Islanders Mathew Barzal and Zdeno Chara likely out 2 games

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Feb 26, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson (44) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for the puck in the first period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara and center Mathew Barzal will likely both miss the next two games, coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday.

Chara has an upper-body injury and Barzal has a lower-body injury. Neither played in Sunday’s 4-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks.

Mathew Barzal and Zdeno Chara injured

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Feb 24, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Barzal’s injury occurred after being hit along the boards in 5-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings. The talented center needed help to get to the locker room.

The Isles are on the road against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night and return home to face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Chara, 44, has eight assists and 73 penalty minutes in 45 games this season. Last week, he broke an NHL record for defensemen by skating in his 1,652nd regular season game.

Barzal, 24, has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) through 45 games this season. He is closing in on his fifth consecutive 40-point season for New York.

–Field Level Media