The Islanders game against the Flyers that was postponed by the Jan. 23 snowstorm has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 10 at Barclays Center, the NHL announced.
That is the final day of the regular season and gives the Isles a new season finale, a night after they host the Sabres. The NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday.
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The postponement created a crunch for the Islanders, who were already scheduled to have 34 games in 69 days following last weekend’s All-Star break. Between the Nets, the circus and various college basketball events at Barclays Center, finding a free date to make up the Metro Division game was difficult and ultimately pushed it to the last possible date on the NHL calendar.
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Scott Mayfield had been up with the Islanders for two weeks prior to the All-Star break, though he only played in two of five games before going back down to Bridgeport to get some game action while the NHL was on break.
He was summoned back on Monday and played on Tuesday with Johnny Boychuk (shoulder) still needing more time to recover. Mayfield was really the only choice to be recalled — Adam Pelech is still undergoing tests to determine the extent of his injury and Ryan Pulock left Saturday’s Bridgeport game after blocking a shot, forcing him to miss the AHL All-Star game.
“We’re all good buddies and I think we all bring a little something different to the table,” Mayfield said. “Now I’ve got the chance to be here and I obviously want to make the most of it.”
Jack Capuano said Boychuk, who skated on Tuesday morning and practiced fully on Monday, could be ready to return either Thursday in Washington or over the weekend, when the Isles play in Detroit on Saturday afternoon then at home Sunday afternoon against the Oilers.