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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Lightning

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Saturday's Islanders-Lightning game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena at 7 p.m. Watch the game on MSG+ or MSG GO, or listen to the game on 88.7FM, 101.9FM or 660AM. Read the game preview here. Check the games notes. 

LINEUP NOTES: 

The Islanders are going with the same defensemen from Thursday's win, but due to health, the forwards are a game-time decision. That means Dennis Seidenberg and Scott Mayfield are healthy scratches on the blue line. 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES (subject to change):

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD MATHEW BARZAL JORDAN EBERLE
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER BROCK NELSON JOSH HO-SANG
JASON CHIMERA CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY RYAN PULOCK

DOUG WEIGHT ON THE LIGHTNING: 

The Islanders coach weighed in on how his team has to play against the Lightning's potent top line of Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov. As the road team, the Islanders don't get the last change, so he can't always get the matchups he wants. Weight said it'll be a collective effort to stop the high-flying Lightning, who lead the league in wins (15), points (32) and goals-per-game (4.00). 

"Everyone has to be able to step up and play," Weight said. "The key is knowing when you're out against certain players. You definitely have to change some things and change your mindset when you're on the ice against Steven and that line."

The Islanders are second in the NHL averaging 3.61 goals-per-game, so they are up there with the Lightning in terms of scoring. Weight said his team is confident in their ability to beat good teams on the road after racking up wins over the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. 

"You learn that no one is unbeatable," Weight said. "I think we've played some pretty good road games. We've had some good efforts in Washington and Anaheim where we fell short, but felt we deserved a little better fate. We're a confident team. We're a confident team on the road and we know it's a tough test and we know it's a tough building."

VASILEVSKIY EXPECTED TO START: 

Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start for the Lightning on Saturday. The Tampa goaltender leads the NHL with 14 wins. 

LIGHTNING PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV STEVEN STAMKOS NIKITA KUCHEROV
ONDREJ PALAT BRAYDEN POINT YANNI GOURDE
CHRIS KUNITZ J.T. BROWN RYAN CALLAHAN
ALEX KILLORN TYLER JOHNSON
DEFENSE
VICTOR HEDMAN JAKE DOTCHIN
MIKHAIL SERGACHEV ANTON STRALMAN
BRAYDON COBURN DAN GIRARDI
ANDREJ SUSTR
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