Grabner was playing in his first game since sustaining a concussion March 10 against the Vancouver Canucks and had to leave in the second period. The Islanders (31-35-11) are also without injured players including John Tavares, Eric Boulton and Kyle Okposo, but are 5-0-2 in the past seven games.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will host the rival St. Louis Blues on Sunday at United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC,TSN2) and they're sticking with the same lineup that's won the past two games.
Only four games remain in the regular season for Chicago (44-19-15), which trails the Colorado Avalanche by three points for second place in the Central Division with only four games left.
Each of the past two games was played without top forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who are sidelined with injuries until the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The lineup designed to be simpler in structure, yet the Blackhawks haven't lacked too much offensively. They beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in a shootout Thursday at United Center on 26 shots and followed it up a day later with a 4-3 victory at the Columbus Blue Jackets on 38 shots.
At 1:06 of the third period in the Los Angeles Kings/Vancouver Canucks game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Daniel Sedin's shot deflected off Alexander Edler's stick and skate before crossing the Los Angeles goal line in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Vancouver.
At 15:40 of the third period in the Detroit Red Wings/Montreal Canadiens game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Tomas Plekanec's shot deflected off Alex Galchenyuk's body and into the Detroit net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Montreal.
At 5:31 of the second period in the New Jersey Devils/Carolina Hurricanes game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Jeff Skinner's shot at 4:50. Video review determined that Skinner's shot crossed the goal line. According to Rule 38.6 "In the event that a video replay shows a goal was scored prior to the play being stopped, the Video Goal Judge will inform the Game Timekeeper and Official Scorer of the time and the amount of playing time left to be reset on the game clock and penalty time clocks (if applicable)." Good goal Carolina and the clock is reset to show 15:10 remaining in the period.
Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul took line rushes during warmups and will return to the lineup. Lupul missed the game Thursday against the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury; Jerry D'Amigo will be scratched to make room for him.
At 4:16 of the second period in the Washington Capitals/New York Islanders game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Washington net. After the on-ice officials huddled to discuss the play, they informed the Situation Room that John Persson's shot crossed the goal line before the whistle was blown. Video review supported the call on the ice - good goal New York Islanders.
None of the injured players made the trip. They will be replaced in the lineup by forwards Steve Bernier, Tim Sestito and Stephen Gionta. Bernier and Sestito were healthy scratches Friday, and Gionta will be returning from an ankle sprain that sidelined him the past three games.
The Capitals activated forward Aaron Volpatti off injured reserve to take the place of Penner, who has one goal and two assists in 14 games since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks at the NHL Trade Deadline.
At 9:55 of the third period in the Colorado Avalanche/St. Louis Blues game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Nathan MacKinnon's shot at 8:40. Video review supported the referee's call on the ice that MacKinnon's shot hit Ryan Miller's right pad and never crossed the St. Louis goal line. No goal Colorado.