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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Avalanche

News, notes and quotes ahead of the Islanders' game at Colorado

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at 9 p.m. (MSG+2, 970AM, The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Read the Game Preview here. Read Game Notes here.

The Lineup: 

The Islanders are going with the same lineup from their 6-2 win in Winnipeg. That means that Anthony Beauvillier, Stephen Gionta Adam Pelech are healthy scratches for the Islanders. In goal, Greiss has won his last three starts, posting a .955 save percentage over that span. 

PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
SHANE PRINCE BROCK NELSON RYAN STROME
ANDREW LADD ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
NIKOLAY KULEMIN CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY TRAVIS HAMONIC
THOMAS HICKEY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
Avalanche Notes:

Calvin Pickard is in net for the Avalanche Friday, making his seventh straight start. Pickard has started in the absence of Semyon Varlamov, who has been sidelined with a groin injury since Dec. 22, though Varlamov is nearing a return and will back up on Friday night. 

Pickard is 6-11-1 this season with a 3.19 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage. 

Matt Nieto is making his Colorado debut on Friday, as the former Sharks forward was claimed off waivers by the Avalanche on Thursday. Nieto has two assists in 16 games this season, but is a two-time 10-goal scorer and hit a career-high 27 points in 2014-15. 

Francois Beaucheman will miss Friday's game with an illness. Eric Gelinas draws into the lineup. Mikhail Grigorenko and Andreas Martinsen are both scratched for the Avs. 

Quotebook: 

Jack Capuano on Greiss: 

"His calmness, number one. His confidence, number two and his compete level. He competes extremely hard and even if there's a goal that goes in, whether he thinks it's one he should have back or not, he just rebounds real well. Mentally he's in a good spot right now and he's giving us a chance to win hockey games."

Casey Cizikas on the Islanders Recent Play: 

"We're heading in the right direction. We've done a lot of good things in the past month and we have to continue building off of that. We've come out strong in a lot of games and I think we're doing a good job of limiting team's chances and not giving up big plays."

Thomas Hickey's Midseason Evaluation: 

"It's been tough this year. Through everything you just look at where we are at now. We've won four out of five and we have an opportunity here to play catch up in the standings because we have some games in hand after our break. We're not in a good spot, but we're trending in the right direction and what's past is past."

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