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Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Gives up five in win
Greiss stopped 36 of 41 shots in Thursday's 7-5 win over the Rangers.
Griess was peppered with pucks, but he did just enough to pull out the win, even with a pair of late Rangers goals giving the visitors hope until an empty-netter sealed it. The German netminder has picked up the win in four of his past five appearances, but he's still ceding close to half the work in the Islanders' net to Robin Lehner.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier: Hat trick out of nowhere
Beauvillier exploded for three goals and an assist in Thursday's 7-5 win over the Rangers.
Beauvillier completed the hat trick in the second with a power-play goal, and while very few members of a crowd braving New York's first snow of the season were willing to part with their headwear, a few hats did make their way onto the ice. He completed his four-point night with a helper in the third, turning in one of the season's most unexpected performances considering Beauvillier came in with only one point and a minus-10 rating through 16 games. The 21-year-old forward scored 21 goals last season, so he'll be the hoping this performance is the beginning of a hot streak following his extended cold spell.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Gets starting nod
As expected, Greiss will guard the goal in Thursday's home game against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Greiss has been fantastic this season, compiling a 5-2-1 record while maintaining an admirable 1.98 GAA and .938 save percentage through 10 appearances. The 32-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and pick up a second straight victory in a home matchup with a Rangers team that's 3-4-2 on the road this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Valtteri Filppula: One goal in last 11 games
Filppula has only lit the lamp once in his last 11 games for the Islanders.
Filppula has been a mainstay as the third-line center for the Islanders this season. He's also a big part of New York's vast improvement on the penalty kill compared to last season. This year, Filppula has five goals and four assists in 17 games and has been a valuable veteran addition. Filppula has a no-trade clause in his contract, so even if the Isles fall out of playoff contention as this season rolls along, he may not be headed elsewhere, at least not without his consent.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Stephen Gionta: Called up
Gionta was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Thursday.
The Islanders have made a slew of transactions to work around lower-body injuries to Andrew Ladd and Casey Cizikas, as well as Matt Martin (upper body) -- just to name a few. Gionta has 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) over 297 career contests between the Devils and Islanders.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Michael Dal Colle: Promoted from minors
Dal Colle was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Thursday.
Dal Colle is averaging a point per game through the first 14 games of the minor-league season, including seven goals. The winger has a chance to immediately slot into the lineup for the Islanders against the Rangers on Thursday with Andrew Ladd (lower body), Matt Martin (upper body) and Casey Cizikas (lower body) all unavailable... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Casey Cizikas: Placed on injured reserve
Cizikas will miss 2-3 weeks due to a lower-body injury and was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Given his timeline to return, Cizikas will miss at least the next six games, though it could certainly be longer. In 16 games this year, the center registered five goals, four helpers and 23 shots in a bottom-six role. With both Andrew Ladd (lower body) and Matt Martin (upper body) unavailable, the Isles have recalled Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle from AHL Bridgeport.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Andrew Ladd: Lands on injured reserve
Ladd (lower body) is out indefinitely and has been designated for injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.
Although Ladd would be eligible to return as soon as Nov. 21 versus the Rangers, the fact that the Isles indicated he was out indefinitely makes it seem unlikely he will be ready to play in a week's time. Prior to getting hurt, the winger had tallied just one point in his previous six outings while averaging 12:08 of ice time. In order to bolster the club's forward depth, Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle have been promoted from AHL Bridgeport.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Matt Martin: Designated for injured reserve
Martin (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 1, the team announced Thursday.
