Halak turned aside 17 of 18 shots in the Isles’ 2-1 win over the Red Wings last night. It was an easy night for Halak, who will start both games of a back-to-back set for the first time this season. He is riding a three game winning streak and has posted a 1.62 GAA and .930 SV% over that span.
Halak allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Islanders win over the Devils on Monday. After losing two in a row, he has won back-to-back games with a 1.92 GAA and .925 SV%. Tonight he will face a Red Wings team who are 0-1-3 while averaging just 1.00 goals per game in their last four games. Halak has gone 6-3-0 with a 2.43 GAA and .921 SV% on the road this season.
Bailey will “get a shot” on the Islanders top line on Friday.
Bailey will be the latest Islanders forward to get a crack on the Isles top-line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo tonight vs. the Red Wings. Bailey has two goals in his last three games and has nine points (5G / 4A) in 20 games this season.
The Islanders have activated Johnny Boychuk (upper-body) from IR.
Bouchuk has missed the last nine games with an upper-body injury, but will be back in the lineup tonight vs. Detroit. He has been excellent in his first year with the Islanders. He has recorded 14 points (2G / 12A) with a plus-7 rating in 21 games this season.
The Islanders have placed Michael Grabner (lower-body) on IR.
Grabner is eligible to return to the lineup on Saturday vs. the Lightning, but he has not skated since being injured, so do not expect him to play. His placement on IR and Griffin Reinhart’s return to the AHL opens up roster spots for Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic to come off of IR for Friday’s game.
Boychuk (upper-body) is “close” but will not play on Monday.
Boychuk will miss his ninth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He was on the ice for the Islanders morning skate on Monday, but won’t be back tonight. The Islanders next game is on Friday in Detroit, monitor Boychuk’s status leading up to Friday.
Hamonic (upper-body) is “close” but will not play on Monday.
Hamonic will miss his sixth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He was on the ice for the Islanders morning skate on Monday, but won’t be back tonight. The Islanders next game is on Friday in Detroit, monitor Hamonic’s status leading up to Friday.
Cizikas (upper-body) returns to the Islanders lineup on Monday.
Cizikas has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury that he suffered on December 6th vs. the Blues. He will be back in for Michael Grabner, who is day-to-day with a lower-body ailment. Cizikas will centre the fourth line with Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck.
Grabner is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, so he will not play tonight. There is no word on when he suffered the injury, but he has played just five games since returning from offseason sports hernia surgery. Casey Cizikas will replace Grabner vs. the Devils.
Halak stopped 23 of 25 shots in the Islanders 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. It was a nice bounce-back performance for Halak, who had lost back-to-back while allowing a combined 11 goals. Tonight, he makes his second start vs. the Devils; he made 34 saves in a 3-1 win in their first matchup.
Halak allowed five tallies on 33 shots in the Isles 6-3 loss to the Blues on Thursday. In two starts vs. his former team, Halak allowed a combined 11 goals. Despite the rough back-to-back outings, the Isles will go back to him tonight vs. the Blackhawks. Chicago is rolling right now having won eight consecutive games and have not been held under three goals in that span.