There’s no disputing it: Tuesday’s game was bad. Just awful. Worst game of the season. So many lapses and Edmonton took advantage of each one. And to add insult to injury - or, I suppose, injury to insult - Brandon Dubinsky suffered a fractured orbital bone in a fight late in the game. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Jordan Schroeder was recalled from Cleveland again.
Dubi is a big loss. In addition to being a leader in the locker room (whether he wears the “A” or not), he is the best faceoff guy on the team and a key member of the PK. I think Lukas Sedlak is a good player who deserves a chance to center the third line, but he’s not at Dubi’s level yet in those areas.
The challenge facing the Blue Jackets is the same one that they’ve faced for the last month. They need to get production outside of the PB&J line. They need to be less tentative on the power play. Once again they’re playing a team with bad PK numbers. Can they finally take advantage?
The Islanders, meanwhile, will look to get revenge for the 5-0 beatdown they suffered in their last trip to Nationwide, on Opening Night. They’ve recovered since then and currently sit in fourth place in the very bunched together Metropolitan Division, even with their only ugly loss yesterday against Dallas. A win could bring them into a tie for first with Columbus and Washington (if both of those teams, along with New Jersey).
|Artemi Panarin||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Josh Anderson|
|Nick Foligno||Lukas Sedlak||Oliver BJORKSTRAND|
|Boone Jenner||Alexander Wennberg||Cam Atkinson|
|Matt Calvert||Jordan Schroeder||Tyler Motte|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Jack Johnson||David Savard|
|Scott Harrington||Markus Nutivaara|
|Anders Lee||John Tavares||Josh Bailey|
|Andrew Ladd||Mathew Barzal||Jordan Eberle|
|Anthony Beauvillier||Brock Nelson||Josh Ho-Sang|
|Jason Chimera||Casey Cizikas||Cal Clutterbuck|
|Nick Leddy||Johnny Boychuk|
|Calvin De Haan||Adam Pelech|
|Scott Mayfield||Ryan Pulock|