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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Flyers

Projected lines, notes and quotes ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Flyers game (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., MSG+, AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Click here for the Game Preview.Click here for Game Notes.

The Lineup:

Johnny Boychuk returns to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury and will replace Thomas Hickey on the back end. Thomas Greiss will start in goal. 

 
ISLES PROJECTED LINES
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
ALAN QUINE ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER JOSH HO-SANG
ANDREW LADD BROCK NELSON JASON CHIMERA
STEPHEN GIONTA CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN TRAVIS HAMONIC
DENNIS SEIDENBERG ADAM PELECH
 
Boychuk Back:

Johnny Boychuk is back on the Islanders blue line after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury and will be paired with Nick Leddy. With Boychuk back in the lineup, the Islanders regain a big shot from the blue line, as the 33-year-old has the hardest shot on the team. Boychuk has 21 points (6G, 15A) in 59 games this season. 

"It was a lot longer than we thought it ws going to be but I'm ready now," Boychuk said. "You can't worry about it. You have to play the way you know how to and do anything you can to help the team win."

Weight said he'll play Boychuk as he normally would and is looking forward to his return to the lineup. 

"He's a big piece of the team on and off the ice he's a presence," Weight said." He does a great job at a lot of things. He gets pucks to the net, he has an uncanny ability to get pucks through. He plays a hard game and makes strong decisions with the puck."

"He brings that simplicity back, that hard-nosed simplicity," Weight added. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Wrapping up morning skate and media availability at Wells Fargo Center. ����The puck drops tonight at 7PM. #NYIvsPHI #LGI pic.twitter.com/TmZu9H27Va

Mason in Goal: 

Steve Mason gets the start in goal for the Flyers on Thursday night. Mason is 24-21-7 this season with a 2.70 goals-against average with a .907 save percentage. Mason has won three straight games allowing five goals over that span. 

Mason is 1-1-0 against the Islanders this season. 

 
FLYERS PROJECTED LINES
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
MATT READ CLAUDE GIROUX JAKUB VORACEK
JORDAN WEAL VALTTERI FILPPULA WAYNE SIMMONDS
DALE WEISE SEAN COUTURIER BRAYDEN SCHENN
CHRIS VANDEVELDE PIERRE-EDOUARD BELLEMARE TRAVIS KONECNY
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
IVAN PROVOROV ANDREW MACDONALD
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE
BRANDON MANNING RADKO GUDAS

 

They Said It:

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "We've gotta win. Tonight is a night we need 60 minutes & crazed dog mentality. Every second and every shift can be the difference." -Dougie

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "If there's ever a must-win this might be it. We believe in each other and have a good group to go out there and get the job done." #Isles pic.twitter.com/CWop8t6PWk

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