EAST MEADOW, NY — Ahead of New York Islanders practice, the team announced that Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 11, with an upper-body injury. Veteran forward Andy Andreoff has been recalled from the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL.
Despite being injured in the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 11, Pageau did play the entirety of regulation and overtime, logging 12:56 minutes in the 4-3 overtime loss. That was about five minutes lower than his average time on ice (18:00).
Per the NHL, a player must stay on IR no shorter than seven days, so Pageau is eligible to return Feb. 18 against the Boston Bruins.
On Monday’s rigorous practice, Pageau got clipped by a teammate during a drill and stayed down for a few minutes before getting up, hunched over. He did not play Tuesday night against the Senators, with Otto Koivula hopping into the lineup.
In that loss, a 3-2 shootout defeat for the Islanders third straight defeat, Koivula did not play the final 22:13.
Pageau has 10 goals and 19 assists in 56 games, winning 56.5 percent of his draws. He had just two assists over his last five games.
For Andreoff, he has 20 goals and 18 assists in 46 games with Bridgeport and could very well slot in when the Islanders play the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night.
NYI Hockey Now asked Lambert if there was concern with Pageau’s injury or if he expected it to be a short-term absence.
“We’ll see,” Lambert said. “So we’ll just see how it goes.”