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New York Islanders Daily: Luca Sbisa May Return To Lineup

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Luca Sbisa #21 of the New York Islanders skates against the Nashville Predators at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Luca Sbisa #21 of the New York Islanders skates against the Nashville Predators at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders look primed to sit Adam Pelech. Which means we will have to see Luca Sbisa return to the starting lineup.

Adam Pelech has been struggling for the New York Islanders. He has five points in 15 games but a low CF percentage of 45.8. Pelech started the year on the top pair which didn’t last too long after he clearly struggled with the extended minutes.

Not only is he off the top pair but he may be losing his starting spot. Today at practice, Adam Pelech was paired with Dennis Seidenberg who isn’t even on the roster. Instead, Luca Sbisa, who is essentially Seidenberg 2.0 is paired with Johnny Boychuk.

Boychuk on the third pair I’m all for. Clearly, his cap number isn’t friendly for a third pairing guy but he is effective in that role. Luca Sbisa doesn’t have any business being on the roster.

Sbisa, in three games, has one point and 42.1 CF percentage. He was bad down the stretch with Vegas last year and he’s been bad in his limited playing time this year.

Why not add Devon Toews to the lineup and have Adam Pelech as the seventh d-man. Pelech is better suited in that role anyway as he’s younger and effective in smaller sample sizes.

Devon Toews, again, is off to a hot start in the AHL. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 15 games. I think he deserves a crack at the NHL roster, he can’t possibly be worse than Luca Sbisa.

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