This will be the third start of the season for Varlamov, who comes into the game 0-2-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .893 save percentage. The Islanders are amidst a significant COVID outbreak with no less than five regulars on the protocols list. Those players are Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Andy Greene. Throw in Ryan Pulock, who is out for at least a month with a lower-body injury, and that's half the starting defensemen for the Isles that won't play Saturday. This is not the way the Islanders envisioned opening up their new arena.