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Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Islanders placed Bailey (hand) on IR on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Bailey suffered a broken hand Thursday against the Bruins, and is expected to miss at least the next four weeks with the injury. The Isles activated Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) off IR to take Bailey's place on the roster.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Islanders activated Grabovski (concussion) off IR on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski will be in the lineup Saturday night against the Stars, as Josh Bailey (hand) will head to IR to open up a spot for him. He's posted two goals and an assist through four games to date.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (concussion) was on the ice for morning skate and appears set to return to action Saturday against the Stars, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Unless the Islanders reveal that Grabovski suffered a late setback with his concussion during the morning session, he'll be activated from injured reserve and skate as the left wing on the Isles' second line. Grabovski missed the previous three games with the concussion.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson will be in the crease Saturday against the Stars.
Impact: The Islanders will go with Johnson for the second consecutive game after he snapped the team's two-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over the Bruins his last time out. With a 2-0 record and .918 save percentage over three appearances, Johnson has been steady for the Islanders when called upon, but a matchup against the high-powered Stars attack will represent his toughest test to date.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (concussion) felt good while practicing Friday and could play Saturday against the Stars, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski took part in Friday's session in a full capacity, joining Frans Nielsen and Cory Conacher on the Isles' second line. The team will reexamine him after Saturday's morning skate before reaching a determination on his status for the game later that evening, but if his concussion symptoms don't resurface, expect the team to activate him from IR.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabner (hernia) could start skating again next week, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabner is less than four weeks into his four-to-six week timetable, but appears to be nearing his first step towards recovery. He will need to start practicing with the team before he can rejoin the lineup.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic (upper body) will almost certainly not play in Saturday's game against the Stars, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Impact: Hamonic will miss his second game in a row, but is still considered day-to-day. Lubomir Visnovsky will remain in the lineup in Hamonic's place.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson picked up his second win of the season Thursday.
Impact: Johnson stopped 30 shots in New York's 3-2 win over Boston. He is still behind Jaroslav Halak on the Islanders depth chart, but he's proved to be a more than capable back-up.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clutterbuck collected his first goal of the season in Thursday's win over the Bruins. It went down as the game-winner in the 3-2 victory.
Impact: Clutterbuck notched four hits defensively during the evening to bring his season total to 21, good for second on the team. The bottom-six forward should remain an asset in that category for the duration of the season, but don't expect him to contribute on the offensive end with much frequency.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hickey (face) will play Thursday against the Bruins.
Impact: Hickey exited Tuesday's game against Toronto after suffering a cut to his face, but it was never viewed as serious enough to keep him out of further action. He'll occupy a spot on the Islanders' second pairing, where he'll be joined by a new partner in Lubomir Visnovsky (back), who was activated from IR on Thursday.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey left Thursday's game with a hand injury and didn't return.
Impact: It's unclear if he'll miss any time.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson stopped 30 of 32 shots in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Bruins.
Impact: Despite going 17-4-3 as Boston's backup goaltender last year, Johnson wasn't re-signed in the offseason, as the B's elected to go with Niklas Svedberg as the backup to Tuukka Rask. He got some measure of revenge Thursday, showing his old team just what they're missing by defeating Svedberg, who was in net for Boston. Johnson's outplayed Jaroslav Halak in the early going, but the Isles will likely give Halak plenty of leash.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey suffered a broken hand during Thursday's game versus the Bruins, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: There is no word yet on how long Bailey will be out of the lineup for or how he suffered the injury, but broken hands often take four-to-six weeks to heal. Bailey has managed two goals and two assists (including one on Thursday) through seven games this season, bouncing between the second and third lines.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey left the game Thursday with a hand injury, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: There is no word yet as to the severity of the injury, but the fact that the Isles have already announced that he won't return to the game certainly is an ominous sign.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McDonald cleared waivers Thursday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC reports.
