Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders skates against...

Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the UBS Arena on October 08, 2022 in Elmont, New York.  Credit: Getty Images

TAMPA, Fla. — Josh Bailey’s 1,000th game is going to come a little later than expected.

Lane Lambert shook up the Islanders’ lineup for Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to the Lightning at Amalie Arena and Bailey was a healthy scratch.

Defenseman Sebastian Aho was activated off injured reserve for his season debut and inserted for Robin Salo, who was reassigned to the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport in a likely paper transaction.

Bailey, 33, has played 997 games and had been expected to become the third player in team history to play 1,000 with the franchise on Wednesday night against the Rangers at UBS Arena. He went without a point in his first four games.

Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) are the team leaders in games played.

It marked Bailey’s first healthy scratch since former coach Barry Trotz sat him at San Jose and Los Angeles on Feb. 24-26, 2022. Before that, Bailey had not been a healthy scratch since Nov. 8, 2015. The longest-tenured Islander made his NHL debut on Nov. 11, 2008.

Lambert, who hinted at lineup changes after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the visiting Devils, inserted Nikita Soshnikov for Bailey.

“We just needed to get a spark and it was a good opportunity to put Soshnikov in the lineup,” Lambert said.

Salo, who has two goals in four games, can be recalled in time for Sunday’s late afternoon game against the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida.

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Lambert rearranged his defense pairs in the first period, putting Adam Pelech with Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov with Ryan Pulock. Lambert said he did so because, as the road team without the last change, he couldn’t get the matchups he wanted . . . Kieffer Bellows and Ross Johnston remained healthy scratches . . . MSG Networks Islanders analyst and four-time Stanley Cup winner Butch Goring turned 73 on Saturday. “He’s been a big part of our organization for a long time,” Anders Lee said. “It’s always great to hear his calls and his insights.” 

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