Another day, and one more preseason game for the New York Islanders. The opening night roster is still quite uncertain, and that is partly due to injuries, as is so often the case.
No major long-term injuries, but several day-to-day:
Arthur Staple tweeted that Michael Grabner, Matt Carkner and Lubomir Visnovsky did not skate today, though in his latest roster projection at Newsday he said Visnovsky should be ready for opening night.
Also ailing, but skating, are Ryan Pulock, Casey Cizikas, and Calvin de Haan (on his own, Staple tweeted).
For tonight's game in Bridgeport against the Boston Bruins, Sebastien Collberg and Brett Gallant have been formally recalled, but neither is a candidate for the Islanders' 23-man season-opening roster.
It's almost a completely new lineup tonight compared to the one they iced in Newark last night, however Ryan Strome will get another chance to shine after playing what he and the coaching staff agreed has been two strong games. Scott Mayfield, Aaron Ness and Kael Mouillierat also play back-to-back, Mouillierat after scoring the Islanders' lone goal last night.
Chad Johnson, who is Chad Johnson, will get the full game in goal.
And the final audition on the left wing of John Tavares and Kyle Okposo is a player who excelled there (and in every role, really) last season: Brock Nelson. If Nelson works there, and if Strome has another coach-pleasing display, then the Islanders top nine should end up looking as glorious as most fans hoped it would with this kind of talent in the system.
Finally, 2014 draft picks Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang get one more pro look before being returned to juniors, and John Tavares and Kyle Okposo will play in front of the Bridgeport fans.
The Bruins are fielding a less experienced lineup than they did Tuesday at home against the Islanders, but that is more to get a look at who will round out their roster. Late signings Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will get their first preseason action.
Malcolm Subban is expected to be in goal. Bobby Robins (yes, his real name) is not in the lineup after hitting every Islander he could find Tuesday night.
TV, in a Modern Sense
No television for tonight's game, but it will be streamed at the Islanders official site, with Sound Tigers play-by-play man Phil Giubileo giving the call.
Also of note, here is the schedule for airings of MSG's Islanders season preview, including tonight at 6:30 before the game they aren't carrying.