Impact: The Islanders dropped McDonald from their 23-man roster Wednesday after he had seen only limited minutes on the fourth line for the team to start the season. He'll report to AHL Bridgeport, with Anders Lee likely to be recalled to take his spot on the Islanders roster.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) was activated from injured reserve and will make his season debut in Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Impact: Visnovsky has been sidelined with back pain since late September, but he is ready to take the ice after recovering from his setback. He will take the spot of the injured Travis Hamonic (upper body) on the Islanders' second defensive pairing.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic will not play in Thursday's game against the Bruins due to an upper-body injury, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Impact: The extent of Hamonic's injury is uncertain, but he is considered day-to-day with the setback. Lubomir Visnovsky will enter the lineup in Hamonic's place.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson will be in goal for Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Impact: Fellow goaltender Jaroslav Halak was lit up for five goals in two periods in the Islanders' last game, so Johnson will get the start against his former team Thursday night. Johnson gave up three goals, but picked up the victory in his lone other start this season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The New York Islanders recalled forward Anders Lee from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
Impact: The 24-year-old Lee had three goals and two assists in five games this season for the Sound Tigers. The former Notre Dame player had nine goals and five assists in 22 games for New York last season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares scored his third goal in a loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Impact: Tavares is off to a blistering start with three goals and seven assists in six games.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Leddy continued his strong start with the Islanders, scoring his third goal in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.
Impact: Leddy has never finished with more than seven goals so it will be interesting to see how quickly his goal-scoring pace slows down. He's scoring on a ridiculous 30.0 percent of his shots thus far - one of the highest percentages in the league.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Clutterbuck has a leg injury for the Isles.
Impact: Clutterbuck's status is not known.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Hickey suffered a facial laceration Tuesday.
Impact: Hickey returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Isles' official Twitter account.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee is expected to be recalled from AHL Bridgeport before Thursday game against the Bruins, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Lee was caught in a numbers game during preseason, as he was one of the team's few young forwards that could be sent to the AHL without having to pass through waivers. Not only will he be recalled by the Islanders, but there is a chance Lee could play on the second line with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson, all of whom skated with one another at Bridgeport a season earlier.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) will more than likely be activated off IR and play Thursday against Boston, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: With the Islanders placing Mikhail Grabovski on IR, they now have a corresponding roster spot available to bring Visnovsky back into the fold.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, with a retroactive date of Oct. 16.
Impact: Grabovski has been skating the last couple of days, but is still waiting to receive clearance for full contact. Once that happens, Grabovski will likely need to make it through a practice or two before the Islanders bring him back for games. His move from to IR will allow the Islanders to activate Lubomir Visnovsky in advance of Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McDonald was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: The Islanders are expected to recall Anders Lee from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday, with the expectation that he'll provide more offensive upside in a bottom-six role than McDonald offered. McDonald has appeared in only two games, averaging 10:38 of ice time.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leddy bagged the game's first goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Leddy fired a wrist shot from the slot past Toronto's Jonathan Bernier for his third goal and fourth point in four games. He appears to be adapting quite well in moving from Chicago to Long Island, as he's seen an increase in scoring opportunities while averaging three minutes more ice time with the Isles.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nielsen gathered his fourth assist of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Nielsen is still in search of his first goal of the season after potting 25 in 2013-14, but he's at least been a productive facilitator on the Isles' third line. Don't expect him to provide much value in the non-scoring categories, as he's never been an especially prolific hitter or shot blocker on defense.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak was pulled at the second intermission of Tuesday's loss to the Leafs after surrendering five goals on 23 shots.
Impact: Chad Johnson stopped five of five in his place. This represents easily the worst start of the young season for Halak, who'd generally been playing well to open the campaign. It'd make sense for him to take a seat on Thursday in a revenge game against Johnson's old Bruins mates.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hickey was removed from Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs after suffering a cut on his face, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Hickey immediately retreated to the dressing room after gashing his face on either another player's skate or a collision with the boards during his final shift of the night. More should be known about his status Wednesday. He finished the night with a minus-3 rating over his 16:11 of action.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) doesn't look like he'll play Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs, Daniel Friedman of WFAN reports.
Impact: The Islanders suggested after Monday's practice that Visnovsky would be activated from injured reserve Tuesday to make his season debut, but with the defenseman not taking part in the pregame skate, it appears his return to the ice will be pushed back. He'll set his sights on rejoining the lineup Thursday in Boston.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) will play versus the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Hamonic had to leave practice early Monday, but all systems are go for Tuesday, as he is on the ice for pregame warmups.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamonic suffered an upper-body injury in Monday's practice, according to the New York Post.
