Islanders head coach Lane Lambert confirmed with refreshing transparency that Scott Mayfield will not be in the lineup tonight as they host the Arizona Coyotes in their second game of the season. Mayfield blocked a shot that hobbled him late in the win over the Sabres.
Samuel Bolduc will play in Mayfield’s place, while Sebastian Aho is expected to slide to the right to literally fill Mayfield’s normal spot. Will be interesting to see how many minutes that pairing gets.
The Coyotes are returning to the lineup that won their opening game vs. the Devils via shootout. Don’t sleep on them, they’ve made some additions, incorporated another young talent in Logan Cooley, and have played well in both of their opening games vs. other metropolitan Metro foes:
Coyotes Expected Lineup
Clayton Keller — Barrett Hayton — Nick Schmaltz
Jason Zucker — Logan Cooley — Alexander Kerfoot
Matias Macelli — Nick Bjugstad — Lawson Crouse
Liam O’Brien — Jack McBain — Michael Carcone
J.J. Moser — Matt Dumba
Juuso Valimaki — Travis Dermott
Sean Durzi — Josh Brown