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Lambert explains lineup decision, Bardreau on accountability

The New York Islanders lost their second straight game on Friday night. Despite chances, 49 shots at Nashville Predators goaltender Kevin Lankinen, the result was a 4-1 loss at the UBS Arena.

Despite a season-high 49 shots, the Islanders lose 4-1 to Predators

New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert issued an update a few hours before the game, sharing that Josh Bailey was a game-time decision after missing Tuesday’s competition with an upper-body injury.

With two new players on the roster as of Thursday morning, Hudson Fasching and Cole Bardreau, Lambert had options.

Based on Thursday’s lines, if Bailey was unable to walk, it appeared that Fasching would skate in his third-row spot while Ross Johnston would fill in for Cal Clutterbuck at right in the fourth row.

Bardreau was skating as an extra, so expect him to be a healthy scratch for Friday’s game.

As warm-ups came and went, Bailey was in the lineup alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Zach Parise, but Lambert chose not to go fourth row with Johnston.

Instead, Bardreau ran alongside Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.

If you remember, when the Islanders last played Nashville, a 5-4 loss on Nov. 17, Lambert scraped Bailey for “matchup purposes” and used Johnston in a top 9 role due to his physicality.

Then, halfway through the game, Johnston was pulled from the rotation because the Islanders needed offense.

With the bodies on the mend, Lambert could have included both Johnston and Bailey, but here’s why Bardreau got the chance on the fourth line:

“We wanted more right wing, right-hand shot,” Lambert said.

More on Bardreau’s performance in a few.

On his return to the lineup, Bailey played 13:43 with two shots and a giveaway.

At one point he was demoted to the fourth line while Martin moved on the third shift.

That was short lived before Bailey was back on the third

Back to Bardreau.

Unfortunately for the 29-year-old winger, Bardreau’s evening didn’t go as planned as he threw in a costly first-half penalty that led to the Predators’ first goal of the game.

He finished the competition with six minutes played and a couple of goals.

“I mean, every time I take a penalty in the fourth line with limited minutes, it just can’t happen whether it’s weak or not,” Bardreau told NYI Hockey Now. “So yeah, obviously I’m kicking there.” my head … “

After Bardreau came out of the box with 5:42 to go, he didn’t get another shift for the rest of the period.

Lambert has held his players accountable this season, whether it’s scraping everyday players or taking players out of rotation during games.

Bardreau understood the bench press and talked about what it says about how the team views Lambert.

“I mean, even if you’ve only been here for a few days, you can see the respect he has and I can tell the guys really love him and want to go to war for him,” Bardreau said. “Of course you need that every day.”

“And if you have to hold boys accountable, you have to hold boys accountable.”

The Islanders have now lost back-to-back and sit 15-10-0 as their next game comes against a team from the NHL’s basement, the Chicago Blackhawks (6-12-4).

Lambert is holding a practice session on Saturday afternoon and we’ll see if there’s any more positive news on the injury front.

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