Even the Islanders’ excellent news comes with dangerous information.
Two-and-a-half hours earlier than the puck dropped within the Islanders’ 4-1 loss to the Rangers, basic supervisor Lou Lamoriello appeared on a Zoom name to announce that the Isles hadn’t acquired any further optimistic COVID-19 exams. However simply after 7 p.m, the crew introduced that Noah Dobson would miss the sport, saying the defenseman was day-to-day with a lower-body damage.
That left the Isles with three pairings which may as properly be taking part in in Bridgeport: Robin Salo and Scott Mayfield, Sebastian Aho and Grant Hutton, Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDue. Mayfield is the one participant of that group who began the 12 months as a daily.
The Isles received up to now by means of a mixture of COVID-19 and damage. Within the former class: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Zdeno Chara. Within the latter: Ryan Pulock and Dobson.
“It’s not likely a problem to rise up to hurry and the whole lot trigger I really feel like all people’s doing — all of the coaches, gamers, workers — are doing a superb job of serving to us out if there’s questions or no matter,” Aho stated. “However in fact it’s difficult in the way in which that we have now numerous guys which have gone down proper now however we have now numerous good guys that [have] stepped up for the time being.”
The shortage of familiarity was uncovered with miscommunications various occasions, and a defensive breakdown led on to the Rangers’ third purpose when LaDue turned it over within the impartial zone, resulting in an odd-man rush on which Kevin Rooney scored.
One other call-up, Otto Koivula, had a neutral-zone turnover of his personal that led straight to Rooney’s second-period purpose.
Nothing in regards to the crew’s scenario is right proper now. After Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Rangers, the Islanders have misplaced seven straight and are free falling out of the playoff race. They didn’t plan to be so depending on gamers who had been imagined to be on the AHL roster.
However right here they’re. And on Wednesday, it bit them.
“It doesn’t matter what lineup we put on the market,” coach Barry Trotz stated. “You’re within the NHL. You’ll be able to both get it accomplished or you possibly can’t.”
Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s frustration boiled over with 1:51 to go within the recreation, when he dropped the gloves with Alexis Lafreniere after getting tripped, probably in retaliation for his hit earlier within the interval on Ryan Lindgren. Each gamers had been referred to as for five-minute combating majors.
The Islanders transferred Pulock from IR to long-term IR as a way to keep cap compliant.
Koivula made his 2021-22 debut after a call-up earlier within the day. Centering the third line with Andy Andreoff and Oliver Wahlstrom, Koivula performed 11:28 and completed with one shot and one hit. LaDue additionally dressed for the primary time this 12 months, taking part in 12:33 and ending with one shot and two hits.
Semyon Varlamov’s streak of 168:26 with out giving up a purpose to the Rangers ended with Chris Kreider’s second interval purpose.