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Injury notes: Jaroslav Halak Banged Up, Kevin Poulin Recalled, Visnovsky out vs. Chicago

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Nothing like breaking news at 11:30 at night, right?

A rest for the weary or something more?
A rest for the weary or something more?
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From the offices of Arthur Staple, Jaroslav Halak is slightly dinged up and did not make the trip to Chicago for the Islanders game against the Blackhawks.  The fact that Halak didn't travel with the team wasn't known to fans when the news of Kevin Poulin's recall broke through the AHL's transaction page.

As the news started trending through Twitter and Facebook without any concrete evidence some wondered if it was a false report.  The transaction and injury news were confirmed through a tweet from Arthur Staple.

With any luck this non-serious injury is just that and the team and their starting goalie will be decently rested for their playoff push.  Halak has largely carried the load for the team due to the lack of confidence in Chad Johnson earlier in the season and was without the benefit of any additional rest at the all-star break.  With his last game coming this past Friday and the next game not until this coming Saturday, this gives the workhorse netminder over a week's worth of rest.

As for tomorrow, it looks like Michal Neuvirth will pick up another game.  Good thing the team made that trade for a backup.

UPDATE:

Halak is officially listed as day-to-day by the Islanders with a lower body injury.

And now Lubomir Visnovsky will stay home as well, per Staple