Islanders’ Noah Dobson out with lower-body damage – MajorUpdates

Even the Islanders’ excellent news comes with unhealthy information.

Two-and-a-half hours earlier than the puck dropped within the Islanders’ 4-1 loss to the Rangers, basic supervisor Lou Lamoriello appeared on a Zoom name to announce that the Isles hadn’t obtained any extra optimistic COVID-19 assessments. But simply after 7 p.m, the staff introduced that Noah Dobson would miss the sport, saying the defenseman was day-to-day with a lower-body damage.

That left the Isles with three pairings that may as nicely be taking part in in Bridgeport: Robin Salo and Scott Mayfield, Sebastian Aho and Grant Hutton, Thomas Hickey and Paul LaDue. Mayfield is the one participant of that group who began the yr as an everyday.

The Isles obtained so far by way of a mix of COVID-19 and damage. In the previous class: Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Zdeno Chara. In the latter: Ryan Pulock and Dobson.

“It’s not really a challenge to get up to speed and everything cause I feel like everybody’s doing — all the coaches, players, staff — are doing a good job of helping us out if there’s questions or whatever,” Aho stated. “But of course it’s challenging in the way that we have a lot of guys that have gone down right now but we have a lot of good guys that [have] stepped up at the moment.”

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The lack of familiarity was uncovered with miscommunications a variety of instances, and a defensive breakdown led on to the Rangers’ third aim when LaDue turned it over within the impartial zone, resulting in an odd-man rush on which Kevin Rooney scored.

Another call-up, Otto Koivula, had a neutral-zone turnover of his personal that led straight to Rooney’s second-period aim.

Nothing in regards to the staff’s scenario is good proper now. After Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Rangers, the Islanders have misplaced seven straight and are free falling out of the playoff race. They didn’t plan to be so depending on gamers who have been presupposed to be on the AHL roster.

But right here they’re. And on Wednesday, it bit them.

“It doesn’t matter what lineup we put out there,” coach Barry Trotz stated. “You’re in the NHL. You can either get it done or you can’t.”

Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s frustration boiled over with 1:51 to go within the sport, when he dropped the gloves with Alexis Lafreniere after getting tripped, presumably in retaliation for his hit earlier within the interval on Ryan Lindgren. Both gamers have been known as for five-minute preventing majors.

The Islanders transferred Pulock from IR to long-term IR so as to keep cap compliant.

Koivula made his 2021-22 debut after a call-up earlier within the day. Centering the third line with Andy Andreoff and Oliver Wahlstrom, Koivula performed 11:28 and completed with one shot and one hit. LaDue additionally dressed for the primary time this yr, taking part in 12:33 and ending with one shot and two hits.

Semyon Varlamov’s streak of 168:26 with out giving up a aim to the Rangers ended with Chris Kreider’s second interval aim.

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