New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov left the team’s pregame skate prior to their 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night after taking a shot in the lower-helmet, upper-neck part of the body.
Goaltender Ilya Sorokin made his NHL debut. Varlamov was scheduled to start. Corey Schnieder dressed as the Islanders’ backup on Saturday.
Semyon Varlamov incident just a few minutes ago pic.twitter.com/i5hvNIJjKW
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) January 16, 2021
Varlamov made 24 saves in the Islanders’ 4-0 season-opening win at the Rangers on Thursday.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz did not have an update on the 32-year-old after Saturday’s game.
#Isles Barry Trotz has no update on Semyon Varlamov. Says it's "unacceptable" to hurt your own goalie in warmups. Says it wasn't fair to Sorokin and wasn't fair to Varlamov. "We were junk today."
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) January 17, 2021
Sorokin made 27 saves in Saturday’s loss.
The Islanders are scheduled to visit the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 28. They host the Boston Bruins on Monday (5 PM ET, NBCSN).
By Harrison Brown