After taking pre-game warmups, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal was a late scratch for Friday night's game against the Calgary Flames with a lower-body injury. It was announced he is considered day-to-day.
Barzal has been in the best scoring stretch of his career, with goals in his last five games. After his second-period goal against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, he had a team-leading 11 goals over the last 22 games as he moved into a tie for 3rd place on the team in goals with Zach Parise with 11 after being held without a goal for the first 18 games of the season.
It appeared that 20-year-old rookie Aatu Raty would be a healthy scratch for the first time before the game, but after Barzal was ruled out of the lineup, he was inserted back in centering a line with Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck as Casey Cizikas played with Josh Bailey and Anders Lee.
Raty has now played in seven games this season. If he plays in 10, it would trigger the first year of his three-year entry level contract.