Ryan Strome will be scratched for Game 5 and will be replaced in the lineup by forward Steve Bernier, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Strome has one goal and one assist so far this postseason, while Bernier has yet to suit up for a playoff game this year.
In 24 regular-season games, Bernier recorded one goal, five assists and a plus-3 rating.
Bernier has 68 career playoff games under his belt, most recently in 2011-12 with the Devils during their run to the Stanley Cup Final.
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The assumption was made at the Islanders' morning skate that it would be Alan Quine or Strome coming out for Bernier. We now, thanks to Art in Sunrise, have our answer.
Bernier has 68 games career playoff experience, going to the Stanley Cup Final with the New Jersey Devils back in 2012. He has collected 9-14-23 in those games with 27 penalty minutes and 22 shots. Along with Marek Zidlicky (44 playoff games), who enters for injured Ryan Pulock, the Islanders experience level does rise prior to the pivotal Game 5.
However, this does beg the bigger question. Even though Strome has had a difficult and unproductive season that has carried into the playoffs - he was awful on Wednesday - he was still part of what seemed to be a productive line with Quine and Shane Prince. Yet Josh Bailey, who has severely regressed over the course of 86 games, remains in the lineup. Puzzling indeed since Bailey is also part of the Islanders worst line in this series,with Nikolay Kulemin and Brock Nelson.
If this move doesn't work out for Jack Capuano and the Islanders, they will certainly face an uphill battle to win this series. Per Elias Sports, teams that win game five to break 2-2 ties win 78.4 percent of series(189-52). And New York has not won a Game 5 in its last 11 tries.