2:50 pm: In today’s intrasquad scrimmage at the Coliseum before 1,500 fans, both teams scored four goals over three full periods before a brief and uneventful skills competition. But one major storyline emerged from the day.
Mark Streit, the team’s No. 1 defenseman and invaluable leader, suffered a shoulder injury in the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards after a soft cross-check from Matt Moulson. It was the kind of hit you see every day at practice and Streit absords bigger ones ten times a game. This was just the worst kind of luck for Streit and the Islanders.
Point Blank has learned that when Streit left the Coliseum, his left arm was wrapped and in a sling.
We should know by Monday the extent of the damage to Streit’s shoulder and the Islanders’ lineup by Monday. Based on my experience, not as a trainer but as a former PR person who announced dozens of shoulder injuries, this is what I posted on Twitter after the scrimmage:
Not medical but PR diagnosis based on team waiting a day on Streit’s shoulder: best case – 2 weeks. Worst – hope for no more than 6.