No one in the Islanders’ room was pleased with the NHL Department of Player Safety’s decision not to hold a hearing for Brad Marchand after his interference major on John Tavares on Saturday in Boston.
Marchand appeared to extend his arms to make contact with Tavares’ head, sending the Islanders’ captain sprawling.
“Things are targeted, things happen spontaneously,” Doug Weight said. “But to me, the ones that are premeditated, it’s unfortunate when we only look at results. So if Johnny lies there and he is hurt, there’d probably be something done. I don’t know the logic in that.”
Tavares did stay down for a few seconds on Saturday but skated back to the bench and finished the game, a 3-1 Islanders loss. Marchand was not given a game misconduct to go with the major. David Backes got tossed for a head butt on Andrew Ladd during a scrum that also received no further discipline from the league.
“Like I said the other night, the video speaks for itself,” Tavares said. “I don’t have anything else to say about it.”
The Bruins will visit Barclays Center on Jan. 2.
Boychuk, Hickey out
The Islanders have had eight healthy defensemen for the majority of the season, but that depth has dwindled rapidly.
Johnny Boychuk (lower body) missed his third straight game on Monday, still not ready to return after blocking a shot late in last week’s loss in Tampa. Boychuk did skate on Monday morning but appears to be targeting a return later in the week.
Thomas Hickey was placed on injured reserve on Sunday after suffering an upper-body injury on Saturday. He stepped up to hit Backes and initiated a big collision right before Backes and Ladd engaged one another.
Hickey must remain out until at least this Saturday, but Weight hopes he will not be sidelined beyond the seven-day IR minimum. Scott Mayfield stepped into the lineup on Monday.
Prince goes to Bridgeport
Shane Prince was activated off IR on Sunday and went to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint, his first game action after offseason ankle surgery.