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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Canucks

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Monday's Islanders-Canucks game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night at 10 p.m. et. Watch the game on MSG+ or MSG GO. Listen live on 88.7FM - WRHU, or 660AM/101.9FM - WFAN. Read the game preview. Check the game notes

LINEUP NOTES: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. The Islanders are going with the same lineup from Saturday's game in Pittsburgh. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER MATHEW BARZAL JORDAN EBERLE
ANDREW LADD BROCK NELSON TANNER FRITZ
CHRIS WAGNER CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
BRANDON DAVIDSON ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY RYAN PULOCK

 

BARZAL'S HOMECOMING:

Mathew Barzal was the star of the show at morning skate, as the Coquitlam, BC, native plays his first game in his hometown. At least 20 media members surrounded Barzal for a lengthy scrum, touching on all things from his excitement to facing off against Canucks star rookie Brock Boeser. 

BARZAL VS BOESER:

Barzal vs Boeser provides the drama for Monday's matchup, as the two Calder Trophy contenders face off for the second time this season. Barzal leads all rookies in assists (49) and points (67), while Boeser leads first-years with 29 goals. Barzal had an assist in the first meeting between the rookies, while Boeser was held pointless. Both lead their respective teams in points.

"He's a heck of a player," Barzal said of Boeser. "It's been fun up to this point. He's had a great season and pushed me - I think I pushed myself seeing how much success he was having." 

Boeser was also complimentary of Barzal's abilities as the two rookies showed some mutual respect. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: That @Barzal_97 is a popular guy around here. �� #NYIvsVAN pic.twitter.com/kW5kNucBNE

"Everything," was Boeser's response to what he's seen in Barzal's game. "Just how good of a skater he is, how skilled he is and how good he sees the ice. A 200-foot guy too, he has all the assets to make a tremendous player."

"It's cool to see how good of a year he's having," Boeser added. "He's been a heck of a player ever since playing against him growing up. It's fun to see him and I'm sure he's excited." 

Isles Head Coach Doug Weight gave his two cents on the Barzal-Boeser showdown. 

"The way they are able to come in at their age and make that immediate impact and become an impact player on their teams. You don't see it all the time for guys that age," Weight said. "That's why we're having this discussion."

Weight said the pressure or scope of playing against another star can be beneficial, recounting his own experiences playing against Mike Modano, an idol of his growing up. 

"You take a playoff series or a single game like this where the media is expanded - social media - I think it's fun for them. It's a piece of a challenge that will grow both players," Weight said. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Game day skate��Vancouver pic.twitter.com/GLLpzH9i6G

MARKSTROM STARTS FOR VANCOUVER: 

Jacob Markstrom will start in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is 17-21-6 this season for Vancouver with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. 

CANUCKS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
BRENDAN LEIPSIC BO HORVAT BROCK BOESER
DANIEL SEDIN HENRIK SEDIN JUSSI JOKINEN
DARREN ARCHIBALD BRANDON SUTTER TYLER MOTTE
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN SAM GAGNER JAKE VIRTANEN
DEFENSE
ALEX EDLER ERIK GUDBRANSON
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO TROY STECHER
BEN HUTTON DERRICK POULIOT
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