Casey Cizikas has headed to the Islanders' dressing room after Simon Despres' skate contacted him around the mouth area.
This could've been much worse. Despres' skate came up high on a hit and caught Cizikas. The forward went to the locker room immediately but it didn't seem as bad as other skate incidents we've seen over the years.
The New York Islanders decided to tab Brock Nelson for Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, making this his NHL debut.
He brings size and a solid amount of skill to the table, so he's at least worth watching. The Islanders selected him 30th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft.
If Frans Nielsen (lower-body injury) is not able to play in Game 6 Saturday night, Brock Nelson may draw into the Islander lineup.
In fact, he is skating with the regulars at practice Saturday morning. Frans Nielsen is also on the ice but appears to be skating on his own.
Frans Nielsen's status for Saturday's pivotal Game 6 is unknown.
He sustained a lower-body injury in Thursday's game and did not skate on Friday. At best, we are pegging Nielsen as a game-time decision. If you have other options on your playoff roster we would avail ourselves of them.
Andrew MacDonald is expected to need six to eight weeks of recovery time after having surgery on his hand.
The defenseman sustained a broken hand in Game 4 and the Islanders missed his presence on the back end in Thursday's 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh.
Frans Nielsen (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's do-or-die game against Pittsburgh.
The Islanders have to win to force a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh, but they may have to do it without the services of Nielsen, who was hurt on Thursday.