Oliver Wahlstrom exits early as Islanders’ injuries keep piling up

The excellent news for the Islanders: Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas have been again within the lineup on Tuesday after Nelson left Friday’s recreation and Cizikas exited Thursday’s recreation with injuries.

The dangerous information: It’s nonetheless unclear after they’ll get Kyle Palmieri, Cal Clutterbuck, Adam Pelech, Simon Holmstrom or Semyon Varlamov again. Palmieri and Clutterbuck are skating on their very own, coach Lane Lambert stated Tuesday, however the others haven’t even gotten that far.

Oh, and Oliver Wahlstrom was added to the injured listing simply 24 seconds into his first shift of the Isles’ 5-1 win Tuesday, after Pierre-Olivier Joseph appeared to hit his head into the boards.

“Unfortunately it’s part of our game and I hope Wally’s back here soon,” captain Anders Lee stated. “You’ve kinda seen us have to deal with that of late so unfortunately going a man down, [we’re] too accustomed to [it] midgame.”

The Islanders adjusted simply high quality on Tuesday, thrashing the Penguins in a whole effort, however the injuries proceed to be regarding nonetheless. Lambert didn’t subject an replace on Wahlstrom following the sport.

Oliver Wahlstrom was forced to exit the Islanders' 5-1 win over the Penguins with an injury.
Oliver Wahlstrom was compelled to exit the Islanders’ 5-1 win over the Penguins with an damage.
Robert Sabo

All of the opposite injured gamers have been described as day-to-day by the Islanders, however that designation borders on meaningless on condition that Pelech has been out for practically a month, final enjoying on Dec. 6 when he exited after slamming his head into the boards on a success by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo.

General supervisor Lou Lamoriello stated final week that there aren’t any long-term issues, however didn’t give a timeframe he would outline as long run. Lambert declined to do the identical on Tuesday morning, whereas additionally refusing to say whether or not Varlamov — who suffered a lower-body damage in opposition to the Golden Knights on Dec. 17 — has gotten an MRI examination.

On Tuesday, the Islanders saved Aatu Räty as their fourth-line heart alongside Matt Martin and Hudson Fasching, whereas enjoying Cizikas on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s wing. Though the Islanders various their strains a bit all through, a results of enjoying with 11 forwards, Cizikas on the wing particularly turned out to achieve success.

“I thought he was pretty good,” Lambert stated. “We work on that as a group. Everyone works on … wall plays and things like that in practice. So it’s not completely foreign to him.”

As for Fasching, he picked up an help on Mathew Barzal’s deflected purpose 50 seconds into the second interval and was plus-2 over 12:38.

“He’s contributing offensively, he’s playing his role, he’s going up and down,” Lambert stated. “He’s a big guy who gets to the net. He’s doing what he needs to do.”

Ilya Sorokin stopped 20 of 21 photographs for his second straight win in nets.

After going 0-for-3 on Tuesday, the Islanders are actually scoreless of their final 25 makes an attempt on the facility play.

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