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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Canadiens

Projected lines ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Canadiens game (7:30 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. (MSG+; 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Read the Game Preview here. 

The Lineup: 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal, Casey Cizikas (upper body - IR) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower body - DTD) are out, Stephen Gionta and Bracken Kearns are in. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
BROCK NELSON ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER RYAN STROME
ANDREW LADD ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
NIKOLAY KULEMIN STEPHEN GIONTA BRACKEN KEARNS
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
THOMAS HICKEY SCOTT MAYFIELD
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

 

Cizikas To IR:

Casey Cizikas was placed on injured reserve on Thursday morning retroactive to Feb. 21, as Cizikas suffered the injury in the Islanders 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. 

Cizikas has seven goals and 16 assists in 53 games and is the team's most-used penalty-killing forward, averaging 2:11 shorthanded TOI/GP. 

Cal Clutterbuck, who briefly skated on Thursday, but is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, is the Islanders averages the second-most shorthanded ice time for Isles forwards (2:07). 

Kearns Makes Regular Season Debut:

Bracken Kearns was an emergency recall from Bridgeport on Wednesday, receiving the call in wake of Shane Prince's IR designation. The Sound Tigers leading scorer had 40 points (18G, 22A) in 51 games this season. The Vancouver, BC, native has 33 games of NHL experience, including two with the Islanders last season. 

"He's had a great year. The great thing about Bracken is that he's a pro. He's been around. He's had some stints in the NHL and played well," Interim Coach Doug Weight said. "A smart hockey player, a heady hockey player and can play with some edge."

"I know the teams playing well up here and hopefully I can come up here and fill a role," Kearns said. "I need to be responsible out there, play on an edge and pretty much anything I can do to help the team win."

Beauvillier Playing in Montreal For First Time:

Anthony Beauvillier is accomplishing a life goal tonight. The Islanders' rookie grew up in Sorel-Tracy, about an hour outside of Montreal, and had always dreamed of playing at the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight, it becomes a reality. 

"It'll feel special for sure tonight," Beauvillier said. "This morning skating and shooting a puck, was the first time for me at the Bell Centre. It's going to be a special feeling for me tonight playing in front of family and friends and i'm looking forward to it."

Beauvillier said he didn't come to too many Canadiens games, but was at the Bell Centre last season to take in an Islanders game. 

"It was fun watching, but it'll be more fun playing," Beauvillier said. 

Price in Goal vs Isles: 

Carey Price will start in goal against the Islanders on Thursday. The Islanders scored three goals on 42 shots vs Price in their 3-1 win on Jan. 26. 

CANADIENS PROJECTED LINES
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
MAX PACIORETTY PHILLIP DANAULT ALEXANDER RADULOV
PAUL BYRON ALEX GALCHENYUK BRENDAN GALLAGHER
ARTTURI LEHKONEN TOMAS PLEKANEC ANDREW SHAW
BRIAN FLYNN MICHAEL MCCARRON TORREY MITCHELL
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
ALEXEI EMELIN SHEA WEBER
ANDREI MARKOV JEFF PETRY
NATHAN BEAULIEU GREG PATERYN
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