Grabovski scored his eighth goal of the year and assisted on another in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Isles. Both points came in cooperation with John Tavares, who had the primary assist on the Belarusian's goal and then put one home himself (with Grabovski netting the lone helper) late in the game. That's terrific news for the 32-year-old Grabovski, who's racked up four points in three games since getting promoted to the No. 1 forward unit. However, he's not sticking with Tavares in special-teams situations.
Grabovski has been moved to the top line with John Tavares and Ryan Strome. The Islanders have been struggling to score goals and coach Jack Capuano has been mixing and matching lines for most of the season. Grabovski is unlikely to be the answer for what ails the Isles however as he has only scored 15 goals in 96 games with the team. It shouldn't be long before he is moved back to the third line.
Grabovski will not be suspended for his hit on Henrik Sedin during the game Sunday. Grabovski was given a five minute major and game misconduct and the NHL thought that was good enough for his punishment. This came as a bit of a surprise as Sedin will be out of action until February because of the hit and the NHL usually punishes offenders who hurt an opposing player. Grabovski however does not have a history of such actions and the NHL feels he is unlikely to put himself in that position again.
Grabovski only has six goals so far this season and 37 goals over the past four seasons. Grabovski signed a four-year $20 million contract with the Islanders before last season and is certainly looking like a bust. He is no more than a third line center who gets little to no power play time.
Grabovski recorded his 12th assist of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Toronto. The 31-year-old still hasn't found twine since Dec. 4, but he's been alright lately, posting four assists in the last seven games. Grabovski hasn't played in a full NHL season since 2011-12 with Toronto when he cracked the 50-point plateau with 23 goals and 28 assists, so it's tough to forecast what type of production he's capable of at this point if he's able to stay healthy. Currently, he's on pace for 38 points this season -- a 0.46 point-per-game pace that's not that far off his career mark of 0.56.
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