Here we go. The New York Islanders are in Pittsburgh for a big match with the Penguins, two flawed teams battling for an unsightly wild card seed that no team seems to really want.
For the Isles, the task only gets harder.
The feared news was announced today: Mathew Barzal was declared out “indefinitely” in Lane Lambert’s pre-game, though the NHL-dot-com story puts it “week to week” — either way, in stupid obfuscation NHL code, that’s somewhere between “out really long term” to “might be back this season, we’ll see.”
Either way, it’s pretty much a nail in the coffin of this season, one would think.
Across the way, the Pittsburgh Penguins welcome Tristan Jarry back in net.
Penguins jumped from -130 ML to -155 ML on the Barzal injury/Jarry return news— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 20, 2023
Lane Lambert on Barzal’s injury: “Clearly a big hole for us.” The coach also said this is an opportunity for Simon Holmstrom, who they want to see more from:
Lane Lambert Pregame Media Availability pic.twitter.com/OiAqfGpcTY— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 20, 2023
Up in his stead is Arnaud Durandeau, who is set to make his NHL debut. Here are 7 facts about the youngster.
#Isles lines— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) February 20, 2023
And here’s a pre-game with Durandeau, who has a voice for radio:
Arnaud Durandeau Pregame Media Availability pic.twitter.com/De7DOC6KRw— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 20, 2023