The Islanders would like to repeat Thursday night’s contest at the Garden. They will take on the Rangers tonight, with puck drop at 7:00 p.m. The Isles’ broadcast is on MSG+.
They will have to do it without Semyon Varlamov, it seems. It looks as though he took a stinger off his throat in warm-ups.
Ilya Sorokin will make his @NHL debut tonight after Varlamov left warmups with an injury#Isles | @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/8B7Ap1KNIw— Isles on MSG+ (@IslesMSGN) January 16, 2021
Which means, as the tweet provides, that Ilya Sorokin will make his NHL debut tonight. Tough to have to do it on short notice, but a little trial by fire might be even better.
Other than the change to Sorokin, the Islanders lineup remains unknown. They had more forwards on for line rushes than they could actually dress tonight and there was no one in the building that made note of who was on the third line. I would think that if Barry Trotz makes the changes he hinted at, he would do so on the third line.
The Rangers announced yesterday that Alexandar Georgiev will take the crease. So two games, two goalies for each team.
#NYR Coach Quinn confirms Alex Georgiev will start tomorrow vs. NYI. Forward Kevin Rooney is day-to-day.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 15, 2021
They have also healthy-scratched Tony DeAngelo, who got walked by Mathew Barzal and then took a holding-unsportsmanlike double-minor when he lost his temper and slammed the penalty box door. As the Islanders’ broadcast noted when it happened, you cannot get away with that in an empty arena; especially when you have a documented anger management issue.
#NYR David Quinn says Tony DeAngelo won't be in the lineup tonight against the #Isles— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) January 16, 2021
Their adjusted lineup is as follows:
So it is indeed, at least in warmup, Lafreniere on Panarin/Strome's right, Kakko on the third line, with Di Giuseppe & Chytil. Lindgren-Trouba, Johnson-Fox, Miller-Smith. Georgiev in goal. #NYR— Rick Carpiniello (@RickCarpiniello) January 16, 2021
Here we go. Good luck, Ilya. Make us proud.