So far the Thomas Vanek deal hasn’t quite worked out in favor of the New York Islanders. Matt Moulson is getting benched with the Buffalo Sabres though, so perhaps it’s a wash at this point. Regardless, Vanek has missed New York’s last two contests after leaving Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period.
Arthur Staple of Long Island News Day gave an update on the injured forward this morning:
Thomas Vanek (upper body) worked out and reported feeling better, meaning he could resume skating Wednesday and possibly play Thursday night against the Kings. Vanek missed his second straight game after being injured in the first minute of Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Columbus.
That’s obviously good news for an Islanders team that just snapped a four-game winless streak by downing the plummeting Nashville Predators last night. Vanek has one goal and two assists for New York through six games played, while averaging 18 minutes a night.
John Tavares hasn’t slowed down one bit without Moulson’s replacement, and was at the center of New York’s win against the Preds last night. There’s still a possibility that Vanek ends up clicking with his All-World center. If that becomes the case, the Islanders have just as much of a chance as anyone to make the playoffs out of the miserable Metropolitan Division.