The thin New York Islanders D-corps looks to be getting thinner.
According to multiplereports, veteran blueliner Dennis Seidenberg has likely suffered a broken jaw. Seidenberg left in the third period Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers after taking a puck to the chin.
The Islanders are already without defensemen Ryan Pulock and veteran Travis Hamonic. Pulock, a 22-year-old rookie, broke his foot Oct. 21. The injury carries a timeline of four to six weeks. Hamonic sustained a thumb injury Nov. 5 and is also expected to be out four to six weeks.
The aliments to Pulock and Hamonic meant Seidenberg was seeing significant ice time. He played at least 20 minutes per game in November until he got hurt. Not bad for a 35-year-old who didn’t earn a one-year, $1-million contact until after he played in the World Cup of Hockey with Team Europe.
Seidenberg has four goals and four assists in 15 games. He has a plus-10 rating, although his Corsi For percentage is a below average 45.63. However, the Islanders are a poor possession team to begin with as no player boasts a Corsi For percentage above 50, per Corsica Hockey.
The Islanders (5-7-3) must make do without three of their top six defensemen. Arthur Staple of Newsday believes they will call up Scott Mayfield from Bridgeport of the AHL before Monday’s game against Tampa Bay. Mayfield, 24, has a goal and an assist in 12 AHL games.