Milan Jurcina practices during Islanders training camp at Iceworks in...

Milan Jurcina practices during Islanders training camp at Iceworks in Syosset. (Sept. 19, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina was placed on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Jan. 17, with an upper-body injury suffered in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Devils.

The 6-4, 240-pounder, who missed five weeks this season with a hamstring injury, is expected to be out two to four weeks with this most recent setback.

Jurcina, 27, who signed a one-year, $1.6-million contract extension this month, has three goals and six assists in 26 games this season.

"Any time you have veterans in your lineup, that helps the team,'' coach Jack Capuano said. "Defense and goaltending are really crucial positions, why good teams always build from net out. He's a guy that brings good size, has experience. He was chipping in offensively."

That's something Capuano would like to see more of his defensemen accomplish.

"If you look at our defense right now, the six guys that are playing, we've only generated two goals from those guys,'' Capuano said before Friday night's game against the Sabres. "And I'm one that really likes to see the 'D' get actively involved.''

Defensemen Andrew MacDonald, Bruno Gervais, Travis Hamonic and Dylan Reese have yet to score this season. Jack Hillen, who scored in the third period Friday night, has two goals and Radek Martinek has one.

"We've got to get more from our 'D','' Capuano said. "It's not from lack of trying, but we've got to be better at executing when we get the opportunity.''

With his leadership role among the defense, MacDonald is one player in particular whom Capuano wants to see score.

Although MacDonald got his 15th assist of the season with a one-timer that was tipped in by Matt Moulson in the first period, Capuano wants to see goals from him.

"He's a 20-plus-minute guy,'' the coach said. "He plays a lot on the power play, so hopefully he'll break the ice sooner or later.''

Hamonic also got an assist on Moulson's goal.

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