The Islanders have placed Ryan Pulock (foot) on IR.
Pulock will miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his foot blocking a shot in Saturday’s win over the Coyotes. Nick Leddy (upper-body) is expected to take Pulock’s spot in the lineup after missing Friday’s game.
Leddy (upper-body) practiced on Saturday; could return to the lineup on Sunday.
Leddy missed Friday’s game with an upper-body injury, but he got through Saturday’s practice without a hitch and appears good-to-go for Sunday’s game. He would re-claim his spot from Ryan Pulock, who is now out for at least one month with a broken foot.
Pulock left Friday’s game with a lower-body injury after playing just 3:57 TOI in his season debut. Pulock was given a great opportunity with Nick Leddy out, but the injury forced him from the game and will force him to miss at least one month.
There is no word on when Leddy suffered the injury, but he will not be in the lineup on Friday due to an upper-body injury. With Leddy day-to-day, Ryan Pulock will be in the lineup and take Leddy’s spot on the Islanders’ top power-play unit.
Halak allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Islanders loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. Halak is 1-2-0 with a 3.03 GAA and .901 SV% in his first three starts and tonight he draws a strong matchup vs. the Coyotes. Arizona is 1-2-0 and they have been outscored 12-6 in their last two contests.
Leddy (upper-body) is day-to-day; questionable for Friday's game.
Leddy missed Thursday's practice with an upper-body injury that he likely suffered on Tuesday vs. the Sharks. With Leddy questionable, the Islanders recalled Ryan Pulock from Bridgeport (AHL) and he will take Leddy's spot in the lineup should he be unable to play tomorrow.
Halak allowed two goals on 26 shots in the Islanders win over the Ducks on Sunday. Halak’s first outing of the season wasn’t great, but bounced-back nicely and heads into tonight’s contest at 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .906 SV%. He will face a Sharks team that played last night and who are likely starting their backup goalie Aaron Dell.
Beauvillier will be back in the Islanders’ lineup on Sunday.
Beauvillier had one assist in 10:52 in his NHL debut on Thursday, but was a healthy scratch in last night’s game vs. the Capitals. With Shane Prince getting injured and going on IR, Beauvillier will re-enter the lineup on Sunday.
Quine will be back in the Islanders’ lineup on Sunday.
Quine sat out of the first two games of the season but will replace Mathew Barzal in the lineup on Sunday. Quine has one goal in two career NHL games and had 48 points (19G / 29A) in 56 AHL games last season.
Prince (lower-body) has been placed on injured reserve.
Prince played just 9:27 on Saturday before leaving the game with a lower-body injury. The Islanders wasted no time moving him to IR which indicates he will miss at least one week. Either Anthony Beauvillier or Alan Quine will replace Prince on Sunday.
Halak will start the Islanders home opener on Sunday.
Halak allowed four goals on 38 shots in the Islanders loss to the Rangers in their season opener. Thomas Greiss started last night in Washington, so Halak will start the tail-end of the back-to-back vs. the Ducks. The Islanders are 0-2-0 to start the year, so they will need a strong performance from Halak against another 0-2-0 team.
Barzal sat out of the Islanders’ season opener, but will draw into the lineup on Saturday. Barzal will centre the third line with Ryan Strome on his right wing and Anders Lee on the left. Barzal is also expected to play on the Islanders’ top power-play unit.
Jaroslav Halak started the Islanders’ season opener in New York, but they will turn to Greiss in Game No.2 in Washington. While Halak battled injury in 2015-16, Greiss stepped up, going 23-11-4 with a 2.36 GAA and .925 SV% in 41 games. As impressive as Greiss was, his matchup tonight couldn’t be much worse. He will get his starts this year and he will make for good fantasy starts sometimes, but tonight isn’t one of those times.