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LAS VEGAS– The New York Islanders welcomed back forwards Kyle Palmieri and Anthony Beauvillier to the lineup on Friday night against the Arizona Coyotes, as their injury list was trimmed by two, with just defenseman Adam Pelech (IR, upper-body) remaining out.

But Kyle Palmieri’s stay in the lineup was shortlived as the New York Islanders announced right before warmups that he was day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

Late in the contest against Arizona, he took a hard hit from Coyotes forward Nick Ritchie, forcing him into concussion protocol.

“Yeah, you don’t like that, and where we were on the bench, couldn’t really see the hit,” Matt Martin told NYI Hockey Now. “You could see it and hear it, and then you see the replay. The refs make him go off the ice for concussion protocol, but they don’t want to look at the hit either, so it’s an interesting one…Not a hit you like to see for sure.”

He did return and, after the game, spoke with reporters and said that he felt fine. Palmieri had missed 10 straight games after suffering an upper-body injury on Nov. 21 after a collision with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly.

Simon Holmstrom, who had filled in for Palmieri during his absence, was back in the lineup alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Zach Parise after being a healthy scratch against Arizona.

Head injuries are always a concern especially multiple in a short span.

The other missing party for New York was Cal Clutterbuck, who has been battling injuries all season. First it was shoulder soreness following shoulder surgery, which ended his 2021-22 season in March.

Then he missed a few games due to an injury that general manager Lou Lamoriello said was unrelated to the shoulder.

He left the game against the Coyotes with 6:06 to go in the third and did not return.

Hudson Fasching skated in his place alongside Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin.

This story will be updated following the contest. 

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