I like this one the least, but this is probably the likeliest option for Barry Trotz based on his previous history. If artificial intelligence was programed to study Barry Trotz lineup selection after a bad loss this is probably what it would come up with.
Right away, Martin and Johnston in the same lineup isn’t ideal. But it’s what Barry has to work with. If Kuhnhackl was playing well he’d be in Johnston’s spot here.
Brassard has only been effective when placed on Nelson’s win with Beauvillier on the other side. He doesn’t deserve being bumped up to the second line, but if the Islanders are going to get more out of Brassard this is the move to make.
Having Michael Dal Colle isn’t an ideal situation either, at least not on paper, but Barry Trotz has done something similar before. In fact, he’s done it twice just this season. Tom Kuhnhackkl and Ross Johnston both got time on the top line with Barzal.
For all his flaws, Michael Dal Colle is a better offensive player than both Johnston and Kuhnhackl. Trotz also likes his play away from the puck.
This lineup has its flaws but it certainly rattles things up a bit.