New York Islanders Player News: All Positions

News: The Islanders didn't send Stevens a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Stevens hasn't been able to crack the Islanders' lineup since turning pro in 2016-17, so this move isn't surprising. He'll be looking to land a two-way contract with a new club this offseason.
News: The Islanders extended Ho-Sang a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Ho-Sang hardly did anything with the big club in 2018-19, notching two points in 10 games, but he was productive during his time in the minors, racking up eight goals and 43 points in 56 contests. He'll get an opportunity to secure a spot on the Islanders' Opening Night roster during training camp, but it wouldn't be surprising if the 2014 first-round pick is once again stuck in the minors for most of the upcoming campaign.
News: The Islanders extended Dal Colle a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Dal Colle was decent in limited action with the big club this season, tallying three goals and seven points in 28 games, but he was highly productive while skating with AHL Bridgeport, racking up 18 goals and 34 points in 34 appearances. The 2014 first-round pick will likely once again split time between the AHL and NHL in 2019-20.
News: Beauviller received a qualifying offer from the Islanders on Tuesday.
Impact: Beauvillier has developed into a dependable bottom-six option during his first three seasons with the Islanders, notching 65 goals and 132 points in 279 games. The 22-year-old winger will step into a similar, if not identical, role in 2019-20.
News: Soderstrom (shoulder) was in attendance for the Islanders' prospect camp Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Soderstrom -- who missed the entire 2018-19 campaign due to a shoulder injury -- will likely spend the year with AHL Bridgeport, where he will have an opportunity to earn the No. 1 job with the Sound Tigers. Drafted by New York in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old has yet to get a taste of North American hockey, but could be a solid future prospect if he continues to develop.
News: Newkirk was drafted 147th overall by the Islanders at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Newkirk had a pretty good year. His offensive game, which was non-existent in his first season with WHL Portland, finally blossomed to the tune of 23 goals and 59 points in 68 games, and his first-rate effort level was on display on a nightly basis. Newkirk plays extremely hard and can fill a variety of roles for a hockey club. His skating stride needs improving and while he doesn't project to do much scoring as a pro, Newkirk's versatility will give him a shot to make it as a role player for the Islanders.
News: Holmstrom was drafted 23rd overall by the Islanders at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Holmstrom is deadly from the circles on down, but his development has been seriously hindered by injuries. He had hip surgery and tore a ligament in his thumb last season, so scouts didn't get many views on his game. Holmstrom's skating is fine, but not great. But he plays a smart, slippery game. Is he injury prone or just unlucky? Wait on his development to see if he's fantasy worthy.
News: Eberle agreed to terms on a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Islanders on Friday.
Impact: Eberle is coming off a down season in which he tied the lowest point total of his career (27), with the previous total coming during the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign. Still, this new deal suggests that team brass believe the winger can get back to being a 50-plus point producer. The 28-year-old figures to continue filling a top-six role in addition to logging minutes on the power play, giving him rock-solid fantasy value.
News: Smith inked a two-year contract with Kunlun Red Star (KHL) on Monday.
Impact: Smith -- who was selected by the Predators with the 54th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft -- will try his hand overseas after failing to break into the NHL the past two seasons. All of the netminder's NHL outings came back in 2016-17, when he made 10 appearances for the Avalanche, in which he went 1-6-1 with a 3.54 GAA. At this point, it's probably safe to assume the 30-year-old will close out his career in Europe.
News: Clutterbuck underwent back surgery and could be ready in time for training camp. General manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters, "It's my understanding he will be, but honestly it's a process I don't know much about," Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck seemed to be headed toward surgery when he spoke during the team's locker room cleanout, but he didn't know for certain at the time. With the procedure behind him, the winger can now focus on being 100 percent this fall. If fully fit, the Ontario native should be capable of putting up 20-to-25 points next season in a bottom-six role.
News: Durandeau secured a three-year, entry-level deal from the Islanders on Friday.
Impact: Durandeau set career highs in goals (38), assists (35) and points (73) in his final year with QMJHL Halifax this season. Selected by New York in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old figures to spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the minors with AHL Bridgeport, but he could get a call-up sooner rather than later if he can transition his scoring touch to the NHL game.
News: Fritz (hand) signed a two-year contract extension with the Islanders on Friday.
Impact: Fritz played in just eight NHL games this year, in which he tallied one helper, six shots and 18 hits while averaging 10:49 of ice time. The center spent most of the year in the minors with AHL Bridgeport. In 57 minor-league contests, he garnered 12 goals and 25 helpers before a hand injury ended his season prematurely. If Fritz can put together a strong showing in camp, he could earn himself a bottom-six role for Opening Night in October.
News: Nelson agreed to terms on a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Islanders on Thursday.
