Injuries are an unfortunate and unforgiving aspect of hockey.
For New York Islanders forward Kyle Palmieri, they’ve also been unavoidable.
Since joining the New York Islanders, Palmieri has yet to play a full season for the team. In the last two years, he’s missed a combined 68 games during the regular season, dealing with a lower-body injury and two separate stints in concussion protocol.
So far this year, though, Palmieri has managed to stay out of the training room and in the lineup.
In 39 games, he’s accounted for nine goals and 21 points. Although he’s in the midst of a season-long 11-game scoring drought that continued Saturday night against the Vegas Golden Knights, Palmieri is on pace for his best statistical season as a member of the Islanders.
“It’s hard to put up consistent numbers and feel good about your game when you’re missing big chunks of the season,” Palmieri told Hockey Now before the Islanders’ recent road trip. “Right now, I’m just really focused on going day by day and trying to help the team win.”