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Islanders can take eighth with point(s) against Jets

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:57 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Islanders can take eighth with point(s) against Jets

The New York Islanders will find themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference at the end of Tuesday night with either a victory or a post-regulation loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders begin play Tuesday in ninth, but have 37 points, tied with the eighth-place New York Rangers, who aren't in action again until Wednesday.

The Jets hold down the third seed by virtue of leading the Southeast Division, but they've lost three straight and are four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, who face each other Tuesday.

Here's how the lineups could look for the Islanders and Jets:

JETS

Evander Kane - Olli Jokinen - Antti Miettinen

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Eric Tangradi - Kyle Wellwood - Nik Antropov

Patrice Cormier - Alex Burmistrov - Chris Thorburn

Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian

Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom

Derek Meech - Grant Clitsome

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Michael Grabner - Keith Aucoin - Eric Boulton

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald

Travis Hamonic - Andrew MacDonald

Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Mark Streit - Radek Martinek

Evgeni Nabokov

Kevin Poulin

Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares