The New York Islanders trail the Boston Bruins by four points in the race for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. It’s not an insurmountable deficit numerically, but theoretically it might as well be 40 points now, as the Islanders are going to have to do this without star captain John Tavares.
Tavares injured his hamstring in a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. He skated around the back of the Devils net, appeared to get a little caught up, and then dropped to the ice while holding the back of his leg:
Tavares was helped from the ice and did not return to the game.
On Saturday morning, the Islanders announced that Tavares was ‘week to week’ with a lower body injury, and Arthur Staple of Newsday assumes that means his season is done.
If that’s the case, then the Islanders’ season is probably done, too. Tavares has been outstanding as usual for them with 28 goals and 38 assists in 77 games, despite some linemate chemistry issues early in the season. He had 14 points in 16 games in March.
Hey, at least Tavares will have some extra time to think about what to do as he contract nears its conclusion. The bad news for the Islanders? Tavares will have some extra time to think about what to do as he contract nears its conclusion.
UPDATE: Here’s some salt in the wound for the Barclays bashers:
Clutterbuck said looked like Tavares caught skate in bad-ice rut at Barclays. Injury because ice was inevitable; this worst-case scenario.
— Brett Cyrgalis (@BrettCyrgalis) April 1, 2017
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