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Islanders' Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, Anthony Beauvillier placed in COVID protocol

Adam Pelech #3 of the Islanders takes the

Adam Pelech #3 of the Islanders takes the puck as Dawson Mercer #18 of the New Jersey Devils defends in the first period at Prudential Center on November 11, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey.  Credit: Getty Images/Elsa

Three more Islanders players were placed in COVID-19 protocol on Saturday, bringing to five the number of regulars the team has lost to the illness and six overall who have tested positive.

The sobering news contrasted with the elation that opening the $1.1 billion UBS Arena has brought to the organization and its fans.

President and general manager Lou Lamoriello said defensemen Adam Pelech and Andy Greene tested positive on Friday and Anthony Beauvillier tested positive on Saturday. They join captain Anders Lee, Josh Bailey and Ross Johnston in COVID-19 protocol. Top-pair defenseman Ryan Pulock (lower body) was already out for four to six weeks.

The Islanders brought up forwards Richard Panik and Andy Andreoff and defensemen Paul LaDue and Grant Hutton from their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport for Saturday night’s home opener against the Flames.The Islanders brought up forward Richard Panik and defensemen Paul LaDue and Grant Hutton from their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport for Saturday night’s home opener against the Flames.

The Islanders are also scheduled to host the Maple Leafs on Sunday night. Lamoriello said it would be up to the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association medical staff to determine whether that game will be played.

"We do not have the ability to make those decisions," Lamoriello said. "Those decisions are made by the National Hockey League and the medical staff of both the PA and the National Hockey League."

Lamoriello said he did not have any updates on Bailey, who was placed in COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday, or Lee or Johnston, who joined the list on Friday. Bailey remains in Florida in quarantine.

However, Lamoriello insisted the Islanders’ morale remained good.

"Without question, the morale has been exceptional," Lamoriello said. "This group is a special group. Adversity hits all of us and, more often than not, makes us stronger. Their focus right now is on the game. Certainly, with some young players coming in there’s an enthusiasm, I’m sure, within them. They're probably not showing it outwardly, but I’m sure they’re excited to play. They’ve played well at Bridgeport so we’re excited to see them on this platform."

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