The New York Islanders' 18-7 start has benefited from a mostly clean bill of health, but that bill is starting to get tested, particularly on the blueline.
The Isles have recalled defenseman Griffin Reinhart from AHL Bridgeport on emergency basis, while placing both Johnny Boychuk and Lubomir Visnovsky on injured reserve. Boychuk, who has taken several "maintenance days" from practice recently, has missed the last three games. Visnovsky left in the middle of last Friday's 5-2 loss in Washington and hasn't played since.
Reinhart opened the season on the NHL roster and appeared in his first three NHL games but was returned to Bridgeport after Visnovsky was activated from IR.
Matt Donovan and Brian Strait have been playing in their place the last few games. Fellow defenseman Travis Hamonic also took an injury in last night's overtime win over the Senators, so this move provides insurance as they travel to Ottawa for a rematch Thursday.
Reinhart has appeared in 15 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, logging 18 shots, two goals and six assists.
UPDATE: Grabner Activated
Speaking of injuries: Michael Grabner, on IR since the beginning of the season with abdominal surgery, is skating in full-contact practice and due to return any day. [UPDATE: Indeed, the Isles also activated Grabner from IR today.] Meanwhile, Cal Clutterbuck also left last night's game and is listed as day to day.
UPDATE, THE MORE: Collberg to Stockton
Finally (we think), the Sound Tigers announced that Sebastian Collberg, recently returned from injury, will head to ECHL Stockton where they have just nine forwards and will play seven games in the next two weeks.