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New York Islanders: Anthony Beauvillier Doesn’t Practice Before Game 2

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Maple Leafs defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Maple Leafs defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Anthony Beauvillier did not practice with the New York Islanders yesterday. It was called a “maintenance day” but will he play tonight?

The New York Islanders had a few guys making their NHL playoff debut on Wednesday. One of those guys was forward Anthony Beauvillier. Beau had the least amount of ice time with 11:01 in Game 1.

On the Nick Leddy goal, he provided a screen but other than that he was fairly quiet in the series opener. Beau was not on the ice at practice yesterday, leading to some assumptions.

Barry Trotz called it a “maintenance day” for Anthony Beauvillier, not giving much insight to if he would be good to go tonight. In his place skated Michael Dal Colle who was a healthy scratch for Game 1.

In his last 20 games, including the playoffs, Anthony Beauvillier has just three goals. That’s a pace of just 12 goals and since he isn’t your prototypical checker he isn’t giving the Isles a ton of value.

Perhaps the Isles will go with MDC on the third line with Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov. Dal Colle has shown to have some success there this season and could give the Isles a little more upside than Beau who has struggled mightily at times this year.

Again, this is all just speculation, Beau could be perfectly fine and be good to go tonight for all we know. It’s just sometimes you have to read the tea leaves that are presented to you.

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