While defense is the strength of the New York Islanders, they are a tad on the thin side on the blue line at the moment. Unfortunately, they lost Adam Pelech for the season, who is a top-pair guy, and have definitely seen a regression with his absence.
Yesterday, Scott Mayfield missed practice and the nerves started to pile up. Yes, it was listed as a maintenance day but we've seen those turn into bigger deals in the past.
Mayfield has having a career year for the Islanders averaging 19:51 per night and with 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists).