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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Lightning

News, notes and quotes ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Lightning game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. Watch the game on MSG+, MSG GO or NHL.TV. Listen live on 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News or online at RADIO.COM. Read the game preview. Check the game notes.


Robin Lehner will start in goal. Jordan Eberle is in for the Islanders. There will be one more change to the lineup that Barry Trotz would not disclose. 

Lehner will appear in his first game since suffering a strain on Oct. 30 vs Pittsburgh. Lehner's strain kept him out of the lineup for one game and he has backed up Thomas Greiss in each of the Isles past two contests. Lehner is 4-2-1 with a 2.45 GAA and a .928SV% this season. 

Eberle is in the lineup after taking a maintenance day on Wednesday. 

Video: Morning Skate Scrum 11/8: Barry Trotz


Valtteri Filppula played three-and-a-half seasons for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2013-17), making Thursday a pseudo homecoming for the Finnish forward. Filppula has already returned to Tampa with the Philadelphia Flyers, but said he had good memories of his time with the Bolts. 

Filppula recorded a career-high 25 goals with Tampa in 2013-14. He was a part of Tampa's Cup Final run in 2015 and played opposite the Islanders in the 2016 playoff series. 

Video: Morning Skate Scrum 11/8: Robin Lehner


Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper had some praise for the Islanders on Thursday morning, a team he said was discounted by most after John Tavares' departure. 

"When John left the team in summer I think there was this automatic that the Islanders aren't going to be any good. It's clear they were not a one-man team. He's a wonderful player and we can see that playing in Toronto. There's definitely a supporting cast there and that team was a playoff team a couple years ago and they've got pretty much the same group except for Mathew Barzal and a couple of young guys. Anders Lee has taken over the reins there, he leads by example. The one thing they're getting they probably haven't gotten consistently in the past is really good goaltending. Anytime you have that then you're scare teams. Barry's proved what he did with that team in Washington is what he's doing with the Islanders."

Video: Morning Skate Scrum 11/8: Jordan Eberle


J.T. Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph

Adam Erne - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Slater Koekkoek - Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start in goal. 

*projected lines courtesy of

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