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Islanders vs. Flyers Preseason: Youth at the Coliseum

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Tonight’s roster is a little more regular, with a few kids and a new penalty killer to watch.

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As is custom, the home half of the New York Islanders’ duo with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight features a more alluring lineup than those who played last night in Philadelphia.

The game — previously scheduled for Brooklyn but since moved to Nassau Coliseum to pair with a non-controversial afternoon charity event — includes key stars like Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee up front, plus Noah Dobson and half the Islanders regular defensemen on the blueline.

The game is also available for viewing on MSG+ and MSG GO. So here’s the roster, with a couple of names to watch (combos below are far from official, and completely of my own making):

27 - Anders Lee | 13 - Mathew Barzal | 7 - Jordan Eberle
32 - Ross Johnston | 10 - Derick Brassard | 28 - Michael Dal Colle
8 - Steve Bernier | 11 - Tanner Fritz | 61 - Ryan Bourque
71 - Kyle MacLean | 66 - Mason Jobst | 45 - Oliver Wahlstrom

3 - Adam Pelech | 6 - Ryan Pulock
2 - Nick Leddy | 45 - Noah Dobson
75 - Samuel Bolduc | 41 - Parker Wotherspoon

1 - Thomas Greiss | 50 - Jared Coreau

Things to watch:

  • This is the preseason debut for all of the NHL regulars, including offseason signing Brassard. The veteran free agent would have to really mess up to not make the team, but if he does there is Fritz and Jobst among those waiting in the wings to get some NHL games in. (Otto Koivula would be next in line at center, however.)
  • Your first look at Bolduc, a towering Quebec defenseman with a heavy shot. Long-term project?
  • Will be interesting, too, to see where they put Wahlstrom in this lineup.
  • Take in Noah Dobson, who is probably the most intriguing camp story. He is expected to be NHL ready — or at least closer to NHL ready than he is to gaining anything from returning to juniors, which is his only alternative. He makes a crowd, and if he makes a functioning pair with Leddy then that could change the oft-mused equation that Leddy would be the extra blueliner to hit the trade market.
  • Pelech and Pulock. No need to fix what’s not broken, even for Butch Goring’s pronunciation sanity.
  • Also, this:

Those names (but not combos) and the Flyers roster can also be found here.