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Islanders' Ryan Pulock: Offensive game coming along slowly
Pulock only has two goals and 10 points in 31 games for the Islanders this season.
While it may be unfair to put any blame on Pulock for the Islanders' scoring woes, more was expected from Pulock entering this season. He had 10 goals, five on the power play, last year. Pulock has as hard a shot as anyone on the Islanders but has had trouble finding the net at times this season. It also doesn't help his game that for most of the season, head coach Barry Trotz has had him on the second power-play unit. Pulock is only in his second full season at the NHL level so there is still time for him to become the player many expected him to be, but at this point, it's fair to wonder if that time won't be this season.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Sharp when needed
Greiss made 18 saves, including six in overtime and all three in the shootout, in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Detroit.
Greiss has the Red Wings' number -- he has beaten them in back-to-back games and allowed just five goals in those two outings. Greiss' overall performance has been strong and he sports an 11-6-0 record. The Islanders are on the outside looking in on a playoff spot, but his strong work will keep them within spitting distance of the postseason.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Point streak at four games
Barzal had a goal and assist, and he scored in the shootout in Saturday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Red Wings.
The shootout goal stood as the winner. Barzal has six points (one goal, five assists) on a four-game point streak. And 27 points in 31 games. Barzal is only 21 years old and already a fantasy building block. Use him well.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Starting against visiting Wings
Greiss led his team out onto the ice and will thus start in net Saturday against the Red WIngs, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Greiss is getting Detroit at the right time, as the Red Wings have lost two straight, including Friday's home meeting with the Senators. Enjoying a bounce-back season with a 2.58 GAA and .918 save percentage, Greiss is primed to keep the good times rolling at home against this weary opposition.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Josh Ho-Sang: Should play Saturday
Ho-Sang is expected to make his season debut as the Islanders take on the Red Wings on Saturday.
Ho-Sang has been a healthy scratch since being called up to the Islanders on Dec. 9. He is expected to play on the third line with Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov. The Islanders have also used Ho-Sang on the second power-play unit during practice the past few days. Ho-Sang could be a breath of fresh air for a team that is having trouble scoring goals at even strength and with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Nick Leddy: Two points in last 12 games
Leddy has struggled to find his offensive game so far this season, as he only has one goal and six assists in 30 games.
Those numbers are a far cry from the 10 goals and 32 assists that Leddy posted last season. It seems that under new head coach Barry Trotz, Leddy has been paying more attention to his defense, as his rating of minus-7, while still far from good, is much better than the minus-42 he finished with last year. Some have speculated that Leddy could be a name you hear mentioned at the trade deadline, but with three years left on his contract and a cap hit of $5.5 million each season, it would seem unlikely that the Islanders would find a worthwhile trade partner.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Tom Kuhnhackl: Could suit up Saturday
Kuhnhackl has fully recovered from an undisclosed injury and could draw into New York's lineup Saturday against Detroit, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
The German winger has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, but Kuhnhackl seems primed and ready to make his return to the Islanders' lineup Saturday against the Red Wings. Despite being deemed healthy, he's yet to officially be named to Saturday's lineup and could wind up being scratched in favor of a better option.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Brock Nelson: Struggling to light the lamp
Nelson only has one goal in his last 12 games for the Islanders.
Nelson does have four helpers during that time span, but with the Islanders currently in a goal scoring slump, more is needed from the second-line center. The Islanders have only scored 14 goals as a team in their last eight games and it stands to reason that if that total doesn't increase, changes will be made. Nelson currently has Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle flanking him but head coach Barry Trotz may think about changing up those line formations should the goal scoring slump continue for both Nelson and the team.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Tom Kuhnhackl: Solo skates Thursday
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) took the ice prior to Thursday's practice session, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports.
The Islanders will have two more practices ahead of Saturday's clash with Detroit, so it's probably a little early to completely rule Kuhnhackl out of the lineup, though it certainly doesn't look great. In the meantime, Josh Ho-Sang figures to make his 2018-19 debut if the German winger is unable to play.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Keeps dishing assists
Barzal picked up two assists in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
He's now got four points in his last three games -- all assists -- and 11 points, but only one goal, in his last 14. Barzal is struggling through a bit of a sophomore slump without John Tavares around to keep the opposition's defensive attention focused elsewhere, but the 21-year-old is still on pace for nearly 70 points.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Robin Lehner: Poor effort against Knights
Lehner stopped 14 of 17 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Jonathan Marchessault beat him just 34 seconds into the game on a power play, and Lehner never saw enough action to get into a groove after that rough beginning. He's now 0-3-3 in his last seven outings, and his .891 save percentage over that stretch won't put much pressure on Thomas Greiss for the No. 1 job on the island.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Leo Komarov: Ready to roll
Komarov (undisclosed) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Komarov will slot into his usual spot Wednesday, skating with Ross Johnston and Valtteri Filppula on the Islanders' third line. The veteran forward has only totaled 30 points in 103 appearances over the past two campaigns, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Valtteri Filppula: Slumping of late
Filppula doesn't have a point in his last six contests.
This scoreless streak coincides with the lack of offense by the Islanders over this stretch, as they only have 12 goals in their past seven games. Fillppula has been solid overall with seven goals in 29 games and has been a welcome addition to the penalty-kill unit. If the Islanders fall out of playoff contention early, he could attract some attention before the trade deadline in February.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Luca Sbisa: Healthy scratch against Vegas
Sbisa (undisclosed) is expected to be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Sbisa missed Sunday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, but he's evidently no longer dealing with that issue ahead of Wednesday's contest. The 28-year-old blueliner has been a healthy scratch more often than not this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck: Ready to rock
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) is expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Clutterbuck left Monday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins in the third period after taking a cross check from Pittsburgh's Kris Letang, but he evidently didn't suffer any lasting damage. The veteran winger has only notched two goals and five points in 26 appearances this season, so he isn't a viable option in the bulk of fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Good to go
Eberle (undisclosed) is expected to play Wednesday against Vegas, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Eberle left Monday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins late in the third period due to an undisclosed injury, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 28-year-old winger has struggled recently, going scoreless while posting a minus-3 rating in his last four appearances, so he'll be looking to find his scoring touch against the Golden Knights.... See More ... See Less