Impact: Nelson had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in assists (28) and points (53) while registering a respectable plus-20 rating in 82 games. The 27-year-old pivot will continue to be an important piece up front for the Islanders in 2019-20, but he lacks the offensive upside necessary to be considered a premier fantasy option. Nonetheless, Nelson's relatively high floor will make him a desirable depth option in all fantasy formats for the foreseeable future.
News: Rathgeb agreed to terms on a three-year contract with EHC Biel-Bienne (NLA) on Monday.
Impact: Rathgeb was previously placed on unconditional waivers by the Islanders in order to facilitate his move back overseas. The blueliner saw action in 32 games for AHL Bridgeport this year, in which he tallied four goals and five helpers. Without an NHL call-up on the horizon, the 23-year-old opted to return home to Switzerland for the next phase of his professional career.
News: Jones signed a contract with HC Thurgau-Switzerland on Thursday.
Impact: Jones has spent most of his five-year professional hockey career with AHL Bridgeport and hasn't seen the ice in an NHL game since the 2016-17 season. The Canadian registered 128 games in the minors over the last two seasons, logging 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists).
News: The Islanders placed Rathgeb on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination Tuesday, CapFriendly reports.
Impact: Rathgeb appeared in 32 games with AHL Bridgeport this season, notching four goals and nine points while posting a minus-6 rating. Now that his contract with the Islanders has been terminated, the 23-year-old blueliner will likely return to his native Switzerland to continue his professional playing career.
News: Dobson has been named Most Valuable Player of the 2018-19 QMJHL playoffs.
Impact: Dobson and his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated Halifax in six games to win the QMJHL Championship and move on to the Memorial Cup. It will be the second straight season that Dobson will play for the CHL's greatest prize. He won the championship with Acadie-Bathurst in 2017-18. With 27 points in 19 games, Dobson has really found his groove this postseason. The 12th overall selection by the Islanders in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Dobson is just about ready for NHL duty. Expect him to get a long look in training camp.
News: Boychuk clarified that it was a broken foot that kept him out of the lineup during the second round, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Boychuk told reporters he was hopeful he could play in Game 6, but unfortunately saw his club swept from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The blueliner played in 70-plus games for the first time since 2015-16, but still failed to reach the 20-point mark, falling just one point shy. If he can stay healthy, the Edmonton native should push for that mark next season.
News: Clutterbuck is suffering from a significant back injury that may require surgery and could sideline him for as long as six months, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: While no decisions have been made, the fact that Clutterbuck's recovery timeline falls between weeks to months is certainly not a good sign. If the winger does require surgery, it certainly seems like he won't be available for Opening Night in October and would likely begin the year on IR.
News: Mayfield was dealing with an ankle issue at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Mayfield was able to power through and continue suiting up during the postseason, but did see his ice time dip slightly to 18:33 per game for the second-round series with Carolina, compared to 18:44 in the regular season. The blueliner came just one point shy of the 20-point threshold this season and should challenge for that mark in 2019-20.
News: Mayfield notched an assist and four PIM in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: It was an unceremonious exit for Mayfield, as the Islanders were swept out of the playoffs in the second round. He managed two assists, 21 hits and 18 blocked shots over eight postseason contests, a stat line that comes as no surprise considering he's typically used in a more defensive role.
News: Eberle managed a power-play assist and five shots on goal in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Impact: Eberle had three power-play helpers in four games against the Hurricanes, and was only held off the scoresheet when the Islanders were shut out in Game 1. Eberle concluded the postseason with four goals and five helpers over eight contests.
News: Toews managed two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Impact: Toews had a goal and four helpers over eight postseason appearances in his rookie year, to go along with 18 points in 48 regular-season games. The fourth-round pick from 2014 made himself a fixture on the Islanders' blue line from the end of December onward, and should continue to evolve in 2019-20, having already shown some offensive skill.
News: Nelson scored a goal on five shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Impact: Nelson was held without a point through the first three games of the series, and his tally Friday came with the game already out of reach. Nelson ends the postseason with four goals in eight contests.
News: Barzal scored a power-play goal on four shots and added two hits in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Impact: Barzal accounted for two of the Islanders' five goals as they were swept out of the playoffs in the second round. He produced five helpers in four games in the first round. The center had 62 points in 82 regular-season games, and should continue to be one of the Islanders' offensive leaders in 2019-20.
News: Greiss allowed two goals on 10 shots in a relief appearance in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Impact: Greiss replaced Robin Lehner in the second period with the Islanders down 3-1, and he was unable to stop the bleeding from there in his only appearance in the playoffs. Greiss is under contract for one more year with the Islanders before he'll become an unrestricted free agent.
