The New York Islanders placed Michael Grabner on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury Sunday and recalled Colin McDonald and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Grabner was a minus-1 and played nearly 10 minutes in the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Injuries have limited Grabner to just 18 games this season where he’s scored five goals and seven points.
Zolnierczyk has 14 goals and 36 points in 47 AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.
McDonald appeared in two games with the Islanders earlier this season, but failed to register a point. In 40 AHL games the forward has 14 goals and 35 points.
The Islanders are back in action tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a myriad of injuries and their last game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday saw them go without defenseman Kris Letang and lost forward Evgeni Malkin during it.
Defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Harry Zolnierczyk have been recalled from the American Hockey League to help fill those holes in the lineup. Letang was placed on injured reserve to make room for them.
With a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at home tonight, the Penguins need bodies. The Penguins were already without forwards Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass, and Andrew Ebbett. Adding Malkin to the mix of the skating wounded up front makes Zolnierczyk a necessity.
Letang missing the game Saturday meant the Pens were without their top four blue liners. Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi, and Brooks Orpik are all out with separate injuries and Brian Dumoulin had to make his NHL debut against Detroit. The team
If Samuelsson plays, it’ll be his first game in the league. He was a second-round pick of the Penguins back in 2009. Yes, he is the son of former NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. It’s probably a good thing they’re not facing the Bruins considering Ulf’s history against them.
UPDATE: Letang will be out until after Christmas, according to head coach Dan Bylsma. Same goes for Scuderi (broken ankle). Glass will be back in 3-5 days.
Pittsburgh has sent a pair of forwards — Chris Conner and Harry Zolnierczyk — to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, the club announced on Wednesday.
The pair received spot duty over the last week. Zolnierczyk appeared in three contests, Conner two and, while neither hit the scoresheet, Conner did average over 10 minutes per game in the 160th and 161st games of his NHL career.
The pair were sent back to WBS as a few injured Penguins appear on the verge of getting healthy. Forward Matt D’Agostini is back to practicing fully, but can’t be taken off IR until this weekend. Defenseman Kris Letang skated alongside partner Rob Scurderi at even strength and Paul Martin on the team’s top power-play unit during Wednesday’s practice, and appears as though he’s close to getting back into action.
Pittsburgh will also soon have to make a roster decision on 19-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta, to either keep him at the NHL level for the remainder of the year or ship him back to his junior club, the OHL’s London Knights.
Pittsburgh added some grit to its lineup on Tuesday by recalling forward Harry Zolnierczyk from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Pens are hurting up front with wingers Beau Bennett and James Neal out with unspecified injuries. Bennett, 20, was skating in place of Neal, who has been out since hurting himself in the first game of the season and is now on injured reserve.
Zolnierczyk, 26, has shown a surprising offensive flair for WBS thus far, scoring three goals in three games. He split last season between the Ducks and Flyers, appearing in seven games with Philly and none with Anaheim — he was shipped immediately to the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Norfolk, and played out the season there.
The former Brown University standout make his mark on the league last year with some reckless hits. He was tossed from a game against Washington for kneeing Caps forward Mathieu Perreault, then suspended four games for charging Ottawa’s Mike Lundin.
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Don Cherry thinks Phil Kessel did the right thing by not fighting John Scott on Sunday. Grapes didn’t agree with Kessel’s second slash though. (Toronto Sun)
Meanwhile, Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith was surprised by Scott’s actions. Or, as he put it, “That guy (Scott) is probably the worst player in the league and he goes after a guy like Kessel?” (Ottawa Citizen)
Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins’ first major challenge: Figuring out what to do up the middle while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and now Sam Gagner (jaw) recover from their respective injuries. (Edmonton Journal)
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Harry Zolnierczyk entered training camp as something of a long shot to make the team, but he’s gotten coach Dan Bylsma’s attention. (McKeesport Daily News)
The Anaheim Ducks trimmed their training camp roster on Monday and sent Stefan Noesen to AHL Norfolk along with five other players. Noesen was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was one of the prospects acquired in the Bobby Ryan trade. (Ducks.nhl.com)
ESPN The Magazine ranked the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, and Ottawa Senators as the top three NHL franchises. (Ottawa Citizen)