The New York Islanders picked up their third win in five games. It was a solid effort against an honestly depleted Boston Bruins side. The 3-1 win doesn't change the Islanders precarious position in the standings much. They're still ten points out of a wild card spot (with five games in hand).
But there was still very little negative coming out of the win. Anthony Beauvillier scored, Cal Clutterbuck put up two goals, and Semyon Varlamov had a shaky start but showed his quality by the end of the game, stopping 40 shots.
There was little negative from the game. Outside of yet another injury.
New York Islanders: Kyle Palmieri out day-to-day
Sometime in the second period, Kyle Palmieri picked up an injury. The veteran forward last took a shift from 12:14 to 13:06 of the second period and did not return. We found out from Barry Trotz after the game that Palmieri suffered a lower-body injury and will be out day-to-day.
It hasn't been an easy season for Kyle Palmieri. His single goal and seven points put him on pace for three goals and 23 points in a full 82 game schedule. I think it's obvious to say, that would be the worst statistical season of his career.
A player who's converted shots to goal at a 12.8% clip from the 2011-12 season through the 2019-20 season is shooting at 1.8% this season. Again, it's obvious that this year has not gone as it should have gone.
He's only out day-to-day he's not out long term. At least based on early results.
With Palmieri out that means Kieffer Bellows has an opening on the team. He was recently scratched in favor of Austin Czarnik to give the team some center depth. Now he'll be able to get a string of games in to build on a decent season so far.