Hickey is expected to take the place of the injured Johnny Boychuk (lower body) when the Islanders resume their quest for the Stanley Cup, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Boychuk will miss the next 2-to-3 weeks due to the injury. Hickey replaced Boychuk on several occasions late in the regular season due to injury or because coach Barry Trotz believed that a change was needed. On the season, Hickey accumulated four assists in 40 games. Hickey will likely play on the third defensive pair when the playoffs resume for the Islanders.
Hickey is expected to be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Hickey only has four points, all assists, in 39 games this season, but his benching has more to do with the Islanders having seven legitimate defenders for six starting spots. This means that someone not deserving will have to sit each game and Barry Trotz seems to have chosen Hickey as that someone more often than not. Hickey may only play if there is an injury to a fellow defenseman or if Trotz believes one of his regular defenders needs a night off.
Hickey (upper body) skated 14:48 in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Flames. Hickey added two PIM and two blocked shots in his return while skating on the third pairing. It's likely he will remain as the sixth defender for the Islanders as long as he remains healthy, competing primarily with Scott Mayfield, who was scratched Tuesday, for minutes.
Hickey (upper body) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's home tilt against Calgary. Hickey will be making his long-awaited return to the ice, as he hasn't played since Dec. 17. The 30-year-old will replace Scott Mayfield in the lineup, and it's unclear if Hickey will have his minutes monitored early on. Hickey hasn't quite been a fantasy star this campaign, accumulating just four points in 32 games.
Hickey (upper body) is expected to play Tuesday against the Flames, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Hickey has been out since the middle of December with this particular issue. The expectation is for the 30-year-old to replace Scott Mayfield in the lineup. However, given that Hickey has only four points in 32 games this season, this may not move the fantasy needle much.
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