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Nilsson gets rare start as Islanders face Flyers

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 11:57 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Nilsson gets rare start as Islanders face Flyers

When the New York Islanders close out a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, goaltender Anders Nilsson will make his first NHL start in more than a month. He last suited up for the Islanders on Dec. 9 in a 5-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Nilsson was reassigned to the American Hockey League in December when Evgeni Nabokov returned from an injury and went 2-6-1 since going back to Bridgeport. He was brought back up Jan. 6 after Nabokov sustained a lower-body injury against the Dallas Stars

Kevin Poulin has since tended the crease in every game, going 5-2-0. He will get a rest Monday against Philadelphia. Ray Emery will get the start in net for the Flyers.

Here are the projected lineups for the Flyers and Islanders:

FLYERS

Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Scott Hartnell - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Vincent Lecavalier

Steve Downie - Adam Hall - Jay Rosehill

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn

Mark Streit - Nicklas Grossmann

Luke Schenn - Andrej Meszaros

Ray Emery

Steve Mason

Scratched: Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson, Chris VandeVelde

Injured: Zac Rinaldo (ankle)

ISLANDERS

Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Cal Clutterbuck

Michael Grabner - Brock Nelson - Colin McDonald

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Eric Boulton

Brian Strait - Andrew MacDonald

Matt Donovan - Calvin de Haan

Thomas Hickey - Matt Carkner

Anders Nilsson

Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Peter Regin, Radek Martinek

Injured: Evgeni Nabokov (lower body), Travis Hamonic (upper body), Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion)

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres