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Isles’ Ullstrom (groin) out 3-4 weeks

Mar 15, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders will be without forward David Ullstrom for three weeks — possibly a month — after he injured his groin in a win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Ullstrom, 23, has appeared in 20 games for the Isles this year, notching 2G-3A-5PTS. He was demoted to AHL Bridgeport on Mar. 11 but was recalled two days later as a replacement for Michael Grabner, who was placed on IR with an upper-body injury.

Now, the Isles need to find an injury replacement for their injury replacement.

It’s unclear exactly who New York will bring up from the Tigers. Nino Neiderreiter could get the nod, but he was passed over for promotion last time in favor of Ullstrom.

Brock Nelson or David Persson could also be promoted, as they currently sit second and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively.

UPDATE: Head coach Jack Capuano says there are no call-ups planned at this time to replace Ullstrom.

Whatever the case, the Isles will need someone to jump into the lineup at a crucial stage of the season.

They sit just three points back of Winnipeg for eighth in the Eastern Conference and, after Saturday’s game in Florida, begin a crucial four-game homestand against the Senators, Canadiens, Penguins and Panthers.

It’s the Isles’ last big homestand of the season.

  1. islesjb - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Doubt they’ll call anyone up. They have Jesse Jonesu coming back from injury who may be ready as soon as Saturday.

    If he isn’t ready for Saturday, they’ll probably just goon it up with Eric Boulton for a game or two in JJ is good to go.

  2. bcisleman - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Joensuu may get the call for the Isles. Wouldn’t rule out the Isles making a trade AFTER the homestand if they are in a position in the standings that suggests buying. Not sure about the reluctance to call up Nino. Is he just not ready? Is this some sort of punishment for his agent’s ill considered trade demand? Hard to say.

    • islesjb - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      His play in the AHL kind of tapered off in the past couple months. I think the decline in production coupled with the fact that its been Garth’s plan all to keep Nino in the AHL for the shortened season means that we won’t likely see him getting a call up.

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