Anthony Beauvillier was a healthy scratch for Saturday night’s 4-2 win over the Devils at UBS Arena.
And yes, coach Barry Trotz said, other players struggling in the Islanders’ lineup should take it as a message.
"Internal competition is good," Trotz said. "You’ve got to get to your identity. You’ve got to be productive. If they want to read into it, yeah, I don’t have any problem with that."
Beauvillier has gone without a point in 13 straight games but really drew Trotz’s frustration in Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the visiting Predators.
On Colton Sissons’ goal at 18:52 of the first period, Beauvillier defended lackadaisically against Matt Benning, heading to the bench for a line change instead of continuing to backcheck. That allowed Benning to skate free and Sissons deposited the rebound of his shot from the right point for a 2-1 lead.
Trotz then did not give Beauvillier a shift for the first 9:59 of the second period.
Oliver Wahlstrom extended his point streak to four games with two assists in 9:49, though Trotz said he believed Wahlstrom actually logged more ice time than shown on the official scoresheet . . . Mathew Barzal had two assists, extending his point streak to six games . . . Defenseman Zdeno Chara had his second fight in two games, again defending his defense partner after Mason Geersten hit Noah Dobson with an illegal check to the head at 6:30 of the first period. "He pulled everybody emotionally into that game," Trotz said . . . Forwards Austin Czarnik and Otto Koivula were reassigned to AHL Bridgeport. Czarnik, 28, who has played in 129 NHL games, had three points in four games with the Islanders, including a goal against the Predators."I liked Austin’s game," Trotz said. "That was a really tough send-down. If things fall off a little bit, there’s a great option to pull up Czarnie because he did a really good job." . . . Casey Cizikas said he experienced symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 27. "It’s not fun being at home, watching on your couch," he said . . . Defenseman Ryan Pulock (long-term injured reserve/lower body) has yet to resume skating. Pulock was expected to miss four to six weeks after getting hurt on Nov. 15 . . . Matt Martin was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.