Just when it seems like things cannot get much worse for the Islanders, they somehow find a way to do so. Team captain John Tavares will now miss the remainder of the NHL season after suffering a torn MCL. This is certainly the last thing Islanders fans want hear, as this continues to put an even greater damper on the teams’ hopes of reaching the playoffs.
Tavares suffered the injury during Canada’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Latvia Wednesday, after Tavares suffered a hard hit into the boards by Latvia’s own Arturs Kulda during the second period.
Tavares, the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft, has played a major role in the Islanders organization, having missed just four games in his NHL career. Tavares missed one game earlier this season, due to a minor hip injury. The captain also leads the team with 66 points in 59 games this season.
With the Islanders just 12 points out of a playoff spot, and the possibility of Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald being dealt before the March 5 deadline, it should be interesting to see how the Islanders bounce back with the loss of Tavares.
The Islanders return to action Thursday, February 27, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
You can check out the footage of Tavares’ hit by Kulda below:
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