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.
Halak made 24 saves on 25 shots in the Islanders 2-1 OT win over the Capitals in Game 3. New York has played extremely well through three games and will look to take a huge 3-1 lead in the series with a win at home tonight. Halak comes in with a 2.01 GAA and .929 SV% so far.
Halak gave up four goals on 35 shots in the Islanders 4-3 loss to he Capitals in Game 2. He allowed a total of five goals on 60 shots (.917 SV%) in in the first two games of the series. Now the series shifts home for the Islanders, where they will look to get a leg up this afternoon.
Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Islanders 4-1 win over the Capitals in Game 1. The Islanders did a great job of suffocating Washington in the series-opener, making life easy on Halak. Expect a better effort from the Caps tonight, so things should be as easy for Halak.
Halak was fifth in wins (38) and 23rd in both GAA (2.43) and SV% (.914). Despite putting together a nice year, Halak doesn’t come in on the best of notes. He went 3-2-2 with a 2.81 GAA and .911 SV% down the stretch. Halak made two starts against the Capitals this season. He won each outing while posting a 2.35 GAA and .906 SV%.
The Islanders have recalled Griffin Reinhart from Bridgeport (AHL).
Reinhart, 21, had one assist in eight games with the Islanders this season. He has seven goals and 15 assists (22 points) in 59 games with Bridgeport. He will likely serve as an extra defenseman in the playoffs.
Neuvirth (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Game 1.
Neuvirth was scratched on Saturday, but is back at practice this morning and is expected to be available to backup Jaroslav Halak in Game 1 on Wednesday. Kevin Poulin was returned to the AHL on Sunday, which is another sign that Neuvirth will be good-to-go.