New York Islanders
That’s not a pretty roster. In the morning, the Islanders announced that Derick Brassard was day-to-day after taking a puck to the head. Cal Clutterbuck and Kieffer Bellows were loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. And that Andrew Ladd and Otto Koivula were being called up from the AHL.
The pitfalls and perils of the Isles lineup start at line two with Leo Komarov slotting beside Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson. Komarov is a good fourth line player, but higher up the lineup, when asked to perform a more offensive role, he has a hard time performing.
Ladd hasn’t necessarily been “lights-out” in the AHL. He has eleven goals and 4 points in 34 AHL and has been a recent scratch for them as well. So he steps in to play only his second NHL contest of the season. Ideally, they’re putting Ladd in the shop window in order to prove he isn’t a ‘dead’ asset that can no longer play NHL hockey.
There’s no change on the blueline, as is expected.
Semyon Varlamov will get the fifth start in six games, and deservedly so. Over his last five games, he’s averaged a 0.926SV% and a 2.75GAA. Varlamov has been one of the few players that have given the Islanders a chance to win over the past few days.
Detroit Red Wings
This is a bad team. Unfortunately, that means nothing for the Islanders. They’ve often played down to the opposition. Hopefully, that’s not the case today.
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