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Islanders' Devon Toews: Proving he belongs
Toews is making a case to stick with the Islanders even when Thomas Hickey (upper body) returns from IR. Toews has three goals and a rating of plus-7 in 13 games.
Toews has looked very comfortable playing with Scott Mayfield since being called up from the AHL. He's one of the Islanders' top prospects, but the original thought was that Toews would be sent back down when Hickey was healthy enough to return to the team. That may not happen now as a case can easily be made that Toews is a top-four defender for the Isles. Adam Pelech could be on the outside looking in; otherwise, a trade to alleviate the glut of defenders on the roster could be in the immediate future.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Josh Bailey: Dishes helper Friday
Bailey registered an assist, two shots and won five of 10 faceoffs during Friday's 2-0 win over the Capitals.
Bailey is meshing well with Mathew Barzal on the second line, posting two goals and three assists over his last six games. The playmaking winger has regressed slightly after a 71-point campaign in 2017-18, but he's on pace for another 60-plus-point season so keep playing him as you normally would.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Bags apple Friday
Barzal recorded an assist and logged 16:03 of ice time during Friday's 2-0 win over the Capitals.
Barzal has been scorching with nine goals and 17 points in his last 14 games. Still just 21 years old, the 16th overall pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is already one of the top playmakers in the game and should be relied upon for plenty of offensive production in the years to come; he is looking more and more like a franchise centerman.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Adam Pelech: Snaps slump in style
Pelech tallied two assists to complement a plus-2 rating in Friday's 2-0 win over the Capitals.
Pelech only mustered one assist in his previous 15 outings. Overall, the 24-year-old has garnered only three goals and 10 points in 43 games and has very limited fantasy value as a result.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Blanks Caps
Greiss turned aside all 19 shots during Friday's 2-0 road win against the Capitals.
The Capitals may have made it easy on him, but Greiss has conceded only one goal on 58 shots over his last two games. The German netminder isn't cutting into Robin Lehner's playing time so much anymore -- his internal challenger owns the league's best GAA (2.11) and ranks second in save percentage (.928) -- but at least we know Greiss won't go away quietly.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Thomas Greiss: Road starter Friday
Greiss will patrol the road crease in Friday's game versus the Capitals, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Greiss returns to the starter's crease after Robin Lehner played the last two games. After a patch of bumpy play, Greiss rebounded in his last outing with a 38-save performance against the Lightning, allowing just one goal and garnering the win. The Caps are a high-powered bunch but are on a skid with three straight losses and just four goals in that span, giving Greiss a solid opportunity to steal a win.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Michael Dal Colle: Notches first goal
Dal Colle scored the first goal of his NHL career as the Islanders defeated the Devils 4-1 on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Ironically, Dal Colle was expected to be a healthy scratch, but when Tom Kuhnhackl came down with an illness during the day, Dal Colle was inserted back into the lineup. Dal Colle was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft and seems unlikely to ever live up to that amount of hype, but coach Barry Trotz has stated that the winger has looked better of late and is playing with more confidence. Still, as the Islanders get healthier, Dal Colle may find himself either being a healthy scratch or back on his way to Bridgeport of the AHL.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Tom Kuhnhackl: Won't play Friday
Kuhnhackl (illness) didn't make the trip to D.C. for Friday's game against Washington, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl will remain absent for Friday's game against the Capitals as he continues to battle a bug. Even when healthy, the 26-year-old winger doesn't always draw into the lineup. He should be evaluated again ahead of Sunday's game against the Ducks.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Matt Lorito: Passes through waivers unclaimed
Lorito (undisclosed) cleared waivers Friday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. The depth winger now appears on AHL Bridgeport's team roster.
It initially appeared that Lorito would remain on the parent club roster with a non-roster IR designation, but he's evidently healthy and ready to contribute to the Sound Tigers.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Nick Leddy: Bagging apples frequently
Leddy dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
Leddy's stuck on just one goal this season, but he's picked things up dramatically as a distributor with 11 assists in his past 16 games. Seven of those helpers have come with the extra man, as many of Leddy's shots from the point lead to rebound or deflection goals on the power play, even if they don't go in on their own.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Heating up
Eberle recorded a power-play goal, an assist and a team-high four shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Devils.
Eberle's enjoying a nice stretch, having racked up five goals and five assists in his past 11 games. This hot streak has been a long time coming for Edmonton's 2008 first-rounder, who's only on pace to finish around the 40-point mark after posting 59 points in his first season with New York.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Anders Lee: Bookends scoring in easy win
Lee scored twice in Thursday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
Lee bookended the scoring, with his first goal occurring just 5:48 into the opening frame and the other tally coming into an empty net with 2:09 remaining in the third. With 18 goals through 46 games, Lee's on pace to top the 30-goal mark for the third consecutive season. While his scoring has dropped off from last year's 40-goal campaign, Lee has become much more responsible defensively, flipping his rating from minus-25 to plus-16.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Robin Lehner: Cruises to win over Devils
Lehner made 16 saves in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Devils.
The Islanders put on a defensive clinic against a New Jersey team that's still without star forward Taylor Hall (lower body). New York raced out to a 3-0 lead and made life easy for Lehner after that, though Andy Greene managed to break up Lehner's shutout bid 7:07 into the third period. With 10 wins in his past 11 starts, the Swedish netminder has been a stud lately.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Tom Kuhnhackl: Feeling ill
Kuhnhackl didn't play Thursday against New Jersey due to an illness, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Kuhnhackl likely would have replaced Michael Dal Colle in the lineup for Thursday's contest if he hadn't fallen ill prior to puck drop. The 26-year-old winger will be reevaluated prior to Friday's matchup with Washington.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Robin Lehner: Patrolling crease versus Devils
Lehner will be in net for Thursday's home game against the Devils, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Dating back to Dec. 18, Lehner has posted a 9-1-0 record to go along with a 1.46 GAA and .951 save percentage. He will take on a Devils squad that is a dismal 5-16-3 away from home this season. On paper, the Islanders' netminder is a very solid play Thursday evening.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Scott Mayfield: Team-best rating
Mayfield is tied with Anders Lee and Brock Nelson for the top rating on the Islanders with a plus-14.
This is quite a turnaround for Mayfield, who finished last season with a minus-6 rating in 47 games. Mayfield is never going to be mistaken for an offensive defenseman, but he has also set career highs this season in goals (three) and assists (12) in 43 games played. While Mayfield won't play on the power play, he'll be on the ice during crunch time when the Islanders need to protect a lead late in the game.... See More ... See Less