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New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres Game B [Game 15 Thread]

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New York Islanders v Buffalo Sabres
Sounds like Nelson’s line remains in tact tonight.
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The Islanders and Sabres will spring right back into action tonight, one night removed from the Islanders’ thorough domination of the Sabres. Last night’s game was on national TV, but tonight, we get the local broadcasts.

During Barry Trotz’s morning media availability, he reported that Anthony Beauvillier will definitely be in the lineup tonight.

It also appears likely that Ilya Sorokin will man the crease. It would be his first start since January 31, a 4–3 overtime loss to the Flyers.

Of course, with Beauvillier coming back, one forward would have to come out of the lineup. We pondered all day who it would be until we received this nugget.

This meant that the recently waived Leo Komarov will exit the lineup and that Oliver Wahlstrom will remain in it. Trotz must trust enough Wahlstrom on that third line. I would guess that Beauvillier will slide right into the spot previously occupied by Komarov, on the left wing of Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

Meanwhile, on the other end of warm-ups:

The only Sabre remaining on the COVID-19 protocol list is Casey Mittlestadt. That is a good sign for them and the league.

Let’s roll.