Islanders lose top pairing defenceman

Published November 17, 2021 at 9:37 PM

Today the New York Islanders announced that they will be without key defenceman Ryan Pulock for the next four-to-six weeks. Pulock is currently averaging 21:07 of ice time per game and is a key member of the defence corp for the Islanders.

It appeared Pulock was hurt while blocking a shot against Tampa Bay while killing a penalty.

Pulock, 27, signed an 8-year extension in the off season that will see him remain in New York until the conclusion of the 2029-2030 season had played in twelve games this season before missing Tuesday night's game against the Panthers.

The Islanders began their season on a 13 game road trip that saw them go 5-6-2 which currently has them sitting last in the Metro with 12 points. The Islandes have also lost 4 consecutive games and look far from the team who took the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 7th game in the Conference Finals.

Losing Pulock will be a difficult void for the Islanders to fill as they will likely need to elevate veteran dman Zdeno Chara in the lineup to help fill the void.
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