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New York Islanders Mathew Barzal Noah Dobson Make Preseason Debut

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 13:17 of the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 13:17 of the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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It’s game two of the New York Islanders preseason. The Islanders welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to the Nassau Coliseum with some of the Isles big names taking the ice.

Game two of the New York Islanders preseason is tonight. With the Islanders taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum.

Game one saw a number of players from the Islanders system and a few NHL regulars, but game two will feature more of the team’s NHL regular players. Including Mathew Barzal.

The Islanders star player will likely be slotted between vets Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle for game two. Trotz ideally want to get the three back to where they were when the 2018-19 season ended.

During the playoffs, both Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle took off. The two combined for 16 points in eight playoff games for the Islanders. Getting them on that page to start the season could be exactly what the New York Islanders needed to shake the notion that they aren’t an ‘offensive’ team.

Roster

The Islanders announced their roster for the second game well ahead of puck drop. Before 10 AM on Tuesday the roster was made official on the team’s website.

Forwards

NHL Regulars: Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Derick Brassard
NHL Fringe: Michael Dal Colle, Tanner Fritz, Ross Johnston
Other: Oliver Wahlstrom, Steve Bernier, Ryan Bourque, Mason Jobst, Kyle MacLean

Defense

NHL Regulars: Nick Leddy, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock
NHL Fringe: Noah Dobson
Other: Samuel Bolduc, Parker Wotherspoon

Goalies

NHL Regular: Thomas Greiss
Other: Jared Coreau

Not only do we get to see the return of Mathew Barzal, but we can all watch Noah Dobson as he tries to stake his claim to a spot on the Islanders blue line.

He’s going to have to outplay guys like Thomas Hickey who scored a goal last night for the Islanders in Philadelphia. Today is going to be Dobson’s first chance to do so. His future won’t be decided on this game alone, but it’s going to be our first glimpse on a player who should be making it very difficult for the Islanders to drop him.

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Tonight’s game will be available on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7 pm from the Nassau Coliseum.

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