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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Devils

News, quotes and projected lines ahead of Saturday's Islanders-Devils tilt (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are set to face off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at 7 p.m. (AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Read the Game Preview here. Read the Game Notes here.

The Lineup:

The Islanders are going with the same lineup from Thursday's win over the Rangers. That means Thomas Greiss will start in goal and that Stephen Gionta and Scott Mayfield will stay in the lineup. 

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

 

Gionta Returns to New Jersey:

Saturday's game is an important one for Stephen Gionta, as the former Devil faces off against his old team for the first time. 

"Absolutely, anytime you're going to face a former team, it's something that you look forward to," said Gionta, who has three assists in seven games for the Islanders. "Tonight that's not going to be any different, but again, it's a huge two points for us with a team right behind us in the standings."

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "Anytime you're going to face a former team it's something you look forward to." @steviegio11 on facing the Devils for the first time #Isles pic.twitter.com/06wQbklQfR

Gionta was a popular guy on Saturday afternoon, as the former Devil greeted former teammates, coaches and staff at Prudential Center. Gionta played 270 games for the Devils from 2010-16, the only other NHL team he's known.

"It was definitely a little weird walking in, but good seeing familiar faces," Gionta said at Saturday's morning skate. "Seeing a lot of the people, even the people that work in the building, stuff like that. Just good catching up with everyone."

Cammalleri A Healthy Scratch:

Mike Cammalleri will be a healthy scratch for the Devils tonight against the Islanders. Cammalleri has 30 points (10G, 20A) in 51 games this season. Beau Bennett will take his place on the Devils' second line. 

DEVILS PROJECTED LINES
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
TAYLOR HALL TRAVIS ZAJAC KYLE PALMIERI
BEAU BENNETT ADAM HENRIQUE PA PARENTEAU
PAVEL ZACHA JACOB JOSEFSON STEFAN NOESEN
MILES WOOD JOSEPH BLANDISI DEVANTE SMITH-PELLY
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
ANDY GREENE BEN LOVEJOY
JOHN MOORE DAMON SEVERSON
JON MERRILL STEVEN SANTINI
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