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Isles Day to Day: Martin & Kuhnhackl Out 4-6 Weeks

Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl both out with lower-body injuries, plus updates on Leo Komarov and Jordan Eberle

by Cory Wright WrightsWay /

Friday night's win came at a cost, as both Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl will miss four-to-six weeks with lower-body injuries, per Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello. 

Kuhnhackl left Friday's win in the first period after crashing awkwardly into the end boards, while Martin hit his knee off the inside of the Ottawa bench, a result of the bench door opening after a check. Martin finished Friday's contest. 

"Tom Kuhnhackl, that will be about four-to-six weeks, minimum four and hopefully maximum six. Matt Martin is a similar status, four-to-six weeks," Lamoriello said. "It's tough to lose any player, especially the way they play and the roles they play and how important they are to the team, on the bench, in the locker room and on the ice."

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Lou Lamoriello gives #Isles Injury Updates: Martin and Kuhnhackl both out 4-6 weeks. Komarov still day-to-day (illness). Eberle has been skating on his own. Andrew Ladd still on track for return late Nov.

Lamoriello said there were no plans to call-up players for Sunday's contest against Philadelphia, as Michael Dal Colle, Oliver Wahlstrom and Ross Johnston are all available. Head Coach Barry Trotz said that while losing Martin and Kuhnhackl create two big holes in the Isles' lineup, it offers opportunities for the three aforementioned players, as well as a call-up like Cole Bardreau. 

"We talk about next man up mentality, but it's a great opportunity for a guy like Michael who has been in and out of the lineup a little bit," Trotz said. "You want to be full time, this is a great opportunity for you. Ross Johnston [too]. There's great opportunities for those guys right now to step up and show what they can."

"You never wish injury on anybody," Trotz added. "But when the door opens, you either step in and join the party, or get kicked out for non-participation."

Video: Morning Skate : Lou Lamoriello

Lamoriello also offered some further injury updates throughout the organization. 

Leo Komarov is still considered day to day with an illness, while Jordan Eberle has resumed light skating. Lamoriello said there's no timetable for Eberle, who was placed on IR dating back to Oct. 12. 

Lamoriello said Andrew Ladd is still targeting a late-November return and Bode Wilde is skating in Bridgeport, but needs to get back into "hockey shape."

Video: Morning Skate : Barry Trotz

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