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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Senators

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

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre at 7 p.m. Tune into MSG+, stream the game on MSG GO, listen to the game on 88.7FM, 103.9FM, or AM970 and follow on Twitter at @NYIslanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes.

LINEUP NOTES: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal, Alan Quine and Thomas Hickey are in, while Anthony Beauvillier and Dennis Seidenberg are out. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

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

 

HALAK LOOKING TO END SLIDE: 

Jaroslav Halak is looking to end a personal three-game losing streak when he takes the crease on Saturday. Head Coach Doug Weight has repeatedly said he has confidence in both of his goaltenders and feels that Halak hasn't gotten the same offensive help as counterpart Thomas Greiss, who is riding a five-game winning streak. 

"The results haven't been there for Jaro. He hasn't gotten the run support that maybe Thomas has gotten, but Thomas has played really well of late," Weight said. "It's a good opportunity for Jaro. He's played well enough to win some of those games, so I'm excited to see him get in there."

Tweet from @NYIslanders: To the ice for morning skate in a Ottawa! #Isles pic.twitter.com/HmOMGRE5k8

HOMECOMING FOR QUINE, DE HAAN AND RICHARDSON: 

A trip to Ottawa is a homecoming for Calvin de Haan and Alan Quine. Quine hails from Ottawa while de Haan is from Carp, ON, which is about a half hour outside the Canadian capital. 

This season, a third member of the team will also be heading home when the Isles face off against the Senators - assistant coach Luke Richardson. Ottawa is Richardson's hometown, but the Isles coach also played 78 games for the Senators and served as an assistant coach from 2009-12. Richardson spent the past four seasons as the head coach of Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton. 

POINT STREAKS: 

Mathew Barzal is riding a team-high five-game point streak (3G, 8A), including a two-game goal streak.

John Tavares has seven points (2G, 5A) on a four-game run. Nick Leddy has four points (2G, 2A) in his last three games. 

ANDERSON IN GOAL: 

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators tonight. It's a bit of a surprise move considering the Senators played in Columbus last night, but coach Guy Boucher said his goalie was assertive and asked to play on Saturday. Anderson is 7-7-3 this season with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.

CLAESSON IN, SMITH A GAME-TIME DECISION:

Defenseman Fredrik Claesson will be in for the Senators, while forward Zack Smith will be a gametime decision. 

SENATORS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
RYAN DZINGEL DERICK BRASSARD BOBBY RYAN
MIKE HOFFMAN MATT DUCHENE MARK STONE
TOM PYATT JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU ALEX BURROWS
NICK PAUL NATE THOMPSON GABRIEL DUMONT
DEFENSE
FREDRIK CLAESSON ERIK KARLSSON
DION PHANEUF CODY CECI
BEN HARPUR THOMAS CHABOT
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