The Islanders have options if right wing Cal Clutterbuck is not available for Wednesday night’s Game 3 of their second-round series against the Hurricanes.
Coach Barry Trotz is not tipping his hand and did not have an update on Clutterbuck on Monday. The Islanders did not practice and will be back on the ice on Tuesday before traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina. That will be the first chance to see if Clutterbuck, who exited with an undisclosed injury late in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 loss in Game 2 at Barclays Center, is a possibility.
“This time of the year, people have to step up,” Trotz said. “Clutter got hurt last night. We’ll see where he is going forward. If you’re going to have success in the playoffs, it’s the next guy up.”
For the Islanders, that might be rookie Michael Dal Colle, a healthy scratch for the first six postseason games.
“Oh, yeah, Dally is definitely an option in that situation,” Trotz said. “Dally has been an option for us the first couple of games. We didn’t go there. Maybe we do.”
Another possibility is a call-up from Bridgeport, which was eliminated in the first round of the AHL playoffs. Even if one of the Sound Tigers is not inserted into the lineup, some call-ups are expected to form a Black Aces practice squad.
When asked if the Islanders will have some prospects travel with them to Carolina, Trotz said, “I would probably say there’s a good chance there’d be one or two people.”
The Hurricanes listed No. 1 goalie Petr Mrazek (lower body) as day-to-day after he exited Game 2 in the second period, which coach Rod Brind’Amour said he considered “good news.” Still, Alex Nedeljkovic, the AHL goalie of the year, was recalled from Charlotte.
Trotz expects to face Curtis McElhinney again after he relieved Mrazek and stopped all 17 shots he faced. “McElhinney is a good goaltender,” Trotz said. “We’re going to have to get to him. We’re going to have to dissect him a little bit. We’ve got to score some goals.”
Brind’Amour said defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (left shoulder) will be out for a lengthy amount of time and right wing Saku Maenalanen (upper body) will be out for the rest of the series.
Injured forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland skated on Monday. Jordan Martinook did not after taking Game 2 warmups but remaining out of the lineup.