Even the good news of the islanders brings with it bad news.
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Two and a half hours before the Islanders lost 4-1 to Rangers, general manager Lou Lamorillo announced on a Zoom call that the islands had received no additional positive COVID-19 tests. But after 7 p.m., the team announced that Noah Dobson would be out of the game, saying the defender was day-to-day with a lower body injury.
This left the islands with three pairs who could also play at Bridgeport: Robin Salo and Scott Mayfield, Sebastian Aho and Grant Hutton, Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDew. Mayfield is the only player in the group to start the year regularly.
The islands got to this point through a combination of COVID-19 and injury. In the former class: Adam Pelek, Andy Green, Zdeno Chara. After: Ryan Pulak and Dobson.
Aho said, “Getting up to speed isn’t really a challenge and because of everything I think everyone is doing – all the coaches, the players, the staff – if there’s a question or whatever, it’s time to help us.” Doing a good job.” “But of course it’s challenging we have a lot of people who just walked down but we have a lot of good people [have] increased this time. ,
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The lack of familiarity was highlighted several times with miscommunication, and a defensive breakdown led directly to the Rangers’ third goal, when LaDeau made it into neutral territory, leading to an odd-man’s rush, which But Kevin Rooney scored.
Another call-up, Otto Koivula, had a neutral-zone trade of his own that led directly to Rooney’s second-term target.
Nothing is ideal about the position of the team right now. After a 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday, the Islanders have lost seven straight and crashed out of the playoff race. He did not plan on relying on players who should have been on the AHL roster.
But here they are. And on Wednesday, it bit them.
“It doesn’t matter what lineup we have there,” coach Barry Trotz said. “You’re in the NHL. You can either get it done or you can’t.”
Jean-Gabriel Pejou’s frustration at going into the game boiled down to 1:51 when he dropped gloves with Alexis Lafrenier, possibly in retaliation for his hit in Ryan Lindgren’s period. Both players were called for a five-minute fighting measure.
In order to stay in line with the cap, the Islanders moved Pulak from IR to longer-term IR.
Koivula made his 2021-22 debut after a call-up earlier in the day. Centering the third row with Andy Androff and Oliver Wahlström, 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 streak of 168:26 ended with Chris Kreider’s second period goal without giving Rangers a goal.