The Islanders will be without Anders Lee for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.
Just when Anders Lee was starting to pick up his offensive production with the Islanders, his season is over.
Lee suffered a broken left fibula in Thursday night’s win over the Rangers after being struck by a shot from teammate Johnny Boychuk in the first period. The team hasn’t determined whether he will require surgery, but the second-year winger is expected to miss the playoffs.
Lee’s goal total dipped from 25 as a rookie last season to 15 this year, although the 25-year-old Notre Dame product netted three key goals in recent wins over Carolina, Columbus and Washington.
With the playoffs starting next week, the Isles also have been without starting goalie Jaroslav Halak (groin), defenseman Travis Hamonic (knee) and forwards Mikhail Grabovsky (concussion) and Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed) for multiple games. Matt Martin (shoulder) also missed Thursday’s game at the Garden.