NEWARK — Calvin de Haan missed a second straight game on Friday with a lower-body injury, but he skated in the morning and the fact that the Islanders were willing to go with the same six defensemen who played against the Capitals on Thursday seemed a good indication that de Haan would be ready to return by Tuesday against the Wild in St. Paul.
The Islanders roster is at the 23-man limit, so a replacement from Bridgeport would mean de Haan would have to go on injured reserve to make room. If that were the case, de Haan would be forced to miss the Wild game.
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The Isles are off on Saturday and have two practices before heading off on the western portion of the current seven-game road trip, so de Haan will get as much time as he needs to work back into the lineup.
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky played both halves of a back-to-back set for only the seventh time of the Isles’ 11 back-to-backs so far this season and the 39-year-old was paired with Brian Strait. Zidlicky and Thomas Hickey had been a regular pair, but Jack Capuano decided to put Hickey with Travis Hamonic.
Ryan Pulock would be the likely call-up. Scott Mayfield, who has had two stints with the Isles this season, is currently serving a three-game AHL suspension.
Two reviews go Isles way
Barely 10 minutes into Friday’s game, the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto had already called down to Prudential Center twice.
Casey Cizikas’ goal at 1:59 was a clear-cut review as the puck bounced off Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, hit Cizikas’ leg as he drove to the net and fluttered in. But it was ruled a deflection, not a deliberate push into the goal, and it counted.
A few minutes later the Devils initiated a mad scramble in front of Jaroslav Halak, who barely found the loose puck before Tyler Kennedy had a chance to poke it home.
Toronto again called down to the on-ice officials to make sure the puck hadn’t crossed the goal line, which it hadn’t.