New York Islanders star Kyle Okposo is set to be out for two months after suffering a very scary injury.
The right winger has been diagnosed with a detached retina in his eye that was potentially suffered in a January 19th game against the Philadelphia Flyers, according to reports from ESPN.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano announced a week or so ago that Okposo would be sidelined six to eight weeks but did not disclose the nature of the injury.
"I kind of had an idea before the break, but it definitely comes as a shock," Capuano said on January 26th. "Kyle's play is dictating how we go and the pace we play with."
In 46 games this season, the 26-year-old right winger and first lineman has 14 goals and 30 assists and Okposo was on a hot streak with seven points in his last three games. He is the Islanders second leading points scorer this season, with only John Tavares ahead of him.
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Okposo scored four goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 16 and then played three days later in the aforementioned game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He even practiced with the club on January 20th before the All-Star break.
This is an injury that has been seen before in the National Hockey League. In 2001 Philippe Boucher, then of the LA Kings, was hit by a puck and had surgery to repair his eye. Another case occurred a year before when Bryan Berard had to undergo surgery to actually reattach his eye, a much more severe version of what Okposo is currently suffering from.
The Islanders (32-16-1) have lost two of their three games without Okposo but lead the Metropolitan Division with 65 points, one point ahead of the Penguins.