The New York Islanders are in trouble. They have seven players in COVID protocol and already had Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock out with an injury. Now, you can add Noah Dobson's name to the list as well as the team announced he is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
As of right now, the Islanders have just one defenseman who started the season with the team in the lineup tonight, Scott Mayfield. Well, now enter Robin Salo, Thomas Hickey, Paul LaDue, Sebastian Aho, and Grant Hutton. Neither Thomas Hickey or Paul LaDue has played a game yet for the Islanders in the regular season this year.
It's essentially a Bridgeport Islanders lineup tonight and that's not even taking a look at the forward group yet. Here were the Islanders line rushes in warmups:
Richard Panik, Andy Andreoff, and Otto Koivula join the forward group tonight to round out the rest of the lineup. No one else was added to the COVID list today, it was just the Noah Dobson injury which we heard of right before puck drop tonight.
So far, Dobson has played 14 games for New York with four assists. He's averaged 18:45 of ice time which has been a career high as his role has expanded here in year three. He's been a power play guy for this team and with the current state of the team, expect Robin Salo to get heavy minutes on the man advantage.
The Islanders are off tomorrow before playing Pittsburgh on Friday. We'll see if anyone is able to return whether it's Noah Dobson or someone off the COVID list. Either way, this team needs bodies back. Badly.