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Gameday Updates: New York Islanders vs Buffalo Sabres

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Following last night’s 2-1 loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins, the injury bug has fully hit the New York Islanders and in a big way.

This morning the Islanders announced that they recalled Colin McDonald and Harry Zolnierczyk from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. These call ups occurred because the Islanders placed Michael Grabner on IR for the third time this season and Cal Clutterbuck was banged up in last night’s contest. Defenseman Calvin de Haan was also injured last night when he took a skate to the face late in the game.

So with all that being said, Isles head coach Jack Capuano announced their lineup for todays early evening matchup with the lowly Buffalo Sabres just a short while ago and it’s just about as bad as it could be. For tonight it’s McDonald and Zolnierczyk replacing the injured Grabner and Clutterbuck up front and Lubomir Visnovsky returning from being a healthy scratch the past two games and replacing de Haan on the back end.  Jaroslav Halak, who got the night off last night, will be in goal for New York.

Now most Isles fans know Colin McDonald and his work quite well as he is in his third season with the organization, but most people are not very familiar with Harry Zolnierczyk and for good reason. Harry Z. is an undrafted forward out of Brown Universirty and made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers back in 2011-12. That season he played 37 games and recorded just three goals and 35 penalty minutes. He played 13 games for the Penguins last season and scored two goals in 13 games.

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This offseason as Garth Snow looked to acquire some extra veteran depth for the Isles/Sound Tigers he signed Zolnierczyk to a one year, two way contract. This season in Bridgeport he has recorded 36 points and 70 penalty minutes in 47 games. These numbers are fairly impressive although they’re in the AHL, but at the very least Zolnierczyk will bring some toughness to the undersized Isles group of forwards. Obviously his status with the big club fully depends on how long Cal Clutterbuck’s undisclosed injury lingers.

The Isles take on the Sabres tonight with faceoff at 5:00 P.M. The Isles will look to get back on track having lost four of six games since returning from the All Star Break. Let’s Go Islanders!

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