While Martin could technically be activated ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Rangers due to the use of a retroactive designation, the team would have little reason to designate him for IR if he was going to play. In the meantime, the Isles have called up Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle from the minors.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Nick Leddy: Could be trade bait
Leddy could find himself playing for a new team at some point this season, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
This would seem to be a tough trade to make as Leddy is coming off a season in which he had a league worst minus-42 rating. This year, he's been better, but hardly impressive at minus-1. Leddy can skate the puck out of his zone but that hasn't helped him put up offensive numbers this season as he only has three assists in 17 games. Leddy is also signed through the 21-22 season with a cap hit of $5.5 million each season. The Islanders have a slew of strong defensive prospects in their system so the cap savings alone could push them to try and make a deal.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Expected to start Thursday
Greiss is expected to start Thursday versus the Rangers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Coach Barry Trotz usually starts the hot goaltender and Greiss is coming off a victory over Vancouver in which he stopped 22 of 24 shots. Greiss has been on of the reasons the Islanders have gotten off to a strong start this season as he is sporting a 1.98 GAA and .938 save percentage. While it would seem to be unrealistic to expect Greiss to continue to post these kinds of numbers, fantasy owners should be comfortable putting him in their lineups for the immediate future.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck: First goal in 52 games
Clutterbuck scored his first goal in his last 52 games for the Islanders during their 5-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.
The goal was on the power play as Clutterbuck for some reason is being given time on the second PP unit. Goal scoring has never been what Clutterbuck does best, but he has scored double digit goals six times in his NHL career, but the last time was during the 2015-16 campaign. While the Islanders will take goal scoring from anyone, they realize that Clutterbuck's value to the team is as an agitator and someone who will hit anything that moves. The next opponent that Clutterbuck will attempt to get under the skin of will be the Rangers on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Casey Cizikas: Dealing with undisclosed injury
Cizikas is "nicked up" according to coach Barry Trotz and should be considered questionable against the Rangers on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Cizikas started the season off strong, with nine points in 13 outings, but is currently pointless in his last three outings. The Toronto native is seeing a mere 11:44 of ice time this season, well off his 2017-18 minutes (13:13). If Cizikas can't play Thursday, the Islanders will likely need to recall a player from the minors.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Andrew Ladd: Questionable versus Rangers
Ladd's (leg) status for Thursday's matchup with New York is up in the air, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Ladd -- who was forced to leave Tuesday's clash against Vancouver in the second period -- is currently stuck in a six-game goal drought. The winger managed to tally an assist before leaving the game Tuesday, which at least got him back on the scoresheet. If the British Columbia native is unable to play against the Rangers, the team will almost certainly need to promote a player from AHL Bridgeport.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Matt Martin: Unavailable Thursday
Martin (upper body) will not be in action against the Rangers on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Martin will miss his sixth straight game due to his upper-body issue. Despite averaging just 9:53 of ice time, the winger has tallied four points in 11 outings and was providing decent depth scoring prior to getting hurt. With Martin out and Andrew Ladd (leg) and Casey Cizikas (undisclosed) both questionable, the Isles may need to call up a player or two from the minors.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Breaks pointless streak
Eberle tallied a goal and an assist on two shots in a 5-2 victory against the Canucks on Tuesday.
It's been a super slow start for Eberle this season, and in the last five games coming into Tuesday, he only had one goal. He scored two goals against the Penguins two weeks ago, and that didn't snap him out of this slump, but maybe this two-point performance will finally get him going. Eberle has five goals and nine points with a minus-6 rating in 17 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Tom Kuhnhackl: Tallies pair of goals
Kuhnhackl scored twice in a 5-2 victory against the Canucks on Tuesday.
He's struggled to stick in the NHL, and yet, when he's played this season, Kuhnhackl has produced. After Tuesday, he has three goals and four points in seven games. Last season, he only has two goals and eight points in 69 contests, and he's never scored more than five goals or 15 points in a season. That, along with the fact he's scored his three goals on just seven shots, likely indicates he really isn't due for a breakout season. Still, owners in deeper leagues would be wise to keep an eye on Kuhnhackl just in case, especially if one is in need of help in the blocks and hits categories.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Continues hot start
Greiss allowed two goals on 24 shots in a 5-2 victory against the Canucks on Tuesday.
The German netminder is off to a great start and is a big reason why the Islanders have been better than expected to begin 2018-19. Over his last seven appearances, he's won three times and has yet to lose in regulation. Greiss also has a .951 save percentage and 1.60 GAA during that stretch. This likely won't continue, but as long as it does, owners should feel free to ride the hot streak.... See More ... See Less