Going into Saturday night’s game New York Islanders fans were nothing but excited to watch their team build on their 4-0 opening season win against the New York Rangers.
Unfortunately, Saturday night went horribly wrong for the Islanders from the start. In pre-game warmups, Cal Clutterbuck hit, scheduled starter, Semyon Varlamov up high with a shot. Varlamov was forced to leave the ice and could not take part in the game.
The blue and orange had to call on Ilya Sorokin on short notice to make his National Hockey League debut. Things did not go well for the young Russian netminder. Sorokin stopped 27 of 32 shots faced in the Rangers 5-0 rout of the Islanders.
Going into today, there was uncertainty surrounding Varlamov’s injury and how long the Islanders’ number one goaltender would be out for. Fortunately, the Islanders got some great news this morning.
Both Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin will be available tonight as the New York Islanders face off against the Boston Bruins at the Nassau Coliseum.
According to Barry Trotz, Varlamov’s apparent injury does not look to be too severe and he will be available for selection in this evening’s home opener.
Varlamov played fantastic in the Islanders’ first game of the 2021 season on Thursday night. He earned a shutout and stopped all 24 Rangers shots against.
Although both Varlamov and Sorokin are available against the Bruins, there is still no word on which Isles goalie will get the start tonight. The blue and orange will reveal their starting goalie as puck drop draws near.
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