Marek Zidlicky will draw back into the lineup Friday in Florida, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Zidlicky will replace the injured Ryan Pulock (upper body) who will be out 1-2 weeks. What Zidlicky lacks in size he can make up for in speed. His play this season has been inconsistent at best but at this point in the playoffs coach Jack Capuano has decided to go with the experience in Zidlicky rather than the youth of Adam Pelech.
Zidlicky has missed the past 13 games with the upper-body ailment. At 39 years old, Zidlicky is no spring chicken, and he's not nearly as mobile as he used to be. Still, he could be a decent spot play in deep leagues since he does average close to two minutes per game on the man advantage and knows the game well.
Without a definitive timeline to return, it is unclear when Zidlicky will be ready to return. The
Marek Zidlicky (upper body) won't play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Zidlicky has been a solid defender for the New York Islanders this season, posting a plus-4 rating over 49 games, but shouldn't be owned in the vast majority of fantasy leagues, as he's tallied just 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and 43 shots on goal over that span. The 39-year-old blueliner will hope to return to action Saturday against the Bruins.
Marek Zidlicky will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Penguins with an upper-body injury.
Zidlicky has been in and out of the lineup all season due to injuries and depth on the New York Islanders blue line. Additionally, the veteran's inability to score with consistency, he's tallied a paltry two points in his last 10 outings, has led to coach Jack Capuano searching for different combinations at defense. It remains unclear if the 39-year-old will be cleared for action Wednesday when the team travels to Toronto.