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New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks [Game 36 thread]

The Isles and the entire league re-awake from break.

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The New York Islanders are in Chicago as the NHL returns from a three-day no play/practice/travel Christmas break. One bit of news is that Andrew Ladd was returned to Bridgeport.

As for why, Barry Trotz says that’s a question for GM Lou Lamoriello.

In his gameday scrum with media, Trotz came out of the break voicing concern about how the Islanders had been playing heading into the break:

Also, the Islanders will say hello to an old friend in Robin Lehner:

...but not to old friend Calvin de Haan who will be out the rest of the season after another shoulder surgery. For more on the Hawks, check out Second City Hockey.

This one is an 8:30 EST start, so look for any lineup specifics later, though with Ladd in Bridgeport we can expect two of Leo Komarov, Tom Kuhnhackl or Ross Johnston to be in. Scott Mayfield should be back in for Noah Dobson after missing Monday’s game with the flu.