• Isles' Grabovski Activated

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) was activated from injured reserve Thursday, TSN's James Mirtle reports.
    Analysis: Coach Jack Capuano strongly hinted Wednesday that the forward could be available for Thursday's Game 5 against the Capitals, and it looks like that will indeed be the case. The 31-year-old forward appears likely to skate on the second or third line during the evening playoff showdown. He last saw postseason action in 2012-13 as a member of the Maple Leafs.
  • Isles' Grabovski Has 'Good Chance' To Play Game 5

    News: Coach Jack Capuano said after Wednesday's practice that Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) has a "real good chance" of playing in Thursday's Game 5 against the Capitals, Katie Strang of ESPN New York reports.
    Analysis: Capuano hasn't made any changes with his forward ranks over the last two games, but with the team generating just three goals during that time, it appears the Isles head man may be willing to mix things up with the series heading back to Washington for Game 5. Mikhail Grabovski hasn't played since Feb. 19 due to the concussion, but it's believed that he's been in the clear for quite some time now. He practiced Wednesday as a top-12 forward, likely indicating that he'll make his return to the lineup as a member of the team's second or third line.
  • Isles' Grabovski Close To A Return

    News: Grabovksi (concussion) is close to a return to action, according to SNY.tv.
    Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski would've probably already joined the team if this was the regular season. Coach Jack Capuano hinted Saturday that his absence from the lineup isn't just because of his health. Should the Islanders lose Game 3 they might insert Grabovski for a spark for Game 4.
  • Isles' Grabovski Close To A Return

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is getting close to a return to action, according to SNY.tv.
    Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski has participated in two full practices to go along with Monday's skate and hasn't suffered any setbacks. In a perfect world the Islanders may like to get Grabovski some game action before the playoffs begin next Wednesday but they may not have that luxury if Friday and/or Saturday become must wins just to get into those playoffs.
  • Isles' Grabovski Sheds No-Contact Jersey

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) practiced Monday with the Islanders without a non-contact sweater, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
    Analysis: Though Mikhail Grabovski traveled with the Islanders to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game, coach Jack Capuano indicated the forward isn't close to a return. Grabovski has been out of commission with the head injury since Feb. 19, and may need to get some conditioning work in with AHL Bridgeport before the Islanders feel comfortable using him in games. Any return to game action for Grabovski likely won't come until the playoffs.
  • Isles' Grabovski Skates With Team

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) skated with the team Friday, according to SNY.tv.
    Analysis: General manager Garth Snow is lucky that everyone remembers his trades for defenders Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk as signing Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract looks like a bust. Grabovski only has nine goals and 19 points in 51 games this season. Unless he comes back healthy soon and performs fantastically in the playoffs, his first season with the Islanders won't be a memorable one.
  • Isles' Grabovski Not Close To A Return

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) is not close to returning to game action for the Islanders, according to SNY.tv.
    Analysis: We all know that concussions can be tricky; some players are able to return in a short amount of time while others seemingly take forever to recover. The Isles can afford to let Mikhail Grabovski recover at his own pace, as they have a glut of forwards on their roster right now that are forcing some tough decisions on coach Jack Capuano on a game-to-game basis.
  • Isles' Grabovski Skates Wednesday

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) skated prior to the Islanders' practice Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski has been sidelined since Feb. 19 since sustaining a concussion and appears to be inching closer to a return. Coach Jack Capuano didn't offer any timetable for the 31-year-old, but a return to the ice is clearly a step in the right direction. He'll likely need to be a full participant in at least one practice before he's cleared for game action.
  • Isles' Grabovski Placed On IR

    News: Mikhail Grabovski (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday. According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, Grabovski is dealing with a concussion.
    Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski's placement on IR -- nor his diagnosis of a concussion -- register as a surprise after he appeared to be knocked out cold after taking a shoulder to the head from the Predators' Eric Nystrom during the first period of Thursday's win. The forward was ultimately able to skate off the ice, but was quickly ruled out from a return to action. He'll now be required to miss at least three games and won't be eligible to play again until Feb. 27, but it remains uncertain if he would even be ready to go by then. Grabovski will remain under the concussion protocol until his symptoms of the head injury dissipate.
  • Isles' Grabovski Leaves With Upper-Body Injury

    News: Mikhail Grabovski left Thursday's game against the Predators with an upper-body injury and will not return, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
    Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski appeared to take a hit to the head from the Preds' Eric Nystrom, sending him hard to the ice. The forward remained motionless for a decent spell of time, with doctors calling for the stretcher before he was able to get to his feet and amble off the ice. Given the nature of the incident, it seems likely that Grabovski may have suffered a concussion. He'll remain day-to-day until the team provides a further update on his condition.