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Islanders lose Schremp for season with knee injury

New York Islanders center Rob Schremp (13) reacts

New York Islanders center Rob Schremp (13) reacts after scoring a goal against Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30). (January 16, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Islanders forward Rob Schremp will miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Schremp suffered the injury during the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. He is expected to undergo surgery, although the date is yet to be determined.

Schremp, whom the Islanders claimed off waivers in October, has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 44 games.

The loss of the 23-year-old center is the latest for the injury-depleted Islanders.

The trade of Andy Sutton to Ottawa and the season-ending foot injury to Andrew MacDonald last week created a seriously hobbled blue line that necessitated the call-ups of Dustin Kohn and Dylan Reese.

But the injuries extend beyond the team's defensive corps. Before receiving the news on Schremp, the Islanders were faced with two other troubling prognoses last week. Top-six forward Trent Hunter is out 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury and goaltender Rick DiPietro is on injured reserve with knee swelling. And now Blake Comeau, who missed the Flyers game with back pains, is likely to miss more.

The Islanders also face an energy-sapping West Coast road trip next week and two games in the final 16 against the Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

Now they may be making that sprint to the finish line with a noticeable limp.

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