Injured defenseman Johnny Boychuk practiced with the New York Islanders on Wednesday, marking the first time he'd taken the ice with the team since being placed on IR last Thursday (Dec. 28).
Boychuk has missed three games with a lower-body injury, a stretch that coincides with the Islanders first three-game losing streak of the season. Boychuk was ruled out week-to-week, and while head coach Doug Weight said he'd be hopeful for Boychuk to play on Thursday in Philadelphia, he did not set a timetable for his defenseman's return.
"He looked good today. It was good to see him back on the ice. You miss him and Cal [de Haan], it's close to 50 minutes of ice time per night," Weight said. "Two really good players. It's been evident that last few games. It will be nice to get him back. I would be hopeful as a coach to see him tomorrow in Philly, but we haven't gone down that road to that point yet."
Boychuk has nine points (3G, 6A) in 34 games this season playing on the Islanders top pair with Nick Leddy. The year old was the Islanders most prolific shot blocker, with 77 blocks this season and is second on the team with 20:40 TOI/GP.