If there was any thought that Barry Trotz might change up his lineup after the New York Islanders dropped Game 2 in Tampa, guess again.
The Islanders bench boss said that he would likely employ a similar group on the ice like the one that he had for the previous game. The decision comes even as Oliver Wahlstrom appears to be good to go to return from his injury that has kept him out of the Islanders’ last nine playoff games.
Wahlstrom was injured during Game 5 of the Islanders First Round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“He’s available to come back in Game 3. I don’t know if he’s a candidate,” Trotz said during Zoom interviews on the Islanders off day. “I think we’re going to be healthy tomorrow. I would say we’re going to have a very similar lineup that we had yesterday.”
The comment would also appear to indicate that Jean-Gabriel Pageau is healthy to play after he missed the last 13 minutes of Game 2 with a “tweak.” Trotz told reporters that the Islanders pulled him from the game as a precautionary measure after the team went down three goals.
All of this means that Travis Zajac will remain on the team’s third line alongside Pageau and Kyle Palmieri.
🎥 Trotz Media Availability 🎥 pic.twitter.com/DRMTO2LOhL
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 16, 2021
Wahlstrom had slowly been working his way back to being healthy. On Sunday, he skated in warmups ahead of Game 1 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.
Still, Trotz has been quick to temper the notion that Wahlstrom would get right back into the lineup.
“With Zajac, he gives us a little bit more flexibility in the faceoff circle and obviously a little bit more of a checking role,” Trotz said earlier this week. “That’s the biggest thing probably, and experience. It’s working right now so maybe you don’t have to fix it right now.”
For now, it still seems the New York Islanders bench boss is content with how his lineup has played.
GET NYIHN IN YOUR INBOX!
NYI Team & Cap Info
Islanders Sign Ross Johnston to Contract Extension
Isles’ Net Belongs to Ilya Sorokin Even with Varlamov’s Pending Return
NYHN Daily: Sorokin a Star for Islanders, Thoughts Six Games in, & More
Bridgeport Islanders Notebook: Big Weekend for Forward Anatolii Golyshev
What We’ve Learned About the New York Islanders After 6 Games
Chara’s Early Struggles Should Lead to Blue Line Change This Weekend
One New York Islanders Fan’s Quest to Honor Father & Former Equipment Manager
Without Martin, Islanders Fourth Line Lacked Identity
Robin Salo Already Making Impact in AHL Bridgeport
New York Islanders Legend Mike Bossy Announces he is Battling Lung Cancer
- Chara’s Early Struggles Should Lead to Blue Line Change This Weekend on
- Rapid Reaction: Islanders Mauled by Panthers in Second Consecutive Loss on
- UBS Arena Puts Islanders Hockey, Fans First on
- Islanders Loan Bode Wilde to Swedish Club Following Refusal to Vaccinate on
- Islanders Should Roll with a Tandem in Goal Yet Again This Season on