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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs. Blue Jackets

News, notes and quotes ahead of the Islanders' game vs Columbus

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (MSG+; AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Read the Game Preview here. Read Game Notes here.

The Lineup: 

Andrew Ladd is back in the Islanders' lineup on Tuesday after missing four games with an upper-body injury. Anthony Beauvillier will come out of the lineup as he's feeling the effects of blocking a shot in Sunday's game. Anders Lee is battling an illness, but took morning skate and Doug Weight is anticipating he'll play. Thomas Greiss will start in goal. 

Andrew Ladd Returning: 

After missing four games, Andrew Ladd is healthy and ready to return to the Islanders' lineup. Ladd had been playing through an injury for an undisclosed amount of time, but said the time off the ice has helped him get back to where he needs to be physically and mentally. 

"I just wanted to be a part of the way we've been playing the last little bit, last five games and have put ourselves back in the position where we can get into the playoff race," Ladd said. "You try to inject some energy, some emotion into getting back in the lineup and just want to be a part of winning some hockey games. I'm excited to get back in there."

Ladd has 12 points (8G, 4A) in 41 games this season. 

PROJECTED LINEUP:
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD BROCK NELSON RYAN STROME
SHANE PRINCE ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
NIKOLAY KULEMIN CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP:
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
BRANDON SAAD ALEXANDER WENNBERG NICK FOLIGNO
BOONE JENNER BRANDON DUBINSKY CAM ATKINSON
MATT CALVERT WILLIAM KARLSSON JOSH ANDERSON
SCOTT HARTNELL LUKAS SEDLAK SAM GAGNER
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
ZACK WERENSKI SETH JONES
RYAN MURRAY JACK JOHNSON
SCOTT HARRINGTON DALTON PROUT

(Per nhl.com/bluejackets)

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