Dobson is not in the lineup and will again sit out as a healthy scratch in Game 5 on Tuesday against the Lightning. Dobson made some waves by taking a twirl for pregame warmups, and though head coach Barry Trotz is rolling with seven defensemen with the Islanders facing elimination, it's veteran Johnny Boychuk that got the nod. The 20-year-old Dobson will need to wait to make his postseason debut.
Dobson is taking part in pregame warmups ahead of Game 5 against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, per Arthur Staple of The Athletic. The 2018 12th overall pick hasn't suited up for game action since the last game of the regular season (March 10). Dobson has sat out the entirety of the postseason as a healthy scratch, but lineup changes appear imminent with the Islanders down 3-1 in the series. We'll provide an update once we know whether Dobson is in the lineup or not.
Dobson had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks. Dobson has picked up helpers in each of his last two outings. The 20-year-old defenseman continues to see mostly sheltered minutes on the Islanders' third pairing. He has seven points, 37 shots and 31 blocked shots through 34 games in his rookie year.
Dobson is expected to replace Johnny Boychuk (face) in the lineup Thursday when the Islanders take on the Senators, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports. Boychuk needed 90 stitches to fix a skate blade slice to his eyelid Tuesday. Dobson will take his place in the lineup until Boychuk is ready to return to the Islanders, but as of now, no timetable has been set.
Dobson is expected to be a healthy scratch Monday in Arizona, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Coach Barry Trotz seemed to be strongly hinting after the loss to Vegas on Saturday that it might be time for Dobson to sit a game or two in favor of Sebastian Aho. Dobson had a rough game versus Vegas with several giveaways and also took a penalty while the Islanders were on the power play. The Islanders have admitted that they rushed Dobson a bit this season due to injuries and lack of organizational depth on defense, so fantasy owners will need to be patient with the youngster.
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