There is no undoing the damage of last night, when the Islanders coughed up a 2-0 lead to lose to the Sabres in 28-year-old Michael Houser’s NHL debut. But tonight they can make amends at least by taking the rematch.
Playing on back-to-back nights with the playoffs around the corner, the Isles will have some lineup changes. That includes J-G Pageau returning after a “soreness” kind of one-game absence, as well as other unnamed changes.
Trotz: Pageau back in, will put a couple other guys in. "We're going to give some guys some rest tonight and put some fresh legs in, hopefully get a better result." #Isles— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) May 4, 2021
More from Trotz here. He liked the first 10 minutes last night, and then...”we started getting cute...arrogant. As the game went deeper we didn’t pull away.”
Trotz Pregame Availability pic.twitter.com/r1U0Cx7wdt— x - New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) May 4, 2021
The Islanders begin play a point behind the Bruins, who have a game in hand. The Bruins are also playing again tonight in Newark. Further up the standings, the Penguins (four points ahead) are again in Philly.
The Capitals grudge rematch with the Rangers doesn’t take place until tomorrow. Lots of time for the latest round of Tom Wilson hate to escalate.