Barry Trotz may not be prone to announcing his starting goalie in advance, but there’s been little guesswork so far this season with the Islanders.
Thomas Greiss made 33 saves in Friday night’s 5-2 win over the Lightning at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum, and if Trotz sticks to his strict rotation, which he indicated he will, Semyon Varlamov will start Saturday at Buffalo.
Greiss and Varlamov have yet to start consecutive games.
“Sure,” Greiss said when asked if there is some comfort in a constant rotation. “Even if it wouldn’t be like this, you practice hard, and when you get the start, you give your best. I don’t overthink things. It can always change quick. We’re both working hard.”
Varlamov made 28 saves in a 5-3 win over the Flyers at the Coliseum on Sunday night, his fourth straight victory.
“I did talk to them at the start that we were probably going to just play the first part of the year and let everybody stay in tune and not overload anybody,” Trotz said. “It’s created a real good environment. They know there’s certainty they’re going to be in. Both want to be No. 1s and get more time.”
Good to Beau
Anthony Beauvillier logged 17:03, including 3:27 on the power play and 2:06 on the penalty kill, and had an assist after missing Thursday’s practice because of illness.
“You don’t want to miss games or anything,’’ he said. “Thank God I recovered that quick. It wasn’t a fun day yesterday.”
Right wing Derick Brassard matched his career high with a goal in his fourth straight game . . . Rookie defenseman Noah Dobson participated in the morning skate after missing two practices because of illness. He and forward Otto Koivula, recalled from the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport on Wednesday, were the healthy scratches . . . Forward Leo Komarov (illness) missed his fifth straight game and will not travel to Buffalo . . . Anders Lee had a season-high three points with a goal and two assists . . . The attendance was 12,043.