Impact: Hamonic is considered day to day.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (concussion) went through a light skate Tuesday morning, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Head coach Jack Capuano was encouraged by Grabovski's participation, calling it a positive sign in his recovery. Grabovski remains day-to-day for now, but with him back on the ice, a return should not be far off, so long as his concussion symptoms do not worsen.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Hamonic was injured during Monday's practice, but he has a chance to play against Toronto after taking part in Tuesday's morning skate. Expect a decision on his playing status to be made during pregame warmups.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Halak will look to get back in the win column after having a three-game winning streak snapped his last time out. He will face a Toronto squad that tallied just one goal in two games against the Red Wings over the weekend.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic left practice early Monday with an undisclosed injury, Newsday reports.
Impact: Hamonic was said to be in "obvious discomfort." He last played Saturday versus Pittsburgh, a game in which he was handed a game misconduct after instigating a fight. With Lubomir Visnovsky due to come off the IR before the game Tuesday, the Isles may end up playing it safe with Hamonic and holding him out a game or two.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: The veteran blueliner has yet to suit up this season, but sounds like a safe bet to make his season debut Tuesday. He finished 2013-14 with three goals and eight assists in 24 games, and has been battling through injuries quite often over the last few years.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Halak stopped 35 shots on Saturday night.
Impact: Halak suffered his first loss and will try to bounce back Tuesday against the Leafs.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hickey scored the Islanders' lone goal in the loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy to the Islanders' blue line haven't resulted in a diminished role for Hickey, who is actually averaging a full minute (19:54) more than last season (18:52) through the club's first five games. Unfortunately, he's unlikely to parlay the added playing time into any meaningful fantasy production, given his lack of offensive aptitude. He's attempted just seven shots in five games.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson's assist in Saturday's loss to the Penguins gives him eight points, including four goals, in the first five games of the season. He's picked up at least one point in four of those five games.
Impact: This guy has talent and he's really starting to show it this season. He certainly won't keep up this pace, but he should deliver you solid fantasy value this year. After all, he's getting time on the team's first power-play unit, and that's a recipe for output.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak made 35 saves in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He allowed two goals, both of which came on the power play.
Impact: He was so good he earned the game's third star. The Isles are becoming a force this season and Halak is one of the reasons why. He's a solid fantasy roll.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: This would explain the Islanders' rationale for ruling Grabovski out indefinitely after their practice Friday. The forward will be reevaluated early next week, with the hope that he'll be able to return to the ice before long.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be in the net Saturday against the Penguins, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Halak has ridden a hot Islanders offense to three wins in his first three starts, despite his rather mediocre ratios (2.92 GAA, .900 save percentage). He's expected to match up against the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabovski is out with an upper-body injury.
Impact: There's no time table for his return, so consider Grabovski day-to-day.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey has been moved up to the second line, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Bailey will take the place of the injured Mikhail Grabovski. Grabovski is not expected to be out long so this could just be a short-term move, but for at least this weekend Bailey will line up on wing with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (undisclosed) won't travel with the Islanders to Pittsburgh for Saturday's game and has been ruled out indefinitely, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though the Islanders haven't offered much clarity on the exact nature of his injury, it's possible that Grabovski is experiencing concussion-like symptoms as a result of the hit he took from the Sharks' John Scott on Tuesday. The Islanders will reassess Grabovski's condition when they return to Long Island after the weekend, but if the forward ends up missing subsequent games, a move to IR will likely be considered.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Halak made 20 saves in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over San Jose.
Impact: Halak has yet to lose, going 3-0-0 with a 2.92 ERA in the early going.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares picked up two assists and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: That's why he's the star. Tavares has delivered multi-point efforts in all four games to stat the year, giving him an amazing nine points in the early going. As long as he avoids injury, he's in for a huge season -- perhaps his best yet.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Okposo delivered two more points Thursday, scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist to push his season-opening point streak to four games.
Impact: He's got seven points -- four on the power play -- in his four games so far this year. Keep riding the wave with the red-hot Okposo, as he and John Tavares work great together.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leddy scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a shootout win over San Jose.
