Calvin de Haan missed Thursday night’s game with a lower-body injury suffered in the second period of Monday’s win over the Red Wings, but that might be the extent of the bad news regarding de Haan, who hadn’t missed a game all season.
De Haan went out on the ice after the Islanders’ morning skate at IceWorks to test his injury, which could mean he won’t be out long enough to require a stint on injured reserve that would cost him at least a week.
“He’s played extremely well for us against a lot of teams’ top players,” Jack Capuano said.
Brian Strait stepped in for de Haan on Thursday night and could do so again Friday night, when the Isles face the Devils in Newark.
The options for a defense call-up from Bridgeport dropped by one when Scott Mayfield was hit with a three-game suspension for a check to the head of Springfield’s Steve Downie in an AHL game on Wednesday.
That leaves only Ryan Pulock among the Islanders’ defense prospects in Bridgeport, but if de Haan can return by Friday night (very optimistic) or Tuesday in St. Paul against the Wild (realistic), the Isles might not need to summon anyone.
Halak likely to face Devils
Jaroslav Halak didn’t get the call in goal against the Capitals but seemed all but certain to play the second half of the back-to-back set against the Devils.
Capuano said recent history played into his decision to start Thomas Greiss on Thursday night. “He’s been playing well and there was no reason not to put him back out there,” he said of Greiss, who entered the game with five consecutive winning decisions.