Arguably the second most important player to the team, Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy will miss up to two weeks of action with a lower-body injury.
The Islanders arguably suffered a loss worse then their 2-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, it appears that defenseman Nick Leddy will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury he suffered against Toronto on Monday night. Leddy missed his first game in five seasons Tuesday night, which broke his 320 consecutive games played streak.
Without Leddy’s presence in the lineup, the Islanders defense struggled against a highflying Rangers team, often having to be bailed out by the goaltending of Jaroslav Halak. Leddy’s absence will make it difficult to rotate Brian Striat and Lubomir Visnovsky every night to keep them at full health, which they have been doing recently.
Leddy, who was signed to a 7-year $38.5 million contract, has arguably been the Islanders best defenseman, helping out on the power-play and locking down some of the best forwards in the game.
So Isles fans, what do you think? Would you like to see the Islanders give Matt Donovan a chance? Keep the defense the way it is? Or, call-up one of their top prospects in Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Pulock?
All we can hope for is that Leddy will be fully rested and healthy once mid-late April rolls around.