It was not an equipment issue for Kyle Palmieri.
That was coach Lane Lambert’s belief as to why Palmieri left the ice midway through Wednesday’s morning skate.
Instead, Palmieri missed the Islanders’ 3-0 win over the Oilers at UBS Arena with an upper-body injury and is day to day. Former first-rounder Simon Holmstrom logged 11:11 in his NHL debut after being recalled from their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
Palmieri was shaken up in a collision with defenseman Morgan Rielly at 1:02 of the third period in Monday night’s 3-2 overtime win in Toronto. Palmieri missed 10 minutes but did return to the ice. The Maple Leafs placed Rielly on long-term injured reserve with a knee issue on Tuesday.
“This morning when I said Palmieri was equipment, I hadn’t heard from the trainer so my assumption was he went off with an equipment problem,” Lambert said. “He had that hit in Toronto but he was fine as far I was concerned. I was surprised.”
During the morning skate, Palmieri skated in his usual spot on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s line with left wing Zach Parise. But he was absent when the Islanders worked on special teams.
Holmstrom, 21, was the 23rd overall pick in 2019 and is in his fourth season playing for Bridgeport. He started on Mathew Barzal’s left wing along with Oliver Wahlstrom.
“It was unbelievable, just a great experience,” said Holmstrom, who participated in Bridgeport’s morning skate before being informed around 11 a.m. he was being brought up and took a rookie solo lap during warmups. “It’s just a dream come true. I was just trying to take as much in as I could.”
Notes & quotes. Barzal extended his point streak to six games with the primary assist on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s power-play goal . . . D Robin Salo and LW Ross Johnston remained healthy scratches.