After handing out lovely parting gifts to several of their younger training camp contestants, the Islanders announced a list of currently injured players and vague prognostications of the amount of time they could miss.
#Isles injury updates per Capuano: Thomas Hickey (upper body) out four weeks, Steve Bernier 1-2 weeks, Jaro Halak (upper) day to day.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 29, 2015
Additionally, free agent acquisition Louis Leblanc will be on the shelf for a week or two with an upper body injury.
Leblanc was scheduled to be sent down to Bridgeport, but can't until he's healthy. Bernier was looking at the 13th forward spot, so it could mean a call up for someone should he be out when the season starts on October 9.
Hickey left last night's 3-1 loss to the Capitals after taking a high stick in the first period. Because the game wasn't on TV, I don't know if Washington's Tom Wilson was fault, but judging by the focus of some post-game reports, it's possible that the Islanders think so anyway and are rounding up a posse of Old West gunslingers to enact frontier justice on that rascally varmint if'n he ever shows his face 'round these parts again.
Hickey's absence means Islanders fans are closer to seeing a nightmare come to life: the return of Brian Strait to a semi-regular slot [cue dramatic horns].
Capuano says he hasn't decided who's taking Hickey's spot. Strait is natural choice as LH shot, but Pulock has improved greatly last 2-3 gms— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 29, 2015
I'm not a religious man, but I urge anyone reading this to go to church this week and light a candle for either Thomas Hickey's quick return or divine intervention for Ryan Pulock.
There haven't been any details on how or what has been nagging Halak and "day-to-day" essentially means nothing. The Islanders have one game left this preseason - Sunday at Washington - and they have four days off after that before their regular season opener. So there's still a chance Halak could be back in net when the games count.
You know what? Better light two candles while you're there.
Looks like the early candles are working, gang!
Sounds as though Halak will be back practicing shortly, should be ready for the opener. Wasn't going to play both games opening wkend anyway— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 29, 2015