Mikhail Grabovski is nearing a return from an upper body injury, which forced him to miss the final 23 regular season games and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
According to Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, Grabovski is “very close” to returning from an upper body injury suffered on Feb. 19 in a game against the Nashville Predators.
Grabovski left the Islanders 5-2 win over the Preds after a hit from Eric Nystrom.
The 31-year-old, who had nine goals and 19 points in 51 games this season, was placed on injured reserve the following day.
The Islanders will look to take a 2-0 lead on the Washington Capitals when the series resumes on Friday night.
Losers of five straight, the Nashville Predators got more bad news on Friday as Eric Nystrom was ruled out for four weeks with a lower-body ailment.
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.
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.
The Predators defeated the Avalanche 5-2.