News: De Haan was a healthy scratch Saturday for the second time in the last four games, according to Newsday.
Impact: To the dismay of many Islanders fans coach Jack Capuano keeps insisting on getting Brian Strait into games. This has forced either Lubomir Visnovsky or De Haan to be a healthy scratch when everyone else is able to play. Capuano may be trying to ignite the Islanders who are slumping badly but the problem has been with the offense, not the defense. Perhaps he shouldn't fix what isn't broken.
News: Neuvirth allowed three goals on 24 shots in Saturday's loss to Anaheim.
Impact: None of the goals can really be blamed on Neuvirth, (breakaway, knocked in by teammate, swept in his crease), but the bottom line is with Buffalo Neuvirth had a .918 save percentage and with the Islanders, it's only .881.
News: Visnovsky scored his fifth goal of the season in the Islanders 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Saturday.
Impact: The goal had to feel good for Visnovsky who had missed the past five games with a lower body injury. He has not had the season that neither he nor the Isles wanted and has also been a healthy scratch at times but with the team currently in an offensive slump he should remain back in the lineup as long as he stays healthy.
News: Grabner is nursing an illness and will not be available Saturday against the Ducks, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabner was a candidate to get back in the lineup Saturday after a slew of healthy scratches, but it appears the illness cropped up at an inconvenient time. It's possible that he'll be able to play Sunday against the Red Wings if he notices enough improvement with his condition by the morning.