Grabovski (concussion) has been activated from injured reserve.
Grabovski missed the last three games with a concussion he suffered on October 16th vs. the Sharks. He will be back in the lineup tonight vs. Dallas on the second line with Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin. Grabo had two goals and one assist in four games this season.
Kulemin back on the Islanders second line Saturday.
A day after skating on the Islanders top-line, Kulemin was back on the second line this morning; with Cory Conacher moving back to the first line with John Tavares. Kulemin will start the game on the second line, but will move up in Conacher struggles.
Conacher will start the game on the Islanders first line.
Nikolay Kulemin skated on the top-line in practice on Friday, but the Islanders are going to give Conacher another chance to play with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. However, Kulemin will be moved to that line if Conacher is not playing well.
Johnson stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday, so it looks like the Isles will reward him with back-to-back starts. He has won each of his two starts with a 2.15 GAA and .918 SV%, but he draws a very difficult matchup tonight vs. a red-hot Dallas Stars' first line.
Grabovski (concussion) expected to play on Saturday.
Grabovski is on the ice for the Islanders morning skate, so it looks like he will be back in the lineup on Saturday night. He said that if everything goes well in the A.M skate that he would be in the lineup---so far so good. We will get confirmation after the skate.
Johnson is in the starters' net the the Isles morning skate.
Johnson stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday, so it looks like the Isles will reward him with back-to-back starts. He has won each of his two starts with a 2.15 GAA and .918 SV%, but will draw a very difficult matchup tonight vs. a red-hot Dallas Stars' first line.
Grabovski skated on the Islanders second line at practice this morning and said he felt good after the skate. He will participate in the morning skate on Saturday and if he feels good, he will be in the lineup. Grabo has missed three games, but will skate on a line with Frans Nielsen and Cory Conacher tomorrow if he is available.
Kulemin is skated on the Isles top-line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo at practice this morning. Cory Conacher had been playing there for the first seven games of the season, but it looks like Kulemin will take a turn there on Saturday. He has three assists in the first seven games, but definitely receives a fantasy boost and is worth a speculative add in standard leagues.
Bailey will miss "several weeks" with a broken hand.
It has yet to be determined exactly how long Bailey will be out, but it is expected to be at least one month. Boone Jenner is scheduled to miss five weeks after having surgery on his broken hand in the preseason. Bailey recorded his fourth point of the year before departing Thursday's contest.
Visnovsky (upper-body) will make his season debut on Thursday.
Visnovsky has yet to play this season because of an upper-body injury he suffered in the preseason. Visnovsky has only played in 59 of a possible 130 games since being an Islander. Over that time he has averaged 34.7 points per 82 games, so he is a legit fantasy option, but health is a concern for the 38-year-old blueliner.
Johnson stopped all five shots that he faced after replacing Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday vs. Toronto. He won his first start vs. the Hurricanes, but it will be much tougher sledding tonight in Boston. He might bring his A-game because it is his former team, but look at your other options before using him as a spot-start.
The Islanders recalled Anders Lee from Bridgeport (AHL)
Lee, 24, has three goals and two assists in five games with Bridgeport so far this season. He was close to making the Islanders out of camp, but it didn't take him long to get recalled. He had 14 points (9G / 5A) in 22 games with the Isles last season. There is a good chance he will centre the Islanders second line with Brock Nelson and either Ryan Strome or Nikolai Kulemin on his wing tonight.