Impact: Two days after scoring his first goal with the Isles, Leddy came right back with his second. He should continue seeing plenty of offensive opportunities, so Leddy has a legitimate chance to exceed his career high of 37 points as long as he holds his top-pairing position.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak gave up three goals on 23 shots Thursday, but ended up beating the Sharks in the shootout.
Impact: The power of three: Halak's 3-0 despite having allowed three goals in all three of his starts. He'll need to improve his ratios, but the Islanders' offense has been explosive in the early going, which is huge in terms of Halak's win potential.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (upper body) will not return to Thursday night's game, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Grabovski was caught with his head down and was run over by the Sharks' John Scott. The head looked to be a legal one, so no supplemental discipline should be forthcoming.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) practiced with the team for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Visnovsky also stated that his back is fully healed and it's just a matter of getting into playing condition before he returns to game action. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Visnovsky should play for the Islanders at some point early next week.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski left the ice after taking a hard hit from the Sharks' John Scott in Thursday's game, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski looked as though he may have sustained a concussion from the hit, as he appeared to be out cold on the ice before he was helped off by a trainer. The Islanders will run tests on him before a proper diagnosis of his condition is provided.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: With Calvin de Haan recovered from the upper-body injury that resulted in his placement on injured reserve to begin the season, Reinhart will forfeit his job on the Islanders' third pairing. The former fourth overall draft choice was held without a point and turned in a minus-1 rating in his three games with the Islanders.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though he suited up regularly next to Travis Hamonic last season, it appears de Haan will return to the lineup on the Islanders' third pairing with Brian Strait. The additions of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk late in training camp may prevent de Haan from topping 20 minutes of ice time most nights or enjoying a regular spot on the power play, much to the detriment of his offensive production. Griffin Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport to make room for de Haan on the 23-man roster.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Sharks.
Impact: Halak has given up three goals in both his starts so far, but still sports a 2-0-0 record thanks to the Islanders lighting the lamp 11 times in those two games. He may need some assistance from his offense again Thursday, as he'll be facing a San Jose team that has scored 12 times through three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart could be sent down to the AHL as soon as Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Reinhart is still getting used to playing at the NHL level and has been caught flat-footed by the speed of opposing teams more than once. With Calvin de Haan just about ready to return to the New York lineup, Reinhart could be the odd man out.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) has yet to return to practice, Newsday reports.
Impact: Visnovsky has skated on his own for the last three days, but his back still isn't ready for contact. He was a sleeper pick for fantasy owners early in the draft season based on his previous track record of production, but given his inability to stay healthy for any length of time, as well as recent additions to the Islanders' blue line, Visnovsky may not quite be the asset he once was.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) could return to the Islanders' lineup Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: De Haan has been out since the middle of training camp due to the injury, but has practiced for consecutive days and should either return Thursday versus San Jose or Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabovski scored a goal and registered an assist Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Grabovski has scored on two of his six shots this season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares had a goal and an assist for the second straight contest Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Tavares is off to an impressive start with two goals and five assists in three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Okposo scored his first goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's win over the rival Rangers.
Impact: Okposo has four assists through his first three games after finishing with a career-high 42 last season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson scored the game-winning goal in the Islanders' 6-2 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Nelson has come out of the gate scorching hot to begin the season, already compiling four goals and three assists in three games. The 23-year-old's production figures to trickle off eventually, but since he'll continue to maintain a spot in the team's top-six forwards as well as the top power-play unit, the dropoff may not be extreme. It's probably worthwhile to own Nelson in just about any format, at least until he cools.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leddy capped off the Islanders' scoring Tuesday with his first goal of the season in a 6-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Leddy hasn't shined to the extent that fellow late-training camp blue line acquisition Johnny Boychuk (six points in three games) has, but he's still represented an upgrade to the team's defensive unit since coming over from Chicago. He's already averaging nearly two minutes more ice time per game than he enjoyed with the Blackhawks, which should ultimately prove helpful toward his counting totals. Furthermore, if the Islanders' 3-0-0 start doesn't prove to be too much of a mirage, Leddy may become an unexpected asset in the plus/minus category as well.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk contributed a power-play goal in Tuesday's 6-2 demolition of the Rangers.
