In the New York Islanders 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, the Isles lost Kyle Palmieri to an injury. He's considered day to day with a lower-body injury but it doesn't look like that day will be tomorrow for his return.
Everyone skated at practice today other than Kyle Palmieri, according to Barry Trotz. If that's the case, then I don't see how he will be able to be good to go in 24 hours to take on the Vegas Golden Knights.
It's been the season from hell for Kyle Palmieri who has struggled immensely to start the season. In 25 games he has just one goal and seven points. In fact, over his last 11 games he doesn't have a single point for New York.
After Anthony Beauvillier sat in the press box as a healthy scratch there was a discussion if Palmieri would get that same treatment. That's kind of out of the Islanders hands now as his injury kind of made that decision for them.
Something had to change with Palmieri, just like it had to with Beauvillier and just like it has to with Josh Bailey. Hopefully, a few days of rest and recouping is what Kyle Palmieri needs because the team desperately needs him to start scoring goals.
For now, Oliver Wahlstrom will likely get some time up top which I'm not opposed to. Over his last eight games he has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists). With his assist numbers increasing we'll see if he'll be able to handle a more all-around role with the team going forward rather than depth scoring and a power play specialist.
Regardless, the news today all but confirmed that we won't see Palmieri tomorrow. The Islanders also play on Monday and Thursday before their Christmas break.