A few roster moves were made by the home team ahead of the Battle of New York as the Islanders have placed three players on the IR and recalled two from Bridgeport.
Before the game, the Islanders made a few transactions, placing Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas, and Andrew Ladd on the injured reserve (IR). In addition, the team has called Michael Dal Colle and Stephen Gionta up from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
#Isles Transactions: Casey Cizikas (2-3 weeks) & Andrew Ladd (indefinitely) have been placed on IR (both lower body & retroactive 11/13). Matt Martin has also been placed on IR (upper body) retroactive 11/1. Stephen Gionta & Michael Dal Colle have been recalled from Bridgeport.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 15, 2018
Martin was banged up in the Islanders’ 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 1 and has been considered day-to-day since. Cizikas is expected to miss 2-3 weeks and Ladd is out indefinitely.
Coming up from the Sound Tigers, Gionta will most likely take Cizikas’ spot in the lineup Thursday night for his second game of the season. While held off the scoresheet in his lone NHL game this season, the 35-year-old veteran has one assist in three games with Bridgeport.
Dal Colle, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is also being called up from Bridgeport and deservingly so. Dal Colle has seven goals and 14 points in as many AHL games this season and has looked like a completely different player. This marks the second NHL call-up for Dal Colle in his young career, playing four games but recording no points with the Islanders last season.
Head coach Barry Trotz hasn’t revealed anything about the lineup he plans to roll out Thursday night but it is expected that Gionta will fill in for Cizikas, Ross Johnston will go in for Ladd, Adam Pelech will take back his spot in the lineup from Luca Sbisa, and Thomas Greiss will start in goal.