Impact: With six points (two goals, four assists) in just three games, Boychuk is already one-fourth of the way to his point total from all of last season. Boychuk's hot run of production almost certainly won't last, but with the blueliner likely to receive the most ice time of his career at both even strength and on the power play this season, he'll be in prime position to set personal bests in nearly every category.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Okposo notched a goal and an assist Tuesday against the Rangers, pushing his season-opening scoring streak to three games and five points.
Impact: Okposo's been all over the ice in the early going. Coming off a 69-point season, he's showing there's no reason to think he can't do it again.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Strome dished out two assists in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
Impact: That's four helpers in three games for Strome, who's clicking well on the second line with Mikhail Grabovski and Brock Nelson. He's got elite playmaking skills, as evidenced by the 36 assists he dished out in 37 games for AHL Bridgeport last season. However, we'd like to see Strome put some more shots on goal (he's got just seven so far) to add some balance to his point total.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski grabbed a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. He went plus-1 on the evening.
Impact: Grabo's off to a strong start with the Isles, but his health is always going to be a concern. As long as he's on the ice, though, his second-line trio with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson is shaping up to be a strong one for the Isles.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares scored a goal and handed out an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Tavares has opened the season with three consecutive multi-point games, piling up two goals and five assists. It's no coincidence that the Isles are 3-0 on the year.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak was assaulted with 43 shots by the Rangers on Tuesday, but put a stop to 40 of them en route to a 6-3 victory.
Impact: Halak was most strenuously tested in the second period, when the Rangers fired 21 shots on goal, but broke through just one time, leaving the game tied 2-2 at the second intermission. The Isles would go on to score four goals in the first 11 minutes of the third period, allowing Halak to largely coast to his second win of the year.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be the starting goaltender for the Islanders in Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
Impact: Halak will be looking his second win on the year after picking up the victory in the Islanders' season opener. He played well against the Rangers as a member of the Blues last season, going 2-0-0 and stopping 60 of the 64 shots he faced over the two games.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) has not yet been cleared by doctors, but the Isles are hoping he'll be ready to go by Thursday, the New York Post reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old has opened the year on injured reserve, but should return to a major role on the Isles' blue line when he's ready to go. For his part, de Haan told the Post he feels like he's ready to play.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson stopped 21 shots to earn his first win Saturday with the Islanders.
Impact: Johnson previously was in the crease for the Rangers, Bruins and 'Yotes.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares had one goal and one assist Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Tavares has five points as he is sizzling hot.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Nelson had one goal and one assist Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Nelson had 26 points a season ago.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Boychuk had two assists Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Boychuk has five points as he is tearing things up for the Brooklyn-bound franchise.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Okposo had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Okposo has three points but no goals so far.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson made 21 saves in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Johnson wasn't especially impressive in giving up three goals, but he narrowly outplayed opposing netminder Anton Khudobin to claim his first win as an Islander. He doesn't figure to see a ton of usage behind unquestioned No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak, but should represent a respectable option in the net when called upon.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey was one of four Islanders to score a goal in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Islanders appear to have settled on Cory Conacher as their left wing on the John Tavares line, but working alongside Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin on the third line isn't a terrible gig for Bailey. Even so, the Islanders' offseason upgrades to their forward ranks may make it difficult to Bailey to surpass last season's production (eight goals, 30 assists in 77 games).
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Okposo assisted on a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
Impact: It hasn't taken long for Okposo to reestablish rapport with John Tavares on the top line, as the winger now has three points through the team's two games. He's still on the lookout for his first goal of the season, but that should come quickly, especially as the second line -- centered by the red-hot Brock Nelson -- starts to attract more attention from opponents.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk chipped in with two assists in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: It was Boychuk's dependable play on defense that was expected to be the greatest contribution he brought to the Islanders, but he's instead made his mark with his puck-moving ability in the infant stages of the season. After averaging about one point every three games with the Bruins last year, Boychuk's already collected a goal and four assists in two games this year. While Boychuk should enjoy a larger offensive role on Long Island than in Boston, the odds of him finishing as a top-20 fantasy defenseman are still rather remote.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares was the game's first star on Saturday when he helped the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes. He scored a power-play goal, added an even-strength assist and even picked up a roughing minor.
