News:Anders Nilsson was among the eight players called up by the Islanders in advance of the playoffs, ESPN New York reports.
Analysis: The others were Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, John Persson, Johan Sundstrom, Matt Donovan, Aaron Ness and Calvin de Haan. The group will give the Isles some depth on hand to turn to in the event of a postseason injury.
News:Anders Nilsson is expected to be between the pipes for Bridgeport on Saturday, according to Sound Tigers web site.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson was out for close to three months with an unknown illness. Kevin Poulin is still next in line for the Isles' goaltending job after Evgeni Nabokov, which makes Nilsson no better than third on the depth chart and that's probably wishful thinking at this point.
News:Anders Nilsson has yet to play any hockey in February, and the reason hasn't been revealed, according to Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: The Islanders either don't know or aren't saying what the exact nature of the injury is. Anders Nilsson never had a chance to become the goalie the Islanders called up when they waived Rick DiPietro.
Isles' Nilsson Has Yet To Play For Bridgeport This Season
News:Anders Nilsson (undisclosed) has yet to play for Bridgeport this season, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: The team has been very coy as to the nature of his injury, stating only that he doesn't feel 100%. It's a strange situation as Anders Nilsson doesn't seem to have been hurt during practice. Nilsson is one of the Isles top goaltending prospects, but has little to no chance of playing for the team this season even if the lockout is lifted.
News: The Islanders have sent Anders Nilsson down to AHL Bridgeport, ESPN New York reports.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson has not been much of a factor in the NHL this season, with a 1-2 record and a 2.75 GAA in four games. He should stay in the AHL for the foreseeable future.
News:Anders Nilsson was on the verge of shutting out the Devils on Saturday but allowed two goals in a 14 second span late in the third to absorb a 2-1 loss. He made 33 saves.
Analysis: What a collapse. He shut out the Devils the last time he faced them but just couldn't remain focused. The upside is there but these are still your father's Islanders.
Isles' Nilsson Gets Starting Nod Saturday Vs. Devils
News:Anders Nilsson will start Saturday against New Jersey, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson was stellar the last time he faced the Devils, stopping all 24 shots he faced en route to a 1-0 victory. The Isles will be hoping he can channel some of that same energy this time out.
News:Anders Nilsson stopped all 24 shots he faced in Sunday's 1-0 win over New Jersey, days after being called up from Bridgeport (AHL).
Analysis:Anders Nilsson was busy in his first start since late November, delivering a shutout against the division rivals the Isles will see two more times this week. Nilsson should certainly earn more playing time with the performance he turned in on Sunday, even if Sunday's game with New Jersey was more of a spot start. If he's starting against New Jersey later in the week, he's certainly worth a roll in daily leagues.
News:Anders Nilsson will start Sunday's game against New Jersey, the team's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson, who be making his first start since Nov. 21, will be spelling Evgeni Nabokov, who backstopped the Isles' 3-2 win over Boston on Saturday.
News: The Islanders have recalled Anders Nilsson from AHL Bridgeport, the team's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson was recalled on an emergency basis, with Al Montoya day-to-day with an upper body injury.
News:Anders Nilsson was assigned to Bridgeport of the AHL on Monday, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson didn't see any action in his latest call-up. He could have a future with the Isles, but it's most likely as a backup as Kevin Poulin is considered the future for the team.
News: The Isles have loaned Anders Nilsson to Bridgeport (AHL), the team's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: He could be back after the holiday break, however, depending upon the recovery from Al Montoya and Rick DiPietro from their respective injuries.
News:Anders Nilsson has been recalled from the AHL, according to the Islanders web site.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson will backup Evgeni Nabokov while Al Montoya and/or Rick DiPietro heal from their injuries.
News:Anders Nilsson surrendered five goals on 36 shots in Monday's loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: The good news is that Anders Nilsson made his first career start, the bad news was that it was the game Sidney Crosby returned to action from post-concussion syndrome. Nilsson was hung out to dry by his teammates after surrendering three goals in relief duty against Boston last Saturday. It's hard to endorse any Islanders' net minder at this time, but Nilsson is one of their up-and-coming prospects.
News:Anders Nilsson will start in goal Monday against Pittsburgh, the Islanders' official Twitter page reports.
Analysis: The Islanders are clearly fed up with Rick DiPietro's play and it appears Anders Nilsson could get the majority of starts until Al Montoya is back. Nilsson allowed three goals on 17 shots in his NHL debut Saturday but it looks like the Islanders feel he is a better option that DiPietro. Those three goals were allowed in just 40 minutes of action so it would not be smart to have Nilsson in your fantasy lineup against a Pens squad welcoming Sidney Crosby back into the lineup Monday unless you're desperate.
News:Anders Nilsson made his NHL debut at the start of the second period versus Boston on Saturday.
Analysis:Anders Nilsson replaced an ineffective Rick DiPietro. No matter how well Nilsson plays in the final two periods he is still expected to be sent back to Bridgeport once Al Montoya is healthy enough to play.
News: The Islanders recalled Anders Nilsson from AHL Bridgeport on Saturday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though the Islanders have played musical chairs with their goalies all season, they needed to add another with Evgeni Nabokov (groin) on IR and Al Montoya (hamstring) day-to-day. Anders Nilsson will likely head back to Bridgeport when Montoya is ready to play again, but for now, he will serve as the backup behind Rick DiPietro.
News:Anders Nilsson has an out in his contract that allows him to return to Sweden this season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: That being said, Anders Nilsson has stated that he has no plans on playing in Europe, that his goal is to play in the NHL and the best way to do that is to be part of the Islanders minor league organization.
Nilsson Will Be In Training Camp With The Islanders
News: Nilsson will attend training camp with the Islanders in September, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The Islanders are actually overloaded at goaltender with quite a few young prospects (Nilsson, Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen) but with Rick DiPietro still on the team it will be difficult for Nilsson to do any better than start at Bridgeport of the AHL this season.