News: Tavares scored his 13th goal of the season in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: He's on track for a 30-goal season. He's behind his scoring pace from the past few seasons and has just six points in his last 10 games. He hasn't had a two-point game since Nov. 22. It's hard to sit him, but we've been expecting more.
News: Halak will be in the crease again Saturday against the Lightning, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: It's the first time Halak will start both ends of a back-to-back on the season, as he'll be granted the nod after facing only 18 shots in Friday's victory over the Red Wings. The Lightning will counter in goal with rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was victorious in his NHL debut Tuesday.
News: Lee netted the game-winning goal and added an assist in Friday's win over Detroit.
Impact: The third-liner now has six goals and nine points in 26 games, to go with a plus-4 rating. Skating on a line with Brock Nelson, it's possible Lee could hit 20 goals in 2014-15. He is a great secondary scorer for an Islanders team that ranks second in the Eastern Conference with 44 points.
News: Nelson scored his 14th goal of the season, had an assist, and was credited with six shots on goal in Friday's win over Detroit.
Impact: Nelson has now tallied 26 points in 32 games this season, to go with a plus-6 rating. With eight power-play goals and a plus-6 rating, the 23-year-old has been a fantasy gem in 2014-15. Centering the third line and playing on the top power-play unit with John Tavares, Nelson could reach 30 goals and 60 points this season. He should be owned in almost all leagues.
News: Halak made 17 saves on 18 shots in Friday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Halak has now won three straight games, allowing only five goals in that span. He is 17-6-0 this season with a .918 save percentage and 2.30 GAA. The 29-year-old is an elite fantasy option on an Islanders team that sits second in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. Keep him rolling.
News: Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period, and the Islanders went on to a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings on Friday night. Detroit has now lost its last five home games against the Islanders - the Red Wings haven't beaten New York at Joe Louis Arena since 2003.
Impact: Lee was credited with the tiebreaking goal after a replay review. Brock Nelson took the puck from Detroit's Riley Sheahan and nearly slipped it past goalie Petr Mrazek, but it sat next to the right post before Lee arrived and hacked at it. At first, it wasn't clear if the puck went in, but a replay showed it barely crossing the line before Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson cleared it out.