The New York Islanders announced on Wednesday morning that captain Anders Lee has undergone surgery for a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season.
Lee, who was placed on long-term injured reserve on Sunday, has missed the past three games after taking part in a collision with forward Pavel Zacha in the Islanders’ 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on March 11.
The 30-year-old co-leads the Islanders with 12 goals and is tied for second on the team with 19 points in 27 games this season.
The loss of Lee is a big one for the Islanders, whose average of 2.83 goals-per-game ranks 18th in the NHL and 20.5% power-play efficiency is 16th.
The Islanders are tied with the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the East Division with 42 points but the Capitals have played one fewer game than the Islanders.
The Islanders start a two-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum/NYCB Live on Thursday.
By Harrison Brown