Eberle suffered an undisclosed injury late in the third period of Monday's game against the Penguins, Cory Wright of NewYorkIslanders.com reports. A shootout was needed to decide Monday's contest, but Eberle never came back onto the ice after leaving at the 1:05 mark in the third period. The specificity and severity of the injury remains unclear ahead of Tuesday's game against the Knights.
Eberle only has six goals and seven assists in 26 games so far this season. Eberle had a strong first season with the Islanders, but his numbers have plummeted across the board in year two. At his current pace, Eberle would be lucky to score 20 goals and reach the 40-point mark -- numbers he has reached in every season with the exception of the lockout-shortened 2012 campaign. Perhaps Eberle is thinking about his impending free agency and is worrying about whether or not the Islanders will trade him before the deadline in February.
Eberle tallied a goal and an assist on two shots in a 5-2 victory against the Canucks on Tuesday. It's been a super slow start for Eberle this season, and in the last five games coming into Tuesday, he only had one goal. He scored two goals against the Penguins two weeks ago, and that didn't snap him out of this slump, but maybe this two-point performance will finally get him going. Eberle has five goals and nine points with a minus-6 rating in 17 games this season.
Eberle (maintenance) will be in the lineup against the Lightning on Thursday. Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. Eberle missed Wednesday's practice for maintenance, but it's clear that he's not dealing with any type of serious issue. The veteran winger has four goals and seven points total over 14 games this season.
Eberle didn't practice Wednesday for the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Head coach Barry Trotz has stated that it's just a maintenance day for Eberle and that he does expect him to play Thursday versus the Lightning. Assuming Trotz is telling the truth -- big assumption in today's NHL -- Eberle should line up with his usual mates Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier for the game in Florida,
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