NEW YORK -- The season is just two games old, but it has already been a transitional one for the New York Islanders and their new head coach, Barry Trotz.
The adaptation process will continue Monday afternoon, when Robin Lehner makes his first start for the Islanders in a Columbus Day matinee against the San Jose Sharks at Barclays Center.
It will be the third game of the season for both teams. The Islanders dropped their home opener Saturday, when they fell to the Nashville Predators, 4-3.
The Sharks last played Friday, when they earned a 3-2 overtime win over the host Los Angeles Kings.
The narrow defeat for the Islanders on Saturday left Trotz -- who coached the Washington Capitals to the team's first Stanley Cup last spring -- in the unfamiliar position of trying to find positives in a loss.
New York, which allowed the most goals in the NHL last season (296) and lost star John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in July, followed up a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday by keeping the Western Conference powerhouse Predators off the scoreboard in the third period. >> Read more
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