EAST MEADOW, NY–Prior to the start of Thursday’s practice, New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello addressed the media to provide updates.
On the injury front, Kyle Palmieri status has gone from day-to-day to Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 21. That means he can return to action whenever he is healthy. Lamoriello does not believe LTIR will be needed for him.
Lamoriello would not share if Palmieri has skated yet.
Cal Clutterbuck, who only played 4:11 minutes on Tuesday night, is considered day-to-day with no further update on what is ailing him. Lamoriello did mention that his shoulder is not the part that is injured.
Clutterbuck has come out of games early already this season, along with missing the season opener. But Lamoriello is not concerned.
“I think you’re always concerned when a player gets injured, but he recovers pretty quickly,” Lamoriello said. “That’s the one thing that he’s capable of. And our concerns will only be there if we feel that it’s something that necessitates that. Right now, we don’t feel that.”
Josh Bailey remains day-to-day (upper-body) as he was a late healthy scratch Tuesday night. He was on the ice before practice, as Lamoriello said they will see how he feels.
“Well, first of all, they are positional recalls. So they played extremely well,” Lamoriello said. “They’ve been consistent through the whole season. And in the role that they would come in, with the injuries if that is the case as far as the needs, they both fill that role.”
Fasching has seven goals and three assists in 18 games this season with the Bridgeport Islanders, and Bardreau has five goals and four assists in 19 games.
“It means a lot. I mean to be part of a new organization, to have this opportunity, it’s everything,” Fasching said. “That’s what we work for in this sport is to try to get called up to the highest level.”
“It’s obviously pretty exciting,” Bardreau said. “When you get to kind of do my age you think your opportunity might be gone there, that you’re not going to get another look at it, so it kind of just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy it.”
Simon Holmstrom, who has played in each of the last three Islanders games, remains up with the club after a paper transaction Wednesday had him reassigned to Bridgeport.
“He’s played extremely well,” Lamoriello said. “We feel he’s ready to take that next step. And the question is…certainly in his hands when given the opportunity on a regular basis, and that’s the only way we’re going to find out [if he’s ready].”
Defenseman Robin Salo remains in Bridgeport while the Islanders figure out their forward groups.
These are the lines the Islanders ran at practice:
Simon Holmstrom-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Ross Johnston
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
Alex Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
The New York Islanders host the Nashville Predators Friday night, and we shall see during morning skate if any of the injured players are back. If not expect Fasching to be in the starting lineup and make his New York Islanders debut.