News: Ottawa signed Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract Monday, Senators.NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Nathan Lawson didn't make any NHL appearances last year, so he's only a depth option for Ottawa.
News:Nathan Lawson (upper body) returned to the active lineup in AHL Hamilton's 4-2 loss to Houston on Friday, the Hamilton Spectator reports.
Analysis:Nathan Lawson, who was forced to leave a game last Sunday after getting knocked by an Abbotsford forward, made 22 saves for the Bulldogs.
News:Nathan Lawson was forced to leave AHL Hamilton's loss to Abbotsford on Sunday with an undisclosed injury, the Hamilton Spectator reports.
Analysis:Nathan Lawson didn't come out of the locker room for the second period, but the Bulldogs aren't saying exactly what the injury is, preferring to evaluate Lawson on Monday. He did look a little shaky after getting run by Abbotsford forward Quintin Laing midway through the first, but was able to finish the period. Robert Mayer filled in for Lawson, but was ineffective, giving up five goals in 24 shots.
News: The Canadiens have signed Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Lawson played 10 NHL games with Islanders this past season, recording a 1-4-2 record, a 4.06 GAA and a .893 save percentage. With the Habs, he'll compete for a backup gig behind Carey Price.
News: Lawson has been returned to AHL Bridgeport, Newsday's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: Lawson is the odd man out in goal for the Isles, with Rick DiPietro having been activated from IR on Wednesday.
News: Lawson turned away 40 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to Washington.
Analysis: Lawson will see some starts as the season winds down for the Islanders, who can't find injury-free consistency in goal. The crease is a bit more crowded of late with the addition of Al Montoya.
News: Lawson will start for the Islanders on Tuesday in Washington, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: It will be Lawson's first start since Feb. 17 and he'll be making it against a fortified Washington squad that made some key additions prior to Monday's trade deadline.
News: Lawson has cleared waivers, according to Newsday's Katie Strang.
Analysis: No big surprise here as Lawson is hardly a prospect. Lawson will continue as the backup to Al Montoya until Rick DiPietro returns from injury.
News: The Islanders waived Lawson on Saturday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: He'll likely remain with the Islanders if he clears waivers, but Al Montoya has emerged as the team's top goaltending option.
News: Lawson allowed five goals on 18 shots before being pulled early in the second period on Thursday.
Analysis: He was replaced by Al Montoya, who stopped 15 of 16 shots. His struggles don't come as much of a surprise, as Lawson hasn't been very good in the AHL this year either. He's simply not an NHL-caliber goalie.
News: Lawson will play Thursday against the Bruins, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: Lawson will try to help the Isles extend their four-game winning streak, while the Bruins figure to be pretty hungry Thursday, having dropped three in a row.
News: Lawson was the first goalie off the ice Thursday, suggesting that he'll start the Isles' evening contest against the Bruins, Newsday's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: The Islanders are on a four-game winning streak, while the Bruins have dropped three in a row, so this matchup isn't looking as lopsided as it might have just last week.
News: In his return from a knee injury, Lawson stopped 28 of 31 shots in Tuesday's shootout win over Ottawa.
Analysis: It was Lawson's first NHL win, in his fifth career start. Due to all the injuries Islanders goalies have suffered, Lawson is the number one man at the moment. The Isles are playing better of late, so Lawson may be worth a look in deeper leagues. Just don't expect much.
News: Lawson will start Tuesday's game against the Senators, according to Rob Carlin of the MSG Network.
Analysis: It's his first game back from a knee injury so it'll be interesting to see how he does, but with so many other Islanders goalies injured there's a real chance for Lawson to get some regular playing time here for a rapidly improving team. If he struggles, he'll probably be sharing the load with Al Montoya.
News: Lawson (knee) has come off of IR, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: No word yet on who will start Tuesday's game against the Senators, but the Isles have won three straight games, while scoring 20 goals in the process, which makes their upcoming matchup against lowly Ottawa look pretty appealing.
News: Lawson (knee), who has returned to practice, is considered day-to-day, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: Good news for the Isles that Lawson is nearing a return, with fellow goalies Rick DiPietro and Kevin Poulin both hurting.
News: Lawson was a full participant in Tuesday's practice for the first time since suffering his left knee injury, Newsday reports.
Analysis: Lawson suffered an MCL strain in his left knee Jan. 21 and was expected to miss two to four weeks. He's a little more than two weeks into that timetable, so a return could come this week provided that he doesn't suffer any practice setbacks.
News: Lawson (knee) was added to IR retroactive to January 21 and is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks rather than 1-to-2, MSG Network's Rob Carlin reports.
Analysis: Lawson is already a bit over a week into recovery, so he could conceivably return within another seven days or so.
News: Lawson is expected to miss 1-to-2 weeks with an MCL strain, Newsday writer Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: Lawson has had a rough go at it since getting a shot at the NHL, posting a GAA of 4.19 in six appearances. He was off to a promising start Friday, however, stopping all 10 shots he came across before suffering the injury.
