28 November 2011
It was announced earlier today that Jay Pandolfo would miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. The injury was sustained on Saturday afternoon during the Islanders matinee game against the New Jersey Devils He blocked a shot from Devils defensemen Mark Fayne.
Newsdayâ€™s Arthur Staple reports that Nino Niederreiter will be back in the Islanders lineup tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres.
Niederreiter was apparently told in advance that heâ€™d be out a full week to â€śwork on his conditioning and learn what he needs to do by watching.â€ť A situation that was similar to what the team did with Kyle Okposo.
"I just need to get a little dirtier out there," Niederreiter told Newsday. "Go to the paint, throw pucks on net, get myself into traffic."
Prior to last Wednesday nightâ€™s game against the Flyer I spoke with Niederreiter.
(Niederreiter on his first several games in the NHL and the difference from last season)
â€śItâ€™s been fun. It was definitely way different, I felt way more comfortable, but I came from an injury and itâ€™s always tough to come back. It was my first injury, so I never really had a feeling of how thatâ€™s gunna be, but overall itâ€™s good.â€ť
(On the whether playing in the AHL was a nice transition to the NHL)
â€śNo, it was a good step to do the AHL first then come back up here and get a couple games in. It was definitely good.â€ť
(On what itâ€™s like to go through losing streak as a young player)
â€śItâ€™s definitely different, but I mean I havenâ€™t played a lot yet. So itâ€™s hard to tell either the right things.â€ť