The last time this team played was a shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights back on December 19. It appears that it will be at minimum 11 days from the last time this team played to when they could possibly return next.
COVID has hit the Islanders hard recently, again, as they announced that Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Zach Parise, Anthony Beauvillier, and Oliver Wahlstrom entered protocol after returning to the facility on the 26th.
Unfortunately, this isn't the Islanders first battle with COVID. They lost Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, and Robin Salo not that long ago and previously, back in November, the Islanders were decimated missing nearly their entire defense core and veterans like Casey Cizikas, Anders Lee, and Josh Bailey.
16 players since November 16 is absolutely nuts. There's been a rumor that the teams won't resume until January 1, which is still four days away. The Islanders technically still have a game on the schedule before that, on the 30th against Buffalo, but we will have to see if that one actually takes place.
The league is in really bad shape right now as they've been hit hard with the virus. As of now, they're still the only one to shut it down (as the NBA and NFL have continued and postponed games) over the last couple of weeks.
For now, we wait. It's not what anyone wants to hear but it's the reality of the situation. Hopefully soon we'll be able to watch the Islanders at UBS Arena again but for now, they'll try to get healthy first.