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Game Preview: Islanders at Sharks

The Islanders wrap up their California swing in San Jose (4 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Islanders Practice in San Jose

Islanders Practice in San Jose

The Islanders held a Thanksgiving practice at SAP Center in San Jose

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New York Islanders (6-9-4) at San Jose Sharks (11-8-1)
4 p.m., SAP Center
Radio: AM 970 The Answer, 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News

The New York Islanders wrap up their three-game California trip in San Jose on Friday afternoon, taking on the Sharks in matinee action (4 p.m., MSG+). 

The Islanders are 1-1 on their current three-game trip, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday, before falling 4-2 to the LA Kings on Wednesday. 

"We know how big it is," Casey Cizikas said at Thursday's practice. "This road trip isn't easy, but with two points tomorrow, that would be a big road trip."

The Sharks enter Friday's game with two straight wins and are 6-2-0 this season at home. The Islanders are 2-1-1 in their last four trips to SAP Center, including a regulation win at the Shark tank last season. 

The Islanders fell to the Sharks 3-2 back on Oct. 18 at Barclays Center. Joe Pavelski scored the game-winner with 2:11 to play, deflecting a Joe Thornton shot past Jaroslav Halak.  

Cal Clutterbuck Skates on Thursday:

Cal Clutterbuck missed Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury, but was back on the ice during the team's Thanksgiving practice. Jack Capuano will update his status at his media availability at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. 

Clutterbuck was injured in the second period of Tuesday's game, leaving the contest after taking a hit from Josh Manson. 

Clutterbuck has seven points (2G, 5A) in 18 games this season. 

Brent Burns Leads Sharks, NHL D-Men:

Brent Burns plays defense, but scores like a forward. 

The big-bearded defenseman leads the Sharks in goals (7) and points (18) and leads all NHL d-men in points. Burns isn't a power-play specialist either, as six of his seven goals this season have come at even strength. 

"He's basically an all-star forward and an all-star defenseman," Anders Lee said. "You have to know when he's out there, he plays a lot of big minutes and we have to be ready for them."

Burns signed an eight-year extension with the Sharks on Tuesday and assisted on both goals in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Chicago. Burns has four points (1G, 3A) in his last two games. 

Hertl Placed on Injured Reserve: 

Tomas Hertl was placed on injured reserve on Monday and underwent a minor knee procedure on Tuesday and will not play on Friday vs. the Islanders. 

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