The Islanders are already down three players -- Kyle Okposo, Casey Cizikas and Mikhail Grabovski -- and could be down a fourth on Tuesday when they host the Arizona Coyotes. Frans Nielsen's status is uncertain, but it appears the second-line center is not as badly banged up as first appeared Sunday.
"He's a tough kid and he obviously wants to be in there," Isles'head coach Jack Capuano said. "We'll wait and see how he feels, but fortunately I thought it looked a little bit worse than what it turned out to be. It's a good sign for us."
The Isles have managed to hold up well despite the recent string of injures the team has been dealt and they don't seem too concerned about the injuries.
"There's not much you can do about them," John Tavares said. "I think obviously guys are trying to get back healthy. It's part of the game, it's part of sport and part of playing in the NHL. For us, it's just got to battle through a lot of those things. It's an opportunity for guys to step up."
Depending on the status of Nielsen, an emergency call up could be in order for the Islanders. Newsday's Arthur Staple indicated that Capuano could also dress seven forwards and 11 defensemen.
In either case, don't expect the Isles' mindset or style to change out on the ice.
"I think for everyone it's important that we keep being a four line team," Tavares explained. "Six defense and have strong goaltending. That's when we've had success, so that depth is important and we want to keep playing the style that's been bringing us success."
The Islanders will skate Tuesday morning ahead of their matchup with the Coyotes and Capuano will likely have more information then on the status of Nielsen.