News: Lehner allowed three goals on 11 shots before being replaced by Thomas Greiss in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Impact: Lehner was simply not good enough for the Islanders with their season on the line, and he ends the postseason with a 2.00 GAA through eight games. The Islanders supported him with only five goals in four contests against the Hurricanes, which was too thin a margin for the Swedish goalie to work with.
News: Clutterbuck wasn't able to suit up for Friday's Game 4 loss to the Hurricanes due to an undisclosed injury, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck gutted it out and played through his undisclosed injury during Wednesday's Game 3, but he was simply too hobbled to give it a go for what ended up being the last game of the Islanders' season Friday. At this point there's no reason to believe the veteran winger, who totaled 23 points in 73 appearances this campaign, won't be back to 100 percent in time for next season's training camp.
News: Lehner will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 4 matchup with the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: So far in this series, Lehner is 0-3-0 despite having allowed just six goals while posting an impressive 1.99 GAA and .930 save percentage. The Swede has been solid for the Islanders, but their offense has been stagnant, scoring a meager three goals over the first three games of the series. New York is currently down three games to none to Carolina and in danger of getting swept Friday -- all this not long after the Islanders brought out the brooms themselves in the first round against Pittsburgh.
News: Bailey scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: His second-period tally tied the score at 2-2 and briefly gave the Isles a flicker of hope before the 'Canes took control in the third. The points were Bailey's first of the second round, and he now has four goals and six points through seven postseason contests. The veteran winger may need to produce another big effort if New York is going to avoid getting swept Friday in Game 4.
News: Lehner stopped 33 of 36 shots during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: Carolina's final two goals were scored into an empty net. Lehner continues to play well for the Isles, but the team's offense has gone ice cold, leaving him no margin for error between the pipes. The netminder will take a 1.69 GAA and .946 save percentage through seven playoff starts into Game 4 on Friday as New York looks to avoid getting swept.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) is in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 3 in Carolina.
Impact: Clutterbuck suffered an undisclosed injury late in Game 2, but was deemed healthy enough to suit up Wednesday. The bruiser has made his presence felt in the playoffs, racking up 29 hits and three blocks in six games. He will resume his usual spot on the fourth line with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin.
News: Lehner will guard the cage in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Lehner was rock solid in Games 1 and 2, posting an impressive 1.48 GAA and .940 save percentage, but he suffered his first two losses of this postseason due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The Swedish netminder will look to stay dialed in and help his team claw back into the series by stealing a win on the road Wednesday.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 3 against Carolina, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck suffered an undisclosed injury in the closing moments of Sunday's Game 2, but it appears as though the extra day between contests may have afforded him enough time to recover. Confirmation on the veteran forward's status for Game 3 will surface once the Islanders take the ice for pregame warmups.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) is day-to-day, though he will travel to Raleigh ahead of Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck was clearly injured in Game 2 on Sunday, but the Islanders have been keeping specific details of the issue close to their collective vest. The Isles benefit from Clutterbuck's physical edge whenever he is in the lineup, as he's committed to 29 hits through six games in the playoffs thus far.
News: Dal Colle is likely to be the first choice to replace Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed) should he not be able to play Tuesday in Carolina for Game 3, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: During the first two games of the series, the Islanders have had more goals disallowed (two) than allowed (one). Dal Colle is unlikely to be the answer to that problem, but he possesses more offensive flair than Clutterbuck. On the season, Dal Colle had three goals and seven points in 28 games for the Islanders and has yet to hit his offensive stride since being taken fifth overall in 2015.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) had to be helped off the ice following Sunday's matchup with Carolina, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Islanders have a few extra days off, which could help Clutterbuck recover, depending on the severity of his injury. The winger may be filling a fourth-line role, but is also logging time on the power play (1:22 of ice time per game in the playoffs). The Ontario native's potential absence could force the club to recall a player or two from the minors ahead of Wednesday's Game 3 clash.
News: Barzal scored a power-play goal during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2.
Impact: He had five points, all helpers, during a four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round, but Barzal finally found twine in very fluky fashion -- standing on the goal line five feet from the net, his attempted pass across the crease deflected over Petr Mrazek's shoulder off Jaccob Slavin's stick. With the playoff goal-scoring monkey off his back, Barzal could catch fire, something the Isles desperately need since his first-period tally in this one was the team's only goal through the first two games of the series.
News: Lehner stopped 16 of 18 shots during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2.
Impact: He took a shutout into the third period and appeared to be heading for a win with Petr Mrazek (lower body) in the locker room for Carolina, but Lehner was beaten twice in less than a minute early in the final frame and the Isles never answered back. The netminder has allowed two goals or less in five straight games this postseason, but unless his teammates can give him more support -- starting Game 3 in Carolina on Wednesday -- Lehner's strong play will continue to be wasted.
