Islanders look to sweep the home and home series tonight against Ottawa, who should play with a chip on their shoulders. Pock knocked out Shannon with an elbow, and was suspended for five games. Replacing him is Martinek who is back from an injured shoulder.
Some are saying that Pock will not be playing anymore for a while with the return of Witt and Meyer. So what happens to a defense that has everyone healthy? Pock was claimed off waivers, which means he'll probably be placed on waivers, and Skinner, despite playing 11 minutes a game, is a plus 2, will be sent down to the Bridge. So here is how our defense should look by the time Pock's suspension is over:
Gervais is certainly in limbo, and the next few games will certainly tell the future for Gervais. He's playing 20 minutes a game, but his +/- is a minus 9, with no goals. For now I'll say he sits in the press box, and learn some more, or he could be used as that seventh defensman. Gervais has to show more poise, and the ability to put the puck in the net, if not, then it will be a long year for him.