Impact: The goal was his first of the season, but he has five points in his first two games. He just turned 24 and the best is yet to come, and that's saying something considering he scored at a point-per-game pace at age 21. You know what to do.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson's hot start to the season continued Saturday with a goal and assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over Carolina.
Impact: On fire doesn't sum up the start this guy has had. He has three goals and three assists in his first two games, and has moved from sleeper to studly. Check your wire -- a lot of owners slept on him at their draft. Scoop and smile.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares notched three assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: It was an impressive season opener for Tavares, who appears to be in for another big year. He has 69 points over 60 games since the beginning of 2013-14.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Nelson had two goals and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: Nelson's four points were a career high. He could be in for a big year if his first game is any indication.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Boychuk had a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: It was a terrific Islanders debut for Boychuk, who is well on his way to surpassing his career-high 23 points set last year.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson will be in the net Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: The game will mark Johnson's team debut, after he agreed with the Islanders on a two-year pact in the offseason. Johnson could see a slight bump in his workload this season while serving as the backup to Jaroslav Halak, who while steady, is no Tuukka Rask. That being said, because the Islanders' supporting cast doesn't compare nearly as favorably as the defense and forwards that Johnson had in front of him in Boston, expect his strong ratios from last season (2.10 GAA, .925 save percentage in 27 games) to take a steep hit in his first season on Long Island.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak turned away 21 of the 24 shots he faced in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.
Impact: Halak was solid in his Islanders' debut, shutting out Carolina for two periods before surrendering three goals in the final frame. Halak is the clear No.1 goalie in New York, and with the team's recent blue line acquisitions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy, Halak could be in for a very successful 2014-15 season.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson put on a clinic in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina, recording two goals and two assists.
Impact: What a show by Nelson, who also finished the night with three shots on goal, two hits, and a plus-2 rating. One of his goals came on the power play, where he was lined up alongside Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Nelson also looked great at even strength, centering Ryan Strome and Mikhail Grabovski. The 22-year-old is primed for a big season and will get plenty of opportunities to produce, especially if he remains in the top-six and on the top power-play unit.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Strome racked up a pair of assists in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.
Impact: Strome looked good on the second line Friday, finding chemistry with Mikhail Grabovski and rookie Brock Nelson, who had a game-high four points. Strome finished the night a plus-2, recording two shots on goal in 12:11 of ice time. While the 21-year-old center isn't a part of the Isles' top power-play unit, he is counted on as one of the key contributors to the second unit. Strome is destined to improve on the 18 points he recorded in his first NHL season in 2013-14. Twenty goals aren't out of the question, especially if this second line continues to mesh.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk recorded a career-high three points -- two on the power play -- in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.
Impact: Talk about what a change of scenery can do for a player. Boychuk, who averaged 20 seconds of power-play time over his last three seasons with Boston, played a whopping 2:47 with the man advantage in his first game with New York. Not only did the former Bruin record a goal and two assists, he also finished the night with two PIM and two hits, while logging a team-high 23:11 of ice time. If he continues to skate on the top power-play unit alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, a 40-point season for Boychuk isn't out of the question.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares dished out three assists -- two on the power play -- in Friday's season-opening win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: A terrific start for Tavares, who appears fully healthy after missing 22 games last season with a knee injury. The Isles' recent blue line acquisitions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy will only help Tavares as the season progresses. If Tavares remains healthy, there is no reason he can't reach 80-plus points in 2014-15. What a way to kick off the season.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Visnovsky returned to action Thursday, playing 17 minutes in a 3-2 win at Boston.
Impact: The 38-year-old defenseman had been nursing a back injury.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Carkner has been placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury.
Impact: Carkner racked up 149 penalty minutes last year, if that's a key category in your fantasy league. It's unknown when he'll be back.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabner is on injured reserve after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
Impact: It's uncertain when Grabner will return. He had 12 goals and 26 points last season.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: De Haan has been placed on injured reserve due to an upper body injury.
Impact: He's been out of action since Sept. 23. He had three goals and 16 points all over last season.