News: Lehner will guard the home cage in Sunday's Game 2 versus the Hurricanes, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Impact: Lehner has been outstanding this postseason, and he brought that fire into the second round. In Game 1, he stopped the first 31 shots until Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal broke the stalemate in overtime to seal the 1-0 win. This was Lehner's first loss of the playoffs, and he now has a 4-1-0 record with a .958 save percentage in the postseason. If he can get some more offensive support, Lehner figures to be a strong daily fantasy option.
News: Lehner stopped 31 of 32 shots in Friday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Hurricanes during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.
Impact: He traded huge saves with Petr Mrazek for 64 minutes, but Jordan Staal finally got one past Lehner by the thinnest of margins -- the netminder stretched out to stop a sharp-angle shot and had the puck glance in off his skate. He still boasts a stellar 1.36 GAA and .958 save percentage through five playoff games, and Lehner will look for more offensive support on home ice in Game 2 on Sunday.
News: As expected, Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Friday's Game 1 against Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck will return to his usual bottom-six role for Game 1, skating with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas on the Islanders' fourth line.
News: Lehner will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 1 home matchup versus Carolina, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Lehner was nearly unbeatable in the Islanders' first-round sweep of Pittsburgh, as he posted a 1.47 GAA and league-high .956 save percentage. The netminder is coming off the best regular season of his career, as he set personal bests in wins (25) and shutouts (six). In addition to nominations for the Vezina and Masterton Trophies, the Swede could be in contention for the Conn Smythe if he carries the Isles to a Stanley Cup title.
News: Head coach Barry Trotz said Friday that Boychuk (leg) is making progress and has a "slim chance" to play in New York's second-round series against Carolina, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Boychuk sustained the left leg injury upon blocking a slap shot in New York's Game 4 win over Pittsburgh on April 16. The initial diagnosis was that the Alberta native would miss 3-to-4 weeks, putting his return date sometime after the second round. This claim that Boychuk is recovering well is good news for an Islanders team that was able to rely heavily on its stingy defense in sweeping Pittsburgh in the first round. In the meantime, Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all likely to continue seeing increased ice time in Boychuk's absence.
News: Komarov had a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in the Islanders' four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
Impact: Coming into the playoffs, Komarov hadn't scored in his last 34 regular season games and only had six goals for the entire season. Komarov is one of the best penalty killers for the Islanders and is a pest to opposing teams. As for fantasy owners, however, he is best left on the bench.
News: Pelech had two assists and a rating of plus-3 in the Islanders' four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
Impact: Pelech is never going to be mistaken for an offensive defender, as he finished the regular season with five goals and 21 assists in 78 games. What Pelech does provide is a physical presence in his own zone. The Islanders will continue to rely on that physicality during their second-round matchup versus the Hurricanes starting Friday.
News: Kuhnhackl had two assists a rating of plus-1 in a four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
Impact: Kuhnhackl actually set the tone for the Islanders when he scored a goal early in Game 1. That goal ended up being overturned via replay, but it got the crowd into the game and the Islanders scored shortly thereafter. Kuhnhackl has solidified his role on the third line.
News: Pulock had one point, an assist, and a rating of plus-3 as the Islanders swept the Penguins in Round 1.
Impact: Pulock had a solid regular season with nine goals, 28 assists and a rating of plus-21 in 82 games. The Isles would like to see him take that next step in the playoffs, as he possesses a cannon for a shot and can score from anywhere inside the blue line. While adding more to his offensive game would be a plus for the team, maintaining his strong play in the defensive zone is probably what's most important as the postseason continues.
News: Mayfield (undisclosed) was able to participate in Monday's practice without restriction, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: This news is certainly positive after Mayfield was unable to practice since the team finished off the Penguins on Tuesday. The 26-year-old was able to make his presence felt last series, racking up an assist to go along with eight hits and 10 blocks. All signs point to Mayfield resuming his spot on the third defensive pair with Devon Toews for Round 2.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) was able to suit up in Monday's practice without restriction, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: The team announced Friday that Clutterbuck will be healthy to return for the next round, and this news confirms that notion. The 31-year-old didn't produce a point against Pittsburgh last round, but dished out 20 hits in the four-game sweep. It's reasonable to expect the agitator to resume his fourth-line role when the second round commences.
News: Mayfield (undisclosed) didn't take part in practice for the Islanders on Saturday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Barry Trotz has stated that the past two days off for Mayfield were just for "maintenance," but as we all know, coaches tend not to tell the truth at this time of year. The Islanders will do all they can to make sure that Mayfield is ready to play when the Isles resume their playoff hunt as they have already lost one defender in Johnny Boychuk (leg) for the next 3-4 weeks and can ill afford to lose another.
