Christopher Gibson was an emergency recall for the New York Islanders on Monday morning, in light of news that Jean-Francois Berube
is nursing a lower-body injury.
Berube is considered day-to-day with his ailment and Head Coach Jack Capuano hopes to have him back on the ice later this week.
This is Gibson’s second recall of the season, as he was also recalled on Dec. 27 and made his NHL debut on Jan. 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, stopping 16-of-17 shots in relief of Thomas Greiss. Gibson is 19-11-3 this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
GREISS IN GOAL, CIZIKAS, PULOCK IN VS. BOLTS:
With the news of Berube’s injury, Thomas Greiss gets the start in goal for the Islanders on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Greiss has won his last two starts, a pair of home wins over the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. His most recent loss was in a 7-4 loss to the Lightning on March 25 (he allowed six goals on 35 shots), so he gets a chance at a do-over on Monday night.
“Any time you have a bad game against any team, you want to come back strong and have a good performance,” Greiss said. “It was just one of those games. On both sides the puck was just bouncing in.”
The only other change to the Islanders’ lineup is the insertion of Ryan Pulock for Brian Strait. Head Coach Jack Capuano said Casey Cizikas feels good after a maintenance day on Sunday. He did not offer any of his line combinations or defensive pairings.
Capuano did say that with the Islanders’ busy schedule – they play five games in seven nights including back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday – that there could be lineup changes on Tuesday in Washington.
Adam Pelech was loaned to Bridgeport for a conditioning assignment after Monday's morning skate at Islanders Iceworks.