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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Canucks

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

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Tune into MSG+, stream on MSG GO or listen live at 88.7FM - WRHU, 660AM/101.9FM - WFAN. Click here for the game preview. Check the game notes.

LINEUP NOTES: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. Anthony Beauvillier draws in for the injured Casey Cizikas (lower body). Same defense pairings from Saturday's win. 

CIZIKAS DAY-TO-DAY: 

"Thankfully it doesn't look like it'll be long term," head coach Doug Weight said. "He'll take today off, he's pretty sore, but the initial tests looked good. It's day-by-day." 

HALAK GETS CONSECUTIVE STARTS: 

Jaroslav Halak is back in goal after a 31-save, 2-1 win over Ottawa on Saturday. The win was a confidence booster for the Islanders goaltender, who kicked a three-game losing streak in the process.

"It was important for our team, but I'm sure for him too," Weight said. "Jaro is a veteran, he's been through playoff series and started a lot of hockey games, so he's very confident, but I'm sure he was probably frustrated not getting results at times. It was big for him to be the man in there and make some big saves."

Halak is starting two straight games for the first time since playing Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. He is 6-5-0 this season with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

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

 

BARZAL VS BOESER: 

Tuesday's meeting pits two of the NHLs top rookies against each other, as Mathew Barzal and Brock Boeser face off. 

Barzal (23 points) and Boeser (22) are first and second in rookie scoring. Boeser is tied for the rookie lead in goals (11), while Barzal leads first-years in assists (17). 

According to Brock Nelson, who skates with Boeser over the summer and share an alma mater at the University of North Dakota, the Canucks rookie is a heady player who's strong on his skates and can finish.

Barzal's speed and skating ability - which he showcased by taking a full lap around the Senators zone before setting up Saturday's game-winner - are his strengths, but both are proving effective in their first full seasons. 

"I want us to contain Boeser and be aware of him, but we want to play our game," Weight said. "We want Barzal to be the same team player, playing hard in our system, logging minutes and lugging the puck."

Barzal is currently riding a six-game point streak (3G, 6A), while Boeser had his six-game point streak (6G, 2A) snapped in Sunday's shootout loss to the Rangers. 

CANUCKS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
THOMAS VANEK BO HORVAT SAM GAGNER
SVEN BAERTSCHI ALEX BURMISTROV BROCK BOESER
DANIEL SEDIN HENRIK SEDIN LOUI ERIKSSON
BRENDAN GAUNCE MARKUS GRANLUND JAKE VIRTANEN
DEFENSE
ALEXANDER EDLER DERRICK POULIOT
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO TROY STECHER
BEN HUTTON CHRIS TANEV
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