The Islanders placed Pelech (upper body) on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Monday.

This move was made to make room for Dennis Seidenberg (jaw) on the Isles' active roster, and isn't necessarily indicative of the severity of Pelech's ailment. The 22-year-old blueliner will be eligible to return to New York's lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, but he'll need to be activated off IR before returning to game action.

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