Coburn, as expected, was a healthy scratch in the Islanders' 4-3 overtime victory over the Penguins in the playoff opener. Coburn is a break glass in case of an emergency defenseman. He is only expected to play in this series if one of the Isles' top six defenders suffers an injury.
Coburn has only played two games with the Islanders since being acquired at the trade deadline. The Islanders traded for Coburn because they wanted an insurance policy in case one of their top six defenders got injured. The Isles trust Coburn more than Thomas Hickey or Sebastian Aho, but Coburn won't crack the lineup barring an injury, unless the Islanders opt to rest one of their regulars on defense now that they have clinched a playoff spot.
Coburn cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols and joined the Islanders for practice Wednesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Coburn will serve as a depth option for the Islanders down the stretch and into the playoffs after being acquired by New York via a trade with Ottawa on Sunday. The veteran blueliner has picked up two helpers while averaging 16:25 of ice time per contest in 16 appearances with the Senators this year.
Ottawa traded Coburn to the Islanders in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round pick Sunday. Ottawa has now traded Coburn and Mike Reilly in a matter of minutes as Monday's trade deadline approaches. The 6-foot-5 blueliner will be a depth piece as the Islanders gear up for a playoff run. He has two points and 25 hits through 16 games this season.
Coburn was reassigned to Ottawa's taxi squad Thursday. Coburn's only picked up two helpers through 16 top-level appearances this year. He'll likely continue to bounce between levels down the stretch.
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