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Update: Islanders Dealing with COVID-19 Again, Another Injured



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12What else could go wrong for the New York Islanders with just a week left to go in what has been a nightmarish season?

A lot.

Prior to puck drop against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, the New York Islanders announced that forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau and associate coaches Lane Lambert and Jim Hiller were placed in COVID-19 protocol.  Also, forward Anthony Beauvillier is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Forward Otto Koivula was emergency recalled from Bridgeport (AHL), as he was in the lineup alongside Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, you can come off the COVID list six days later. The first day is day zero, followed by a mandatory five-day stay.

If this is indeed a positive case for all three, they will not be eligible to return to the New York Islanders until game 81 against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Apr. 28.

They will miss three games: Apr. 23 vs. BUF, Apr. 24 vs. CAR, Apr. 26 vs. WSH.

Before the All-Star break, the decision was made by the NHL and the NHLPA that only symptomatic personnel would be tested and players crossing into Canada. That makes us tend to believe that either these three all have symptoms or there was a combination of symptoms and close contact.

Back in March of 2021, Jean-Gabriel Pageau entered COVID-19 protocol, along with teammate Noah Dobson. So this would mark the second time Pageau has had to deal with COVID-19.

The New York Islanders last bout with COVID-19 came back on Jan. 11 when Ryan Pulock (injured at the time) and head coach Barry Trotz tested positive. Trotz was activated off the COVID-19 list five days later.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau has 16 goals, and 21 assists in 74 games played this season.

For Anthony Beauvillier, he has skated in 73 of the New York Islanders 77 games this season with 12 goals and 21 assists.

The hockey gods have kept Anthony Beauvillier out of the lineup against the New York Rangers now for both games at UBS Arena. The first time, it was a false positive.

Now it’s an injury.

New York Islanders head coach was asked about Anthony Beauvillier’s availability for the remainder of the season, but he had no answer.


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