News: Lehner is a finalist for both the Vezina and Masterton Trophies, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: It's hard not to like Lehner's story, as he came to grips regarding past struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse in September, only to revive his career as a first-year Islander. The Swede posted six shutouts, ranked third in the NHL with a regular-season GAA of 2.13, and was second in save percentage at .930. Lehner is the odds-on favorite to win the Masterton for perseverance and dedication to hockey, though he'll need to sneak past Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop of the Stars to be considered the league's best overall goaltender from the regular season.
News: Hickey is expected to take the place of the injured Johnny Boychuk (lower body) when the Islanders resume their quest for the Stanley Cup, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Boychuk will miss the next 2-to-3 weeks due to the injury. Hickey replaced Boychuk on several occasions late in the regular season due to injury or because coach Barry Trotz believed that a change was needed. On the season, Hickey accumulated four assists in 40 games. Hickey will likely play on the third defensive pair when the playoffs resume for the Islanders.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will be ready for the conference semifinals despite technically carrying a day-to-day designation, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: This news was relayed from GM Lou Lamoriello. Clutterbuck reportedly stayed off the ice Friday, but he's clearly benefited from the Islanders sweeping the Penguins in the first round; it has afforded him more time to work with trainers between games.
News: Boychuck (leg) will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is a big blow to an Islanders team that swept the Penguins in the conference quarterfinals behind a stingy defense that permitted only six goals in the opening series. Boychuk is tending to an injury caused by him blocking a Marcus Pettersson slap shot that drilled his left leg in Game 4. Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all candidates to sub in for Boychuk during the conference semifinals.
News: Toews was impressive in the Islanders' sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. He had two assists, both on the power play, and a rating of plus-2 in the four games versus Pittsburgh.
Impact: Some might have been worried that the rookie would be a deer in headlights playing against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but that was not the case as Toews and the entire defensive unit of the Islanders played well above expectations. The power-play points are also a telling sign, as Toews should be a mainstay on the team's top power-play unit for the remainder of these playoffs and into next season. With Toews and several top defensive prospects, the Islanders' defense may continue to be one of the best in the NHL for years to come.
News: Fritz (hand) is slated to resume skating in the near future.
Impact: The fact that Fritz hasn't gotten back on the ice reaffirms his initial timeline to be out until at least mid-May. The Islanders will likely need to make it to the Eastern Conference finals in order to give the winger a chance to suit up in the postseason. Even once cleared to play, the 27-year-old could find himself stuck in the press box as a healthy scratch.
News: Boychuk specifically sustained a left leg injury upon blocking a slap shot in Tuesday's series-clinching win over the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: As noted by Gross, the Islanders prevailed despite losing Boychuk and forward Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed) for half the contest. As for the former, he's quite susceptible to injuries due to his shot-blocking prowess and fearlessness -- Boychuk stacked 19 points against 144 hits and 120 blocked shots in the regular season. The good news for the injured Isles players is that their sweep over the Pens has afforded them more time to heal ahead of the conference quarterfinals facing the series winner of Washington versus Carolina.
News: Eberle scored a key goal in a 3-1 victory against the Penguins during Game 4 on Tuesday. The Islanders swept the Penguins in the first-round series.
Impact: The Penguins scored first in each of the last three games of the series, which should have been a recipe for disaster for the Islanders. Instead, New York answered those first Penguins goals almost immediately on all three occasions. On Tuesday, it was Eberle scoring less than two minutes after Jake Guentzel gave the Penguins an early lead. The Penguins will be seeing Eberle in their nightmares this offseason, as he tortured Pittsburgh with four goals and six points in the sweep.
News: Bailey picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory against the Penguins during Game 4 on Tuesday. The Islanders swept the Penguins in the first-round series.
Impact: The 29-year-old beat the Penguins defense to a puck behind the Pittsburgh net late in the first period and set up Brock Nelson for the go-ahead marker. The goal gave the suffocating Islanders defense a lead it would not relinquish, and Bailey also scored an empty-netter to seal the series. Bailey posted three goals and four points in the sweep.
News: Lehner made 29 saves on 30 shots in a 3-1 victory against the Penguins during Game 4 on Tuesday.
Impact: Lehner allowed only three goals in the last three games of the series and was simply outstanding in his playoff debut. Patric Hornqvist tried to get Lehner off his game by engaging the goaltender in a skirmish during the second period, but that didn't work either. Lehner posted a .957 save percentage in the series.
News: Boychuk (undisclosed) didn't return to Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Penguins after exiting with an injury, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Coach Barry Trotz had no update after the game. The earliest update will come Thursday, as the Islanders have the day off Wednesday after sweeping the Penguins in the first round. Boychuk had an assist and a plus-2 rating through four playoff games.
