Boychuk (lower body) has yet to begin skating, Cory Wright of the Islanders official site reports. The game Tuesday versus New Jersey will be the ninth straight that Boychuk has missed due to the injury. Coach Doug Weight stated Tuesday that "Johnny B is feeling pretty good" but not good enough to get back on the ice yet. Boychuk will probably need to get a practice or two under his belt once he starts to skate so it would seem the earliest he could return would be Monday in Arizona.
Islanders coach Doug Weight said Boychuck's (lower body) practice Wednesday "did not go as well as we'd hoped," Arthur Staple of Newsday reports, adding that the defenseman will likely be held out until after the All-Star break. There initially was hope that Boychuk would be able to return Thursday night against the Flyers, but that has gone out the window with the latest comments from Weight. Boychuk has supplied three goals, six assists and a plus-2 rating through 34 games this season, but it's his 77 blocked shots that really make him valuable in leagues that give bonus points for defensive contributions. The All-Star break will be held Jan. 28, meaning Boychuck could miss at least the next 10 games.
Boychuk (lower body) is optimistic he will rejoin the lineup against the Flyers on Thursday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Boychuk -- who remains on injured reserve -- has missed the Islanders' previous three outings due to his lower-body malady. If the blueliner does return to action, it will likely come at the expense of Sebastian Aho, who could find himself heading back to AHL Bridgeport.
Boychuk was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a lower-body injury. According to the team, Boychuk is considered week-to-week, so look for him to be out until at least Jan. 4 against the Flyers, although it could be longer. The Isles are already missing the services of Calvin de Haan (shoulder) on the blue line and will now turn to Ryan Pulock. In a corresponding roster move, New York decided to bring up forward Sebastian Aho, indicating it is comfortable slotting Pulock into the lineup in Boychuk's absence.
Boychuk (upper body) took the ice for warmups Saturday and will suit up against the Kings, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Boychuk was questionable for the matchup with Los Angeles after leaving Thursday's contest with Columbus early, but appears to be set and ready to go. The blueliner is currently bogged down in an eight-game goalless streak in addition to his five-game point drought. Despite his current struggles, the 33-year-old should be able to reach the 20-point mark for the fifth consecutive year.
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