It’s that kind of fall (again): Greg Mauldin left practice about halfway through after tweaking something; “lower body” was the only report. Anton Klementiev departed early, too, though it wasn’t clear if that was injury-related or not.
Mark Flood (lower body) remains out, but everyone else skated, which brings us to that annual exercise: Even though this isn’t the final roster and everything will be torn asunder by Thursday morning, here are today’s line combinations:
D-pairs, without Klementiev:
And the three goalies.
Hey, check out the first line at last year’s first-real-practice. It’s a cute little coincidence, but it points out the futility of the exercise: That line played together only a handful of times during the year. The point, Jack Capuano reminded us, is just to get guys in combinations and work on systems, skate, work on conditioning. Looked like a good skate; lots of work on breakouts.
Chris Botta has today’s Islanders lines.
Elsewhere, appears Keith Aucoin and Alex Giroux are among Washington’s cuts. Sure, claim Rob Schremp.
Edit: Two BTWs: The team plans a press event of some sort Tuesday night to officially unveil the new uniforms; you got a sneak peek during the exhibition game’s national anthem. And Mike Russo says Jaime Sifers appears to have made the Wild.