Hamonic has not suited up in the playoffs and that will continue tonight in Game 7. If the Islanders win tonight and continue in the playoffs, Hamonic might be able to return, but if they lose, you won’t be seeing him until September.
Halak stopped 38 of 39 shots in the Islanders 3-1 win in Game 6. The win forces Game 7, which, is there anything better than a Game 7? Halak has posted a 2.34 GAA and .926 SV% in the first six games of the series. Halak has struggled in three games in Washington—he is 1-2 with a 3.58 GAA and .895 SV% in three starts at Verizon Center.
Halak was pulled after he allowed five goals on 35 shots in the Islanders 5-1 loss in Game 5. He has a 2.61 GAA and .913 SV% in the series and will have to be great tonight for the Islanders to avoid elimination. He stopped 52 of 55 shots (.945 SV%) in the Games 3 and 4 at home.
Nelson is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 5.
Nelson, 23, had two goals in Game 1, but has been held off of the scoresheet, while only recording two shots and a minus-2 rating in the last three games. With Mikhail Grabovski coming back tonight, Nelson will get a chance to watch the game from the press box.
Grabovski (upper-body) will be in the lineup in Game 5.
Grabovski, who has not played since February 19th, will return to the Islanders lineup for Game 5. Grabovski will replace Brock Nelson in the Isles’ lineup. Grabo had 19 points (9G / 10A) in 51 games this season. He will face his former team—he played 58 games with the Capitals last season.
Halak allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Islanders 2-1 OT loss to the Capitals in Game 4. Halak has enjoyed a nice series, having posted a 1.92 GAA and .930 SV% so far, but the series is all tied up at 2-2. It becomes a best of 3 series, starting in Washington tonight. Halak had a .917 SV% in the first two games in Washington.
Grabovski (upper-body) is expected to return to the lineup in Game 5.
Grabovski has been sidelined since February 19th, but it looks like there is a good chance that he returns to the lineup in Game 5 on Thursday. The Islanders will make their final lineup decisions after tomorrow’s morning skate. Grabovski had 19 points (9G / 10A) in 51 games this season.