PITTSBURGH — Ryan Strome does not need surgery on his broken right wrist but the timeline for a return almost certainly takes him beyond the end of the regular season on April 9.
“It’s maybe a little bit better than we initially thought,” Doug Weight said of Strome, who suffered the injury late in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. “But it’s still going to be an extended period of time, whether it’s three weeks or six weeks, we don’t know yet.”
Alan Quine took Strome’s spot in the lineup on Friday. Strome was showing more of the form the Islanders were hoping he’d bring after his breakout 2014-15, when he had 17 goals and 50 points in his first full NHL season.
Strome had six goals and eight assists in 39 games when Jack Capuano was let go. He had seven goals and nine assists in the 30 games since Weight took over.
Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta and Dennis Seidenberg remained the Isles’ healthy scratches. Johnny Boychuk traveled with the team and skated on Friday morning, but missed his ninth straight game with an ankle injury.
Ho-Sang happy about Lemieux comment
The great No. 66 controversy seemed to be put to rest for good on Thursday, when Pens owner Mario Lemieux gave a comment to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that betrayed no issue with Josh Ho-Sang wearing Lemieux’s old number.
“I’m fine with it,” Lemieux told the paper through a Penguins spokesperson. “It’s just a number. Number 4 and number 9 were worn by great players (Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe, respectively), and they are not retired forever. Players can choose whatever number they want.”
Ho-Sang was a bit relieved to know that was the word from his idol.
“I think that’s awesome,” Ho-Sang after Friday morning’s skate. “He didn’t have to speak on it. I’m very grateful that he did. It definitely takes a lot of heat off of me.”
There were still plenty of boos from the home crowd here when Ho-Sang touched the puck and especially when he was announced for his assist on Brock Nelson’s second-period goal.