The New York Islanders have been dealing with the injury bug as of late, but the hope was that at least one player could return Tuesday night against the NHL’s top team, the Boston Bruins.
Forwards Kyle Palmieri, who had missed the last nine games with an upper-body injury, and Anthony Beauvillier, who missed Saturday night’s contest with an undisclosed injury, were both on the practice ice Monday but did not take part in line rushes.
But it seemed like a positive when both took part in the Islanders’ optional skate Tuesday morning.
But when it came time for warmups, both were not on the ice and did not play.
That meant Palmieri missed his 10th straight game, with Beauvillier missing his second, and one could argue his third, given that he left Friday night’s affair against the New Jersey Devils in the first period.
The belief is that after just one team practice, Palmieri would not play, but the positive is that he made the trip. That means he is getting closer, but the Islanders will take their time, given his injury.
Beauvillier crashed hard into the boards, but it seems he is more than just banged up. He’s likely day-to-day, but we have not yet received an official update from head coach Lane Lambert.
These are the lines the New York Islanders ran with, to start, against the Bruins:
Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Josh Bailey-Brock Nelson-Cal Clutterbuck
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Hudson Fasching
Robin Salo-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
There was no status update provided following the game.