EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — New York Islanders Scott Mayfield missed a third consecutive skate on Thursday morning after suffering a lower-body injury during Saturday’s opening-night victory over the Buffalo Sabres when he blocked a Rasmus Dahlin shot late in the third period of a 3-2 victory.
Head coach Lane Lambert said that the blueliner is still day-to-day, but hasn’t skated since the end of Saturday’s game, making his status plenty uncertain for Friday night’s clash against the New Jersey Devils at UBS Arena.
“We don’t know yet,” Lambert said.
The 31-year-old missed Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes where Samuel Bolduc slotted in for him in the lineup. The Islanders’ defense allowed just 14 shots without him.
While he was initially designated that “day-to-day” label by Lambert, the head coach made the rarely-seen call of labeling him out for the clash against Arizona following the team’s morning skate earlier that day. Normally, players labeled day-to-day are considered more game-time decisions.