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Islanders Bits: Line Adjustments Last Night without David Ullstrom

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Each period is 20 minutes.
Each period is 20 minutes.

As mentioned last night, David Ullstrom missed the entire third period with what Newsday (and the team, no doubt) reported as an "upper body" injury. Ullström had been playing with Marty Reasoner and Michael Grabner as Jack Capuano sought to find balance in his bottom six. How did the Islanders adjust?

For the third period, Matt Martin moved up next to Grabner and Reasoner, while Reasoner and Matt Moulson each added an orphan shift with Martin's previous linemates Jay Pandolfo and Casey Cizikas.

Two nicely spaced Penguins penalties in that period broke up the rotation, and the coincidentals-turned-Pens 4-on-3 in the 15th minute made for a mad final dash that included one more Reasoner-Grabner-Martin shift and even a 41-second Kyle Okposo shift with Pandolfo-Cizikas.

Obviously if Ullstrom can't go tomorrow, Nino Niederreiter would step in and add more spice and wonder to our late-season line-gazing. [Update: Ullström was skating but on the 4-pack fourth line today.] The things you ponder when no playoff hockey is imminent.

News and links on the Isles and the rest of the NHL follow below:

Islanders News and Links

For tomorrow night:

The New York Islanders are partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for a special fundraising night Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012 when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. To go along with the donations and support of Islanders fans and all hockey fans in the area, Islanders Owner Charles Wang plans to personally match the total donation from the evening.

So who wants to donate a top 4 defenseman, amiright?

By the way, as far as I know there are still TiqIQ options for this weekend's home games.

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Rematch is tomorrow at home. Maybe we'll get to some "power" talk later, eh?