The New York Islanders wrap up the 2019 preseason on Saturday night, as they take on the New York Rangers at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The game will be broadcast on MSG+.
Saturday is the last game for Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello to evaluate their camp roster and start making final determinations for the 23-man squad on opening night. There's currently still a battle for the final forward spots, as well as the intrigue surrounding Noah Dobson's bid to the make the big league.
"We have so many tough decisions," Trotz said Friday. "We'll sit down after [Saturday's] game and have to make some hard decisions, but that will probably be more organizationally than anything. Right now I don't think we can make too many bad decisions."
Saturday's preseason finale won't be the exact same roster that takes the ice on October 4, but Trotz said the Bridgeport game could be a glimpse into the Islanders top-six defensemen this season.
"I wouldn't say everyone would be opening lineup, but a good portion of it for sure," Trotz said of Saturday's roster. "One area I would like to get is just our D all set. At least one game."
The Islanders are 4-2-0 in preseason play, while the Rangers are 2-3-0. This is the second game between the Islanders and Rangers in five days, as the Isles lost 3-1 to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
See below for tonight's rosters.
Michael Dal Colle