Defenseman Grant Hutton has been recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) by the New York Islanders for tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, according to the team's media site. The 28 year old has no goals and five assists in 15 games with Bridgeport this season.
Hutton played 16 games for the Islanders during the 2021-22 season as the team battled through players in COVID-19 protocol throughout the early part of the year. He scored his lone goal and first of his NHL career on Apr. 9, 2022, at St. Louis when the team was trailing 5-0.
The team claimed LHD Mike Reilly from the Florida Panthers this afternoon, but the veteran won't be able to join the team until Saturday. When meeting with the media this afternoon, GM Lou Lamoriello said that defenseman Adam Pelech would be out a few weeks after the team placed him on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), meaning he will miss at least the next ten games.
Pelech appeared to injure his wrist just 2:23 into the first period on Friday night when he was hit by Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson behind the net and up against the glass. Sebastian Aho is also out of the lineup with an upper-body injury; his timetable is TBD.
The injuries come just as the Islanders turned a corner, winning three straight games after going winless in their previous seven. They felt that their efforts were better than the results they were getting during the stretch and will now have to battle through adversity on their blue line to avoid slipping back in the standings after moving into a tie with the Flyers for fourth place. The two teams enter tonight's game with 21 points; it's the second time they've played each other in the last three days, with the Isles winning 3-2 on Wednesday night at UBS Arena.