Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak had his best game of the series in Game 6 to help New York strave off elimination, beating Washington, 3-1, on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Halak made 38 saves on 39 shots in what could be the final game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders will have to win Game 7 on Monday in order to ensure more home games. Halak has a .913 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA in the series.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his second goal of the playoffs to help New York avoid elimination as the Islanders beat the Capitals, 6-2, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Tavares also had an assist on the game-winning goal from Nikolay Kulemin in the third period. The, 3-1, victory for the Islanders forces a Game 7 in Washington on Monday.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored his first goal of the 2015 NHL playoffs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Capitals on Friday.
Insight: Okposo scored to give the Islanders back their two-goal lead after Karl Alzner scored for Washington, but the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to end the game. Okposo was minus-one with three shots on goal.
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson had his first multi-goal game for the first time since Opening night.
Insight: What a time for Nelson to have one of his best games of the season. He scored the first goal of the game, which really set the tone for Game 1. Washington wasn't the same team after Nelson's score. Inside of two minutes left in regulation, Nelson sprinted down ice to help his team avoid icing and then scored on the empty net. The Islanders beat the Capitals in Game 1, 4-1.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had two points on Saturday in the season finale, but that wasn't enough to win the Art Ross Trophy.
Insight: Tavares had a goal and an assist, but Stars' Jamie Benn recorded a hat trick and added an assist to pass Tavares by one point. Still, Tavares had a great season with 38 goals and 48 assists, playing in all 82 games.
Description: Islanders winger Anders Lee scored two goals during Tuesday's loss against the Flyers.
Insight: His second goal tied the game with under 30 seconds left, however the Islanders squandered the game with just over two seconds left. Lee now has 25 goals and 41 points through 74 games this season.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had a goal and an assist in the loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Insight: This was a costly loss for the Islanders, who are trying to stay in front of the Penguins for second place in the Metropolitian Division. New York led, 3-1, but allowed two goals in the final nine minutes and lost in the shootout. Tavares was still productive, though, and he has 35 goals and 44 assists in 78 games this season.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (detached retina) has been activated off injured reserve.
Insight: Okposo suffered a detatched retina in late January. Okposo has 44 points in 46 games this season so make sure to get him back in your lineup as he should be back on the top line relatively quickly.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored the game-winning overtime goal versus the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Insight: New York scored two goals within 30 seconds of each other in the third period to tie the game at three, and then the Islanders won it on Tavares' 33rd goal of the season. Tavares also had an assist in the game and has 39 of those on the season.
Description: Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy had a goal and an assist in the, 4-3, victory over the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: Leddy picked up a power-play point, assisting Anders Lee's goal on the man advantage and then scored himself in the third. Leddy has eight goals and 18 assists with a plus-17 rating in 66 games this season.
Description: Islanders center Ryan Strome scored a goal in a losing effort, Saturday versus Washington.
Insight: Strome also had five shots on goal and a plus-one rating in the game, but it was not enough, as the Islanders fell in a shootout. He should be owned everywhere, with 13 goals, 56 points, 37 penalty minutes, and a plus-20 rating through 60 games this season.Travis Hamonic also lit the lamp for New York on Saturday afternoon.
Description: Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists to help New York scored five goals on the top fantasy goalie this season.
Insight: Leddy had two assists in the first period and then scored in the third to put New York ahead, 4-2. They ended up beating Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators, 5-2. Leddy has eight goals and 17 assists this season.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's victory over the Predators.
Insight: It was an impressive victory over the top team from the Western Conference. New York jumped out to a, 3-0, lead with Tavares scoring the third Islanders' goal of the first period. It came on the power play. Tavares also assisted Josh Bailey's goal in the final period. He has 29 goals and 31 assists in 59 games this season.
Description: Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski left Thursday's game in the first period with an apparent head injury.
Insight: Predators left winger Eric Nystrom hit Grabovski and knocked him to the ice. It was unclear live or on the replay whether Nystrom led with his elbow or shoulder, but he definitely hit Grabovski in the chin. The training staff initially brought out a stretcher for Grabovski, but he managed to skate to the locker room.
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo is still not skating according to New York Newsday.
Insight: Okposo suffered a detatched retina in late January, and he isn't projected to return until at least the middle of March. Therefore, it isn't too much of a surprise that he hasn't skated in practice. Okposo has 44 points in 46 games this season.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had two goals and two assists to lead New York over Columbus, 6-3.
Insight: Tavares assisted both of Josh Bailey's goals in the first period and then added two of his own goals to give the Islanders insurance in the third period. Tavares has 26 goals and 29 assists in 56 games this season.
Description: Islanders right wing Colin McDonald had a goal and an assist versus the Oilers on Tuesday.
Insight: McDonald had just one shot on goal but scored and assisted Casey Cizikas' game-winner in the third period. McDonald is not fantasy relevant, however, with just two goals and an assist in four games.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak saw very little work on Sunday versus the Sabres.
Insight: Buffalo tied a league-low for fewest shots in a single game with 10. Halak allowed two of those 10 shots to squeak by, so his save percentage was just .800. He did, however, pick up his 28th victory of the season as New York won, 3-2.
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.