Hickey (illness) returns to the Islanders blue line on Wednesday.
Hickey missed Monday's game with an illness, but will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Capitals. Hickey has one goal and five assists in 20 games, which puts him on pace for 32 points this season, his career-high is 22. Matt Donovan will come out for Hickey.
de Haan (illness) will be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
de Haan missed Monday’s game with an illness, but will be back in the lineup on Wednesday vs. the Capitals. de Haan has registered just three assists in 17 games so far this season. He will replace Brian Strait on the back-end.
Halak stopped all 21 shots that he faced in the Isles’ 1-0 shootout win over the Flyers on Monday. Despite not being able to score, the Isles came out victorious for the fourth-straight game. The Islanders are one of the hottest teams in the NHL and Halak has been scorching, winning seven straight with a 1.11 GAA, .958 SV% and three shutouts.
Halak stopped 27 of 28 shots in the Islanders 4-1 win over the Penguins on Friday. Halak has been on fire lately, winning his last six starts with a 1.31 GAA, .952 SV% and two shutouts. He has a tough matchup vs. the Flyers sixth ranked offence, but he is sizzling right now and should be started in all formats.
Halak allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Islanders’ 5-2 win over the Lightning on Tuesday. He was given last night off, but will start tonight vs. the Penguins in the second game of a home-and-home. Halak has won five straight while allowing just seven goals on 139 shots (.950 SV%).
Johnson surrendered five goals on 28 shots in a loss to the Lightning on Saturday. Johnson is 4-2-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .878 SV% in six starts this season. He doesn’t make for an appealing spot-start tonight on the road vs. the 13-3-1 Penguins.
Halak will be between the pipes for the Islanders.
Halak stopped 35 of 38 shots in a win over the Panthers last Friday. He has now won four straight with a 1.21 GAA and .955 SV%. He has been up-and-down this year, but his recent hot-streak makes him an interesting start at home vs. the Lightning.