Head coach Barry Trotz said Pelech (wrist) will need surgery after suffering an injury in Tuesday's Game 5 versus the Lightning, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Pelech was a surprise scratch ahead of Thursday's Game 6. He delivered seven hits and a blocked shot in 31:59 during Game 5, but Trotz said he finished that contest due to adrenaline. Pelech is an integral part of the Islanders' defensive structure. Per Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Pelech's injury is a broken wrist. No timeline has been provided for Pelech's availability ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
Pelech (undisclosed) isn't on the ice for warmups and won't play in Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. It's unclear as to the specifics of the absence, but he was classified as unfit to play by the team. In Pelech's absence, Johnny Boychuk will shift back to defense, as the team will roll with just six defensemen for the contest.
Pelech scored a goal, dished six hits, blocked three shots and posted a plus-4 rating in Friday's 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 3. Pelech was solid at both ends of the ice Friday, and he scored his first career playoff goal at 11:50 of the second period. The blueliner now has five points, 54 hits, 41 blocks and a plus-17 rating in 19 outings. Pelech is more of a defensive player -- fantasy managers aren't likely to have much interest.
Pelech recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Capitals in Game 2. Pelech's assist on Anders Lee's empty-net goal was the former's first point of the playoffs in six games. The 25-year-old Pelech has added eight shots, 10 blocked shots and 17 hits in that span. He's much more of a defense-first blueliner, which makes Pelech a no-go in most fantasy formats.
Pelech (Achilles) is expected to be ready when the league begins Phase 2 small group training sessions, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. When Pelech was ruled out for the season, it was back in January after he suffered his Achilles injury Jan 2 versus the Devils. However, with the league going on hiatus and the postseason being pushed back, it appears the blueliner could be ready to play. In 38 appearances prior to getting hurt, the 25-year-old notched nine points, 81 hits and 83 blocks. Given his limited offensive upside, Pelech won't offer much in terms of value for DFS contests and playoff pools.
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