After their 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night, the New York Islanders have Monday off. Their next game is Tuesday night, as they host Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues.
Per New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert on Sunday, there are no updates on either Cal Clutterbuck or Kyle Palmieri other than the fact that both have not skated since their injuries. With both out of the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks, Lambert went with a new face in Clutterbuck’s usual spot, opting to go with 29-year-old Hudson Fasching after trying Cole Bardreau in that spot on Friday night.
In 13:04 minutes, Hudson Fasching notched two shots, two hits, and a block, along with a few strong plays to set up his teammates.
“I thought he played really well. What I saw was a real structural guy, who knows his position, knows where to be,” Lambert said. “And I thought he used his big body to protect the puck, create scoring chances are he went to the net hard.”
“I thought he played very well.”
NYI Hockey Now caught up with Fasching following his first NHL game since Apr. 4 of 2022, when he was a member of the Arizona Coyotes.
“It’s always a lot of fun to play. With Marty and Casey, it’s a lot of fun out there,” Fasching told NYI Hockey Now. “We had a good game. We had a lot of momentum early, and you know, trying to play low, grinding pucks out, and we had a lot of fun out there.”
For Fasching, at his age, you never know if or when that NHL chance will come again.
“New organization new opportunities, right?” Fasching said. “Sometimes you wonders is the grass greener or should I stay where I am kind of thing, and it’s exciting to be in a new organization and have the honor to be called up.”
Before the game, Lambert old Fasching to be consistent with his game and show his identity as a player.
“So that’s kind of what I did today. And I think I played my game. [got] low in the corners, tried to win puck battles, have good details in the defensive zone, so [I] felt good about today.”
From those that watched, we can all agree he did exactly what was asked of him.
“He was awesome. I thought he played a great game,” linemate Matt Martin said. “Right from the first shift, I thought we were cycling the puck and playing that game. Obviously, Clutterbuck’s role on this team isn’t an easy one to fill, but I thought he stepped up big time and really played an outstanding game.”
“Just works and makes plays, and it was really a lot of fun to play with him.”
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