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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

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp