Johnny Boychuk could use the rest (just like Jaroslav Halak) but for an entirely different reason. The New York Islanders need Johnny Boychuk to rest and recover so that he can be inserted back in the lineup as soon as possible.
The 34-year-old blue liner has missed a number of games through a lower-body he picked up back at the end of December. And boy do the Islanders miss him no the back end.
The man with the cannon of a shot is a great possession player. The big 6’2” 227lbs Boychuk is fantastic at generating shots and limiting shots against. Evidenced by his 50.4$ Corsi-For this season and 53.1% over his entire career.
It makes sense when you consider Boychuk is generally between the 800-1000 Fenwick mark for a full season. Alex Ovechkin, a man who seems to only shoot the puck floats between the 900-1000 mark Boychuk gets the puck towards the net.
Boychuk’s just as good at clearing the front of the net, which at this point, is almost more valuable than creating offensive opportunities for the Islanders. They already have that potent offense without Boychuk. What the Isles need is to stop shedding goals.
Getting Boychuk back should help the Islanders in that department. To do so he needs to get healthy. He can use this small break to do simply that. Take a break. Don’t worry about getting back on the ice. Don’t worry about anything but getting as close to 100% as possible.