Islanders Blueline Takes Another Hit with Seidenberg Injury

USATSI_9651640_154158418_lowresThe New York Islanders have taken another hit on the blueline thanks to an injury to Dennis Seidenberg. The team announced on Sunday that the defenceman likely has a broken jaw.

Seidenberg suffered the injury on Saturday after taking a puck to the chin in the third period of his team’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.

The Islanders are already without the services of Ryan Pulock and Travis Hamonic. Pulock broke his foot on October 21 and could be out four to six weeks, while Hamonic injured his thumb on November 5 and could be out four to six weeks as well.

Seidenberg saw an increase in ice time after the Pulock and Hamonic injuries and played at least 20 minutes a game throughout November ahead of suffering his own injury, but now the 35-year-old is on the sidelines and someone else will have to spring into his place.

Seidenberg is working with a one-year contract worth a mere $1 million, which he signed after training camp after a nice run with Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. This came after the Boston Bruins bought out the last year of his contract in June.

Seidenberg seemed to find his stride with the Islanders and led the team’s blueliners with four goals and four assists over the course of 15 games. He has a plus-10 rating, even if his Corsi For percentage is a little on the low side at 45.63. In fairness, most of the Islanders stink when it comes to Corsi For percentages.

So now the Islanders have just six healthy defencemen on the roster, which means someone like Scott Mayfield could be called up from Bridgeport.

“We have to stay together. That’s the only way we can break out of this,” John Tavares said of the depleted blueline. “There’s still a lot of hockey left.”

The Islanders are currently 5-7-3, good for seventh in the Metropolitan Division. They’ve scored 40 goals and have allowed 47 goals against.

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