The All-Star break is swiftly approaching and the NY Islanders will be represented by Brock Nelson and Ilya Sorokin. The two first time All-Stars will get a chance gto showcase their skills next week and as for the rest of the Isles, they'll get some much needed time off. Until the break, however, the Islanders have two more games to play and they'll have to do so without the services of Noah Dobson and Hudson Fasching who remain sidelined with injuries.
Dobson sustained a lower body injury against the Carolina Hurricanes back on Jan. 21st in the Islanders 5-2 loss. In 48 games this season, Dobson has potted 10 gols and collected 27 points. Filling in for Dobson has been Samuel Bolduc who made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 23rd and an encoure performance against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. Bolduc has replaced Dobson on the first unit power play.
Fasching was hurt in the Islanders contest against the Boston Bruins on De.18th. He's done well providing a spark of energy for the Islanders recording three goals and two assists in 19 games this season. Kyle Palmieri has returned from the injured reserve recently and has essentially been Fasching's replacement. The Islanders will have a decision to make once Fasching, who has provided plenty to remain in the Islanders lineup, who will and won't be remaining in the starting 12 forward group.
According to Islanders head coach Lane Lambert, both have yet to resume skating on their own. The estimated return for Dobson and Fasching post All-Star game is Feb. 6th when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders take on the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and the Vegas Golden Kights on Saturday before a week-long break heading into All-Star weekend.