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The New York Islanders introduced that they misplaced three extra members to COVID protocols, Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech, and Andy Greene, simply hours earlier than their residence opener at UBS Arena on Saturday night.
They be a part of veteran winger and Beauvillier’s linemate, Josh Bailey, and staff captain Anders Lee as members who’ve entered the league’s COVID protocol whereas additionally they just lately misplaced top-pairing defenseman Ryan Pulock — usually Pelech’s accomplice — to a lower-body harm for four-to-six weeks.
In corresponding strikes, the Islanders recalled defensemen Paul LaDue and Grant Hutton together with ahead Andy Andreoff from their minor-league affiliate in Bridgeport to fill the suddenly-vacant roster spots as a majorly shorthanded roster takes on one of the most effective groups within the Western Convention, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday night time.
Not practically the type of points the staff needed as they lastly open the doorways to UBS Arena.
“The morale has been exceptional,” Islanders president Lou Lamoriello stated on Saturday. “This group is an distinctive group, adversity hits all of us. Most occasions, it makes us stronger. Their focus proper now’s on this recreation.
“With young players coming in, there’s some enthusiasm coming in… I’m sure they’re excited to play. They played well in Bridgeport and we’re excited to see them on this platform.”
The Islanders had been additionally compelled to name up their prime defensive prospect, Robin Salo, from Bridgeport after Pulock was positioned on injured reserve, leaving Noah Dobson, Scott Mayfield, and Zdeno Chara as the one opening-night blue liners nonetheless obtainable for the staff.