News: Boychuk (upper body) is expected to return for either or both of the Islanders' back-to-back weekend games.
Impact: Coach Jack Capuano said after Wednesday's practice that Boychuk was "coming along" well with his recovery from the injury, foreshadowing an impending return for the blueliner. Prior to suffering the injury, Boychuk had seen his production slow from his red-hot first few weeks of the season. Even so, he still has an impressive 14 points and plus-7 rating over 21 contests.
News: Hamonic (upper body) is expected to return to the Islanders lineup over the weekend.
Impact: There was some thought that Hamonic might play Monday against the Devils after he was able to practice with the team a day earlier, but the Islanders elected to play it safe and keep him out for another game. Coach Jack Capuano said he was "coming along" nicely during practices the last two days, and his activation shouldn't be far off.
News: Grabner (lower body) was moved to injured reserve Wednesday.
Impact: Grabner was previously labeled as day-to-day with the lower-body injury, but the Islanders evidently didn't think he'd be ready to go for the next two games. His placement on IR will create an open roster spot for either Johnny Boychuk (upper body) or Travis Hamonic (upper body), both of whom are expected to be ready to play over the weekend.
News: Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday.
Impact: Reinhart's return to the minors signals that the Islanders expect at least one of Johnny Boychuk (upper body) or Travis Hamonic (upper body) to return to the lineup for the team's next game Friday in Detroit. The 20-year-old Reinhart has one point and accrued six penalty minutes over his eight games with the Islanders this season.