Noah Dobson of the Island is out with a lower back injury

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The good news for islanders also comes with bad news.

Two and a half hours before the Rangers’ puck fell to the island’s 4-1 defeat, general manager Lou Lamoriello appeared on the zoom call, declaring the islands had not received any additional positive COVID-19 tests. But just after 7pm, the team announced that the defenseman would lose Noah Dobson from day to day with an injury to the lower body.

It left the islands with three pairs playing in Bridgeport: Robin Salo and Scott Mayfield, Sebastian Aho and Grant Hutton, Thomas Hickey and Paul Laudeau. Mayfield was the only player in that group to start the year regularly.

The islands came to this point through a combination of COVID-19 and injury. In the previous section: Adam Pelech, Andy Green, Zdeno Chara. Later: Ryan Pulak and Dobson.

“It’s really not a challenge to get up to speed and I feel like everyone is doing it – all the coaches, the players, the staff – are doing a good job of helping us with questions or whatever,” Aho said. “But of course it’s challenging. We have a lot of people that are less than that right now but we have a lot of good guys. [have] Has stepped in this time.

Noah Dobson
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The lack of familiarity was exposed several times with miscommunication, and a defensive breakdown led to the Rangers’ third goal when LaDue turned it into the neutral zone, leading to the odd-man rush that Kevin Rooney scored.

Another call-up, Otto Koivula, had his own neutral-zone turnover that directly led to Rooney’s second period goal.

Nothing about the team situation right now is appropriate. After Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Rangers, the Islanders have lost seven in a row and are free from the playoff race. He did not plan to rely on players who should be on the AHL roster.

But here they are. And on Wednesday, it bit them.

“It doesn’t matter which team we put out,” coach Barry Trotz said. “You are in the NHL. You can do it or you can’t. ”


Jean-Gabriel Pego’s frustration boiled over with 1:51 to go in the game, when he dropped gloves with Alexis Lafrenier after the trip, possibly in retaliation for Ryan Lindgren’s earlier hit. Both players were called to the five-minute fight majors.


Islanders moved Pulac from IR to long-term IR to remain cap compliant.


Koivula made his 2021-22 debut after the previous day’s call-up. Coivula played 11:28 with Andy Andreff and Oliver Wahlstrom focusing on the third line and finishing with one shot and one hit. Ladue played 12:33 for the first time this year and finished with one shot and two hits.


Semyon Verlamov’s 168: 26 series ended with Chris Crider’s second period goal, without giving the Rangers a goal.

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