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.
Ah, the old debate between calling penalties in the big stages versus “letting them play.”
It’s possible that no one was happy during the first overtime of Wednesday’s thrilling Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators, as two officiating calls went back-to-back to furrow many brows.
Some might argue that the Blackhawks were “owed a call” after Brad Richards was whistled for high-sticking. Maybe officials swallowed their whistles when Duncan Keith broke up a breakaway attempt through what may not have been legal techniques.
That was controversial enough, but the crowd really turned on the officials when Seth Jones received a two-minute minor for what seemed like a trivial tripping infraction … depending upon who you ask.
Obviously, no one scored on the two power plays in the overtime period, which probably left the officials breathing a sigh of relief (however they feel about those calls).
Things are going from bad to worse for the Predators.
Having already blown a 3-0 lead on Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series — at home, no less — the Preds announced that veteran center Mike Fisher would be lost for the remainder of the game with a lower-body ailment.
Fisher, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower-body ailment (unclear if it’s related), played 5:07 in the first period but took just one 25-second shift in the second before exiting the contest for good.
This has been a tough season health-wise for the 34-year-old, who missed extensive time at the start of the year following a torn Achilles tendon. When in the lineup, though, Fisher was a key contributor that finished with 39 points in 59 games, and played big minutes for a Preds team that isn’t especially deep at center.