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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Ducks

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Ducks game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Barclays Center. The first 6,000 fans at tonight's game can get an ugly Christmas t-shirt. Watch the game on MSG+. Stream the game on MSG GO. Listen live on the Islanders radio network. Follow the game on Twitter at @NYIslanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes.

LINEUP NOTES: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders. Shane Prince will make his season debut after sitting out the start of the year with an ankle injury. Anthony Beauvillier comes out of the lineup for Prince. Thomas Hickey in the lineup for Dennis Seidenberg. 

Ryan Miller is expected to start for the Ducks, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

PRINCE TO DEBUT: 

Shane Prince will make his season debut on Thursday against Anaheim. Prince had ankle surgery in August which caused him to miss training camp and the Islanders first 34 games this season. The 25-year-old winger was recalled from a conditioning stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday. Prince had a pair of assists in four games with Bridgeport, which he said was crucial to get some game reps in after a long layoff. 

"It's been a long road back both mentally and physically, but I feel good now and am excited to be back," Prince said."I thought I had a couple of good games and a couple games where I was still adjusting. Overall, it was a good time there, I feel good now and am happy to be back here and am excited for tonight."

Head coach Doug Weight said he wants Prince to inject some energy into the lineup in his debut. 

"He's a fast hockey player, he has a good shot, and he's played some good games for us in the past," Weight said. "We need a little energy right now and talking to (Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson) his last four games he's generated a lot, he's played feisty, played fast and he'll need to do that tonight, bring us some life. I'm excited to see him play."

HICKEY BACK IN: 

Thomas Hickey is back in the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

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

 

DUCKS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
NICK RITCHIE RYAN GETZLAF RICKARD RAKELL
ANDREW COGLIANO ADAM HENRIQUE JAKOB SILFVERBERG
KEVIN ROY ANTOINE VERMETTE ONDREJ KASE
CHRIS WAGNER DEREK GRANT LOGAN SHAW
DEFENSE
HAMPUS LINDHOLM JOSH MANSON
CAM FOWLER KEVIN BIEKSA
FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN BRANDON MONTOUR
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