PHILADELPHIA – Josh Bailey was a very late scratch for the Islanders’ 3-1 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
The left wing participated in pregame warmups but, shortly before puck drop, the Islanders announced Bailey was day to day with an upper-body injury. It’s the fourth game Bailey has missed this season, the first three being healthy scratches.
Coach Lane Lambert said Bailey used warmups to test whether he could play. He logged 14:47 with one shot in the Islanders’ 5-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday night at UBS Arena.
Simon Holmstrom, selected 23rd overall in 2019, was originally slated to be a healthy scratch after playing in his first three NHL games as Lambert opted to insert tough guy Ross Johnston after Saturday’s chippy contest. However, Holmstrom logged 11:21 without a shot as he drew in for Bailey.
No. 700 for Nelson
Brock Nelson logged 19:33 with two shots as he played in his 700th regular-season game.
“It’s not a major one,” the 31-year-old Nelson said of 700 games. “It means you’ve been around for a bit and been able to play and fortunate to be part of being around the group and being in the NHL, which has always been a dream.
“Maybe just a reminder to cherish every day,” said Nelson, drafted 30th overall in 2010.
RW Kyle Palmieri (upper body/day to day) missed his fourth straight game and did not travel with the Islanders. Lambert would not specify whether Palmieri has resumed skating…D Robin Salo remained a healthy scratch for the 20th straight game. He did play for Bridgeport in a 6-4 win over Springfield on Sunday during a one-day loan to the Islanders’ AHL affiliate. “It was good,” Salo said. “It felt good to play again and get some ice time down there.”