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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Predators

Projected lines ahead of Tuesday's Islanders-Predators game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (MSG+2, AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Click here for the Game Preview.

The Lineup:

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. Shane Prince (lower body) is out. The Islanders will dress seven defensemen meaning (Johnny Boychuk, Calvin de Haan, Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy, Scott Mayfield, Adam Pelech and Dennis Seidenberg).

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER JOSH HO-SANG
ANDREW LADD ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
  BROCK NELSON JOSH BAILEY
STEPHEN GIONTA CONNOR JONES CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
THOMAS HICKEY ADAM PELECH
SCOTT MAYFIELD

 

Islanders Riding Hot Halak: 

Jaroslav Halak will make his third straight start for the Islanders. Halak is 3-1-0 since his recall from Bridgeport (and 3-0-0 as a starter). He has played to a 2.03 GAA and .936 save percentage in those four games. 

"That's the part of the year we're in. Tommy has been a rock for us, but Jaro has won the last two and we're going to stick with him. That doesn't mean if we win tonight, it's automatic. They are both going to be needed."

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Scratch and Claw: 

The Islanders do not control their own fate, but are just focusing on what they can control - winning their four remaining games. If they do, the Islanders will finish the year with 94 points and will at least give themselves their best chance to get to the dance. Even with 94, they need some help from the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Weight said the focus is to just go game-by-game, picking up points as they go. 

"We've got to win a game, we have to compete and be prepared. In a tough building we have to start off tough and hard and roll our shifts over and win a road game and move onto Thursday," Weight said. "We just have to win and get to 88 and try to get to 90 on Thursday. We have to keep scratching and keep clawing and hope for the best." 

PREDATORS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
FILIP FORSBERG RYAN JOHANSEN VIKTOR ARVIDSSON
KEVIN FIALA MIKE FISHER CALLE JARNKROK
COLIN WILSON COLTON SISSONS CRAIG SMITH
CODY MCLEOD VERNON FIDDLER AUSTIN WATSON
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
ROMAN JOSI RYAN ELLIS
MATTIAS EKHOLM P.K. SUBBAN
ANTHONY BITETTO MATT IRWIN
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