The hits just keep on coming, figuratively, for the New York Islanders this season.
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Mired in a disappointing season both on the ice and in the front office, news yesterday that Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky are both injured and considered ‘day to day’ only adds more angst to a tired and frustrated fan-base as we wind down the 2013-14 schedule.
The status of both players will obviously be kept very secretive and under wraps for now but word coming out of several sources claim that Visnovsky is a pretty sure bet to not play tomorrow afternoon at Nassau Coliseum against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Okposo seems to be the most true definition of a game time decision at this point.
So who else could possibly be brought up from Bridgeport to plug the holes in the lineup at this point? With Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan and Mike Halmo already here, is there anybody else left?
Arthur Staple opined that Scott Mayfield and John Persson would be the most likely candidates if the newly injured pair can not make it to the ice tomorrow. Griffin Reinhart has still not finished his junior season in Edmonton and therefore not available just yet to New York.
The chances that we see an even younger lineup than the one that lost to Minnesota 6-0 in the Islanders last game is a very real possibility. One that should drive ticket prices on stub-hub to a new all-time low.
The optimistic nature of some fans has them excited at the possibility however. With the playoffs a long gone fantasy and reality being accepted, it gives us a chance to see players that could be ready to take that next step to earning a place on the NHL roster.
In Case You Missed It
- My post on the Islanders injury woes, with descriptions of ‘upper-body’ and ‘lower-body’ (EOI)
- Staple weighs in with his own column on Okposo and Visnovsky joining the crowd (Newsday)
- Ten things I think by Chris Triantafilis (Isles Optimism)
- Friedman with his opinion on fixing the Islanders (WFAN)
- Islanders in the big ten tournament (NY Islanders)
Around The NHL
FRIDAY MARCH 21, 2014 – FINAL GAMES
Across The Bridge
The Sound Tigers take on St.John’s tonight at 7pm, from Webster Bank Arena. Depending on when/if Mayfield and Persson get the assumed call-ups, they could be down two more regulars in their lineup.
Official press release on the signing of two more college players to ATOs.