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Islanders @ Bruins: Engvall sits [Game #12 thread]

The gang heads north for a beatdown.

Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders
Mr. Eng, Eng, enjoy that pressbox food, apparently.
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In Lane Lambert’s recently intensified effort to get the Islanders to adhere to the desired defensive structure, it has emerged that Pierre Engvall is to be a healthy scratch for tonight’s meeting with the Bruins in Boston.

It’s one of those, “Hey, that guy’s scratchable” statement moves after Engvall had a costly turnover and sat a bit in their loss to the Wild. It’s also probably convenient — Lambert might feel a bit of grit is more important than speed against the Bruins, who are led by one of the league’s most persistently dirty players.

Bo Horvat was a gameday injury question mark, having missed the last game, so Engvall’s scratch plus Horvat staying out would mean Julien Gauthier would slot in.

This will be a stiff challenge for the Islanders and it’s likely to end in more disappointment and hand-wringing from a fanbase that is losing its patience. The Bruins are 10-1-1 and, despite losing key centers to retirement, it seems nothing can stop them except the first round of the playoffs.

Enjoy the game, if you can.