Adam Pelech of the Islanders skates against the Sabres at NYCB...

Adam Pelech of the Islanders skates against the Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 14. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech missed a game for the first time this season in Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Devils at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum.

He was listed with a lower-body injury and no immediate update was available. The Islanders said more information is expected to be available on Friday.

Righthanded-shooting Noah Dobson dressed for his 12th game and was paired with fellow righty Ryan Pulock, who slid to his off-side to play in Pelech’s spot. “Not that often,” Pulock said of playing the left side. “We have off numbers like that, I’ll play where I have to.”

Pelech logged 21:09 in Tuesday afternoon’s 4-3 win at Washington, blocking two shots and being credited with three hits. He had played in 77 straight games.   

Varlamov’s 3rd straight

Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves in his third straight start, becoming the first Islanders goalie to do so this season.

Coach Barry Trotz said he’s looking to give both Varlamov and Thomas Greiss the chance to start longer stretches of games after they alternated for a franchise-record 33 games to start the season. “I have a 1A and a 1B,’’ Trotz said, “and I don’t know which is which. Everybody was one game each, one game each and then it went to two. Now it could be three or four for someone and then maybe the other guy takes it for three or four. You saw that last year.”

Isles files

The Coliseum had a sellout crowd of 13,917 for the third straight game . . . Kieffer Bellows, the 19th overall pick in 2016, was named the AHL’s player of the month for December after notching 10 goals in 11 games for the Islanders’ Bridgeport affiliate. Bellows, who has yet to make his NHL debut, has 12 goals in his last 14 games . . . Defenseman Scott Mayfield, 27, a second-round pick in 2011, logged 19:43 with three blocked shots in his 200th NHL game. “I played a long time in Bridgeport,” he said. “To play 200 games is big for me.”





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