Anders Lee suffers lower-body injury, won’t return for Islanders tonight

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It must be getting more and more tempting for NHL coaches to put out skeleton crews full of AHL players with mere games remaining in the regular season.

Injuries really sting with the playoffs looming, and the New York Islanders have to cross their fingers that Anders Lee‘s lower-body injury isn’t too significant.

It’s at least serious enough to keep him out of the rest of Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers, as the Isles announced.

The Islanders only detail it as a lower-body injury, but it sounds like it might be related to his left leg. He may have been hurt by a Johnny Boychuk shot:

Update: Not a great opening set of outlooks, although nothing is set in stone.