New York Islanders
Ladd was sent back to Bridgeport on loan which means the Isles much prefer the options they have. Hopefully, Dal Colle can recapture that form he had in the first period against the Sabres.
Semyon Varlamov gets the start, meaning the goalie rotation is back, as it should. The Islanders two goalies perform better when they split starts.
On the back end, the Blackhawks will be relying on a hodgepodge group of players. Brent Seabrooke and Calvin de Haan are both out for the season. Leaving the Blackhawks blue line to look something like the following:
In the crease, we find our friend Robin Lehner. Again, Lehner has played well this season and he’ll be “up for it” against his former team. The Islanders just have to make sure Lehner can’t get square to the shooter. Make him move and make it harder for him to get in front of the shot. The fact that Chicago allows an average of 36.1 shots against bodes well for the Islanders.