As the season nears its end, the New York Isles will have to deal with some big changes in the lineup.
The club will have two more games left in the regular season before they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a home-and-home series in the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
That’s a long way off, though, with the Isles currently sitting a game out of a playoff spot and playing with a 4-1-0 record.
There are some key additions in the back end of the lineup that could impact the Islanders in the future, according to the team.
The team announced Thursday that forward Matt Moulson, the captain of the Binghamton Senators, will be out until the playoffs.
The Isles have added defenseman Mike Santorelli to the lineup, who has been a healthy scratch this season.
Santorellis 10 goals and 27 assists is the second-highest total in the league for any defenseman.
The Islanders also have veteran forward Bobby Farnham and defenseman Andrew MacDonald back in the line-up.
MacDonald was one of the more productive players on the team last season, posting a +17 rating, and Farnham was an offensive threat, averaging 12:00 of ice time per game.
MacDONALD: Isles’ biggest wins: 3 goals and 3 assists against New Jersey (2016 playoffs) and 7 goals and 12 assists against Boston (2015 playoffs)MacDONSON: Isles face a tough test in Pittsburgh (2016) and in their own division (2017)McDONALD has been on a tear since returning to Binghampton, putting up 20 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 23 games this season with Binghamptons team that finished second in the Atlantic Division and advanced to the Eastern conference semifinals.
He has two goals and four assists in 10 games this year.