News: Clutterbuck exited Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Penguins with an undisclosed injury and didn't return, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck left in the second period after blocking a shot, and he returned briefly in the third frame before heading back to the locker room. He didn't return after that. Coach Barry Trotz had no update on Clutterbuck's condition after the game and said the team would have the day off Wednesday. Expect the earliest update to come Thursday, but Clutterbuck will have extra time to recover after the Islanders swept the Penguins.
News: Clutterbuck (undisclosed) returned to Tuesday's Game 4 versus the Penguins, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Clutterbuck spent half of the second period and a good chunk of the third frame in the dressing room, but he's alright now. He'll return to his spot on the fourth line with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin.
News: Clutterbuck exited Tuesday's Game 4 versus the Penguins with an undisclosed injury, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After blocking a shot in the second period, Clutterbuck went to the locker room and didn't come out for the third. He has yet to score this series, and the 31-year-old would benefit from additional rest if the Islanders can finish the sweep.
News: Boychuk left Tuesday's Game 4 versus the Penguins with an undisclosed injury, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boychuk blocked a shot in the second period and spent some time on the bench before heading to the dressing room. He wasn't present to start the third frame. Boychuk has an assist and a plus-2 rating so far in this series, and he may get extended rest if the Islanders can pull of the sweep.
News: Lehner will guard the cage in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Impact: Lehner has been razor sharp through the first three games of the conference quarterfinals, helping his team secure a commanding 3-0 series lead by posting a superb 1.62 GAA and .951 save percentage in three starts. The Swedish backstop will look to keep rolling and help his team advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals by completing the series sweep on the road Tuesday.
News: Nelson scored an even-strength goal while logging 16:58 of ice time in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Nelson's second goal of the series came after he beat goaltender Matt Murray to the stick side on a shot that hit the post and went in. The 27-year-old has logged major minutes in the series so far, skating in 19:13 of ice time per game and three minutes of power-play time per game. More goals could be coming for Nelson, as evidenced by his 11 shots in three postseason games.
News: Lee scored an empty-net goal while logging 14:56 of ice time in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Lee was able to secure the 3-0 series lead for his team, depositing the puck into the empty net from his own zone. The point was Lee's third of the series, and he now has a point in each game in the postseason. The Minnesota native has been a two-way player also, collecting 11 hits, two blocks and a plus-4 rating. Lee has averaged 3:21 of average power-play ice time in the first three games, so don't expect him to slow down anytime soon.
News: Filppula notched two assists in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins in Game 3.
Impact: The veteran center managed only 31 points (17 goals, 14 helpers) through 72 regular-season games, but Filppula has provided a spark in the postseason, racking up three assists in three games. He'll look to keep rolling when the Isles try to complete the sweep Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
News: Lehner turned aside 25 of 26 shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins in Game 3.
Impact: The Pens grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but it was the only puck they could get past the unflappable Lehner. The 27-year-old now has a 1.63 GAA and .951 save percentage while leading the Isles to a 3-0 lead in the series, and he'll look to complete the sweep Tuesday in Piitsburgh.
News: Johnston finished the regular season with a goal, three assists and a rating of plus-3 in 17 games.
Impact: Johnston, who's yet to play for the team in the postseason, was only used when coach Barry Trotz thought his physical presence was needed or when injuries left the coach with little to no choice but to insert the enforcer into the lineup. Johnston will likely return to the Islanders in a similar role next season.
News: Lehner will start between the pipes in Sunday's Game 3 road matchup with the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Dating back toward the end of the regular season, Lehner has won seven of his last eight starts, giving up just 13 goals while posting a 1.61 GAA and .951 save percentage. New York won its first two contests versus the Penguins, where the Swede made 73 of 77 possible saves.
News: Sbisa finished the regular season for the Islanders with one point, an assist, and an even rating in nine games.
Impact: Sbisa won't participate in the playoffs for the Islanders unless the team were to suffer multiple injuries. He has been the emergency defender for the Isles all season and nothing has changed now that the Isles have made the playoffs. Sbisa has likely played his last game for the Islanders and will be looking to hook up with a new organization during the summer.
News: Barzal notched two assists in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: The second-year star now has three points -- all helpers -- through two games as the Isles have soared to a 2-0 lead over the Pens. Barzal's regular-season production took a step backwards compared to his performance as a rookie, but so far the 21-year-old has found another gear in the postseason spotlight. He'll look to keep his momentum going Sunday as the series shifts to Pittsburgh.
News: Eberle scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: That's now four points (two goals, two helpers) in two games for Eberle, whose tally midway through the third period Friday proved to be the game-winner. After producing a career-low 0.47 points per game in the regular season, the 28-year-old is showing early signs of being one of the surprise stars of the postseason, leading the Isles to a 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
News: Lehner stopped 32 of 33 shots in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins for Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the second period, but Lehner stayed unruffled and made some big saves late as the Isles took control of the game. The 27-year-old netminder has been just as good so far in the playoffs as he was in his breakout regular season, and Lehner figures to be between the pipes again Sunday, when New York looks to take a 3-0 series lead in Pittsburgh.
