• Returns to practice Tuesday

    News: Jaroslav Halak (upper body) returned to practice Tuesday, reports Islanders Point Blank.
    Analysis: The return is obviously a positive sign but still no word on whether or not Jaroslav Halak will be ready to start the Islanders season opener Friday versus Chicago.
  • Might practice Tuesday

    News: Jaroslav Halak (upper body) isn't expected to practice with the Islanders until Tuesday at the earliest, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak has only played 40 minutes in goal this preseason, not what you want from your number one goaltender. The Islanders still state that they expect him to be ready for their season opener Friday against the Blackhawks but fantasy owners may want to play it safe here and take a wait and see approach.
  • Leaves Midway Through Practice

    News: Jaroslav Halak returned to practice Thursday, but left the ice midway through, Newsday reports.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak suffered the upper-body injury last week, and apparently head coach Jack Capuano remains noncommittal on whether or not the presumed starting goaltender will be available for the beginning of the regular season. If not, Thomas Griess seems the likely candidate to receive starts in net until he's healthy.
  • Returned to practice Thursday

    News: Jaroslav Halak (upper body) returned to practice Thursday, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: The injury was always considered to be minor but still a return to practice will put fantasy owners at ease. Fantasy owners should keep in mind however that the Islanders open up the season with back to back games versus the Blackhawks and the plan is for each goaltender to start one game.
  • Still not practicing

    News: Jaroslav Halak (upper body) was only on the ice for a few minutes of Wednesday's practice and did not take any shots, Mark Weiner of WRHU reports.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak has been nursing an upper body injury for over a week now and hasn't played in a preseason game since Sept. 21 and could be rusty upon his return to the ice. With the opening two games being a home-and-home against the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, Halak will need to quickly get up to speed.
  • Expected to be ready for season opener.

    News: Jaroslav Halak is considered to be day to day with an upper body injury, reports Newsday.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak has only played two periods this preseason so even if he is ready to play for the season opener, October 9, he will be rusty. Halak is doing off ice work and the Islanders are hoping he can return to practice by Saturday or Sunday.
  • Isles' Halak Suffers Tough Loss In Game 7

    News: Jaroslav Halak turned aside 24 of 26 shots, but was on the losing end of Monday's Game 7 against the Capitals.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak turned in another solid performance, but his mates mustered just 11 shots as he suffered the tough-luck loss in the decisive game of the series. The 29-year-old started a career-high 59 games this season as he easily set a new career-best mark with 38 wins. After that showing in the regular season and a strong postseason performance, Halak figures to once again be the main man in net for the Isles in the 2015-16 season.
  • Isles' Halak In Net For Game 7

    News: Jaroslav Halak will start in net for Monday's Game 7 matchup against the Capitals.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak has started every game in the series, so it's no surprise he'll be in net once again Monday with the series on the line. It's win or go home for Halak and the Isles, and he'll look to follow up a strong performance in Game 6 with another one in Game 7.
  • Isles, Halak Stave Off Elimination

    News: Jaroslav Halak denied 38 of 39 shots in Saturday's Game 6 victory over the Capitals.
    Analysis: Jaroslav Halak was strong in goal from most of the day, but also benefited from a some fortunate luck at the tail end of the game. After teammate Nikolay Kulemin tallied the eventual game-winner about midway through the third period, Halak nearly let in the tying goal four minutes later from the Caps' Jay Beagle, whose shot attempt off a rebound elevated over the goalie and hit the crossbar before Isles defenseman Johnny Boychuk shuffled the puck to safety. Halak's .974 save percentage was his best mark of the series, and should give him some confidence heading into Monday's Game 7 in Washington.
  • Isles' Halak To Start Saturday

    News: Jaroslav Halak will be between the pipes in Saturday's Game 6 against the Capitals, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: Despite being pulled in the third period of Thursday's Game 5 after allowing five goals on 35 shots, the Islanders will turn to Jaroslav Halak once again for Game 6 on Saturday. He'll need to turn in a much better performance in Game 6 for the Islanders to have any chance at evening the series at three games a piece.