Boychuk clarified that it was a broken foot that kept him out of the lineup during the second round, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Boychuk told reporters he was hopeful he could play in Game 6, but unfortunately saw his club swept from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The blueliner played in 70-plus games for the first time since 2015-16, but still failed to reach the 20-point mark, falling just one point shy. If he can stay healthy, the Edmonton native should push for that mark next season.
Head coach Barry Trotz said Friday that Boychuk (leg) is making progress and has a "slim chance" to play in New York's second-round series against Carolina, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Boychuk sustained the left leg injury upon blocking a slap shot in New York's Game 4 win over Pittsburgh on April 16. The initial diagnosis was that the Alberta native would miss 3-to-4 weeks, putting his return date sometime after the second round. This claim that Boychuk is recovering well is good news for an Islanders team that was able to rely heavily on its stingy defense in sweeping Pittsburgh in the first round. In the meantime, Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all likely to continue seeing increased ice time in Boychuk's absence.
Boychuck (leg) will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
This is a big blow to an Islanders team that swept the Penguins in the conference quarterfinals behind a stingy defense that permitted only six goals in the opening series. Boychuk is tending to an injury caused by him blocking a Marcus Pettersson slap shot that drilled his left leg in Game 4. Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all candidates to sub in for Boychuk during the conference semifinals.
Boychuk specifically sustained a left leg injury upon blocking a slap shot in Tuesday's series-clinching win over the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
As noted by Gross, the Islanders prevailed despite losing Boychuk and forward Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed) for half the contest. As for the former, he's quite susceptible to injuries due to his shot-blocking prowess and fearlessness -- Boychuk stacked 19 points against 144 hits and 120 blocked shots in the regular season. The good news for the injured Isles players is that their sweep over the Pens has afforded them more time to heal ahead of the conference quarterfinals facing the series winner of Washington versus Carolina.
Boychuk (undisclosed) didn't return to Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Penguins after exiting with an injury, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Coach Barry Trotz had no update after the game. The earliest update will come Thursday, as the Islanders have the day off Wednesday after sweeping the Penguins in the first round. Boychuk had an assist and a plus-2 rating through four playoff games.
Boychuk left Tuesday's Game 4 versus the Penguins with an undisclosed injury, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Boychuk blocked a shot in the second period and spent some time on the bench before heading to the dressing room. He wasn't present to start the third frame. Boychuk has an assist and a plus-2 rating so far in this series, and he may get extended rest if the Islanders can pull of the sweep.
Boychuk ended up being a healthy scratch as the Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 in a shootout Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
It seems coach Barry Trotz has been deciding on a game by game basis between Boychuk and Thomas Hickey as to who will be the sixth defenseman for the team. Boychuk only has three goals and 19 points for the Isles this season but does have a rating of plus-8 which is a 180-degree turn from the minus-8 rating Boychuk posted last season. He's the likely starter for the Islanders when the playoffs open, but how long he remains in that position likely depends on how well he is playing.
Boychuk returned to the lineup Saturday against the Flyers after being a healthy scratch for the last six games, Laura Albanese of Newsday reports.
Boychuk replaced Thomas Hickey for the game in Philadelphia. His insertion into the lineup may have also been a strategic move by coach Barry Trotz as Boychuk and Jakub Voracek of the Flyers had a little run in the last time these two met, March 9 on Long Island -- an altercation that ended with Voracek being suspended two games for an illegal hit to Boychuk's head. As for Saturday, Boychuk ended up playing 17:32, was a plus-1, and added a helper.
Boychuk will once again be a healthy scratch Tuesday versus the Bruins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Tuesday will mark the third straight game that Boychuk has watched a game from the press box. Boychuk has recovered from his shoulder injury but was playing poorly prior, and right now coach Barry Trotz seems to prefer having Thomas Hickey in the lineup instead. Boychuk will next get a chance to play Thursday in Montreal.
Boychuk was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Sunday in Minnesota, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Boychuk also missed the prior two games due to a shoulder injury, so this may have just been a way for coach Barry Trotz to get Thomas Hickey into the lineup while also getting Boychuk an additional few days off. Boychuk will next get a chance to play versus Boston on Tuesday.
Boychuk (concussion) was fit to play Saturday, but Islanders coach Barry Trotz decided to scratch him in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Red Wings.
The Isles shut out the Blue Jackets and the defense allowed only one goal to the Habs in the ensuing game, so Trotz wasn't about to press Boychuk into a favorable contest against Detroit, but perhaps the two-way blueliner would've been able to help the team avoid the narrow loss to the Original Six club. At any rate, it appears Boychuk -- who has 17 points, 136 hits and 103 blocked shots this season -- will be good to go Sunday versus the Wild.
Boychuk (concussion) won't play Saturday against the Red Wings, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Boychuk returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion Friday, so he's clearly closing in on a return to the lineup, but he'll have to wait for Sunday's matchup with Minnesota for his next opportunity to do so.
According to coach Barry Trotz, Boychuk (concussion) is considered "possible" for Saturday's matchup with Detroit, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Boychuk's status against the Red Wings likely won't be confirmed until the Islanders take the ice for pregame warmups, but he's only totaled 17 points in 67 games this campaign, so most fantasy owners shouldn't need to concern themselves with his availability.
Boychuk (concussion) skated on his own Thursday, but won't be in the lineup against Montreal, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Boychuk getting on the ice is certainly a step in the right direction, but he will need to join his teammates at practice and be cleared for contact before he has a chance to get back into the lineup. With a back-to-back coming up Saturday and Sunday versus the Red Wings and Wild, respectively, the blueliner may not be able to suit up until Tuesday's tilt with Boston.
Boychuk (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
It is not known where Boychuk sits as far as concussion protocol goes, but since he has yet to return to the ice, it would seem highly unlikely that he will play Thursday versus Montreal. It remains to be seen who Boychuk will be paired with when he is deemed ready to return to the team.
Boychuk (concussion) will sit out Monday's meeting with the Blue Jackets, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek was handed a two-game suspension for the hit that concussed Boychuk, but that's little consolation to Islanders fans. The team will hope to get Boychuk back Thursday against Montreal, but he'll need to clear concussion protocol in order to have a chance of suiting up.
Coach Barry Trotz said Boychuk (concussion) is considered day-to-day after taking a hit to the head from Jakub Voracek, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
The hit earned Voracek a five-minute major, and he'll be hearing from the NHL Department of Player Safety. Boychuk immediately left the ice and didn't return to the game. Thomas Hickey filled into Boychuk's spot on the blue line during practice, and he could remain in that role if Boychuk can't play Monday versus the Blue Jackets.
Boychuk (undisclosed) left Saturday's game against Philadelphia and did not return, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Boychuk was hit in the head while attempting to check Jakub Voracek. Head coach Barry Trotz did not provide a timetable for the defenseman's injury after the game, but expect the team to share more details on Boychuk's status before hosting Columbus on Monday.
Boychuk will be in the lineup against the Capitals on Friday after avoiding a serious injury when he was caught in the neck by a skate in Thursday's matchup with Toronto, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Boychuk was understandably shaken up following the incident, which is why he didn't come onto the bench right away in the third period Thursday. The defenseman appears to have put the incident behind him and will be in action versus Washington, despite sporting a two-inch slash on his neck that didn't require stitches.
Boychuk assisted on the opening goal of Saturday's 4-0 win over the Canucks.
Boychuk set up the streaking Casey Cizikas just 4:48 into the first period. He added four blocked shots in the contest. In his last four contests, Boychuk has three assists and 10 blocks, but he went without a point in the previous six games. He has 16 points in 60 games this season, limiting his appeal for fantasy purposes.
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