Forward Ryan Strome of the New York Islanders broke his right wrist Wednesday against the New York Rangers, Newsday reported Thursday.
The newspaper speculates Strome likely will not return unless the Islanders were to make a deep run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. New York is two points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference. New York, which has a game in hand, visits the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 p.m., ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG+, NHL.TV) and hosts the Bruins on Saturday.
Strome left the game Wednesday in the second period after his arm was caught at an awkward angle before Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei hit him. Strome dropped his stick and glove, went to the bench and then to the locker room.
Coach Doug Weight said after the 3-2 victory at Madison Square Garden that Strome would miss the games against the Penguins and the Bruins.
Strome has 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 69 games this season.