C Josh Ho-Sang will be a healthy scratch (with Jason Chimera in) on Friday night when the Islanders open their season agains tthe Blue Jackets in Columbus at 7 p.m.
Thomas Greiss will start in net over Jaroslav Halak.
On defense, Scott Mayfield is in with Ryan Pulock out.
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The defense wasn't all that hard to figure since Pulock struggled in his own end during training camp and Adam Pelech is the one defenseman the coaching staff and organizational management seems to like a lot, ever since his protection status in the summer's expansion draft.
Dennis Seidenberg, who was consistently good last year, brings a tremendous veteran presence to the blueline and looks to fend off father time for another season. I don't think Mayfield, who had a strong preseason, will have to wait that long for his first opportunity to crack the lineup as the Islanders 23-man roster affords some veterans being able to take a night off -- especially in back-to-back scenarios.
The surprise, of course, is Ho-Sang, who draws the short straw in the opener in Columbus. While he didn't have a lights out, truly noticeable or memorable camp like Mathew Barzal did, nobody saw this coming.
Head coach Doug Weight said this morning that 'nobody played themselves out of the lineup', appearing to indicate that the move was more to go with a stronger veteran look with more of a defensive acumen in a tough building against a rough team, dressing Chimera and Nikolay Kulemin.
More of a surprise -- no, a shock, actually -- would be if Ho-Sang doesn't dress tomorrow night in Brooklyn when the Buffalo Sabres visit in the Islanders' home opener. Then, all references to Weight's comments would be null and void, indicating something deeper when it comes to No. 66.