Anders Lee, who missed the victory in Chicago due to illness, is back and ready to go. But J-G Pageau may take his place in the sick bay. He’s a “gametime” decision. [UPDATE: The decision is Pageau will sit out.]
Barry Trotz said he’s “very comfortable” if Zach Parise has to step in at center if Pageau cannot play. “He’s a pretty detailed guy, he’s played there before.”
Here’s the full pre-game availability from Trotz:
Trotz Media Availability pic.twitter.com/8VZEi9lirx— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 21, 2021
More Blue Jackets notes:
- The John Tortorella era is over, and Brad Larsen is at the helm.
- Boone Jenner is their new captain.
- Zach Werenski missed practice with what was termed a “maintenance day.”
- Cole Sillinger — son of Mike, former Islander and Blue Jacket and about 10 other teams — is in the lineup as a center at age 18. Fellow rookie Yegor Chinakhov, 20, may line up with him.
(Catch up with more on the Blue Jackets at The Cannon.)
Gametime is 7 p.m. EDT, and they are back on MSG(+2) after Tuesday’s dance with ESPN and that riveting Messier-Chelios intermission crew.
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