DENVER–Prior to New York Islanders morning skate, general manager Lou Lamoriello addressed the media and provided injury updates.
Status of Varlamov
With about 6:30 to play on Saturday night, New York Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov left the contest after stopping 36 of 38 shots. There was no injury that we could see but did not return from the contest, and head coach Lane Lambert had no update following the game.
“Varlamov is lower body and is day-to-day,” Lamoriello said. He believes the injury will not be a long-term one and said that he will be evaluated over the next few days.
Netminder Cory Schneider was recalled on an emergency basis Sunday night and will back up Ilya Sorokin in Colorado.
In 15 appearances with Bridgeport, Schneider is 10-3-2, with a 2.51 GAA with a .921 SV%. He will serve as the backup for Sorokin until Varlamov can return.
Varlamov is 8-3-1 on the season, with a .919 SV% and a 2.65 GAA. Over his last five starts, he has yet to lose in regulation (4-0-1) with a 2.21 GAA with a 926 SV%.
Status of Clutterbuck & Palmieri
When asked if Clutterbuck’s injury was related to his shoulder, here is what Lamoriello had to say:
“It’s a totally different injury, totally different,” Lamoriello said.
He doesn’t believe these injuries are long-term.
Lamoriello had no comment on the hit by Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Ritchie, which injured Palmieri.
Palmieri had just come back from a 10-game absence with an upper-body injury (likely concussion).
Hudson Fasching and Simon Holmstrom will remain in the lineups.
Status of Pelech
The New York Islanders have been without top defenseman Adam Pelech, who suffered an upper-body injury on Dec. 6.
He did not join the Islanders on their road trip yet, but it doesn’t seem like he has made any progress.
Lamoriello shared that Pelech has not been skating but does not believe it to be a long-term injury.