight: Okposo's wife gave birth to their first child on Monday. He has been a huge offensive weapon this season with 16 goals and 26 assists in 43 games and will probably only miss one contest.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D1/6/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky's concussion is still preventing him from resuming skating.
Insight: Visnovsky is a solid offensive force, but hasn't played since Oct. 19 - close to three months ago.
Kyle Okposo, RW1/6/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Okposo's wife is expecting and they were at the hospital Sunday night. Okposo has been a huge offensive weapon this season with 16 goals and 26 assists in 43 games. He's a must start if dressed.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/2/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek extended his scoring streak to seven games with a goal on Thursday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Vanek has four goals and 10 points during the streak. New York's top line of John Tavares, Vanek and Kyle Okposo is really clicking right now and has helped the Isles go 5-2 in their last seven games.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot1/2/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo had two points, including the game-winning goal, Thursday in an overtime win over Chicago.
Insight: Okposo has recorded at least one point in eight straight games and multiple points in three straight. The 25-year-old is going to blow away his career-high 52 points this season, as he already has 42 in 42 games.
John Tavares, C12/28/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares won't play Saturday against New Jersey. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He's out with a lower body injury. By sitting out, Tavares is snapping his streak of 246 consecutive games played. Consider him questionable for Sunday night's game in Minnesota.
John Tavares, CHot12/27/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares missed practice Friday due to a lower back injury, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. The injury is not considered to be a long-term problem.
Insight: Tavares is questionable for Saturday's game. The 23-year-old has put up similar production to last season, but a higher percentage of his points have come from assists than goals this year. He has 13 goals, 26 assists and 114 SOG in 38 games after tallying 28 goals, 19 assists and 162 SOG in 48 games last season.