Much of Wednesday's post-practice media availability was spent discussing and dissecting the hit that occurred in the second period. Wilson laid a crushing hit on Visnovsky along the end boards Tuesday night in Game 4 that sent the Islanders defenseman to the locker room. It was the second game in a row a Capitals player hit Visnovsky and sent him off the ice. Except this time, he didn't return.
The team did not have any update on Visnovsky's status after practice and he is not expected to play Thursday's Game 5 in Washington with the series tied at 2. Several players were very vocal about on the hit.
"We could have easily hit a lot of guys like that too, but we stay within the rules and play the game the right way,” John Tavares said. "The puck wasn't even close to where Lubo was. So it was just a complete target of a defenseless player."
The night before Kyle Okposo called Wilson an "idiot." Isles coach Jack Capuano took the high road when asked about the hit.
"I don't have any opinion on it," he said. "It's a tough game and it's about the guys that play the game. It's not about the coaches. Guys are out there, they're playing the game and they have to do whatever it takes to win."
There will not be any supplementary discipline on Wilson from the NHL, according to ESPN's Katie Strang. But the bigger issue now is trying to replace Visnovsky on an already banged-up blue line. The Islanders are already without Travis Hamonic, who suffered an undisclosed injury in the next-to-last regular season game.
The likely candidate to fill the role is Griffin Reinhart, but the team knows losing Visnovsky is a big blow.
"It's a big challenge. It's no question," Capuano said. "You build hockey teams from your net out and I think our defense has done a great job this year, but if Visnovsky and Hamonic are both out they're big holes to fill. Who are we kidding, I mean they're two of our best guys back there. It's a chance and an opportunity for other guys to come in and step up.
"This happens as you move forward to try to reach your goal of winning a Stanley Cup."
The other challenge the Islanders face is maintaining their discipline level. The team is upset about Tuesday's events, but can't afford to take penalties trying to retaliate. Washington has the offensive firepower to make the Islanders pay if they go to the box one too many times.
The Islanders understand that.
"It's not just a regular season game here," Matt Martin said. "It's playoffs. The most important thing is winning. You want to be physical, but you have to be discipline at the same time. There's going to be plenty of opportunities to finish checks on them and take shots on their players also, and finish our hits.
"But like I said, we want to be discipline. We don't want to be going to the penalty box every two seconds and we've done a pretty good job of that as a team, and as a line this series."