Now, you can add another one to the list.
Talented rookie d-man Ryan Pulock, who had three points through the first four games of the series, is unlikely to return after being sidelined with an upper-body injury.
“We’re pretty sure he’s going to miss the rest of the series,” Isles head coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. “It’s a big loss. He’s a young guy who was playing real well, he had a couple points, a big goal [in Game 3].
“It’s a little more adversity we’ll have to battle back from.”
Though Pulock was only averaging 14:45 a night, his presence will be missed. A former first-round pick, the 21-year-old has good offensive talent and was named to the AHL’s All-Star Game in January.
If Capuano wants to insert another right-handed defenseman, veteran Marek Zidlicky could be an option.
The 39-year-old has plenty of playoff experience — 44 games, including a Stanley Cup run with the Devils in ’12 — but only appeared in 53 contests for the Isles this year, with his last one coming on the final day of the regular season.
Game 5 goes tonight in Florida. Should Zidlicky draw in, he’d be making his series debut.