ELMONT, NY– The New York Islanders cannot escape the injury bug.
With four players on Injured Reserve in, Kyle Palmieri, Adam Pelech, Cal Clutterbuck, and Semyon Varlamov, along with Casey Cizikas day-to-day, the New York Islanders lost another two players to injury Friday night in their game against the Florida Panthers.
With 8:13 to play in the second period, New York Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov tried to clear the puck out of the defensive zone. Instead of getting the puck down the ice, the puck hit Brock Nelson in the back of the head. He stays down for a bit before skating off the ice and right to the locker room.
The belief is that he was forced into concussion protocol, as he did look shaken up.
Then with less than 10 seconds to play in the second period, Simon Holmstrom skated through the slot and took a slash from Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe before connecting with the knee of Sam Bennett.
Holmstrom stayed down for a while before the trainer helped him off the ice as he could not put any pressure on the knee.
Holmstrom’s injury pic.twitter.com/GOg4SZs8sq
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The officials called the slash but missed the knee-on-knee penalty, which could have been and quite frankly should have been a five-minute major for kneeing.
While we aren’t doctors, Holmstrom’s season may be over.
This story will be updated following the game.