The Islanders got back on the ice Monday night, and Johnny Boychuk again was not with them.
Boychuk, who took a shot off the right foot in Chicago on March 3, still hasn’t skated since then. That doesn’t bode well for the veteran defenseman’s chances of getting back into the lineup this week. The Islanders have four games in six days, starting with Monday night.
“There’s still some pain there,” Doug Weight said of Boychuk, who missed his fifth straight game on Monday. “The good news is that once it goes away, it should be a quick jump back from there. So we’re trying to keep him in shape, riding the bike, because we’re going to need him as soon as he’s ready.”
Adam Pelech replaced Scott Mayfield on defense with Nick Leddy, Boychuk’s regular spot. Mayfield got back in on Saturday in St. Louis, his hometown, but Pelech was pretty sharp in the previous two games, especially against the Oilers’ speed a week ago in Edmonton.
Quine, Cizikas closer but not ready
Among the Isles’ injured forwards, Alan Quine and Casey Cizikas — both of whom have upper-body injuries — were on the ice before and during the team’s morning skate on Monday, but neither was quite ready to return to action.
Quine was hurt in Columbus on Feb. 26 and has missed seven straight games. Cizikas suffered an apparent broken hand in Detroit on Feb. 22 and has missed nine straight.
“We’ll see if they come on the trip with us,” Weight said. “They’re close, but you have to make sure they’re ready.”
Shane Prince (ankle), injured in Edmonton last week, has not skated since his injury.
Isles have storm contingency plans
The Islanders had hotel rooms in Raleigh booked for Tuesday night should the blizzard keep them from flying home after the second half of their home-and-home with the Hurricanes.
Wednesday is the team’s scheduled day off for this week, so making it a travel day would not be a huge problem, even with a game against the Jets at Barclays Center on Thursday.