Close to everything has been going right for the New York Islanders. They have two players in the top five points leaders in John Tavares and Brock Nelson, they’ve yet to lose a game, they've earned sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan division and they’re leading the league in goals.
Unfortunately for the Isles, their roster took a hit when Mikhail Grabovski was forced to leave Thursday's win over the Sharks after absorbing a big hit from John Scott.
Grabovski was not concussed, but according to Newsday's Arthur Staple, he is not traveling with the Islanders to Pittsburgh and is out indefinitely.
The former Toronto Maple Leaf had three points through the three full games he had played and took about five shifts for the Isles before exiting. Though the Islanders are deep in terms of offense so far, though losing someone for a long period of time who’s been as effective as Grabovski doesn’t bode well for a team hitting its stride early on.
-- Judy Cohen