Alexander Romanov skating with Islanders before Game 3 Friday

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New York Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov, center, checks Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm, right, as goalie Semyon Varlamov follows the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

New York Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov skated during his team’s practice prior to Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at UBS Arena. 

Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said that Romanov would be a game-time decision and if he’s unable to go, Parker Wotherspoon would step in.  

“I feel ready to go,” Romanov said. “But I still don’t know if I’ll play or not… It’s the coaches and my own [decision].”

Samuel Bolduc had stepped in during Romanov’s absence but had struggled mightily recently. The 22-year-old has been benched in each of the last three games and was limited to approximately five minutes during New York’s 4-3 overtime loss in Game 3 to the Hurricanes.

Romanov has been out since April 1 when he suffered an upper-body injury during the Islanders’ 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

“I’ve been so nervous. I can’t even watch the games,” Romanov said about his absence and watching the Islanders drop into an 0-2 hole against the Hurricanes. “But I still wanted to see how my partners played. Tough time.”

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