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Backhand shelved: Isles’ Nielsen out a month with broken hand

Feb 11, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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The Olympic break might be coming at the best time for the New York Islanders and Frans Nielsen.

Isles GM Garth Snow says Nielsen will miss a month of action after suffering a broken hand on Saturday night, as Arthur Staple of Newsday shares.

Nielsen was injured when he was slashed by Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson. Johnson was suspended for two games for his stick work.

Losing Nielsen puts the Islanders at major two-way disadvantage. He’s third on the team in points and is one of (if not their best) defensive forward. He’s also arguably their best performer in the shootout.

Times have been rough enough for the Isles as they’re winless in seven of their past eight games. Going without Nielsen for at least a couple weeks once Olympic break is over won’t make matters any easier.

  1. btlpper68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    After Johnson went paul BUNYON on him!!

  2. bcisleman - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Should’ve been a longer suspension and penalty should at least have been a 2 + 2. If Frans isn’t injured, maybe they win that game.

    • jl9830 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Even as an Islander fan, this is incorrect. You can’t penalize based on the result of the action; only on the action itself. Two games for a slash that was dangerous, yes, but not exactly dirty? Can’t really ask for more than that.

  3. blomfeld - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:21 AM


  4. carltonthurman - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Season’s over anyway – as long as Nielsen heals up, no harm done, and the isles can bring strome back up for some more NHL experience –

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