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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Bruins

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Tuesday's Islanders-Bruins game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders take on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m. Buy tickets here. Watch the game on MSG+ and MSG GO. Listen on 88.7FM WRHU, AM970 The Answer or 103.9FM LI News. Read the game preview.

LINEUP NOTES: 

Tanner Fritz will make his NHL debut. Shane Prince is in, Alan Quine is out and Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. The Islanders are going with the same defensive personnel, but Sebastian Aho will be on the left side for his second game. 

FRITZ TO MAKE NHL DEBUT: 

Tanner Fritz has taken a long road to the NHL, but all the hard work and effort will be worth it when he skates out onto the ice at Barclays Center on Tuesday night. 

"I'm very excited, I've worked very hard to get to this position," Fritz said. 

Fritz went undrafted after four years at Ohio State University and as recently was two years ago was playing for Missouri in the ECHL. The Grand Prairie, AB, native never gave up on his NHL dream, working his way onto the Islanders radar. 

"A couple years ago I don't think I would've seen myself in this position but I kept working hard, working at my game, trying to get better each day," Fritz said. "I'm thankful I've gotten a couple good opportunities and I've taken advantage of those." 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Fritz: "I'm excited. I've worked very hard to get to this position & hopefully I can take advantage of the opportunity. I just want to play the same way I was playing in Bridgeport with a lot of pace, speed, energy, finish my checks, play a smart 200 ft game & help the team win.��� pic.twitter.com/NkD49r1j63

He turned a solid 2015-16 season in Missouri (10-23-33) into a PTO with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and eventually signed an AHL deal. After finishing fourth on the Sound Tigers in points (19-23-42) in 2016-17, he signed a two-way deal with the Islanders and is having a career year this season in Bridgeport, with 35 points (10G, 25A) in 29 games. 

At the time of his recall, Fritz was fourth in the AHL in scoring. He credits Sound Tigers Head Coach Brent Thompson with giving him the opportunity to reach his potential. 

"Thommer really believes in me there, he's putting me in good situations to be successful," Fritz said. "The guys I'm playing with there, I give a lot of credit to them for helping me get here, so a lot of thanks to them." 

Fritz was on a three-game point streak in the AHL before his call-up and Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight said he sees a lot of confidence in a player who is really hitting his stride at the moment. He'll skate alongside Brock Nelson and Shane Prince as Weight looks to inject some energy and offense into his third line. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Tanner Fritz has joined the team and is wearing No. 5������6������ with the #Isles. pic.twitter.com/BIMgs1ELOo

"He's earned his trip up here," Weight said. "We need some swagger, we want him to bring his energy and bring his confidence. We've talked about the lack of confidence going through our third line and we need some guys to step up and hopefully Tanner can help us get some energy in that position."

Fritz's dad and brother caught a red-eye from Alberta to be at Tanner's debut and his fiancé will be there as well. He's excited to be able to share the moment with them. 

"[Thompson] told me I was going up and I just had a weird jitter feeling in my stomach that I haven't had since I was a young kid," Fritz said. "It's an exciting time for me, but also my family."

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Gearing up for game time. #Isles pic.twitter.com/NUurqfW7eH

WEIGHT ON BEAUVILLIER: 

Weight spoke about the decision to loan Anthony Beauvillier to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He said he wants to see Beauvillier find his game and his confidence and hopes that having a bigger role with Bridgeport will help him achieve both. The coach said that with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle cementing the team's second line, Beauvillier's role became less clear at times. 

"It was a tough talk, we talked to him for an hour on the plane yesterday," Weight said. "Beau was a little lost. He's got to get his confidence. He's a great kid, he's going to be an NHL player, there's no doubt in my mind. It'll be great for him to go down, play a lot of minutes, put a lot of responsibility on him. It's going to be good for him."

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD MATHEW BARZAL JORDAN EBERLE
SHANE PRINCE BROCK NELSON TANNER FRITZ
JASON CHIMERA CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY RYAN PULOCK
SEBASTIAN AHO SCOTT MAYFIELD

 

BRUINS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
BRAD MARCHAND PATRICE BERGERON DAVID PASTRNAK
JAKE DEBRUSK DAVID KREJCI RYAN SPOONER
DANTON HEINEN RILEY NASH DAVID BACKES
TIM SCHALLER SEAN KURALY NOEL ACCIARI
DEFENSE
ZDENO CHARA CHARLIE MCAVOY
TOREY KRUG BRANDON CARLO
MATT GRZELCYK KEVAN MILLER
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