Barry Trotz anticipates altering his Islanders’ lineup for Sunday night’s rematch against the Flyers.
Rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin likely will be brought back up from the taxi squad for his third NHL start. A spot on the Islanders’ 23-man roster would need to be created for Sorokin.
Rookies Kieffer Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom are eligible to be placed on the taxi squad without having to be put on waivers and Leo Komarov already has cleared.
Trotz said he would consider Saturday’s ice time and performances — the coach was unhappy with his team’s first period in the 3-2 overtime loss — in formulating his Sunday lineup. For instance, Komarov tried exiting the zone as the Flyers were scoring their second goal.
"We weigh them," Trotz said of the mental errors. "There’s some sweat equity with some of the veteran players. We’ll probably put some people in tomorrow."
Matt Martin logged 12:58 with three shots and a game-high eight hits in his 700th career NHL game.
"When I first came here, it was all about getting bigger," said Martin, who made his Islanders’ debut in 2010. "For the last three or four years, it’s kind of been a little back the other way. We’re trying to get skinnier and lighter. The rules have changed. And you’ve got to continue to evolve if you want to stay in this league."
Trotz said he hopes Anthony Beauvillier (injured reserve, lower body) will be available this week . . . Josh Bailey played in his 873rd career game, moving past Hall of Famer Clark Gillies for third place on the Islanders’ all-time list . . . Mathew Barzal played in his 240th consecutive game, tying J.P. Parise for eighth place on the Islanders’ all-time list. He also extended his point streak to three games and now has six goals and 12 assists in 12 career games against the Flyers.