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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Avalanche

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Sunday's Islanders-Avalanche game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET. Watch on MSG+ and MSG GO. Listen on 88.7FM, AM570 or 103.9FM. Follow the game on Twitter at @NYIslanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes

LINEUP NOTES: 

Sebastian Aho will make his NHL debut on Sunday, drawing in for Dennis Seidenberg. Alan Quine and Anthony Beauvillier are in at forward, while Shane Prince and Steve Bernier come out. Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. 

AHO DEBUTS:

Sunday night will be a dream come true for Sebastian Aho will make his NHL debut with the Islanders. 

"It's always been a dream to play in the NHL, so it's going to be special," Aho said at Pepsi Center on Sunday. "I always wanted to be the best I can be and the NHL is the best league. You always try to get there."

The 21-year-old was recalled by the Islanders on Thursday after Johnny Boychuk was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. 

Aho tore up the American Hockey League in his first pro season stateside, with 20 points (9G, 11A) in 29 games. The Swedish defenseman was the Islanders fifth-round pick in 2017 after posting 30 points (10G, 20A) in 50 games with Skellefteå. 

Head Coach Doug Weight's advice to Aho, enjoy it. 

"He's played really well. He's done some really good things and plays with great pace and compete level," Aho said. "He's had some numbers to show. Obviously there are some injuries that occurred to big cogs on our D, but he's earned it, so he has to enjoy it." 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD MATHEW BARZAL JORDAN EBERLE
BROCK NELSON CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
JASON CHIMERA ALAN QUINE ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY RYAN PULOCK
ADAM PELECH SCOTT MAYFIELD
THOMAS HICKEY SEBASTIAN AHO

BERNIER STARTS: 

Jonathan Bernier starts for the Avalanche. Bernier is 5-7-1 with a 3.29 GAA and a .893 SV%. 

AVALANCHE PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
GABRIEL LANDESKOG NATHAN MACKINNON MIKKO RANTANEN
SVEN ANDRIGHETTO ALEXANDER KERFOOT NAIL YAKUPOV
COLIN WILSON TYSON JOST GABRIEL BOURQUE
MATT NIETO CARL SODERBERG BLAKE COMEAU
DEFENSE
NIKITA ZADOROV ERIK JOHNSON
PATRIK NEMETH MARK BARBERIO
SAMUEL GIRARD ANTON LINDHOLM
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