Dan Bylsma said today that the reliable Matt Niskanen will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a foot. Early indications are Simon Despres will slot next to Kris Letang tonight, meaning Despres is going from 0 (healthy scratch) to 60 (playing with a guy who averages like 28 minutes on ice per game) in no time flat. We wish him nothing but success, but we're mortified.
Trade deadline is April 5. We keep hearing rumors of Shero eyeing help on the wing, which is all well and good. But we'd be stunned if Ray Shero waits long to bring in another veteran defenseman. Incidentally, Brian Strait is playing with Mark Streit on the Islanders' top pairing tonight.