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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Penguins

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

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena (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: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. Alan Quine in for the injured Ryan Strome. Same defensemen from Wednesday: Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, Thomas Hickey, Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield. 

PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER JOSH HO-SANG
BROCK NELSON ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
NIKOLAY KULEMIN CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK

 

Strome Out For 3-6 Weeks:

Interim Coach Doug Weight estimates Ryan Strome will be out about three-to-six weeks after suffering an upper-body injury on Wednesday night against the Rangers. Weight said the injury won't require surgery. 

It's a little better than it looked at first, but it'll be an extended time, whether that's 3 weeks or 6 weeks, we'll have to wait and see," Weight said. "It looks as though he'll avoid surgery which is nice, so just hit the wrong way and it's a tough time."

That timeline means Strome will likely miss the rest of the regular season and potentially into the second round of the playoffs. 

"Upper is a little better than lower because he can get his wheels going and work the legs and keep himself ready, so when he does get back he'll have some jump," Weight said. 

Strome had 30 points (13G, 17A) in 69 games this season. 

Halak Starts: 

Jaroslav Halak is jumping right back into the action, starting in Pittsburgh one day after being recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Halak went 17-7-3 with the Sound Tigers, posting a 2.15 GAA and a .925 SV% after a 6-8-5 start with the Islanders with a 3.23 GAA and .904 SV%.

"He went down and found his game," Weight said on Thursday. "Every report I got was about how great his attitude was and how great he's playing and how great the team is playing in front of him. He's been a pro… He's gone down and did what he had to do and found his game and we're excited to have him back." 

Halak has good career numbers against the Penguins. The Islanders goalie is 7-5-1 with a 2.24 GAA, .926 SV% and a shutout in his career vs Pittsburgh. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "They're a top team and it's good for us to grade ourselves and really establish that we belong in the playoffs." #NYIvsPIT #Isles pic.twitter.com/xLlELsPHRv

PENGUINS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
COLIN WILSON SIDNEY CROSBY CONNOR SHEARY
PHIL KESSEL MATT CULLEN PATRIC HORNQVIST
CHRIS KUNITZ NICK BONINO CARTER ROWNEY
TOM KUHNHACKL OSKAR SUNDQVIST JOSH ARCHIBALD

 

*Lines heading into Penguins-Senators on Thursday night

Bonino Heating Up:

Nick Bonino has goals in two straight games and has seven goals in his last nine games. The Penguins forward has 16 goals and 16 assists this season and is set to play his 400th NHL game on Friday. 

 Tweet from @NYIslanders: �� Shots from morning skate in Pittsburgh. #Isles pic.twitter.com/BsASExJFkJ

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