Even good news from the Islanders comes with bad news.
Two and a half hours before the puck fell in the Islanders’ 4-1 loss to the Rangers, general manager Lou Lamoriello appeared on a Zoom call to announce that the Isles had not received any further positive COVID- tests. 19. But just after 7 p.m., the team announced that Noah Dobson would miss the game, claiming the defender suffered from a lower body injury on a daily basis.
That left the Islands with three pairs who might as well play at Bridgeport: Robin Salo and Scott Mayfield, Sebastian Aho and Grant Hutton, Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDue. Mayfield is the only player in this group to start the year as a regular player.
The islands got to this point thanks to a combination of COVID-19 and injuries. In the first category: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Zdeno Chara. In the latter: Ryan Pulock and Dobson.
“It’s not really a challenge to level up and all because I feel like everyone else is doing – all the coaches, players, staff – doing a good job of helping us out if there is. questions or whatever, ”Aho said. “But of course it’s a challenge as we have a lot of guys who have fallen right now, but we have a lot of good guys who [have] intensified right now.
The unfa Rooney scored.
Another recall, Otto Koivula, suffered a neutral zone turnaround that led directly to Rooney’s goal in the second period.
Nothing in the team situation is ideal right now. After the 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday, the Islanders have lost seven straight games and are in free fall in the playoff race. They didn’t intend to be so dependent on the players who were supposed to be part of the AHL roster.
But here they are. And Wednesday, it bit them.
“It doesn’t matter what training we offer,” said coach Barry Trotz. “You are in the NHL. You can either do it or you can’t.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s frustration boiled over with 1:51 left in the match, when he dropped the gloves with Alexis Lafrenière after being tripped, possibly in retaliation for his hit earlier in the game. period on Ryan Lindgren. The two players have been called up for major five-minute bouts.
The Islanders moved Pulock from IR to IR long-term in order to stay in compliance with the cap.
Koivula debuted in 2021-2022 after a summons earlier today. In the center of the third row with Andy Andreoff and Oliver Wahlstrom, Koivula played 11:28 and finished with a shot and a hit. LaDue also dressed for the first time this year, playing 12:33 and finishing with one shot and two hits.
Semyon Varlamov’s 168: 26 streak without conceding a goal to the Rangers ended with Chris Kreider’s goal in the second half.