The New York Islanders' chances of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 may have suffered a huge blow.
The team announced Sunday that Mark Streit, the team's No. 1 defenseman, will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury suffered when he crashed into the boards during a scrimmage at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday morning. Newsday is reporting Streit will miss six months after suffering a torn rotator cuff and labrum.
Streit, one of the Islanders assistant captains, has played the last two seasons on Long Island, totaling 27 goals and 105 points. In his first year with the Islanders, Streit led the team in scoring with 16 goals and 56 points. He also represented the team at the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal.
Last season, the native of Bern, Switzerland led all Islanders defenseman in scoring with 11 goals and 49 points. Streit, 33, was primed to be paired with James Wisniewski, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks this summer.