BOSTON - Lubomir Visnovsky was a healthy scratch for the second straight game on Saturday night, a fairly unthinkable development for a player who has been a big contributor to the Islanders during his two-plus seasons with the team.
Of course, that's when he's healthy. And the 38-year-old defenseman, while saying he was surprised and "a little [ticked] off" about sitting down, understands that his questionable health has made him expendable.
"I miss a lot of games, this year too," Visnovsky said after doing some extra work on the ice Saturday morning. "I have two concussions last year, this year my back is a problem . . . It's OK. Coach tells me they want to make a change, I try to stay positive and wait for my chance."
Visnovsky returned a week ago after a nine-game absence because of back spasms and scored the lone goal in the Islanders' 4-1 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit. He struggled on Tuesday against the Panthers and Jack Capuano decided to put Brian Strait back in.
With the 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers on Thursday, Capuano wasn't inclined to make any changes.
"He tell me Straiter helps the PK, so I understand," Visnovsky said. "I want the team to keep winning and winning. I think I will help the team."
No debut for Subban
With the Bruins facing back-to-back games Saturday night and Sunday night, the Islanders could have faced P.K. Subban's kid brother, Malcolm, who has been backing up Tuukka Rask in the Boston net for the past week but has yet to make his NHL debut.
Subban, 21, is 9-10-2 for AHL Providence with a .921 save percentage. Rask seemed likely to play again Sunday night, when the Bruins host the Canadiens. If not, Malcolm's debut could come in the storied rivalry -- against his brother, no less.