News: Lawson suffered a left knee injury in the first period of Friday's game and did not return, Newsday's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: The extent of the injury is not known, so consider Lawson day-to-day until more information becomes available.
News: Lawson will start Friday at Buffalo, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: With Rick DiPietro unavailable due to an illness, Lawson will start, with Kevin Poulin serving as the backup. Lawson has allowed 11 goals in his last 95 minutes in goal.
News: Lawson will be called back to the Islanders before the game Thursday, according to Newsday's Katie Strang.
Analysis: Lawson was sent down so that he could get in some game action for Springfield of the AHL, but with the Islanders playing five games in the next seven nights and starting goalie Rick DiPietro under the weather, the Isles thought it was best to play it safe and call Lawson back up to the big club.
News: The Isles sent Lawson back to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, Newsday reports.
Analysis: Lawson has struggled recently, and the Isles will stick with Rick DiPietro and Kevin Poulin as their goaltending tandem.
News: Lawson had the unusual distinction Thursday of losing a game he neither started nor finished, as he played part of the first period and all of the second, allowing four goals on 19 shots to the Senators.
Analysis: Lawson had a decent first couple outings, but has been pretty bad since. If not for the Isles' desire to get 20-year-old Kevin Poulin the maximum possible amount of playing time, it'd be Lawson ticketed for the AHL whenever Rick DiPietro (groin) returns.
Lawson Will Continue To Backup DiPietro For The Islanders
News: Lawson will continue to backup Rick DiPietro, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: Since DiPietro went down to injury, Lawson has been outplayed by Kevin Poulin. There was some thought that Poulin would remain with the team when DiPietro is ready to return, but the Isles squashed that idea announcing that Poulin will return to the AHL where he can play every game.
News: Lawson let in five goals on 45 shots in Sunday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: While Lawson didn't get much support from his road-weary teammates, he also didn't play that well. "I'm just very disappointed in my effort tonight," Lawson said. "I wish I could have some of those goals back, but you just got to move on, get back to work tomorrow and try to improve."
News: Lawson will start in goal Sunday against Chicago, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: Lawson is out there if you need him Sunday, but note that only three teams (New Jersey, Colorado, Edmonton) are giving up more goals than the Isles.
News: Lawson faced just three shots Thursday against the Oilers, and he let two by him, including Dustin Penner's shorthanded goal, before being pulled for Kevin Poulin.
Analysis: Lawson was unable to build on his two previous solid outings and continued to lose ground to the young Poulin, who stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief.
News: Lawson will start Thursday against Edmonton, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: Lawson fared well in relief work Monday, allowing just one goal in 28 shots against Calgary. With Rick DiPietro still battling a groin strain, Lawson will get the nod Thursday.
News: Lawson allowed one goal on 28 shots in relief of Rick DiPietro on Monday against Calgary.
Analysis: The recent AHL call-up may see a bit more playing time than planned, as Rick DiPietro already appears nicked up following the trade of Dwayne Roloson. Keep Lawson's name in mind if you're in a pinch for goaltending, as the Isles are playing solidly of late, but they are still the Islanders.
News: Lawson was recalled from the AHL on Sunday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The trade of Dwayne Roloson to Tampa on Saturday means that Lawson is now officially the backup goaltender for the Isles. In deep leagues or if you're really desperate, he makes an interesting pickup as starter Rick DiPietro has never proven to stay healthy for very long.
News: Lawson has been sent back to Bridgeport of the AHL, reports the Islanders' official site.
Analysis: Lawson had been filling in for Rick DiPietro, who was dealing with some knee swelling. He only appeared in one game, his NHL debut, and gave up three goals while the Islanders lost in overtime.
News: Lawson made 32 saves through overtime but ultimately lost Saturday's game 4-3 in the shootout.
Analysis: He was the Isles' best player on the ice. It's a nice feel-good story for a 27-year-old who finally makes his NHL debut; too bad he didn't win. He's not destined to be in the NHL for long but we sure do hope he gets to chalk up at least one win.
News: Lawson will start in goal Saturday against the Coyotes, Newsday's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: Rick DiPietro is experiencing some swelling in his knee. He doesn't believe it's serious, but given his history, the Islanders are understandably being cautious. Instead they'll turn to Lawson, who has never appeared in an NHL game. He has a 3.78 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage in nine games for AHL Bridgeport this season, so you probably won't want to roll the dice on him against Phoenix.
News: The Islanders recalled Lawson on emergency loan Saturday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Neither of the Islanders' goalies are injured (both were on the ice Saturday morning), so it's still unclear what the team plans to do with Lawson.
News: Lawson (knee) cleared waivers Monday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Not a big shock here as no team was expected to claim him. The question now is where will the Islanders assign him, as they have yet to make a decision as of now.
News: Lawson (knee) was placed on waivers Sunday, according to Newsday's Katie Strang.
Analysis: If Lawson clears waivers, he should be sent down to Bridgeport of the AHL. Lawson has little to no future in the NHL as the Islanders have young prospects in the system who will rise above Lawson shortly, but he could be an injury replacement this season if anything were to happen to Dwayne Roloson or Rick DiPietro.