Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk activated off of IR, to play vs. Red Wings

Watch as Islanders defencemen Johnny Boychuk tries to hit Sabres centre Jack Eichel, but slips and slams hard into the boards.

The New York Islanders have activated defenceman Johnny Boychuk off of injured reserve, and are expected to have him in the lineup when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Boychuk has been out since Dec. 31 when he slammed into the boards trying to hit Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel. He left the game and was placed on injured reserve the following day.

The 32-year-old is in the first year of a seven-year $42-million contract signed in March. He has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 14 games this year. It’s just his second season in New York after the team acquired him from the Boston Bruins ahead of the 2014-15 season.

The Islanders have also loaned defenceman Scott Mayfield to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

Mayfield, 23, has played in three games with the Islanders with Boychuk injured. Mayfield was drafted by the team 34th overall in 2011.