The Islanders recalled Colin McDonald from Bridgeport (AHL) on an emergency basis.
McDonald’s recall suggests that one of the Islanders forwards was injured last night and their status for Saturday’s game is uncertain. McDonald, who has just 36 points (16G / 20A) in 124 career NHL games, leads Bridgeport in points with 34 (14G / 20A) in 38 games.
Halak made 40 saves on 41 shots in the Islanders 4-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. It was a great return from the All Star break for Halak, who has won five of his last six starts with a 2.69 GAA and .910 SV%. He will start vs. the Bruins at home where he has gone 15-3-0 in 18 starts this season.
Grabovski (lower-body) will be back in the Islanders lineup on Tuesday.
Grabovski missed the last five games with a lower-body injury, but will be back in tonight vs. the Rangers. He is expected to replace Kyle Okposo on the Islanders’ top-line with Josh Bailey and John Tavares. Grabovski has registered six goals and eight assists (14 points) in 38 games.
Halak gave up four goals on 29 shots in the Islanders win over the Flyers before the All Star break. He has won four of five while posting a 3.03 GAA and .890 SV%. The Isles will need Halak to step-up with their second leading scorer Kyle Okposo out for the next month an a half. He has gone 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .957 SV% vs. the Rangers this season.
The Islanders have placed Kyle Okposo (upper-body) on injured reserve.
The Islanders announced on Monday that Okposo will miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury, so placing him on IR was expected. Mikhail Grabovski is expected to get the first crack on the Islanders’ top-line with Okposo out.
Okposo will miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.
Okposo practiced with the team last Tuesday before the All Star break and there was no indication of any serious injury. He will be back in mid-to-late March, just a couple weeks before the end of the regular season.
Halak gave up six goals on 33 shots in the Islanders 6-4 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak, but despite a terrible evening, they will go back to Halak tonight vs. Philadelphia. In his first start against the Flyers, he posted a 21-save shutout.
Halak gave up three goals on 24 shots in the Islanders win over the Penguins last night. Halak has won three consecutive games while posting a 1.64 GAA and .932 SV%. He will make his first start of the year against the Canadiens—he is 11-5-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .920 SV% on the road.
Halak stopped all 27 shots that he faced in the Islanders 3-0 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. Halak has been great for more than a month, winning nine of his last 11 starts while posting a 1.88 GAA and .918 SV%. He will make his third starts vs. the Pens, having gone 1-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .954 SV% in the first two.
The Islanders will go with the same lineup as they used on Saturday, so that means that Grabovski will miss a second straight game with a lower-body injury. He is day-to-day, monitor his status leading up to Friday’s game vs. Pittsburgh.