Nilsson stopped 25 of 27 shots in a win over the Devils on Friday. He snapped a two game losing streak and moved to 7-7-2 with a 3.13 GAA and .894 SV% on the year. He makes so a solid spot-start for people in dire need of goalie numbers on the last day of the fantasy hockey and NHL regular season.
Nilsson allowed three goals on 31 shots in a loss to the Senators on Tuesday. He has lost two in a row while allowing seven goals on 64 shots (.890 SV%). Tonight, the Isles are in New Jersey to face the Devils. In Nilsson's only start against the Devils he stopped23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout win.
The Islanders have recalled Justin Johnson from Bridgeport (AHL).
Johnson, 32, is in his first season with Bridgeport and the 6-foot-1, 200 pound forward has just five points (1G / 4A) but 183 penalty minutes in 48 games this season. The Anchorage, Alaska native could make his NHL debut tonight.
Clutterbuck (upper-body) will miss the rest of the regular season.
Clutterbuck left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return. The Islanders' season is all but over, so they will keep all injured players out for the rest of the year. Clutterbuck scored 12 goals and added seven assists in 73 games this season. As we have grown accustomed to seeing, Clutterbuck is once again in the top-5 in hits with 270 on the season.
Okposo (lower-body) will miss the rest of the regular season.
None of the Islanders injured players will return this season. Head coach Jack Capuano said there is "no need to rush anyone back, the standings won't change." Okposo finally had that breakout season that everyone had been waiting for. He tallied 27 goals and 42 assists (69 points) in 71 games. This certainly is something he can build off of next season, when he and John Tavares return at 100 per cent.
Nabokov surrendered three goals on 29 shots in a loss to the Capitals on Saturday. Nabby was given the next two nights off, but the Isles will get him back between the pipes tonight vs. Montreal. At age-38, Nabokov has gone 14-14-8 with a 2.82 GAA and .903 SV% this season. He is in the final year of his contract, so who knows where he will be next season.
The Islanders have recalled Brett Gallant from Bridgeport (AHL).
Gallant will make his NHL debut on Tuesday. Gallant is certainly known more for his fists than his hands. He has two points (1G / 1A) with 245 penalty minutes in 56 games with Bridgeport this season. This was his second consecutive season with 200-plus PIMs.
Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov had split each of the last nine starts, but tonight Nilsson will get a second straight start for the first time since March 15-18. He allowed four goals on 33 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday. Tonight vs. Ottawa, he will look for a repeat of last Wednesday--he stopped 35 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Senators.
de Haan left Saturday's game and did not return. de Haan tried to play through it in the third, but ended up heading back to the locker room for the night. Scott Mayfield has been recalled and will make his NHL debut in de Haan's spot.
Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov have split the last seven games and Nabby went last night vs.Washington, so there is a strong chance it is Nilsson tonight. He has won each of his last three starts with a 1.95 GAA and .932 SV%. This recent stretch of play is by far is best of the season, but still not enough to hinge your fantasy championship on.
Okposo will miss his fifth straight contest tonight. The Isles have been really quiet on Okposo's injury. The details have been extremely vague, so it is tough to pinpoint whether he will be back this season.