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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Lightning

Jaroslav Halak will be in goal, while the Isles ice the same lineup from Monday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

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The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. (MSG+, 660AM, 101.9FM WFAN, 88.7FM WRHU, WRCN 103.9 FM). 

The Islanders held morning skate on Thursday at Amalie Arena where Jack Capuano announced his lineup and addressed the media. Keep reading for news, notes and quotes from morning skate. Read the Game Preview here

The Lineup: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders, who will ice the same lineup. That means Anthony Beauvillier is the team's lone scratch. 

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
JOSH BAILEY JOHN TAVARES  CAL CLUTTERBUCK
ANDERS LEE BROCK NELSON JASON CHIMERA
SHANE PRINCE RYAN STROME ALAN QUINE
ANDREW LADD CASEY CIZIKAS NIKOLAY KULEMIN
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

Halak started the Islanders last three games, going 1-0-2 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Halak has looked his best in big moments over that stretch, especially back-to-back overtimes against Philadelphia and Edmonton. The Islanders' goaltender also kept a clean sheet in the third period of Monday's win over Vancouver. 

He also recently wrote a piece for The Player's Tribune about his experience at the World Cup of Hockey, which you can read here.

Vasilevskiy likely in goal for Lightning:

Andrei Vasilevskiy was the first goal off the ice for Tampa Bay at morning skate, a sign that he'll be the starting goalie on Thursday night, according to Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns. 

The 22-year-old goalie is 2-1-1 to start the season with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Vasilevskiy is making his fifth start of the season and first since Nov. 3, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. 

Valtteri Filppula took morning skate on Thursday, Anton Stralman is in the lineup, while Jonathan Drouin was ruled out.

They Said It:

Cizikas on Thursday's rematch with the Lightning:

"We're expecting a game like the last one, except we have to be a lot better. They are a team that has a lot of offensive firepower and their D are big and mobile and can get up the ice. We have to make sure we come in here with the right attitude and try to get two gritty points on the road."

Capuano on Ladd and Chimera scoring their first goals:

"I think for those guys yeah. It probably weighed on them a little bit. They wanted to get the first one here. Good things happen when Andrew shot the puck and Chimera went to the front of the net. Those are where you're going to score your goals. Hopefully those guys will get going because we're going to need them. We're going to need secondary scoring."

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