News: As expected, Beauvillier (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 against the Penguins, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Beauvillier didn't practice Thursday due to what was deemed as "maintenance," but he was never in serious danger of missing Friday's contest. The 21-year-old will slot into his usual spot skating with Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov on the Islanders' third line for Game 2.
News: Dobson racked up three assists to help Rouyn-Noranda to a 4-0 win over Victoriaville and a four-game sweep of its QMJHL quarterfinal playoff series on Thursday.
Impact: Dobson and the Huskies were dominant in the brief series, outscoring Victoriaville by a 21-3 margin. Now 10 games into his 2019 postseason, Dobson has already tallied 15 points. The Islanders have had a shockingly successful season, but they are going to need another reliable, minute-eating defender for 2019-20, and Dobson appears ready to fill that role. Expect the 12th overall selection from 2018 to get a long look in training camp.
News: Including the playoffs, Clutterbuck has now gone 19 games without scoring a goal.
Impact: Clutterbuck isn't relied upon to light the lamp but rather to hit and annoy every player in an opposite-colored jersey. Clutterbuck, along with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, form what might be the best fourth line in the NHL. The Islanders feed off of this line and will need it to provide constant energy if they are to defeat the Penguins and advance in the playoffs.
News: Beauvillier -- who missed Thursday's practice session for maintenance -- is considered "probable" for Game 2 versus Pittsburgh on Friday, according to coach Barry Trotz, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Beauvillier should be considered a game-time decision for Game 2, but it sounds like he is more likely than not to be in the lineup. If the winger does miss out, Michael Dal Colle figures to take his spot on the third line. The 21-year-old Beauvillier managed just one shot, one hit and one block in 11:01 of ice time in Game 1 and probably shouldn't be expected to rack up a ton of minutes if he does play.
News: Lehner will get the starting nod at home for Game 2 versus the Penguins on Friday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Lehner faced a barrage of rubber in Game 1, stopping 41 of 44 shots (.932 save percentage), and will need to be just as sharp Friday in order to stymie Pittsburgh's potent offense (3.31 goals per game). The netminder has appeared in just three postseason contests, all of which have been against the Penguins, and is sporting a 1-2 record and 2.78 GAA.
News: Cizikas had the best season of his career this past year with 20 goals, 13 assists and a rating of plus-22.
Impact: The 33 points were the most Cizikas has ever posted in a season and the 20 goals more than doubled his previous career high. Cizikas is not normally looked at as a goal scorer but provided just what the offensively challenged Islanders needed this season. He was held scoreless in Game 1 versus Pittsburgh but will be relied upon to hit everything that moves during this first-round series, and any offense he provides will be a bonus.
News: Bailey scored the overtime winner during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Impact: The 29-year-old had a chance to win it in the dying seconds of the third period and rang his shot off the post, but Bailey made no mistake in extra time, burying the rebound after Mathew Barzal's backhand attempt also found iron. Bailey was on a roll to close out the regular season, scoring two goals and six points in the last eight games, and it looks like he's carried that momentum with him into the playoffs.
News: Eberle scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Impact: After opening the scoring 100 seconds into the game, Eberle set up Brock Nelson with a nifty backhand pass on Matt Murray's doorstep later in the first period to give the Isles a 2-1 lead. After managing only two assists in 13 career playoff games with the Oilers, Eberle's first postseason in New York is off to a flying start.
News: Lehner stopped 41 of 44 shots during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Impact: Pittsburgh never held a lead in this one in large part due to Lehner's efforts in the first 40 minutes, when the Isles were out-shot 30-22 and the 27-year-old needed to make some huge stops. Coming off the best regular season of his career, Lehner already had plenty of confidence, but notching his first playoff win should only boost it further. Expect him to be back in the blue paint for Game 2 on Friday.
News: As expected, Lehner will defend the blue paint at home in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Penguins, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Lehner ended the regular season with a bang Saturday against the Capitals, stopping all 29 shots he faced en route to his 25th win and sixth shutout of the campaign. The Swedish backstop will look to secure his first victory of the playoffs in a home matchup with a dangerous Pittsburgh team that went 21-12-8 on the road this year.
News: Mayfield finished the 2018-19 regular season with four goals, 15 assists and a rating of plus-18 in 79 games.
Impact: Mayfield is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, which makes him the biggest Islanders defender. This will be important in the first-round series versus the Penguins as the Isles are likely to ask him to bang up against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and every other Penguins forward every chance he gets to try and wear them down over a long series.
News: Leddy finished the regular season by going scoreless in his last six games.
