Injuries were a subplot to the Islanders' 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Ryan Millers on Sunday, and more information has surfaced today about the health of two players and the availability of another.
Before the game, the Islanders skated seven defenseman because one would be a gametime decision. That player turned out to be Adam Pelech, who had played well in the week since his recall from Bridgeport but who had apparently sustained some kind of injury in Thursday's win over the Rangers. Whether it's related to the bad ass skate cut he got courtesy of Derek Stepan is unknown.
Scott Mayfield was inserted into the lineup on Sunday and played fine, but it seems Pelech will miss more time with an "upper body injury, " announced today by the team
#Isles now say Adam Pelech (upper) out "indefinitely." That's never good news.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 18, 2016
#Isles are off tomorow, practice Weds-Thurs before departing to Ottawa for Friday game. No need to call anyone up now.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 18, 2016
That second tweet from Arthur Staple is meant to preemptively cut off any clamoring to call up Ryan Pulock from Bridgeport (nice try, Art). But with three more days before their next game, the Islanders have time to make a decision.
In the meantime, Pelech hits the shelf for a little while just as he seemed to be making the case for more playing time.
It's a Twins Things
Mikhail Grabovski's check on Henrik Sedin in the first period on Sunday definitely caught the attention of the refs - who assessed Grabovski a major and a game misconduct - and the Canucks, who tried to amp up the hostility. Sedin did not return for the remainder of the game and now word has come down that the team will send him back home and possibly keep him out until after the All Star Game.
Coach Desjardins says Henrik Sedin will likely be sent home from NYC. Won't likely be back in game action until after the All Star break.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 18, 2016
Sedin's shoulder and head his the boards near the Canucks' bench, so it could be serious on a few fronts. Hope he's back to full health soon.
Finally, a league spokesman told Pro Hockey Talk that Grabovski will not face supplemental discipline for the hit. We're not sure right now if that's because of something in the hit or Grabovski's clean record. In either case it's good news for the Islanders, as he, John Tavares and Ryan Strome have looked very good in their one game and change together.