With Jean-Gabriel Pageau's return, Josh Bailey ends up a healthy scratch
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s return to the lineup after a 12-game injury absence has forced coach Lane Lambert to make another regular healthy scratch.
Josh Bailey, the longest-tenured Islander who is six games short of tying Denis Potvin with the second-most games played in team history at 1,060, took a seat in the press box on Wednesday night as the Islanders beat the Ducks, 6-3, at Honda Center.
It marked Bailey’s fifth healthy scratch this season.
“I had a good conversation with Josh,” Lambert said. “We’ll keep it at that. It’s private. These are decisions you have to make on a game-to-game basis and we need to stay fresh.”
Simon Holmstrom, a healthy scratch for Pageau’s return in Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Kings that opened this three-game California swing, logged 14:23 with one shot as he started on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s third line and finished on Bo Horvat’s top line.
Bailey, who skated on Bo Horvat’s top line against the Kings, has gone three games without a point after putting together a season-high three-game point streak.
Holmstrom, who has four goals and one assist in 41 games, had been in the lineup for 22 straight games before Tuesday’s healthy scratch.
The Ducks retook a 2-1 lead off a highlight-reel play from Trevor Zegras, who sped over the blue line and went between his legs, turning defenseman Ryan Pulock around, before backhanding a cross-ice feed to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk at 17:43 of the first period.
C Brock Nelson became the first Islander with 30 goals in back-to-back seasons since Anders Lee in 2016-17 and 2017-18 . . . Nelson had a game-high six shots in his sixth, two-goal game this season . . . C Bo Horvat won 10 of 14 faceoffs . . . The Islanders won the two-game season series from the Ducks by an aggregate 13-4 . . . LW Ross Johnston and D Parker Wotherspoon remained healthy scratches.