Calvin de Haan was activated off the Islanders’ Injured Reserve on Tuesday.
The Islanders’ defenseman missed five straight games with a lower-body injury, suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on February 15. He will play on a defense pairing with Travis Hamonic and Brian Strait will come out of the lineup.
“First game back when you haven’t played in a while is a tough one,” Jack Capuano said. “But just having him back there and having him back with number three gives us a pairing we feel can match up with any team’s top line.”
Now that the NHL’s Trade Deadline has passed, no Islanders were sent down to make room for de Haan’s activation. Ryan Pulock was returned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Monday and recalled Tuesday, making him eligible to play in the AHL playoffs. Pulock will play with Thomas Hickey on Tuesday.
Shane Prince will make his Islanders debut Tuesday and will get a shot on the top line with John Tavares and Ryan Strome. Prince was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for a 2016 third-round pick. He has 12 points (3G, 9A) in 42 games this season for Ottawa.
“He’s got some speed and deception to his game,” Capuano said of Prince. “We have a group here that we feel he can fit in with and hopefully give us some offense. He’s going to get an opportunity to play with 91 tonight.”
The rest of the Islanders' lines are as follows:
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Thomas Greiss will get the start in goal.