If you had a busy Wednesday, you likely missed some things as the New York Islanders returned two players to Bridgeport, while a regular was held out of the AHL lineup.
The stay started with defenseman Robin Salo heading back to Bridgeport, as it mimicked what happened to him on Sunday. The Bridgeport Islanders had Salo play later that evening, and he was back up with the Islanders for their practice on Monday morning.
Salo played in Bridgeport’s 4-3 win Wednesday night, notching a secondary assist on William Dufour’s (2020, 5th rd) seventh goal of the season.
WHAT A GOAL BY DUFOUR!! pic.twitter.com/fiLEnbXE4B
— Bridgeport Islanders (@AHLIslanders) December 1, 2022
Aatu Räty, arguably the Islanders’ top prospect, was held out of Bridgeport’s game. Head coach Brent Thompson has rotated his lineup this season, but Räty has never been removed from the lineup. No injury was announced.
In 18 games, Räty has four goals and four assists, and there’s a strong chance his 19th game of the season will be his first NHL game.
There has not been an announcement yet, but there’s a strong chance that Räty has been recalled. Following Bridgeport’s game, the Islanders optioned Simon Holmstrom back to Bridgeport after he was solid in his first three NHL games, notching an assist and playing a strong defensive brand of hockey.
With no update as of Wednesday night on the status of Kyle Palmieri (upper-body, day-to-day), Josh Bailey (upper-body, day-to-day), and Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed), the Islanders will likely need a player for Friday night’s contest against the Nashville Predators.
Ross Johnston is the only extra currently rostered, as the Islanders will need to recall a forward unless two of their injured players play.
Lambert could also go the 11 forward/seven defenseman route, and the Islanders could recall Robin Salo.
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