WASHINGTON - The Islanders put Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve with a suspected concussion Friday, a day after he took a hard, legal hit from the Predators' Eric Nystrom in the first period of Thursday night's win over Nashville.
Grabovski lay motionless on the ice for more than a minute before skating off under his own power, but the Islanders wasted no time in placing him on IR to let him start the recovery process.
To fill that spot, the Isles recalled 27-year-old forward Kael Mouillierat, who will make his NHL debut Saturday afternoon against the streaking Capitals, winners of three straight and seven of nine.
"I'm sure he's going to be out a while," Jack Capuano said of Grabovski after Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Predators, as big a victory as the Islanders have had in a season filled with good wins.
With Casey Cizikas (lower body) on IR through at least the weekend and Kyle Okposo (eye surgery) still roughly a month away from returning, the Islanders' forward depth is being tested.
It's good timing, then, that Colin McDonald has continued to contribute since he was recalled from Bridgeport, contributing two goals and four assists in seven games. It's also good that Michael Grabner looks like the Grabner of old, coming off IR himself two games ago and posting a goal and two assists in the last two wins.
This is Grabovski's third IR stint this season. The Isles are 5-3-0 without him.
Notes & quotes: Grabner's wife, Heather, gave birth to their second child, Olivia, just after Thursday night's win. He'll be with the team here for Saturday's game.