Impact: How you view this season for Leddy likely depends on if you're an optimist or a pessimist. The optimist will point out that after finishing last season with a rating of minus-42, he improved that to even this year as he finished with a zero rating. The pessimist will point out that he finished this season with four goals and 26 points. The goal total was his lowest since the 2011-12 season, assists and points since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Leddy has bought into the defensive system of coach Barry Trotz and played from his own zone on out. Leddy will need to be on top of his defensive game in order for the Islanders to oust the Penguins in the first-round of the playoffs.
News: Lehner is expected to open the playoffs between the pipes for the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is more of an educated guess as Barry Trotz will not confirm or deny who will start in goal, but Lehner has started four of the last five games for the Isles and is coming off of a shutout versus the Capitals on Saturday. No matter which goaltender starts the opener on Wednesday, both Thomas Greiss and Lehner are expected to see time in goal. On the season Lehner was magnificent with a 2.13 GAA and .930 save percentage. The Islanders will need him to be just as good during their first-round matchup versus the Penguins if they are to have any chance of advancing further this postseason.
News: Smith was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Saturday.
Impact: Smith signed a two-way contract with the Islanders on Feb. 24. The Michigan native seemingly won't be joining the team for their postseason run, as he hasn't logged any NHL ice time since the 2016-17 campaign.
News: Martin potted his sixth goal of the season into an empty net as the Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-0 on Saturday.
Impact: The victory means the Isles will host the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, which will likely start either Wednesday or Thursday. While the Islanders would love Martin to chip in a goal or two during the series, his main job will be to hit Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and any other Penguin that he possibly can in order to wear them down over a long series.
News: Lehner delivered a 29-save, 3-0 shutout win over Washington on Saturday.
Impact: It was a signature win that cemented home-ice advantage in the first round for the Islanders for the first time since 1988. The shutout was Lehner's sixth of the season. He should get the first game of the playoffs, but Thomas Greiss has been equally impressive in the Isles' platoon. We'll know more in a few days.
News: Filppula scored twice Saturday, including the game-winner, in a 3-0 win over Washington.
Impact: The 35-year-old has changed his game dramatically from earlier in his career when he was a scoring line pivot. Filppula delivered 17 goals and 14 assists in 72 games as a hard-working, blue collar guy. He'll bring veteran presence to the Isles' postseason run.
News: Lehner will patrol the crease in Saturday's road game against the Capitals, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lehner was sharp in his last start Monday against Toronto, stopping 36 of 38 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 18th loss of the season due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. The Swedish backstop will look to stay dialed in and pick up his 25th victory of the campaign in a tough road matchup with a Washington team that's averaging 3.43 goals per game at home this campaign, sixth in the NHL.
News: Filppula (elbow) will play in the regular-season finale against the Capitals on Saturday.
Impact: Islanders coach Barry Trotz confirmed the news. One shouldn't exactly consider this a meaningless contest for Filppula, as the team will want to ensure the utility forward with special teams acumen is primed for playoff action after missing eight straight. Filppula has generated 15 goals and 29 assists to complement a robust plus-17 rating through 71 games.
News: Dal Colle has two points (goal, assist) in his last three games for the Islanders.
Impact: Dal Colle is vying for playing time when the Islanders open up the playoffs versus Pittsburgh. On the season, he only has three goals and four assists in 28 games, and it would seem unlikely that coach Barry Trotz will play him at the start of the first round-- especially if Valtterri Filppula (elbow) is ready to return to the lineup.
News: Boychuk ended up being a healthy scratch as the Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 in a shootout Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: It seems coach Barry Trotz has been deciding on a game by game basis between Boychuk and Thomas Hickey as to who will be the sixth defenseman for the team. Boychuk only has three goals and 19 points for the Isles this season but does have a rating of plus-8 which is a 180-degree turn from the minus-8 rating Boychuk posted last season. He's the likely starter for the Islanders when the playoffs open, but how long he remains in that position likely depends on how well he is playing.
News: Filppula (elbow) took part in an optional practice for the Islanders on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Filppula has missed the past seven games due to a hyperextended elbow and is highly unlikely to play in the season finale at Washington on Saturday. Filppula is, however, on track to possibly return for Game 1 of the playoffs. The Islanders will welcome him back with open arms as without him they don't have a true center for their third line. Filppula has 15 goals and 29 points in 71 games in what may be his first and only season on Long Island.
News: Nelson scored the Islanders' only goal in regulation and in the shootout in a 2-1 win over Florida on Thursday.
Impact: Nelson played superhero -- there's no other way to put it. His 25 goals are one shy of his best ever, and his 53 points are a career mark. Prior to this season, Nelson's best was 45 points in 2016-17. He could be valuable in postseason pools and is riding a three-game, three-point mini streak night now.