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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Ducks

News, notes and quotes ahead of Wednesday's Islanders-Ducks game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Watch the game on MSG+ and MSG GO. Listen live on 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News or online at Radio.com. Read the game preview. Check the game notes


LINEUP NOTES: 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal. Casey Cizikas was activated off IR and is expected to return to the lineup. Ross Johnston is in for Matt Martin, while Luca Sbisa is likely in for Adam Pelech. Details are below. 


GREISS IN GOAL:

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders. Greiss is 1-1-0 to start the season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. The Isles goalie is sitting on 99 career NHL wins. 

The Isles plan to split starts on the back-to-back, so Robin Lehner will be in goal on Thursday in LA. 

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Game Preview: Islanders at Ducks

The Islanders head to the Pond to take on the Ducks (10 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO, NHL.TV)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (2-2-0) AT ANAHEIM DUCKS (4-1-1)

10 PM ET | HONDA CENTER

TV: MSG+ | MSG GO | NHL.TV

RADIO: 88.7FM | WRHU 103.9FM | LI News RADIO.COM

GAME NOTES | MORNING SKATE UPDATES


Bust out the coffee, smelling salts or whatever else you need to stay up late, as the New York Islanders take on the Anaheim Ducks at 10 p.m. et on Wednesday night. 

Wednesday's contest kicks of a SoCal back-to-back for the Islanders, who take on the LA Kings on Thursday night at STAPLES Center. It's the second of a four-game Western swing, but the first of three games in California. The Islanders are 0-1-0 to start the trip after falling 5-2 in Nashville. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Cizikas Practices in Anaheim

Casey Cizikas practices as the Islanders try out new lines at practice in Anaheim

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Barry Trotz is hopeful that Casey Cizikas will be able to return to the Islanders lineup on Wednesday night, after the injured center went through a full team practice on Tuesday. 

Cizikas, who missed Saturday's 5-2 loss in Nashville with a lower-body injury, participated in his first practice since Thursday. Cizikas was placed on retroactive IR to Oct. 8, meaning he'd be available for the Islanders if he's healthy and ready to play. 

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The Bridgeport Report: Week 2

St. Denis scored in back-to-back games last weekend as the Sound Tigers earned one point against Rochester

by Alan Fuehring AlanFuehring / Bridgeport Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-2-1-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, returned to Webster Bank Arena last weekend and faced the Rochester Americans in their first two home games of the season. Islanders prospect Travis St. Denis continued his hot hand against the Amerks, scoring a goal in both contests, as the Sound Tigers collected one point on the weekend.
 
The Sound Tigers celebrated their 2018-19 home opener on Saturday afternoon and received goals from three different scorers, including a Connor Jones tally just 1:40 into the game, but ultimately fell to Rochester, 4-3. St. Denis and Steve Bernier also beat Amerks netminder Scott Wedgewood, while Victor Olofsson's first of back-to-back game-winning goals was the difference. Olofsson, who was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday (three goals and four assists in three games), flipped a backhand shot past Christopher Gibson (0-2-0) in the final minute of regulation. Gibson finished the afternoon with 24 saves on 28 shots.

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Islanders Prospect Report: Oct 15, 2018

Oliver Wahlstrom and Ruslan Iskhakov make their NCAA debuts

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Islanders' 2018 picks Oliver Wahlstrom and Ruslan Iskhakov both found the back of the net in their opening weekends in the NCAA. Read more, plus get all the latest stats in this week's Islanders Prospect Report. 

WAHLSTROM SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL:

Oliver Wahlstrom scored his first goal of his NCAA career on Saturday, finding the back of the net in Boston College's 7-5 loss to Wisconsin. Boston College lost both games of their opening-weekend series against Wisconsin, so the Eagles look for their first win when they visit Quinnipiac on Friday (Oct. 19). The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Wahlstrom, the Islanders 2018 first-round pick (11th overall), was also named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8, after scoring a pair of goals in an exhibition game vs New Brunswick.

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The Skinny: Predators 5, Islanders 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles 5-2 loss to Nashville

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Islanders fall to Predators, 5-2

NYI Recap: Nelson, Ladd score in loss to Predators

Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd both scored for the Islanders, but they came up short to the Predators, 5-2, on the road

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Game 4
Nashville 5, Isles 2

The Nashville Predators scored three goals in a 4:25 span late in the first period to break open a scoreless game as they defeated the Islanders 5-2 before a sellout crowd of 17,208 at Bridgestone Arena.

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Postgame Notebook: Predators 5, Islanders 2

A slow start sinks the Islanders in Nashville

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

An early hole proved too deep to climb out of on Saturday night, as the New York Islanders dropped a 5-2 decision to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. 

Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd scored for the Islanders, while Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg (2G), Viktor Arvidsson and Kyle Turris scored for the Predators. Robin Lehner stopped 24-of-28, while Juuse Saros made 20 saves for his second win over the Islanders this season. 

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Predators

News, notes and quotes ahead of Saturday's Islanders-Predators game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Watch the game on MSG+ and MSG GO. Listen live on 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News or online at Radio.com. Read the game preview. Check the game notes

CIZIKAS ON IR: 

Casey Cizikas (lower body) was placed on IR retroactive to Monday, October 8. The retroactive IR placement will allow Cizikas to be available for Wednesday's game against Anaheim. 

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Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract

Stephen Gionta has agreed on a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract.

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that Stephen Gionta has agreed on a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract.

Gionta, 35, played 30 games last season for the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and scored five points (two goals and three assists). The Rochester NY native played in 26 games with the Islanders during the 2016-17 season, collecting six points (one goal and five assists).  

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Game Preview: Islanders at Predators

The Islanders and Predators meet for the second time in a week. (8 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (2-1-0) AT NASHVILLE PREDATORS (3-1-0)

8 P.M. ET | BRIDGESTONE ARENA 

TV: MSG+ | MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM WRHU | 103.9FM LI NEWS | RADIO.COM 

GAME NOTES | MORNING SKATE UPDATES


After a four-day break, the New York Islanders return to action on Saturday night, taking on the Nashville Predators for the second time in a week. 

The Predators won the first meeting last Saturday 4-3, but the Islanders responded with a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in a Columbus Day matinee. Robin Lehner made 35 saves for the shutout. 

This is the second and final meeting between the teams this season and marks the first game of a four-game Western Conference swing for the Islanders. The Islanders have won two straight games in Music City. 

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