Aaron Ekblad has been sidelined with a stiff neck, and will not play in Thursday's against Arizona.
He noted that it's unrelated to his previous concussion as well. In 68 games this season Ekblad has posted 10 goals and 21 points along with 58 PIMs, 62 blocks and 88 hits.
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body) took in a practice with the Sabres on Thursday.
Kulikov has been out since March 4th with the injury. This is a positive sign that he may be nearing a return to action. In 39 games this season he has two points with 24 PIMs, 52 hits and 60 blocks.
Kyle Okposo (ribs) took to practice with Buffalo on Thursday.
This is a positive sign that he's recovering well from the injury. Coach Dan Bylsma noted that he may be able to return to action some time next week.
William Carrier (knee) practiced with the team on Thursday morning.
This is a positive sign for the youngster, who has been out since Feb. 2nd with the injury. Coach Dan Bylsma noted that Carrier may be able to return to action some time next week.
Magnus Hellberg was returned to AHL Hartford on Thursday.
The 25-year-old netminder didn't see any time with the Rangers during his latest stint. In 31 games this season with the Wolf Pack, Hellberg has posted an 11-11-2 record with a .902 save percentage and a 2.91 GAA.
Unfortunately, Jean-Francois Berube's fantasy value to close the season will likely take a hit now that Jaroslav Halak has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport.
The young netminder has gone 7-3-2 with a 3.42 GAA and an .889 save percentage in 14 games this season. With the Islanders charging towards a playoff slot, it's likely that Berube will get squeezed out of playing time despite three sets of back-to-back games to close the season.
Jaroslav Halak was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Thursday.
The Islanders' original starter this season has been sensational for the SoundTigers, going 17-7-1 with a .925 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA. With three sets of back-to-backs to finish the season, including Friday and Saturday of this week, it would appear the Isles are using every tool in their arsenal to secure a playoff slot. Prior to his demotion, Halak was 6-8-5 with a .906 SV% and a 3.23 GAA with New York.
Josh Archibald was summoned up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday.
The 24-year-old has two goals in four career NHL games, both coming this season in three games. Archibald also has 16 goals and 29 points with 39 PIMs in 60 games down on the farm.