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What lineup changes are coming for Islanders game in Washington?

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handle bench duties against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handle bench duties against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rest of the Lineup

Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

They haven’t been their usual best, but it would be strange for Trotz to make any change to his identity line for this game.

Pelech-Pulock
Leddy-Mayfield
Greene-Dobson

Similar to the fourth line, it’s doubtful that Trotz changes anything defensively for the Islanders. The team as a whole wasn’t good in that 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday and not any one particular player.

As the Islanders undoubtedly head to the post-season stability going into the playoffs is vital for any team, specifically at the back end. He’s going to keep these three pairs together for the long haul. The only way he pulls them apart is due to injury.

Thomas Hickey or Sebastian Aho aren’t trusted to play full-time nor is recent trade deadline acquisition, Braydon Coburn. Any of these three extra defensemen will be used only in emergency situations.

Semyon Varlamov will be in nets after Ilya Sorokin‘s poor performance against the Capitals. Varly is coming off a regulation shutout against the Caps a few games back. If the Islanders get that same performance they should, hopefully, be able to come away with a win.

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