The Islanders will be without winger Oliver Wahlstrom for tomorrow’s game against Montreal due to an upper-body injury, relays Newsday’s Andrew Gross (Twitter link). He was injured in Thursday’s victory over Boston and is listed as day-to-day. The good news for New York is that they’re expected to welcome winger Josh Bailey back after he missed Thursday’s contest. Meanwhile, Semyon Varlamov has returned to New York after testing positive for COVID while in Western Canada. He remains unavailable for the time being.
Other injury news from around the NHL:
- The Canadiens are expected to have defenseman Ben Chiarot back in the lineup tomorrow, notes TSN’s John Lu (Twitter link). The blueliner was injured last weekend against Columbus and while it was a minor injury, they needed to move him to IR to free up a roster spot to bring up a replacement for him. Chiarot is widely expected to be traded by the deadline but it appears Montreal isn’t ready to hold him out of action as a precautionary measure just yet.
- Still with Montreal, the Canadiens announced (Twitter link) that Joel Armia is listed as day-to-day and will not play tomorrow afternoon. He took a skate blade to the face late in Thursday’s victory over St. Louis. It has been a tough season for the 28-year-old as he has scored just twice in 37 games in the first season of a new four-year, $13.6MM contract.
- The Blues announced that winger Vladimir Tarasenko will not play tonight in Toronto due to an undisclosed injury suffered in Thursday’s game against Montreal. The nature of the injury was not disclosed but head coach Craig Berube listed the veteran as day-to-day. Tarasenko has had a nice bounce-back season and leads St. Louis in scoring with 45 points in 44 games. Tyler Bozak will take Tarasenko’s place in the lineup.