"Good chance" Visnovsky (upper-body) will play on Tuesday.
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said that the team should be getting their veteran blueliner back on Tuesday vs. the Rangers. He has yet to play a game this season because of an upper-body injury he suffered in the preseason. He will help the Isles power-play that already ranks fifth in the NHL, clicking at 28.6%.
Grabovski awoke with concussion symptoms on Friday after passing concussion test on Thursday.
Grabovski was crunched by a much bigger John Scott on Thursday night, but the Isles said he didn't suffer a concussion after he passed the tests on Thursday night. He is out indefinitely and will not be evaluated until early next week.
Halak allowed three goals on 23 shots in Thursday's shootout win over the Sharks. Halak moved to 3-0-0 with a 2.92 GAA and .900 SV% in his first three starts with the Islanders. While it has been a great start, Halak runs into a great Penguins on the road tonight, making him for a risky start.
Grabovski is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
Grabovski will not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Saturday's game and he is out indefinitely after being rocked by John Scott on Thursday. The Isles said that Grabovski did not suffer a concussion, which is a positive, but he obviously is too sore to go. Expect Anders Lee to be recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).
Grabovski left Thursday's game after hit by Sharks' forward John Scott.
Scott caught an unaware Grabovski with a clean hit in the Sharks' defensive zone. Early reports are the Grabo did not suffer a concussion on the play, which is a positive sign that he shouldn't miss a lengthy period of time. The Isles are considering it an upper-body injury and he will be evaluated this afternoon, after which an update should become available.
The Islanders have sent Griffin Reinhart to Bridgeport (AHL).
Reinhart had no point and was a minus-1 while averaging 14:23 TOI in his first three NHL games. With Calvin de Haan coming off of injured reserve, the Islanders had to make a move. Reinhart was the youngest of the crop so they have sent him back to the AHL to continue to develop his game.
de Haan (upper-body) has been activated from injured reserve.
de Haan joined his team for practice today and is expected to be in the lineup tonight after being activated from IR. The Islanders will likely ease de Haan in on the third pairing with Brian Strait tonight.
Halak stopped 40 of 43 shots in a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. Halak has had an excellent start to his Isles career. He is 2-0-0 despite allowing three goals in each start, while posting a .910 SV%. The GAA is bound to come down and the Islanders are happy ti be getting W's. It won't be easy tonight with the undefeated Sharks in town.
Visnovsky (upper-body) is taking part in the Islanders optional morning skate.
Visnovsky is skating for the first time since suffering an upper-body in the preseason. Visnovsky will be a key member of the Islanders power-play when he returns, but it is unclear when that will be right now.
de Haan (upper-body) is on the ice for the Islanders optional skate.
This is de Haan's first practice since suffering an upper-body injury in the preseason. The additions of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk will push de Haan down the depth chart when he is ready to return. At this point, there is no timetable for his return; he remains on injured reserve.
Halak will be back in goal on Tuesday vs. the Rangers.
Halak allowed three goals on 24 shots in a win over the Hurricanes in his Islanders debut last Friday. He sat the second game of the back-to-back but will be back in the crease tonight vs. the Rangers. New York is coming off of a pair of bad losses, so they should come out hungry tonight.
Johnson's first start as an Islander will come in the second game of the home-and-home vs. the Hurricanes. He will look to follow Jaroslav Halak who started in New York's 5-3 win last night. Johnson was 17-4-3 with a 2.10 GAA and .925 SV% with the Bruins last season.
Griffin Reinhart will make his NHL debut tonight vs. Carolina.
Reinhart, 20, was the Islanders first round pick (4th overall) in 2012. Reinhart is coming off of a season where he had four goals and 17 assists (21 points) in 45 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) last season. Reinhart will play with Brian Strait on the Isles third pair.
Halak finished with 29 wins, a 2.25 GAA and .921 SV% between the Blues and the Capitals last season. He moves to an Islanders team who beefed up their entire roster this offseason, especially their blueline last week by adding Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk. He will start his Islanders career with a great matchup against a Hurricanes team missing two of their best players.
Halak is expected to make his Islanders debut on Friday.
Halak finished with 29 wins, a 2.25 GAA and .921 SV% be- tween the Blues and the Capitals last season. He moves to an Islanders team who beefed up their entire roster this offseason, especially their blueline last week by adding Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk. He should start his Islanders career with a great matchup against a Hurricanes team missing two of their best players.