New York Islanders
BREAKING: Islanders Mathew Barzal Week-To-Week, NOT Season-Ending
The New York Islanders suffered a major loss on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins, as forward Mathew Barzal left the game a few shifts in with what appeared to be a lower-body injury.
Here was the hit, a knee-on-knee:
Barzal injury in slo-mo. May even be the ankle…skate kind of goes into the boards awkwardly #isles pic.twitter.com/oQLcTzU6aQ
— Robby (@Dosange) February 19, 2023
On Sunday night, the Islanders recalled 24-year-old forward Arnaud Durandeau on an emergency basis, as it appeared that Barzal was either unable to play against the Penguins on Monday night or, at the very least, was a game-time decision.
We got our answer Monday, as the Islanders announced that Barzal is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
The Islanders already have two players listed as out indefinitely, in Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) and Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body).
While Clutterbuck has been on the ice skating, just staying in shape with what appeared to be a wrist or hand injury, Wahlstrom is on crutches in a full leg brace.
Mathew Barzal missed some time last season with an ankle injury, the first time he had missed any time in his NHL career.
As of now, we do not know what the extent of the injury is or if he will be back this season.
Mathew Barzal has 14 goals and 37 assists in 58 games this season.
Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said, “we’ll see,” when asked about Barzal being out for the season. He would not comment on his availability for training camp.
Later on, the Islanders clarified Barzal’s injury as week-to-week and expect him to be back by the need of the season.