Nystrom, 32, was hurt during Tuesday’s loss to New Jersey and held out of last night’s defeat to the Isles. A checking forward that played largely in a fourth-line role, Nystrom had seven goals and 12 points in 60 games this year, averaging over 13 minutes per game.
With Nystrom out, the Preds look as though they’ll roll with a fourth line of Paul Gaustad, Taylor Beck and Gabriel Bourque. It’s possible the team could fill Nystrom’s roster spot by recalling someone from AHL Milwaukee, possibly Viktor Stalberg.
Video: Patrick Roy pulls goalie with 12 minutes remaining, plan backfires
Last spring during the Stanley Cup playoffs, we all witnessed as Patrick Roy pulled his goalie far quicker than most coaches would, giving his Colorado Avalanche an extended advantage with the extra skater.
He took that to a new level Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. With the Avalanche on a power play and trailing by three goals, Roy pulled Reto Berra with around 12 minutes remaining in the third period.
It backfired. Eric Nystrom scored into the empty net for the short-handed goal. That made it 5-1 Nashville.
Apparently the upper-body injury Mikhail Grabovski suffered thanks to a hit by Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom is fairly serious, as the New York Islanders placed him on IR today.
Here’s video of the hit from Thursday’s impressive Islanders win:
Grabovski, 31, has already dealt with injury issues during his first campaign with the Islanders, so this setback hurts that much more. He’s generated nine goals and 19 points in 51 games, and while that output is disappointing, Grabovski has shown flashes of the player the team was expecting when they handed him a $20 million deal.
The team recalled Kael Mouillierat on an emergency basis to make up for the loss.
The New York Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski was knocked out of Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators after Eric Nystrom delivered a big hit that flattened the 31-year-old forward. Grabovski remained on the ice for long enough that a stretcher was brought out, but he was eventually able to get back onto his skates and leave the ice on his own strength.
After the incident, the Islanders revealed that Grabovski would miss the rest of the game with an upper-body injury. Although Nystrom’s hit appeared to be clean, it did look like there might have been some contact with Grabovski’s head.
You can judge the hit for yourself below:
This has been a rough season for Grabovski as he has just nine goals and 19 points in 51 games after joining the Islanders on a four-year, $20 million contract.