Injury Updates: Islanders Recall Poulin, Wallace; MacDonald Joins Pandolfo on IR; Grabner day to day

Surfing's not a sport, it's a way of life - you know, a hobby. It's a way of looking at that wave and saying, "Hey bud, let's party!"

Well then. The troops have come home from the road excited by victories but hitting the medical tent in droves.

You knew Andrew MacDonald -- who missed both weekend games -- was banged up (leg), but now the New York Islanders have placed him on Injured Reserve with an estimate of missing two to four weeks.

Jay Pandolfo (broken foot) also officially hit IR (retroactively), and though Rick DiPietro (groin) is out with no timetable and Michael Grabner (groin) is day to day, you might expect one of those open roster slots to be taken soon by Evgeni Nabokov, who skated with the team this morning.

That means there's plenty of room for roster-gazing and armchair Bridgeport recalls in the near term, and those are already in the works. [UPDATE: It's Kevin Poulin and Tim Wallace on the way up.]

Down on the farm, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers do not play again until Saturday at home, so that leaves at minimum two mid-week games for the Islanders to go depth diving. Even with Nino Niederreiter (concussion) not on IR yet, the Islanders have at least one extra non-goalie spot they can fill on the 23-man roster. (Mark Fistric has a hearing for his hit on Nino, but he says he's innocent.)

Newsday's Arthur Staple just tweeted that Kevin Poulin will be recalled on emergency basis. He also predicts that forward slot will be taken either by Justin DiBenedetto or Tim Where Wallace At on emergency basis. [See official update above.]

In happier news, Matt Moulson was named NHL First Star of the Week. Four goals in one game, and seven in four, will do that. (Feel free to pump the SB Nation NY Player of the Week poll here, too.)

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