ELMONT, NY– Despite the NHL Roster Freeze, the New York Islanders made moves on Friday.
Following a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night, the New York Islanders had little to no time to focus on what transpired over the sixty-minute affair.
The Florida Panthers are in town for a Friday night showdown, with puck drop coming up at 7:30 PM ET.
Palmieri’s IR stint is retroactive to Dec. 16 while Varlamov’s is retroactive to Dec. 17.
Forward Casey Cizikas is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Palmieri and Varlamov join Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck on IR, and with Cizikas now out, the Islanders are without four regulars at least until their contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The only forward options Lambert has is either playing Räty or playing Ross Johnston.
When asked about Räty, Lambert raved about his all-around game:
“He’s played really well in Bridgeport. He’s a 200-foot player, plays both sides of the puck, and he’s played in all situations down there. For me, what I’ve seen is his compete level is very, very high. He’s having success, and it’ll translate,” Lambert said.
Robin Salo, who struggled mightily against the New York Rangers is likely out of the lineup as Lambert expressed that Wotherspoon deserved an opportunity.
“Well, Parker’s been in the organization a long time. He’s earned and deserves an opportunity,” Lambert said.
As for Salo: “Robin is continuing to grow as a player, as we said last night. So, you know, it’s part of a young player’s progress.”
It sounds like Ilya Sorokin will make his second start in as many nights. He stopped 29 of 33 in the loss to the Rangers. With Semyon Varlamov out, Cory Schneider (emergency call-up) will likely serve as Sorokin’s back up for a third-straight contest.
“He is more than capable of playing back-to-back. I thought he played great last night,” Lambert said.
We will find out lines during warmups.
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Islanders Lack of Defensive Cohesiveness May Prove Fatal
This year, the Islanders’ defensive play may still have them as a top-10 defense. Still, there’s no question that their push for offense has negatively affected their ability to play the responsible brand of hockey that had been their bread-and-butter during the Barry Trotz era.
Last year’s struggles defensively made sense, given the personnel.