Thoughts: This was a very good game that was played by the Isles. The only real concerning sign from last nights game was that the Isles have to stop giving teams a powerplay goal. They’ve allowed it to happen six out of the last seven times. The Isles are 6-2-2 when they don’t allow a powerplay goal. (NYISkinny)
Grabovski did not return to the game with what is being called an upper body injury. Some would say that this is a window of opportunity for Ryan Strome to reclaim a spot on the Islanders. My first question is this: How long will Grabovski be out for? If he’s out for say the rest of this month, you could move Josh Bailey down to the third line center position and recall Strome to play right-wing with Anders Lee and Frans Neilson. But if Grabovski is only going to miss the next two-three games, then I’m going to suggest the idea of not bringing up Ryan Strome. Why only bring him up for 2 games and have that log jam of a roster again? After recent winnings, the Islanders finally have two scoring lines that are showing some chemistry and bottom six players like Clutterbuck and now Steve Bernier are also contributing and seem to be getting into a groove. Finally, Strome has played right-wing all season, wouldn’t a two-way center call up make more sense? Enter my guess, Alan Quine. Now The Islanders could promote Casey Cizikas to the third line and put Quine down on the fourth, but Quine, a 2013 6th round draft pick of the Islanders has played well for Bridgeport and has proven to show some scoring ability at the lower level. He can skate very well and I don’t think will look too out-of-place if he’s promoted. If they can give Pelech a weekend with the big club and not Ryan Pulock because of defensive position, then brining up a two-way center instead of a right-winger makes more sense for the same kind of weekend? Thoughts?