Strome will likely be a healthy scratch for Game 4 on Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Strome has sort of become a whipping boy for coach Jack Capuano this year as Friday would be the fourth game in which he would be a healthy scratch this playoff season. Strome was skating Thursday on what would be considered a fifth line, hardly an indication that Capuano is dying to get him back in the lineup.
Strome confirmed that he'll be a healthy scratch Tuesday, sitting out Game 3 against the Lightning, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Strome's riding the pine means that Josh Bailey (undisclosed) likely will make his series debut. Strome has four points in six games this postseason, but all of that production has come in two games.
Strome collected two helpers in Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Lightning. Stome grabbed the primary apples on both of Shane Prince's first-period snipes, which occurred 2:29 apart. Despite having four points in six playoff games this year, Strome served as a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6 against Florida, and with 12:26 of ice time in this one, it appears as though he's not out of the doghouse just yet. Tread lightly.
Strome was a healthy scratch for Game 5 and 6 of the Islanders first-round victory over Florida. Strome has been somewhat of a whipping boy for coach Jack Capuano all season long as this isn't the first time he was a healthy scratch and he was also sent down to the AHL for a short time. Capuano doesn't believe that Strome always gives his best when out on the ice but the same can be said for several Islander forwards. Whether or not Strome plays versus Tampa Bay in the second round could depend on the health of Josh Bailey (undisclosed) as Capuano is usually reluctant to change a winning lineup, even though that lineup only scored four goals in their last two games.
Strome lit the lamp in what proved to be the game-winning goal, adding an assist, a plus-2 rating and two hits in Thursday's 5-4 victory over Florida in Game 1. Strome is a bottom-six winger, but with defense essentially null and void in Game 1, the 22-year-old registered a multi-point outing in just 10:36 of ice time. The 2011 first-round pick notched two tallies and two apples in last year's playoffs, and he's well on his way to breaking that mark after this explosion.
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